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PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

PNC Imperial Buckwheat StoutPNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.49 | pDev: 6.9%
Tuesday at 08:07 PM
Jun 11, 2013
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.
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
02/27/24 bottle @ home; 2021 vintage
Tuesday at 08:07 PM
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
a true beer of lore that i have been dying to try. thanks to the gentleman who hooked this up for me, ive been wanting to try it for many many years. buckwheat stout in tequila, bourbon, and brandy barrels, whoa! 2021 vintage still doing great despite just a little oxidation, i dont mind it here, adds to the deep grain mystique. pretty from the little bottle, high headed with airy burlap colored bubbles and a matte black base much less viscous than anticipated. the nose is striking to me, tequila dominant with some vinous sweetness in behind it, some definite spice, a ton of grain layers, ashy almost burnt roast, cardboard, tree bark, very autumnal, light smoke, dry cereal, heady dark chocolate, less alcohol than expected for its strength, wildly intriguing. the flavor is fantastic too, not like anything i have ever had, and for how interesting these barrel treatments make the beer, its the malt bill that has me geeking. the buckwheat is cool in this, spicy in the center almost like pale rye, but also deeply earthy and with a rustic bread vibe, all real compatible with the roasty elements. i love the tequila out in front, its lush and sort of juicy to me, adds a freshness to an otherwise extremely mature brew, brandy is most prominent in the center of this adding some sweetness, bourbon is the least influential to me, but comes out as it warms a little and all on the finish. super interesting mix of flavors here, but oddly cohesive for how weird it is. full bodied for sure but it doesnt feel heavy because its quite dry for what it is, love the spicy back end and the subtle yeast character that creeps in, almost english for a second. better carbonation than a lot of beers in its class have, and really unique and well done overall, weird, but great. feels like one of the giants checked off my most wanted list! worth the wait!
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Rated by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2013 at Toronado in 2014
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Rated: 4.59 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

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Rated: 4.33 by ADG2995 from Missouri

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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Received a bottle in a trade 12-6-22. 2021 bottling date consumed 6-15-23. ABV is 13.3%

Beer poured black with a pretty nice tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is very nice with roasted malts dominating and giving notes of bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit.

Taste is awesome! Large heavy roasted malt base gives a touch of boozy heat with notes of vanilla and dark fruit lingering in the background. Finishes perfectly balanced with the heavy roast and barrels the large malt base.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, and smooth.

Overall an amazing brew with a very nice price point!
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Rated: 4.51 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

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May 21, 2023
Rated: 4.29 by crobinso from Colorado

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Rated: 1.8 by Bugsmcl from Ohio

Jan 18, 2023
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from France

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2021 vintage. Love the boxed presentation, as always.
Popped the top, poured down the center of a FW snifter.
Deep dark, xlnt beige foam that laced down with each sip.
Tequila barrel right up front, then chocolate, a bit of pepper, light molasses. Quite aromatic!
Taste is chocolaty at first, then piloncillo, vanilla, good alcohol burn. On the tongue, the tequilla barrel leaves a quick impression, then brandy and bourbon bring it all together. Great long finish, not overly sweet.
Full mouthfeel, medium carb.
Overall: Another winner from Firestone Walker's incredible barrel program.
Jan 16, 2023
Rated: 3.25 by Jkolls from Ohio

Jan 08, 2023
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Rated by Sandis from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2021 version tasted on tap at the Propagator May 15, 2022. Subtle tequila on the nose. Creamy and....just excellent.
Dec 21, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

Dec 20, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Aug 19, 2022
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Arrives fudge colored with a beige head that settles in as a film but leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: The Tequila barrel aromatics dominate but there are lots of complementary aromatics of chocolate, spice cake, Bourbon and Brandy

Taste: Dark chocolate foward with hints of spice cake, brown sugar and vanilla; through the middle, the barrel tones emerge, with Tequila leading but the Bourbon and Brandy also in the mix; the finish brings all the flavors together with a slightly boozy edge

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Firestone Walker's barrel program is unsurpassed and this is a great example of their creativity
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PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 539 ratings