Parish Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #16
Ranked #539
4.44 | pDev: 5.86%
Parish Brewing Company
Louisiana, United States
Notes: Collaboration coffee stout between Parish Brewing Company & Rêve Coffee Roasters. Created with Columbia Java blend coffee & Madagascar vanilla beans.

This silky smooth coffee stout is created with a carefully selected blend of specialty grade estate beans from Colombia and Java. Our friends and coffee gods at Rêve have finished them to a city/full city roast to highlight the true character of the beans and their origin prior to addition to our export strength milk stout. Enjoy any time of day, this ale will drink like a delicious cold-brewed coffee.
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4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tar black body with an immensely thick and creamy light tan head. Outstanding aroma combination of dark roast coffee, roasted and charred grains, and notes of chocolate, mocha, and cocoa. The taste mirrors the aroma with additional elements of cinnamon and a smidgen of booziness. Heavy, silky body; oily and coats the palate; minor alcohol heat; heavy yet muted sweetness.

This beer is a stunner! It delivers amazing qualities to all the senses. I love the malty richness and how it's balanced with the coffee and ABV. A true delight!

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beergoot from Colorado, May 20, 2020
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3.53/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle. Black with a thin collar of khaki foam. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Tastes switches from the smell. Chocolate first, coffee second. Roasted malt gives way to a long lingering sweetness. Medium heavy. Just a little too sweet for the flavor it delivers.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour, dark tan head. Simply gorgeous. The nose is the richest, most decadent coffee aromas imaginable, with subtle milk chocolate and roasty char notes in the background.

The coffee notes are dominant on the taste, but there’s enough sweetness and char to make this approachable for beer nerds that don’t drink coffee (guilty as charged, your honor).

I’d bathe in this if I could. Magnificent coffee stout.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Apr 10, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a deep black color with a tan head crowning the glass.

Smell - Coffee. The nose was a sweet coffee bomb. It was like real expresso.

Taste - The beer tasted sweet like straight expresso. There was just a touch of vanilla. There was no sign of alcohol. I was not convinced there was alcohol.

Mouthfeel - The coffee coated the tongue nicely, allowing the sweetness to linger.

Overall - This is one of the best coffee beers I have ever had.

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4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

23 March 2020 - Beer #56

Corona Day #11

Price: $7.99 on Tavour

Appearance: 5 - super black with a lovely off white head. Thick on the pour.

Nose: 4 - nearly all coffee. Second whiff revealed some chocolate too.

Taste: 4 - all coffee. Just coffee. Nothing besides coffee. If you like coffee, you can't not like this. Because it's coffee.

Mouth: 4 - kinda thin, but everyone l effervescent. Playful.

Overall: 4 - I am not a coffee drinker, but this is a well made beer.

Be safe!


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CraftFan5 from New Jersey, Mar 24, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Kings Beer & Wine cooler 12-18-19 for $3.69. Bottled on 11-8-19; consumed on 3-9-20.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that has some good hang time.

Nose is heavy roasted coffee and sweet lactose, very nice!

Taste is wonderful with the lactose and coffee combining very well to compliment each other. Finish is well balanced from adequate hopping.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall a very tasty beer with the coffee well played as an adjunct!

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arizcards from Arizona, Mar 09, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head and no lace. Beer had a roasted java aroma with some lactic notes and touches of cocoa. Smooth, a little creamy, coffee flavor is mild and not too dry or roasted, A light milk-chocolate sweetness with well-balanced intentions and a clean, dry finish. Overall, a really good beer that is worth trying.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Feb 21, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a lucky find for me. (Thanks to Total's store in Naples.)
First of all, it is hard to fathom the probability of me finding this: I've Had only 17 in this style and this is only my 4th of the Top 250 and Reve is rated #2. That's luck to me.
Second, I'm not searching out stouts having, 16 hours earlier, just escaped from Chicago to this relatively tropical clime. But Reve pops off the shelve at a huge store with a great selection. Lucky me.

Reve Looks an inviting opaque with a nice head (albeit it leaves no lace.) Smells are as much coffee as malt, both rich. Tastes are the same, integrated; although the after-taste has more lingering hops than expected. In my mouth, viscous and balanced and welcome.

