From East Van With Love - Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.34/5 rDev +6.9%
A "bourbon barrel aged imperial maple stout" made at P49 (I assume) in collaboration with Gigantic Brewing. Super cheesy James Bond styled label featuring Graham With and Ben Love, guns drawn. Stick with brewing great beer guys, James Bonds you are not. Clever name though, I'll give them that.
Appearance. Pours thick and black with two fingers of thick tan/brown head.
Smell. Maple syrup and caramel, boozy bourbon, dark chocolate, some dark roasted malts and a bit of fresh cut hardwood.
Taste. Dark chocolate, maple sugar and caramel, woody bourbon, a bit of vanilla, coffee and dark malts and a little char. Very nice.
Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied, very smooth low carbonation, a little boozy warmth and slightly drying.
Overall. Great stuff, but how could it not be from these guys? Glad I have another bottle to try again down the road, though it doesn't really need any time. Drinks pretty damn well right now, especially for the big abv.
03-19-2013 02:46:47 | More by Rutager
3.58/5 rDev -11.8%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet residual sugar notes with some black chocolate notes with some bourbon, wood and some vanilla notes. Taste is also dominated by black chocolates notes with some bourbon and some wood notes and vanilla. Body is quite full with good carbonation and some warming alcohol notes. Good beer but a bit too much residual sugar for my taste.
10-15-2013 02:16:40 | More by Phyl21ca
British Columbia (Canada)
3.49/5 rDev -14%
Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a very unctuous black colour with a big spice cake-coloured head. The nose smells of coffee, chocolate and a bit of maple syrup. The taste is a bit of a disconnect, though not bad. You really don't taste much bourbon or maple flavours. It's sweet, smoky and meaty (in that Voodoo Doughnut sort of way) with not much bitterness.
04-04-2013 23:21:37 | More by CookstLiquor
3.66/5 rDev -9.9%
Thanks to Boozecamel for this one.
Poured from a 650ml. bottle, no freshness info.
Appearance: Totally dark body, thick mousse-like foam with pretty good retention.
Smell: Sugary maple, mild roasted notes, whiffs of bourbon.
Taste: Burnt chocolate a bit, woody notes, bourbon is light, bit vinous, figs and raisins, mild candied feel.
Mouthfeel: Easily glides down next to no heat, bit viscous.
Overall: Flavor was a bit of a let down as it felt too mellow for the style. Still enjoyed it but not as much as i would have hoped.
07-02-2013 19:33:45 | More by papat444
British Columbia (Canada)
4.36/5 rDev +7.4%
A: Velvet black brown on the pour with a deep brown espresso hue when held to the light. Topped with a burnt oak brown head which is thick, foamy and lingering.
S: Bourbon with sweet smooth dark malts together with hints of vanilla and dark dried cherries. Scent of the bourbon barrel is rich with smokey charred oak, wet wood, earthiness and fresh cut tobacco.
T: The taste follows the scent but is even better. Bold bourbon flavours that feature charred wood, dark sweet malts and dark smokey chocolate notes. Malts hold on the palette like a thin layer of velvet while sweetness envelopes. Hints of fresh tobacco and alcohol esters on the finish.
M: Warm alcohol esters and minimal pin pricks of carbonation. The carbonation helps break the alcohol esters from the brew with tiny pops of bourbon breaking free and warming the tongue...this is Willy Wonka territory. Thick and syrupy.
O: A bourbon forward offering full rich, smooth and smokey flavours backlit with a sweet malty notes. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden and dangerous at 11.5%. The sweetness of the maple syrup is present but the flavour is masked by the bourbon notes. An incredibly smooth offering and the best P49 I've had so far.
05-25-2013 03:10:31 | More by FondueVoodoo
4.26/5 rDev +4.9%
Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice dark tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet roasty malts, maple syrup, bourbon, some oak and dark chocolate.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet roasty malts, dark chocolate, some coffee, maple syrup, bourbon and faint oak.
Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.
05-13-2013 20:46:27 | More by SebD
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Parallel 49 & Gigantic Brewing's 'From East Van With Love' @ 11.5% , an American Double/Imperial Stout collaboration brew , one of my first , served from an annoying waxed 650 ml bottle purchased for $12
A-pour is very dark brown/black in the glass with a small tan head that is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace film along the pint glass
S-faint whiff of maple on the original smell , the barrel aging can be smelled , this version is more sweet smelling than P49 barrel RIS ,
T-smooth of the palate , has that nice RIS bite on the swallow , ABV 11.5%
MF-full bodied , low carbonation , viscous , the slight bitter after taste is all Gigantic
Ov-this beer is so much better than just P49 barrel RIS , not to diss Gigantic their contribution to this collaboration is noticeable and appreciated
03-31-2013 19:20:26 | More by LampertLand
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
22oz bottle into a snifter
Best AFTER Jan 31st 2015 (but Im not that patient)
Thanks to Finatic for sending this one over via trade!
A: Pours an opaque black with less than 1/2 a fingers width of tan colored head which dissipates down quickly and leaves a few small patches of lacing.
S: Roasted malt, maple syrup, dark chocolate, bourbon notes with oaky vanilla and a hint of booze, subtle dark fruits. Very nice.
T: The first flavors I get are roasted malt and cardboard, with coffee notes on the back end. I then get bourbon flavors, with a nice oaky component. Theres some bitterness, a bit of semi-sweet bakers chocolate, and a hint of balancing booze.
M/D: Full bodied but could be thicker, carbonation moderate, ABV is very well masked, drinkability is average.
O: Overall, I really liked this one. Nothing stood out as exceptional, but far above average in almost every aspect. I really liked both the maple and bourbon notes that were present in the aroma, although I would have liked to them both to be more prominent in the taste. Still very good though, and definitely worth a try. Thanks Fin!
