Pinko 23 | Flat 12 Bierwerks

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Flat 12 Bierwerks
Indiana, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jmarsh123 on 02-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 6
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Black in the glass one finger head that leaves some lacing

S- bourbon, vanilla roasted malt, chocolate and some slight coffee

T-complex bourbon notes, vanilla, oak, caramel, chocolate roasted notes. Mild coffee.

M-medium bodied not much carbonation a tad light

O- Everything should be aged in PvW 23 barrels. A really good beer.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good grief, this is a good beer. Poured at Yogi's during Bloomington beer week.

Black as night with a thin-ish tan head, leaving spotty lace.

dark dark chocolate, two layer cake with fudge frosting. Big bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy. Upon warming a bit, there's a little roastiness and maybe some black cherry in the way way back.

Maybe I better give flat 12 a second look.

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4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black color, with a fine, dark tan head.

Aroma: Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and chocolate aromas.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Dark chocolate and caramel on the tongue, with a thick, smooth texture. Some vanilla makes its way into the mix as well, as the finish moves into a very strong, bitter, dark chocolate/coffee flavor. You definitely taste the alcohol here, which makes the bitterness in the finish feel a bit astringent, like oils from pressed coffee beans/grounds, and less like an earthy, dark chocolate. Imagine a chocolate covered bourbon caramel, and you’ll know what this beer tastes like!

Final Word: If they ever make this again, make sure you are one of the few who get to try it! This beer was aged in Pappy Van Winkle 23 barrels, which is as close as any of us will probably ever get to that bourbon. The result is very well balanced, full flavored, rich, and complex. This is one of those beers with complex flavors you can continue to unpack well into the glass, and they all exist in near perfect balance and harmony. The effect is like a decadent dessert in a glass, as you’ll find yourself savoring every rich sip of this beer. My only complaint is that the ABV came through a bit much in the flavor, which added a slight astringency to the bitterness on the finish. However, this does not take away from the overall quality of this brew and it remains a MUST TRY for anyone who likes coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon flavors!

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4.52/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This was the star/MVP of the Christmas in July taplist; the aroma and flavors were all the sweeter aspects of the Pappy wheated bourbon recipe balanced perfectly with the malty backbone of Pinko!

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought home a growler from the Flat12 tasting room. Pinko Russian Imperial Stout aged in 23 year PVW barrels.

Pours jet black with a small coffee colored head that fades into a ring within seconds.

The aroma on this one is a beast. Lots of fudgy dark chocolate, earthy hops, roasted malt, oak with a hint of smoke all topped off with a bourbon kick.

Similar flavors. This one isn't for tame taste buds. Lots of roasted coffee along with the chocolate. Smoke is again in the background. Finishes with earthy hop bitterness and a little booze. Somewhat astringent on the finish, but lots of complexity going on.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. I'd like to see the ABV kicked up just a notch on this to give it a fuller feel.

All in all, tasty stout from a local brewer. Flat 12 has done some good barrel work in their limited beers. Hope to have more like these in the future.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Damn! This takes an average RIS and turns it up to 11. Easily the best variant of Pinko made and if they bottled this, it would have a trade value north of $100. I got to try a full pint of this at the Christmas in July party and it was worth all of the intense heat and humidity that day to try this magnificent brew.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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Pinko 23 from Flat 12 Bierwerks
Beer rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 38 ratings