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From East Van With Love | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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From East Van With LoveFrom East Van With Love
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From East Van With LoveFrom East Van With Love

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Rutager on 03-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by DaftCaskBC:
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4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black liquid with slight tan head around the edges of my Duvel tulip glass.

S: Maple syrup, roasted barley, black malt, bourbon and oak.

T: Maple syrup, earthy & clean hops (fuggles?), roasted barley, black malt, chocolate malt, with a finish of bourbon and oak.

M: Very smooth for an 11.5% ABV beer that was recently brewed. Medium to thick viscosity and a low level of fine carbonation.

O: On the side of the bottle the beer says: "best served after January 31st 2015", but I disagree. It is so smooth and the alcohol is so well hidden I say drink this beer now while you can still taste the hops. Its not like any of the other big West Coast American Imperial Stouts like Parabola, The Abyss or Singularity that require a good ten months of aging. I realize that this is a collaboration beer, but this is the best beer I have had from Parallel 49 so far.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Rutager
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A "bourbon barrel aged imperial maple stout" made at P49 (I assume) in collaboration with Gigantic Brewing. Super cheesy James Bond styled label featuring Graham With and Ben Love, guns drawn. Stick with brewing great beer guys, James Bonds you are not. Clever name though, I'll give them that.

Appearance. Pours thick and black with two fingers of thick tan/brown head.

Smell. Maple syrup and caramel, boozy bourbon, dark chocolate, some dark roasted malts and a bit of fresh cut hardwood.

Taste. Dark chocolate, maple sugar and caramel, woody bourbon, a bit of vanilla, coffee and dark malts and a little char. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied, very smooth low carbonation, a little boozy warmth and slightly drying.

Overall. Great stuff, but how could it not be from these guys? Glad I have another bottle to try again down the road, though it doesn't really need any time. Drinks pretty damn well right now, especially for the big abv.

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Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Tmappin
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of souvenirs
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got on trade. Thx westcoast! Served at 9deg C in a tulip. A new year's day opening nearly 1 full year after the best after date of Jan.30/15.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high brown head that films out within 3mins or so. Very dark brown colour.

S- Nice bourbon here.

T- Slight bourbon and some maple. Nice overall as nothing sticks out at you but with BBA brews I love the bourbon sticking out at you! Has a nice sweet edge to it. Low on the chocolate and coffee scale.

M- Creamy but dry.

O- Very good overall blend. Nothing special but nothing bad. If I see it again I would buy it. The flavors have blended completely together now.

Food Pairing

This rather good brew went very well with...... Roasted leg of lamb with root veggies. Spice the way you like it but I like it with cinnamon and such from a traditional French recipe.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet residual sugar notes with some black chocolate notes with some bourbon, wood and some vanilla notes. Taste is also dominated by black chocolates notes with some bourbon and some wood notes and vanilla. Body is quite full with good carbonation and some warming alcohol notes. Good beer but a bit too much residual sugar for my taste.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a very unctuous black colour with a big spice cake-coloured head. The nose smells of coffee, chocolate and a bit of maple syrup. The taste is a bit of a disconnect, though not bad. You really don't taste much bourbon or maple flavours. It's sweet, smoky and meaty (in that Voodoo Doughnut sort of way) with not much bitterness.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Boozecamel for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Totally dark body, thick mousse-like foam with pretty good retention.

Smell: Sugary maple, mild roasted notes, whiffs of bourbon.

Taste: Burnt chocolate a bit, woody notes, bourbon is light, bit vinous, figs and raisins, mild candied feel.

Mouthfeel: Easily glides down next to no heat, bit viscous.

Overall: Flavor was a bit of a let down as it felt too mellow for the style. Still enjoyed it but not as much as i would have hoped.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Velvet black brown on the pour with a deep brown espresso hue when held to the light. Topped with a burnt oak brown head which is thick, foamy and lingering.

S: Bourbon with sweet smooth dark malts together with hints of vanilla and dark dried cherries. Scent of the bourbon barrel is rich with smokey charred oak, wet wood, earthiness and fresh cut tobacco.

T: The taste follows the scent but is even better. Bold bourbon flavours that feature charred wood, dark sweet malts and dark smokey chocolate notes. Malts hold on the palette like a thin layer of velvet while sweetness envelopes. Hints of fresh tobacco and alcohol esters on the finish.

M: Warm alcohol esters and minimal pin pricks of carbonation. The carbonation helps break the alcohol esters from the brew with tiny pops of bourbon breaking free and warming the tongue...this is Willy Wonka territory. Thick and syrupy.

