Barbapapa | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States
prettythingsbeertoday.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barbapapa is our Imperial Russian Stout. A big beer, brewed using one of our crazy double mash methods, whereby we brew once, run off the wort, and mash into-that-wort to brew a second time. The result is a beer of great depth and maltiness. Job’s a good’un.

Added by DomingoOrtiz on 12-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
336
Reviews:
52
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
6.61%
 
 
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77
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Photo of Grackos
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paresis
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share. Nice aroma, taste alright. Smooth, silky, caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Not as boozy as you would think with the ABV. Rich and velvety.

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Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke/char, light licorice/raisin, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke/char, light licorice/raisin, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke/char, light licorice/raisin, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely amazing Russian imperial stout. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. An insanely delicious offering.

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4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of foundersfan1
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _RL_
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mbw314
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MeLoynes
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjy420
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SocalKicks
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There's no date on this, but the label has "bottled in:" years 2013 and 2014 only (and no notches), so I'll assume this is anywhere from 11 months to a year and a half old. Looks as a big stout should. A ton of rich, dark chocolate, heavily roasted malt, some malty, milky qualities in the finish (that I find is present in nearly every stout that I've tried). Super smooth and a pleasure to drink. I expected more, to be honest, but it's really good. I slowly consumed and let breathe for three hours and the qualities really shine at room temperature. Very much a RIS, as it's strong, unique, and boozy. A massive stout for an incredible price. The right beer for the particular occasion today (hoophouse frame completion).

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Photo of BIN29
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of KAP72
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jageraholic
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged about a year. Served in a tulip.

A: big and black, like the rumors. Tannish head. Great lacing.

S: dark fruit, anise, molasses, peppery, coffee, vanilla, alcohol.

T: mocha, espresso, sweet molasses, Dark chocolate, cherries. Slightly bitter in the end.

M: incredibly thick. Really coats the mouth. Sightly drying finish. Would leave a sugary coating on everything.

O: a bit sweet, but delicious, big and balanced. Excellent cold weather feast of a beer

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Photo of JakerLou
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Barbapapa from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
4.39 out of 5 based on 336 ratings.
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