Two parts to my OA rating. First, I had this exquisite stout with an average chocolate cake; and the cake, suddenly, was better ! Second, Parish is the second oldest crafter in a state not known for its brewing; despite its unique culinary history. So anything that Parish can do to bring Louisiana into the 21st Century, it will be much appreciated.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Feb 02, 2020
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4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

10/19/18 refrigerator - bottle 12 oz > Snifter Glass
...glossy dark black, not transparent to light, thick and black pouring, no head. Edit 2/24/20: Bottle date 12/26/19 - head depends on the aggressiveness of the pour, this time awesome tan head full of small bubbles, lacing sparkling bubbly even.
...boozy, roasty, no more coffee smell... hmmm (aged) Fresh bottle all about full Coffee aroma.
...pleasantly sweet, smoky, slightly bitter, chocolaty, distant coffee. Head taste a little sour) + sip a little and all balanced
...no carbonation, smooth "full body" - feels like you're eating black liquid) yammm
...very tasty beer, quality in a bottle! my favorite beer for today - try to chew pecans and drink Rêve, enjoy.
left to find a fresh bottle & Mocha Hazelnut Rêve!
One more thought - on bottle you won’t find ABV or IBU. And Parish brewery no longer uses red caps for Rêve - now caps black. Bottle has a light yellow stamp - date: Bottled ON - date.
Even empty glass smells good, after beer gone!

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Argail from Louisiana, Jan 27, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, filled on 12/26/19, smokestack snifter

Deep dark silky black with a creamy beige head of 2 fingers, leaving sheets of thick connected lacing.

Aroma is thick, rich, slick and fruity black coffee, with undertones of blackberry, citrus, and earth. Mild dark chocolate, some dry cacao, and more coffee.

Flavor is outstanding and provides a ton of heavy roast with a good acid content and coffee notes of blackberry, earth, honey, and slight hazelnut. This is quality coffee. There is some dark chocolate chips, cream, and very faint citrus on the back end.

Feel is slick and roasty, heavy carbonation, nice moderate creaminess.

Overall, what an outstanding coffee stout. It's like Pearl Street's Java Lava on steroids. Gonna get more.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Jan 12, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black brew with small head, no lacing. Coffee is the predominant note on the nose, with a bit of vanilla and a hint of tobacco in the background.
Big flavor, I get a lot of dark chocolate here in addition to the coffee bitterness and dark roasted malts, wood or tobacco, a wisp of butterscotch as it warms.
Medium feel, silky smooth and slightly sticky. I regret that I only purchased one, 95

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Barettes from Washington, Dec 14, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a thin foamy head. Small pour. Head retention is very mild and lacing is virtually nonexistent. Big coffee aroma. Mild roastiness. Less coffee on the taste. More chocolate. Java bitterness on the end. Medium to heavy bodied with mild carbonation. Delicious.

4/23/20 - coffee flavor has mellowed and developed more of a chili pepper flavor

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4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: jet black, like thick motor oil, medium tan head head with excellent retention.
AROMA: lots of coffee, roasted malt, beef stew.
TASTE: sweet, nutty coffee, honey,
FEEL: thick, but thin. creamy.

Really good beer. Super tasty. Thick enough to feel like you can chew it, but somehow light enough to call it easy drinking. Flavors remind me of Icarus Kalashnikov.


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q33jeff from New Jersey, Nov 22, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent head production and retention. A beautiful beer overall.

If Founders set the standard for what a breakfast stout should smell like, Parish nails that profile here. Tons of coffee and roast on the nose, during the pour, from a distance, up close - this brew delivers. Some brown sugar, red grapes, and caramel are in the background, but this is really all about the coffee.

Tons of coffee up front, immediately followed by a nicely balanced malt profile of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, cream, vanilla, and toast. The coffee is the star, but by no means overwhelming; the balance here is impeccable. A touch sweeter than most coffee beers, making it appropriate for a dessert choice as well, although it's not over the top. Almost a green, leafy hop finish well after the rest of the tones have faded.

Creamy, smooth, and lively.

I didn't know this had vanilla beans going into the experience, but it shows on the palate, and adds a wonderful depth and mildly sweet layer to the overall profile. An excellent beer overall, and one I will gladly revisit.

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Roguer from Georgia, Nov 22, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/26/19

Pours an oily, jet-brown hue with faint brownish highlights at the surface, and is topped with a slight, creamy dark khaki cap; fades quickly (possibly due to pouring at fridge temperature) to a frothy collar and minimal-no lacing.

Aromas of roasty coffee dominate quickly upfront as tones of milk chocolate, spiced wood, and gingerbread reveal subtleties along the way; vanilla bean develops along the inhale while deftly placed touches of cherry and dark fruit, as well as fleeting cinnamon, appear on the back end.

Taste opens with a more subdued earthy coffee entwined with dark chocolate and a bit of vanilla; cassia bark, light cherry, and touches of cinnamon mark the back end along with a light roasty quality.

Mouthfeel features a light-medium body with moderate carbonation; a touch of creaminess along the mid-palate fading immediately to smooth char/roasty quality lingering into a slightly thinning finish; a minor acidic quality rounds out the swallow.

