For Lovers Only
Parkway Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,601
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #16,112
Avg:
4 | pDev: 9.25%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
23
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Parkway Brewing Co.
 
Virginia, United States
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Notes: For Lovers Only is an homage to our friends down the road, Southern Culture on the Skids, who have been sharing our love for all things homespun and southern fried for over 30 years.

For lovers only Imperial Stout is as big as Mary's wighat, as chewy as Rick's guitar work, and as bored as Dave's bangin'! Aged in light to medium French oak, this hearty stout will rev your engine with a taste as big as backseat love!
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 23 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I shared a couple bottles of this stout with co-workers at the brewery. It poured an opaque black with ecru head that did not leave much lace. The scent had an odd earthy appeal. The taste was more bitter than expected. The oak flavoring was definitely present. Other stout stables such as roast and earth wasn't really present. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's ok certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of VT9091
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I wanted this to be so much better than it was. It's ok. Not as thick or tasty as an Imperial Stout should be. Smelled a bit medeciney. Pick up their Magella and an Old Rasputin or a Ten Fidy for an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of hophugger
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very very deep chocolate brown. Head is minimal. Aroma is of strong alcohol and some sweet malts. Taste is malty, very sweet malt with a touch of coffee. This beer is only 9.50 abv but drinks like a 12%+ beer, lots of burn. Overall, not that bad, but the alcohol masks a lot of the malty goodness and/or balance that would have been present.....*Note........As this beer warms, a nice chocolate taste comes out and is quite pleasant......

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Photo of cjgiant
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:
Pours very dark with a decent head on a decently vigorous pour. Head is medium tan and soapy large bubbled, minimal lacing.

Nose is dark roasted, almost smokey notes, bitter coffee, some ginger, sweet potato, and just a hint if woodiness.

Taste actually seems a little root vege/spice, unsweetened cola/root beer. This might be influenced by an unexpected carbonation punch. The beer is a bit more viscous than I'd expect. The end taste does bring the wood taste, which seems to reduce sweetness even more. This is a fairly dry-bitter beer; almost like a cross of an dry Irish stout and an dry saison.

Initially I was thinking this was a straight 3.75. The feel didn't quite work for me, and maybe could've used a little more malt sweetness. I will also say this bottle seemed different than a tasting I had a couple weeks ago, but that was just a tasting.

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Photo of amstokesdb9
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The vanilla comes through pretty strong in this, which I like. Much less boozy than you might expect from 9.5%. Only things that let me down a bit were the thinner mouthfeel and slight over-carbonation. Overall, a very good beer that unfortunately prices itself against all sorts of heavy hitting competition.

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Photo of obywan59
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I saw this beer at Kroger Sunday, I thought "this has to be a Valentine's Day themed beer".

I'd never heard of them before, but Southern Culture on the Skids, pictured on the label, is a rock and roll band from Chapel Hill, NC.

Pours near black, call it dark brown, and opaque. A scant 1 finger dark tan head settles quickly leaving a thin ring around the glass and a couple of patches of film on the surface.

Smells of cherries and chocolate, chocolate covered cherries, with oak and maybe a hint of vanilla underneath all those cherries.

No real surprise here, but it's still tasty. Cherry predominates, sweet malt upfront, but occasionally bit of tart cherry pokes through in the end. Chocolate and light vanilla, with the addition of some bitter char from the barrel.

Medium in body, maybe leaning towards medium full. Light to moderate prickle of carbonation. Sticky with moderate syrup, and a bit drying on the palate with light warmth in the throat.

I'm on a roll here. My last review was the best raspberry beer I'd sampled, and now, the best cherry beer. It's more cherry than stout, but that doesn't really bother me. I'm a fan of variety. Well done Parkway!

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For Lovers Only from Parkway Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 23 ratings