Grand Reserve | Parish Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Parish Brewing Company
Louisiana, United States
parishbeer.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by tetu on 12-01-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
81
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
22.68%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
36
For Trade:
6
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 81
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.94/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

RJT

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up on my last NOLA trip - glad I found it.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.36/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.98/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Grand Reserve from Parish Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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