Parish Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #15
Ranked #514
4.43 | pDev: 5.87%
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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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received two bottles from @roguer in the NBS BIF #13. No apparent bottling date. Poured into a stout glass at 57° An oily black pour with a modest, creamy, light khaki-colored head and thin sheen of lacing. It smells of burnt coffee coffee grounds, earthy char, a whiff of tobacco smoke, and subtle vanilla. The initial taste offers freshly-brewed coffee with vanilla cream and sugar. But it finishes with the bitterness and acidity of burnt coffee and charred nuts. The two extremes balance each other well and this stout grows on me as I sip it. The mouth feel is rich and smooth and surprisingly creamy for 7.2% ABV. The carbonation level is lite to moderate and it drinks very easily. Overall, Rêve is an absolutely top flight coffee stout. It deserves its lofty rating.

May 02, 2021
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RedStickPhil from New Mexico

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this wonderful beer is like settling into the most comfortable armchair in front of a warm fire, probably in the mountains. Tough act for a louisiana beer. To the details, it pours a slowly building mocha head that gradually lightens. The nose is a rich cold brew. Taste is back to mocha with a perfect balance. Really outstanding.

Apr 04, 2021
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light carbonation with an above average body
Aroma is black coffee,roasted malt, espresso beans, mild amount of dark fruit and honey. Some dark bakers chocolate as well.
Taste is everything coffee. Espresso beans, black coffee, coffee grinds, roasted malt, bakers chocolate. Mild amount of dark fruit,honey and bakers dark chocolate.
Excellent coffee,and I mean heavy on the coffee,stout.

Feb 22, 2021
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emerge077 from Illinois

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

Bottled 10/22/20

Pours a dark brown, black in the glass with ample tan foam and spotty lacing.

Strong, rich dark roast coffee aroma, charred malt and bakers chocolate.

Similar flavors of rich dark roast coffee, mild bitterness and sweetness, chocolatey, roasty, and tasty. Smooth and creamy texure, on the lighter side but pleasant.

4th LA brewery i’ve had, besides NOLA, Abita, and Dixie, and this is the best beer by far. Thanks to Andy, Thomas, & Jenny for this one!

Jan 22, 2021
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UWDAWG from Washington

4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Look- Black, super frothy medium brown head, average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Coffee, slight chocolate and toasted oats.

Taste- Coffee, chocolate notes, slight toasted oats.

Feel- Creamy, below average carbonation, soft, smooth, clean finish, medium body.

Overall- Absolutely fantastic beer!

Jan 18, 2021
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Wkarr77 from Louisiana

4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice milk stout, was expecting thicker pour and mouth feel. Taste is as expected, above average, coffee stout with no boozy after taste. Overall good, and worth price point for sure.

Aug 30, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is big coffee, roasted malts and vanilla.

T - The taste is dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and light roasted malts.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel

O - This is an incredible coffee stout. Tatse reminds of a vanilla cream cold brew.

Aug 04, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The roasty chocolate and sweet, milky lactose are good bases for the well incorporated vanilla and disappointingly faint coffee. The body is a bit watery.

Jun 29, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour save a light brown ring and surface islands. Medium roast coffee, dark chocolate, playful vanilla, and soil in the nose. Taste has great coffee complexion bonding with the other flavors from the nose plus some black strap molasses, malt and a kiss of toffee. Feel is the star: perfect balance of coffee to the rest of the stout malts especially, has a shot of sweetness but nothing overpowering. An elevated take on a classic

Jun 21, 2020
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black, blacker then most coffees no light showing through this one , nice dense dirt brown head from aggressive pour.

Aroma is coffee, big coffee dominating the roasted malts some chocolate notes with lighter vanilla hints. You like coffee you are going to like the nose on this one.

Taste is like the nose, maybe little less coffee in the flavor then the nose but it still dominates the roasted profile. Chocolate is more noticeable in the flavor and vanilla that lingers with the bitter coffee notes in the finish also. Some light sweetness but not really picking up any lactose.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth big medium with carbonation that is on the mellow side.

Overall if you like coffee you will like this brew, very well done.

Jun 15, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of NolaHopHead
L: black with dense creamy brn head.
S: coffee (dark French roast). Malt, brown sugar.
T: toasty coffee, chocolate milky malt.
F: creamy.
Overall: very delightful.

Jun 14, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark coffee and chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of black coffee and chocolate along with hints of vanilla beans. There is a slight tough of sweetness and no associated bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and silky smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout has an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel and is packed with lots of aromas and flavors of coffee and chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

Jun 06, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.52/5  rDev +2%
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!

May 20, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

May 05, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Apr 10, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Mar 29, 2020
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
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!


Mar 24, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

Mar 09, 2020
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -9%
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.

Feb 21, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Feb 02, 2020
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Argail from Louisiana

4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Jan 27, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, filled on 12/26/19, smokestack snifter.
Drinking this at my Air B N B in Lafayette, LA, picked up a four pack ($11.99) and gonna see if I need to head back to Rouse's Market to buy more.

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, just f**king incredible. It's like experiencing cold press for the first time. This is probably the best coffee stout in the world.

Jan 12, 2020
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Barettes from Washington

4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Dec 14, 2019
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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

Nov 24, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
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.


Nov 22, 2019
Rêve from Parish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 214 ratings