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
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
11
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.05%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
40
For Trade:
7
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of spycow
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of billab914
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFields
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IrishColonial
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of markgugs
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.94/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of thagr81us
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
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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Photo of JamesStreet
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EgadBananas
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

Photo of Volsdawg10
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of animal69
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Grand Reserve from Parish Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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