PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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PNC Imperial Buckwheat StoutPNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout
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PNC Imperial Buckwheat StoutPNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout

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

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 001.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, alcohol, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, wood, and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an awesome barrel aged presence but I am not getting any discernible tequila aromas or flavors.

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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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4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar, but when held up to the light it is clear dark red in color. It poured with a collar of beige bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of tequila are preset in the nose along with hints of dark malts.
T: The taste has flavors of tequila from the barrel aging along with notes of oaky vanilla, toasted malts, and hints of sugary sweetness. Some hints of alcohol are perceptible in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer grows on you—it gets better as it warms up as the complexity increases. It tastes strong, but the alcohol is not that dominant.

Serving type: bottle

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

Tan head. Dark brown color.

Hard to tell the barrels are tequila. Chocolate and coffee roast. Some alcohol heat. Caramel and toffee. Big malts. Toasted marshmallow. Oaky. Maybe a hint of tequila in the finish, but it's hard to tell.

Full bodied. Ends a bit roasted. A very nice beer.

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4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a thick, dark cola. Dark khaki head settles into a medium halo with nice retention and low lace.

S - Anise, white booze, raisin, oak, vanilla, agave, black tequila, nutmeg, molasses, brown sugar.

T - Brown sugar, earthy straw, burnt caramel, reduced plums, soy sauce umami, espresso, black roasted grains, and a soft tequila warmth on the backend.

M - Outstanding mouthfeel - silky smooth, soft, and full bodied with excellent staying power.

O - An incredible stout. Great balance, complexity, and mouthfeel.

P - Excellent pairing with red velvet cake, coconut, and chocolate chip cookies.

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

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4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Served in a tulip, black, with tinges of brown around the edges, and topped with a thin tan head that receded to a meager ringlet. In the nose, dark chocolate, dark fruits, booze, and lighter notes of coffee and vanilla. Rich, full taste, chocolate, figs, tequila very obvious and actually well-balanced, with a stiff oakiness from the barrel, dark malty sweetness, toffee, and a touch of toasted coconut. This was a big beer. BCBS-ish in nature (only with tequila). Slick, oily mouthfeel, full body, definitely boozy though, so it makes for a good sipper. Very good overall.

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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