PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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PNC Imperial Buckwheat StoutPNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This bold and deliciously complex beer is an Imperial Buckwheat Stout aged in Tequila barrels for 13 months. Only a collection of pioneering, well seasoned, extensively traveled and passionate pub owners could come up with such a notion. A massive grain bill consisting of Pale, Munich and toasted Canadian Buckwheat was blended with pearled drum-kilned barley from Chile, a generous amount of Wisconsin toasted wheat and a slug of British crystal malts. A couple lumps of Mexican Turbinado sugar were added for good measure while we loaded the kettle with Styrian Golding hops. This carefully calculated collision of flavors, concocted over copious amounts of Orval well into the night, was laid down in fresh Tequila barrels wrangled over our southern border by the beautiful and gracious Meg Gill. We simply call this beer “PNC” in honor of its collaborative creators – the gothic symphony of flavors will speak for themselves.

Added by Rifugium on 06-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
48
Ratings:
485
pDev:
7.35%
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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Apex the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is pretty fascinating, as I get considerable tequila, along with milk chocolate, vanilla and coffee. In combination, I ended up picking up something of blackberry and blueberry flavor that was very nice. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet stout, though the tequila wasn't as noticeable. Mouthfeel was very full, with a soft and creamy finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and so drinkability is exceptional.

Excellent beer, and one that is all too easy to just gulp down. Have not had many tequila barrel aged beers, and most that I have tried have not been all that great. This version is one of the very best.

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Photo of dmacnuts
4.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of M_chav
3.55/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of floyd_pugman
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed from the bottle at Toronado SD, 9/12/17. Poured into a house bulb. Nose is subdued barrel: vanilla, chocolate, caramel. I want to say port-soaked buckwheat too, but I never would have pinpointed that if I didn’t already know it was a buckwheat stout. Can tell it’s not a bourbon barrel beer, but wouldn’t have suspected tequila. No heat. Palate starts with vanilla and caramel, then adds chocolate, and finishes with port flavors. Very elegant beer; slightly thinner-than-expected mouthfeel at first but ultimately perfect for the flavor profile. Tequila presence there but none of the typical barrel flavors that in my mind ruin other tequila-barrel stouts. Gets even better as it warms; getting some nice nutty flavors on the finish now. Wonderfully rich without being sludgy; a must try. Get it before it goes extinct.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coorsy
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheEpeeist
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.02/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagriley
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reebtaerG
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of singlespeed
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Freeldrcw
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ross84
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AussieActor
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shermski
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Opened a 2013 bottle at Falling Rock in Denver 5/10/16. Unreal.

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Photo of mmerando1
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 485 ratings