Highly balanced coffee stout with no shortage of roundedness throughout, actively in tandem with a quietly eclectic profile worn easily on the palate; steady, subtle, and consistently drinkable with no aspect overstated, but a flavor punching above its 7% ABV.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Oct 30, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a deep dark brown color with virtually no head. In the nose, it is roasty, chocolately and has a bit of coffee as well. In the mouth, the same. Lovely flavor - depressing that it has no head when you pour it!

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4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can’t even explain why I’m not just giving this all 5s. Sooo chocolatey, coffee flows through it, so smooth...vanilla wafts in clouds of dark brown sugar...god just every sip is heaven...y’know how sometimes people describe a stout like this as being an adult milkshake? This is the epitome of that description. Just incredible and I need more.....

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jpbrooklyn from New Jersey, Oct 12, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Incredible stout from a brewery that's very new to me. Found this gem in a great new bottle shop. Bottled date 3/5/19. Pours a deep dark black opaque color with a little film of tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells incredible, deep dark rich fudge chocolate and dark roast coffee, along with notes of vanilla, caramel, malt and brown sugar. Taste follows the nose, great rich complex flavors with incredible balance and tastiness. Smooth, chewy, rich mouthfeel and just enough carbonation. Probably some of the best coffee and chocolate flavors I've ever had in a regular stout. Flavors intensified and stayed balanced even as the beer warmed. An excellent stout and I kept forgetting it wasn't an imperial stout. Higher ABV was well-hidden. Very tasty!

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Oct 11, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to get a bottle ~2 weeks old. Coffee on the nose was incredible but not overpowering on the palate. Not over-roasted, just a balanced, well made beer. Delicious.

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4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I tried this at the Southern National in downtown Mobile, AL whilst there on business. The beer poured an opaque dark with with thin tan head that did not leave much lace. The scent had strong hints of coffee. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle chocolate base and coffee finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like cold brew, creamy chocolate, vanilla, spice, molasses, and roast.

This is really pretty delicious. It's got some roast, but there's not a ton of bitterness here. The coffee is creamy, chocolatey, and slightly vanilla-esque, with a bit of molasses, too. None of the typical off-flavors you get in coffee coffee - pepper, staleness, etc - are here, which is appreciated.

This is maybe a touch thin-bodied, but it's very drinkable, with a great creaminess.

This is was a pleasant little surprise - I enjoyed this a lot.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Aug 14, 2019
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4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 7.41 (Including shipping and PA tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.618/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 8/14/19.
“BOTTLED ON 06/29/19” on neck in yellow dots. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Very dark brown, clear.
Body – Black, opaque, effervescent. When held to the light, still no change.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.7 cm, aggressive center pour), khaki, dense and slightly fizzy, short duration, diminishing to a three to four mm crown fed by effervescence and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – Excellent. Narrow dense bands of very tiny bubbles.
Aroma – 4 – Coffee, coffee, coffee.
Flavor – 4 – Begins with a slightly sweet coffee taste, much less assertive than the nose. Very smooth taste, down to the barely noticeable terminal bitterness. Neither malt nor hops appear. No alcohol (6.6% ABV) flavor or aroma, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Medium, just short of creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation – 4. Possibly the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Aug 14, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours opaque black, tan film for a head.

Aroma is of fresh brewed coffee, walnut, toast and smoke.

Flavor is of fresh coffee, cream, vanilla, mesquite, brown sugar, pecan, and charcoal.

Medium to full body, velvety carbonation on the tongue.

This is insanely rich and smooth with awesome flavor, and at only 6.6% I'm kind of flummoxed. Easily the best rich flavorful stout I've had at such a low abv. Feels like cheating to drink this, like I ought to be paying more for it in BAC. That aside, it's also just objectively good, and I would definitely have this again.

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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania, Aug 06, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a coffee stout fan, because most that I have tried have an old, bad coffee flavor and horrible aftertaste. Not this one. It has your normal visual and smell characteristics. What I enjoyed was the rich, malted, coffee flavor that was pleasant. More like a fresh coffee with nice creamy feel. Very enjoyable.

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4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a half finger of khaki foam. Head retention is fair. Aroma is roasty coffee, chocolate, vanilla bean and dark roasted and toasted malts. It smells dark and remarkably well focused. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely malts with roasty coffee, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and milk chocolate. Tasty, dark, and balanced. Mouth feel is creamy with a medium thickness. Overall, roasty and dark with a punchy amount of coffee.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, May 06, 2019
Rêve from Parish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 178 ratings