O: A bourbon forward offering full rich, smooth and smokey flavours backlit with a sweet malty notes. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden and dangerous at 11.5%. The sweetness of the maple syrup is present but the flavour is masked by the bourbon notes. An incredibly smooth offering and the best P49 I've had so far.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of SebD
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice dark tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet roasty malts, maple syrup, bourbon, some oak and dark chocolate.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet roasty malts, dark chocolate, some coffee, maple syrup, bourbon and faint oak.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Parallel 49 & Gigantic Brewing's 'From East Van With Love' @ 11.5% , an American Double/Imperial Stout collaboration brew , one of my first , served from an annoying waxed 650 ml bottle purchased for $12

A-pour is very dark brown/black in the glass with a small tan head that is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace film along the pint glass

S-faint whiff of maple on the original smell , the barrel aging can be smelled , this version is more sweet smelling than P49 barrel RIS ,

T-smooth of the palate , has that nice RIS bite on the swallow , ABV 11.5%

MF-full bodied , low carbonation , viscous , the slight bitter after taste is all Gigantic

Ov-this beer is so much better than just P49 barrel RIS , not to diss Gigantic their contribution to this collaboration is noticeable and appreciated

prost LampertLand

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of zac16125
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter
Best AFTER Jan 31st 2015 (but Im not that patient)

Thanks to Finatic for sending this one over via trade!

A: Pours an opaque black with less than 1/2 a fingers width of tan colored head which dissipates down quickly and leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, maple syrup, dark chocolate, bourbon notes with oaky vanilla and a hint of booze, subtle dark fruits. Very nice.

T: The first flavors I get are roasted malt and cardboard, with coffee notes on the back end. I then get bourbon flavors, with a nice oaky component. Theres some bitterness, a bit of semi-sweet bakers chocolate, and a hint of balancing booze.

M/D: Full bodied but could be thicker, carbonation moderate, ABV is very well masked, drinkability is average.

O: Overall, I really liked this one. Nothing stood out as exceptional, but far above average in almost every aspect. I really liked both the maple and bourbon notes that were present in the aroma, although I would have liked to them both to be more prominent in the taste. Still very good though, and definitely worth a try. Thanks Fin!

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, dark brown/black that lets very little light through. Just as you'd expect. Head is minimal and caramel coloured. Carbonation is pretty low.

Smells slightly sweet, maple and bourbon both detectable along with dark chocolate and molasses (working from memory here, though!). Upon sipping the bourbon flavour is huge and the maple is well controlled - not overpowering as I'd feared. There is a veritable hops presence that keeps the beer in balance.

This beer really suits bourbon fans. I am sure after some time in the cellar (I have a case of them) the bourbon influence will mature and mellow out but I happen to like it a lot the way it is. Very much worth its price of entry ($12.60 for a bomber from the brewery).

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Madbockman
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of smekermann
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised by how little hype this beer has gotten. A collaboration between Parallel 49's head brewer, Graham With, and Gigantic Brewing's Ben Love, From East Van With Love is actually a pretty badass barrel aged imperial stout. I was apprehensive when I first tried it, expecting a somewhat similar beer to Parallel 49's BA imperial stout that they released a few months prior, but it really isn't. It's a far better beer.

P49's BA stout had a nice enough taste, but felt really thin and nowhere near as big as it should have been, given its (supposed) ABV and its barrel-aged status. With Love actually does have the body size to match its ABV, though, featuring some nice roasty, bready malts, a nice dark chocolate flavor and some decent (but not overpowering) alcohol burn from the barrel aging. It also has a surprisingly dry maple profile that blends in really well with the bourbon.

The bourbon also takes a more prominent character in the aftertaste, lending a fairly dry, warming finish to the beer.

Overall, I'm actually pretty impressed with this beer. I'm not sure if they used the same recipe as the original P49 BA stout or if they tweaked it and then added a ton of maple syrup and then barrel-aged it or whatever, but it's a lot better than the stout we got a few months back. It definitely deserves to be drunk and/or aged for a few years to see how it develops. I can see this beer aging quite gracefully even way past the best after date (which is Jan. 31st, 2015, fyi). All in all, probably the second best BA imperial stout brewed in BC, after Singularity (that I'm aware of, anyway).

Edit: also, as far as beer puns go, this one's pretty classy and/or respectable.

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From East Van With Love from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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