Grand Reserve
Parish Brewing Company

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Barleywine - American
Ranked #30
Ranked #2,792
4.23 | pDev: 7.33%
Parish Brewing Company
Louisiana, United States
Grand ReserveGrand Reserve
Notes: Grand Reserve should be saved and shared. Brewed only once per year, our Barleywine Ale is characterized by an intensely complex malt, hop, and fermentation profile.

60 IBU
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured into a tulip glass. A dark hazy brown color with a medium sized light tan head. Great lacing in the glass. Aroma featured plum and cherries along with caramel and toffee. The taste was much more mellow. Rich caramel and toffee notes met with a floral bitterness that kept things in check. Overall a well made Barleywine with smooth and delicious flavors.

Mar 15, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Edition

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep gold that's closer to light brown which is topped by a dense and rocky two and a half finger cream colored head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells of caramel and brown sugar with some slight citrus and earthy hop notes. Hints of pine resin as well
T: Taste is brown sugar and caramel with some lightly toasted malts, nice citrus and earthy hop with just a touch of pine. The malt sweetness sticks around throughout the drink and the hops have definitely faded a bit. On the swallow this one is faded citrus and earthy hops with some lingering caramel and brown sugar sweetness.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a slightly chewy feel on the palate. Carbonation is light yet effervescent while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is an really nice american barleywine. It's held up well to about four years of aging but the hops still make themselves known. Really nice complexity and balance of flavors. Well worth a try if you can find it.

Mar 06, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage, 750 mL bottle. Pours a muddy copper-brown with nice carbonation that dissipates relatively quickly. Viscous. Appealing malts, sorghum, and floral hops on the nose. Raw sugar cane, hop bitterness, citrus oils and toast on the palate. Moderately thin body, and somewhat dry.

May 28, 2018
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ThunderChicken7 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vertical Flight 2013 - 2015 at The Avenue Pub Nov. 21. 2013 from bottle, 2014 and 2015 on tap.

Appearance: 2013 is noticeably darker. 2015 has the most head and clings to the side of the glass.

Taste: 2013 is the sweetest of the three. 2015 has a dry hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, 2013 has a thick chewy feel to it.

Overall: Really enjoyed the flight for the chance to experience the effect of aging on barleywine. The 2013 was my fave, it had a full, deep flavor that I really liked.

Nov 25, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich ruddy brown hue with a moderate haze and two fingers of frothy, tenacious foam which stick around a good long time and leave an attractive chunky lace. Whoa!

Smell: very big and very sweet with a strong, caramelly malt with a very good barley character. I quite like it.

Taste: sweet, rich and satisfying. It's not overly complex, but it's got a great barley character and a decent bitterness to hold up to the sweet. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: big body with a big carbonation that's immediately mouth-filling and satisfying. Wonderful!

Overall: I'm not always a huge barleywine guy but this one does a great job of being balanced. It's not complex, but it's well-wrought and definitely a tasty treat.

May 19, 2015
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The 2014 edition. Poured into a snifter. Thanks for picking this one up, Cliff.

A: Ice tea brown. A tan half finger head that dissipates fast. Thick foamy lacing.

S: A wonderful blend of malts with a slight hoppiness this year.

T: Malts really shine through with a piney hop backbone. The blending is terrific. Sweet, sure-footed. Well balanced. A real sipper, for sure.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: Glad I finally got to try one of these elusive beauties. Well worth the patience and price ($15). Would love to try one aged for a year or a vertical.

Dec 15, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the monthly bottle share held at Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, toffee, citrus zest, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of sugary, citrus, and wood characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Nov 04, 2014
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CaptCleveland, a guy who sends five extras in a single bottle trade; this was one of them. Then follows it up with a box full of Heady for no apparent reason. Just wait, you…750ML bottle with a small cap of red wax. 2012, bottle #967.

The pour is a flaking rusted red with the consistency of pasta-drained water. Murky, touch of sediment, more head than I’d figure from a big brew with lots of barley. Nose brings whipped caramel, fig-dipped fruits, & a serrated edge of alcohol. Mixed in is a handful of intangible, you know, that secret ingredient that makes your mouth moist when your nose fills with a beer’s scent. Yes.

