PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
97
world-class
479 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
479
Reviews:
46
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.45%
 
 
Wants:
279
Gots:
70
For Trade:
9
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 479 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of Roth_Daddy
1/5  rDev -77.4%

Photo of jrallen34
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of vissai
3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. A little transparent at the edges. Medium khaki collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Chocolate. Boozy. Vanilla. Some oak.

Taste - Chocolate. Vanilla and bourbon. A little bit of nuttiness. The finish has what must be that tequila barrel flavor, although I wouldn't call it directly tequila. Definitely something that I'm not sure I love. Very oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Hefty body. Boozy. Sharp oak. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The tequila barrel throws me off, but the rest of this beer is fantastic.

 556 characters

Photo of BillKuhnel
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Reappropriated
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Devi0us
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Gilmango
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of blee0891
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of EB1
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of DimensionX
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Charliechu
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of BullBearHawk
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of dubinsky
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.43 out of 5 based on 479 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe