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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Photo of cbutova
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes taken at Toronado, San Diego.

A- Pitch black oil thick brew from the taps into a small flute. Dark mocha colored head forms on top of it. A nice size and good retention. Nice ring remains as well as some islands and lace is patchy.

S- Rich chocolate and roast malts lead the way like Parabola but there is a distinct difference with the barrel feel, semi-tequila hint.

T -Super rich roast chocolate malts with some vanilla and tequila character, that hard to describe flavor in only tequila, just a hint of it. Oak vanilla, pepper, spice and some fruit feel. Barrel feel is quite nice.

MF- Super thick and chewy with smooth, moderately high carbonation. Finishes with a substantial but nice warmth.

Reminds me a lot of Parabola in the base beer but the barrel feel is substantially different enough to make this have its own character. Would love to try again but don't see that happening.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- I received this beer with a minimal amount of head which appeared to have been a very light and creamy beige. Minimal retention. The body is a murky and opaque, dark chocolate brown. Good lacing is left behind.

Nose- This is delicious and exactly what you expect from a barrel aged Firestone Walker. Slight coconut. Loaded with caramel, vanilla, and toffee. But what's the star of the show? Butterscotch. Butterscotch which is very warm and glowing. This is very promising.

Taste- Coconut and coconut and more coconut. Another good offering from Firestone Walker. The heat is pretty high that is to be expected from a tequila barrel. Also, this shows pretty much all of the notes of the nose. Caramel, vanilla, and toffee. The butterscotch, however, is not as prominent as on the the nose. The tequila qualities are slight. Lots of chocolate and coffee. Not quite as good as a Parabola or an Abacus but definitely better than DDBA or Velvet Merkin. I was apprehensive about this beer since it was aged in tequila barrels but the slight contribution of the tequila is a nice touch. Very complex malt bill with rich but restrained sweetness. The tequila flirts around the edges.

Mouthfeel- Just below heavy bodied with healthy carbonation. Some grittiness.

Drinkability- Deceptive and thus dangerous. The heat mellows as you go and this is great at 6 bucks for a 6 oz pour given its very limited release.

Overall- Really good, almost great. Wouldn't rank it as high as the mean but still a really good offering from Firestone Walker.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pitch black and opaque wih a two finger, frothy mocha head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Great retention for the style with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.  

Inviting nose with a really strong barrel character that's nicely integrated into whatever the base beer is.  Plenty of damp oak, spicy bourbon, vanilla and coconut countered by sweet and roasted dark malt notes.  Subtle agave/tequila presence but it's overpowered by the bourbon and oak notes. Wouldn't have guessed it was in there if I didn't know.  Spicy bourbon and vanilla bean flavor followed by gourmet roast, dark chocolate and sweeter, dessert-like bakers chocolate sweetness.  Smells great, I just wish that the tequila/agave was stronger/more noticeable in the aroma.

Thick and viscous full body with a strong boozy barrel presence that gives off a lot of heat and spicy bourbon flavor that lingers over the malt backbone into a sweet, slightly dry and hot finish.  Plenty of warmth in the chest.  Agave syrup and tequilla stands out here more than in the nose with a subtle citrus/honey character but again it's overshadowed by the oak and spicy bourbon.  Subtle toothpick/dry oak flavor with some vanilla, coconut and burnt sugar.  Huge spicy bourbon flavor countered by a nice tequila presence that starts to stand out as it warms.   Thankfully, the prominent barrel notes don't obliterate the malt flavors with plenty of roasted espresso bean, oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate.  A little bit of dark fruit in there as well with some fig, plum and raisin.  More tequila/agave than in the nose but the flavor profile isn't quite as complex.   Needs some more malt sweetness and it's a bit too hot/boozy at this point for my preference.  It burns a bit going down and you can feel all 13+%!  This becomes more tolerable as it warms and the palate adjusts but it seems like it needs some time to mellow out.  

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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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