Barrel Aged Series: Russian Imperial Stout | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Series: Russian Imperial StoutBarrel Aged Series: Russian Imperial Stout

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Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by OF001 on 01-06-2013

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 49
Photo of Kobold
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Russian imperial stout demon converted to angelicness.

Where there had been burn there is salve; where there had been ash there is smiling vanilla; where there had been unforgiving leather lashings there are calming strokes of summer cherry. Milkiness without conditions. Sweet tarred raisins. And yet a burning gnaws underneath, a restricted destruction corralled by the consequences of changing allegiances back to the infernal. Emptied glass smells of soy sauce.

All things good of infancy and childhood: your first suckling; your first piece of birthday cake; your first Hallowe'en treat; your first awareness of being loved. The barrel's alcohol is the constant sequencing these primary memories of oily, sugary goodness.

And still, the barrel juices make me melancholic while my mouth burns succulent.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got on trade! 650ml bottle served at 10deg C in a tulip.

A- Open well and pours a 2" high brown head with vigorous pour. Head films out within 3-4mins or so. Very dark brown colour

S- Lacking here. Sweetness

T- Yup! It's sweet. Overly sweet. Bourbon seems like it's from a used barrel. Not very strong at all. Very little heat though.

M- Pretty creamy and dries out later

O- Not a bad brew. Worth trying but will not buy it.

Food Pairing

This pretty good brew can be matched as the bourbon is low. This one went well with......... Curried goat! Fantastic slow cooked leg of goat in a Trinidadian curry.


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Photo of hotmailmsn
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10.9% abv, 46 ibu, 650 ml bottle (2014)
A - dark dark black with little almost no head, lacing on the glass.
S - whisky barrel, sweet, coffee, vanilla, dark dried fruit, black chocolate bitterness.
T - low carbonated, whisky favors for sure, yet not too overpowering. big full smooth sticky mouthful. rounded, balanced with sweetness n hoppy.
O - really really good barrel aged imperial stout, especially cellar for 2 years! rounder n smoother! amazing!!

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Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml maroon waxed 2015 bottle, poured into tulip 14/6/15

A black with deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam sits around for a few sips but leave no lace, a little color and legs left behind after a swirl

S char, molasses, vanilla, some chocolate, coffee, and booze, not a whole lot of whiskey, a hint of coconut, and some sugar coated raisins

T not far from the nose but a little extra char and booze, a little chocolate syrup, good but could use a little mellow time

M full and chewy, could use a few extra bubbles but its not flat, oily on the palate, sticky on the lips but fairly hot at this point in time

O decent stuff but a little boozy without a whole lot of barrel, perhaps it finished a little higher then the label states?

A decent big stout but if I had another bottle I'd sit on it for a couple years, I'd prefer more barrel notes other then the booze but worth a try at the end of the day

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a dark black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some black chocolates notes with some dry woody notes. Taste is also dominated by dry woody notes with light vanilla undertones and some dry and bitter black chocolate notes. Body is about average but thinner then I was anticipating with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit too dry for my taste buds and lacking body with some lack of integration between al the flavors.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank a 2014 bottle (2 months old) yesterday and drinking a 2013 bottle (14 months old) currently.

A: (both) Black, tobacco edges, dark tan head reducing to a ring after 30-60 seconds

S: (both) Roasty, chocolate, very slight vanilla and licorice.

T: (2014) Big roast character, equal parts coffee and chocolate. The richness of the roasted malts is center-stage, though. Some vanilla / licorice in the background.

(2013) The roast has become more subdued and creamy smooth, while the chocolate has come up a little bit and replaced the coffee's sharehold. I don't get much whiskey from either vintage, though a bit of the oak is there.

M: The 2014 is better than the 2013 here. Both are creamy but the 2013 has gotten a little thinner.

O: I like both but I give the edge to the 2014.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.67/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Rutager this past summer. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
IBU: 46
Aged in whisky barrels

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, tan head with very good retention. Black body, clear, with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full foam wisp and ring. A splotchy wisp and ring remain but leave no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Whisky, oak, caramel, milk chocolate and light coconut on the nose. Roasted notes and vanilla with sweet cream in there as well. Medium strength, but very enticing and showing potential. Lots of milk chocolate and caramel-sweet whisky.

TASTE: Not nearly as good as the nose. Very disappointing. Light notes of oak and whisky notes, but quite watery and empty up front. Swallow gives mild caramel, whisky, vanilla and some milk chocolate as well. Mundane and dry finish with some bitter chocolate, sweet toffee, whisky and creamy flavors. Nothing wrong per se, just not at all impressive. Definitely well below average for the style.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. No heat. Decent feel here.

