Barbapapa | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
342
pDev:
6.67%
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
80
Trade:
5
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Photo of sd123
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petewheeler
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rating from notes taken Zwanze Day 2014:

High B-

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Photo of szmnnl99
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black color with brown head. Aroma seems hoppy and malty with caramel and fudge. Taste starts sweet and with chocolate, caramel, coffee and some dark, dried fruits. Body is heavy but well carbonated. Really well made and really complex taste for a non barrel aged RIS.

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Photo of Grackos
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paresis
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
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 +1.1%
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 -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of foundersfan1
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _RL_
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mbw314
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MeLoynes
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjy420
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SocalKicks
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Barbapapa from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 342 ratings