Parish’s Grand Reserve is foamy for a defensive lineman. Foamy carbonation greets the palate to the extent that I almost lose what the first sip tastes like. Back into the bubbly breach once more, but after sucking off the head, it calms down. Enough caramel billows out to warrant an NOAA alert, backed by more sweet malt, toffee. Mild pine hops are still hanging by a fingernail, & then the alcohoool takes a whiffle bat to the brain stem. Whoosh. Slicker than most barleywines (that was a hard word to type).

Big paws on this creature & I can feel the pads sinking into my ears. Maybe I should drink more, or eat more, or just walk up the stairs. Slowly. Maybe CaptCleveland is trying to kill me. Very good beer.

Jun 17, 2014
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PawPawPepperoni from Louisiana

4.98/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

In 2012, I was working one block away from Stein’s in New Orleans and this quickly became my go-to beer. Had I known that it were scarce, I would have created a stock pile. So my unbiased opinion is that this may be the best beer brewed in Louisiana. It’s hard to come by even in-state. Parish has now started a Grand Reserve day at the brewery for the annual release.

I’ll review the 2013 that I had a few weeks ago. It has everything you want in a barley wine. It’s rich and malty with carmel undertones. Strong but balanced and creamy. A new bottle will boast bitterness and hops, but the beer is recommended to be aged. I’ve also had the 2012 after about a year of aging and the hops were mellow and just about perfect for my preference.

May 15, 2014
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber with a light tan/biscuity colored head. About what I'd expect from a barleywine.

S - A bit of caramel sweetness with bready malts and light spices. I'm not getting a lot of hops.

T - Burnt caramel & toffee dominate here... Not overly sweet... Big bready malts... Again, not a lot of hoppiness though there is a bit of bitterness at the end. Simple, but so pleasing.

M - Medium bodied, medium to full carbonation. Not overly cloying/sweet and has a wet finish.

O - They nailed it... Loving this release.

May 19, 2013
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage 750ml bottle number 731 generously sent to me by egadbananas, appreciate it. Ruby red color, good head that hangs on for along time given the abv. Aroma is alcohol, sugar, raisins, barleywine. Taste is exactly the same but also has hints of butterscotch and caramel. Overall this is a good barleywine, not too hoppy and seems to fit the style perfectly, enjoyable.

Mar 30, 2013
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Parish Grand Reserve has a thick, soapy, and somewhat creamy, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, amber appearance, and some slight lacing left around the glass. The aroma is very sweet and bready, with a bit of hop spiciness in the sniff. The taste is of sweet, caramel, brown bread (think Roman Meal brand), sugar, toffee, and alcohol. Some piney hop bitterness shows up as well. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Parish Grand Reserve finishes mostly dry, mellow, smooth, and rather drinkable. Be warned- this will knock you down. Overall, it’s excellent, and I would love it if others could try it.


Jan 03, 2013
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one while pre-gaming going out jazz club hopping in New Orleans at Avenue Pub! Served from cask into an imperial pint. Poured brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, sweet alcohol, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, wood, sweet alcohol, caramel, and subtle sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. When I saw this one come up on the list at the upstairs bar at Avenue Pub I had to make the trek upstairs to check it out. I had never had a barleywine on cask without some sort of addition done to it, so this was definitely different. I actually liked the mellowness of it as some barleywines can be quite abrasive to the palate. I wish there would have been a little more of a hop presence going on though as it definitely would have helped. Glad I got the chance to try it, but I would love to try it on tap with a little more hoppiness though.

Dec 31, 2012
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tetu from Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: little head. I blame the bartender
Smell: caramel molasses and spice. Good hop presence.
Taste: nice balance of malt and hops. More bitter than malty. Caramel with slight biscuit with hop bitterness on top and some alcohol (a good amount for winter)
Mouthfeel: chewy and alcohol numbing(in a good way) without tasting 11%.
Drink ability: a filling beer but hides its abc well. Great brew to drink in the cold months.
Overall: solid beer. Maybe the best brew produced in Louisiana.

Dec 01, 2012
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 100 ratings