OVERALL: The nose was very promising and the feel was solid enough, but the flavor was quite boring, watery, mild and very uneventful overall. Nothing memorable about this one, so it'll be forgotten quickly in a sea of solid competition. Thanks again Rutager!

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head, thin ring of retention shows a little leg.

S: Brown sugar, molasses, nice fruity yeast, chocolate covered cherries, bit of soya sauce.

T: Dutch licorice, black strap molasses, figs, soya sauce, dates, caramelized raisins, oak, modest bitterness, slight alcohol warmth.

M: Fairly dry, slightly chalky & acidic with alcohol in the finish.

O: An all around good brew, though I think it may have lost some 'life' in the barrel... it certainly has an aged flavour. I'd love to try it fresh.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black brown with just a bare minimum of light breaking the surface revealing a cola colour. I poured a little aggressively and ended up with 3 fingers of tan head, upon settling there was plenty of lacing left behind.

S: Smooth bourbon vanilla, woody, chocolate, sweet malts & mocha finishing with a hint of alcohol esters

T: Dark chocolate with coffee is predominate, followed with notes of smooth vanilla bourbon and oaky richness.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with low carbonation and a warming alcohol hug.

O: Delicious and smooth with a woody presence that evokes a rich quality in both taste and feel. This is a incredibly solid RIS, and hopefully Parallel 49 continues to make more and build on this very solid first attempt.

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Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours pretty thick and black with 1.5 fingers of tan head that settles to a skim and leaves some nice bands behind.

Smell. Dark malts and black licorice, sweet and woody bourbon and vanilla, and a little bit of dark chocolate.

Taste. Dark chocolatey malts, some sweet vanilla and a bit of toasted wood and licorice. The finish has some more lightly bitter, lightly tannic, maybe slightly charred wood and the high abv is quite well hidden.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied with low+ carbonation.

Overall. After reading much about how this doesn't quite compare to Singularity, I wasn't expecting something this nice. The drinkability is pretty fucking amazing right out of the gate (Okay, it's been "aged" a month or so) and it's very smooth and well ballanced. This is some fine use of the barrel without overdoing anything. Between this and Lost Souls, I'm quickly becoming a P49 fanboy.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Parallel 49 'Russian Imperial Stout' @ 10.9% , from the barrel aged series , a wax covered 650 ml bottle purchased for $11 (hmm)

A-pour is a very dark brown , with a small tan head that is quickly dissapating leaving no lace along the pint glass

S-sweet smelling , the booze has certainly soaked in the barrels

T-a hickory charred smokyness dominates , not bad certainly not great either

MF-medium body , ok carbonation , a bit dry in the after taste

Ov-ok beer , one of Parallel 49 better efforts , but not up to the top of BC 'RIS' standards

sampled alongside Bear Rep 'Big Bear Black Stout' & Driftwoods 'Singularity'

prost LampertLand

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Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not quite at the Singularity level but a damn good attempt. The beer really picks up the barrel aging in the vanilla notes on the nose and the oaky flavours in the finish. This is a smooth RIS that drinks fine fresh though aging will probably help meld the flavours together. The mouthfeel is just about right for the style. Congrats on Parallel 49 for producing a Barrel aged RIS in less than one year of opening and doing a good job of it.

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Photo of OF001
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650mL btl. A limited one off barrel aged Russian imperial stout.

Pours jet black, no colour depth. Its BLACK! Dense cascading head that needs a little encouragement but finishes thick, stable and of a light mocha colour. Almost no carbonation beyond the initial pour. Very good lacing.

Pungent nose of sweet alcohol, mild nuttiness, chocolate and some smoke. I can smell the malt and alcohol from across the room. Comes across a little unrefined and punchy.

Lots of chocolate and coffee that is balanced well with the malty sweetness. Fair amounts of barrel, mostly the char with subtle oak on the finish that is very complementing. ALCOHOL! It burns and is both warming and numbing. Moderate bitterness that is likened to over roasted espresso beans.

Mouth feel is smooth and heavy with a slight touch of carbonation.

Too much alcohol bite and burn. the flavour profile is just fine, but just fine. There are good bits here at there but lacks refinement. The malt creaminess and sweetness doesn't stretch to cover the bitter barrel notes or the alcoholic slice on the palate. Sure its warming and a reasonable winter Imp. Russian Stout with fair depth, but for $13.65 there are many comparable Imperial stouts here I cant get for half the price or something more amazing from the likes of Mikkeller in the same range.

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Barrel Aged Series: Russian Imperial Stout from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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