01-18-2014 02:36:33 | More by zac16125
British Columbia (Canada)
4.31/5 rDev +6.2%
Pours a dark, dark brown/black that lets very little light through. Just as you'd expect. Head is minimal and caramel coloured. Carbonation is pretty low.
Smells slightly sweet, maple and bourbon both detectable along with dark chocolate and molasses (working from memory here, though!). Upon sipping the bourbon flavour is huge and the maple is well controlled - not overpowering as I'd feared. There is a veritable hops presence that keeps the beer in balance.
This beer really suits bourbon fans. I am sure after some time in the cellar (I have a case of them) the bourbon influence will mature and mellow out but I happen to like it a lot the way it is. Very much worth its price of entry ($12.60 for a bomber from the brewery).
04-02-2013 05:33:42 | More by JasonLovesBeer
British Columbia (Canada)
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
I'm surprised by how little hype this beer has gotten. A collaboration between Parallel 49's head brewer, Graham With, and Gigantic Brewing's Ben Love, From East Van With Love is actually a pretty badass barrel aged imperial stout. I was apprehensive when I first tried it, expecting a somewhat similar beer to Parallel 49's BA imperial stout that they released a few months prior, but it really isn't. It's a far better beer.
P49's BA stout had a nice enough taste, but felt really thin and nowhere near as big as it should have been, given its (supposed) ABV and its barrel-aged status. With Love actually does have the body size to match its ABV, though, featuring some nice roasty, bready malts, a nice dark chocolate flavor and some decent (but not overpowering) alcohol burn from the barrel aging. It also has a surprisingly dry maple profile that blends in really well with the bourbon.
The bourbon also takes a more prominent character in the aftertaste, lending a fairly dry, warming finish to the beer.
Overall, I'm actually pretty impressed with this beer. I'm not sure if they used the same recipe as the original P49 BA stout or if they tweaked it and then added a ton of maple syrup and then barrel-aged it or whatever, but it's a lot better than the stout we got a few months back. It definitely deserves to be drunk and/or aged for a few years to see how it develops. I can see this beer aging quite gracefully even way past the best after date (which is Jan. 31st, 2015, fyi). All in all, probably the second best BA imperial stout brewed in BC, after Singularity (that I'm aware of, anyway).
Edit: also, as far as beer puns go, this one's pretty classy and/or respectable.
03-22-2013 03:27:16 | More by smekermann
4.04/5 rDev -0.5%
Chocolate black with the odd trailer and violet-tan film.
Meaty, sweet and smoky nose - beef jerky, brown sugar, and a bit of maple.
Treacle, Christmas cake, bourbon-BBQ sauce, soy, big char and straight IBU bitter end.
Meat crust (i.e. melanoidin) and sugar finish and tight boozy linger.
Medium to full, chewy, clingy.
Smooth, big and easy. The maple doesn't show for much, and the wood is very mellow. Very umami - no big chocolate or coffee notes.
A winter sipper.
01-06-2014 18:19:54 | More by StJamesGate
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
650ml bomber poured into tulip 19/5/13 with Mr Steve bottle from Rutager cheers boys
A black body with a very deep cola edge that almost makes half way to the other side, two fingers of mocha foam fizzles out rather quickly leaving just a few random patches of lace
S the nose might be the highlight, woody char, sweet maple whiskey, faint coffee and caramel, some unburnt oak, vanilla, butterscotch, and just a little booze but its quite well concealed for 11.5%
T more oak and booze then the nose, maples faint, earthy, and some more wood, not quite the complexity the nose had but very tasty for sure
M needs some body and has a little heat to it, tannins are noticeable for sure and almost makes your gums numb, sweet woody finish
O very solid brew but there's room for improvement, feel and look mostly, the most important aspects are taken care of. booze pops up here and there but in all fairness they're suggesting I don't even drink it for another 18 months but how can I wait that long?
A woody BB aged RIS that has great potential, without a second bottle to make the comparison I couldn't be bothered to age it. I'm trying to think of a best after date two years after bottling and this may be the first, best after dates is something I'd like to see more of
05-20-2013 04:59:27 | More by wordemupg
3.45/5 rDev -15%
Bottle from Rutager this past summer. Thanks for all the cool stuff man!
From a 750 into a snifter
Bourbon maple stout
Collaboration with Gigantic Brewing Company
APPEARANCE: A clear dark brown pour yields a 1½ finger, medium looking, fluffy, tan head with very good retention. Black body, clear, with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full foam wisp and ring. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving some dots of lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Bourbon, oak, some sweet cream, caramel and light maple notes on the nose. The maple links well to coconut and caramel from the bourbon barrels. Milder nose for the style, but okay.
TASTE: Light flavors of bourbon and roasted grains up front. Caramel sweetness with sweet cream through the middle into a medium but lingering finish of bourbon, oak, cream, roasted, bitter chocolate and some sweet maple sugars. Burnt grain and bitter chocolate balance the sweet barrel and maple flavors. Good after the swallow and well balanced with a touch of alcohol. Decent enough.
PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes relatively sticky on the palate. Some heat lingers. Some good weight and solid all around.
OVERALL: This is alright. Definitely more interesting than their whisky barrel aged stout, though that isn't saying a whole lot. The nose and flavor on this one just seems to be somewhat milder overall, especially for a style that is known for its boldness and impressiveness. That said, this is an interesting beer and I would be happy to try another batch of this in the future. There's a lot of potential here. Thanks again Rutager. Look forward to doing it again soon!
12-28-2013 21:03:36 | More by Jeffo
From East Van With Love from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.