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
Ratings:
481
Reviews:
46
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.45%
 
 
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279
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Ratings: 481 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of smithj4
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PHBoiler
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer surprised me. The spices and layers of flavor from the tequila barrel were so interesting. Agave, cinnamon, clove, pineapple, anise, and hints of vanilla all throughout the drinking experience. The mouthfeel was so rich, and the barrel still shined but was subdued enough to not be overtly boozy.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deaddear
4.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Dizzydsmith
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scottfrie
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch 1. Reviewed from notes. Snifter.

A: Pours black with a thin dark brown head.
S: Sweet nose with light raisin notes and mild barrel or perhaps buckwheat spice.
T: Slightly sharp alcohol notes of a tequila followed by toasted marshmallow, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and spicy buckwheat. Spicy and sweet but slightly astringent.
M: Full body, thick, slick, and greasy mouthfeel.
O: Sweet overall with the barrel and other flavors adding a integrated blend of complexity.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Photo of jakemn91
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4truth
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sweffin
4.83/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bferber
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of grover37
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KT123
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigmanlavos
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TampaRainman
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yeaprolly
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sheenisgod
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of South2NW
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sirsteve42
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Abbbp
4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KAP72
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened with about 2 1/2 years age on it (bottled April 2013). Initial smell said it all. Tequila from barrel came through with a rich stouty smell. All incorporated together well. Taste was same... tequila bitterness with a complex buckwheat stout flavor. So much going on, but all characteristics well blended into a truly great flavor. Unique and great!

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PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.43 out of 5 based on 481 ratings.
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