Pulcinella Russian Imperial Stout | Hi-Wire Brewing

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Pulcinella Russian Imperial StoutPulcinella Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States
hiwirebrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hi-Wire Pulcinella Russian Imperial Stout has been aged in various oak barrels, including Napa Valley Zinfandel, Kentucky bourbon, and North Carolina dark rum barrels.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 11-03-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
31
Reviews:
5
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
17.5%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of bcsbeer
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tommy5
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ThickNStout
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Hops and Vines (Asheville, NC). 9.99. 2016 vintage. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours black with three fingers of fluffy pale tan froth. A persistent layer of fine bubbles spread to a woolly crown, leaving a few speckles of lace.

Lots of sweet barrel in the nose. Dark sugary rum, oaky bourbon and a little wine meet heavily roasted malts, bakers cocoa, raisin bread. Pleasant.

Some roasty sweet barrel char leads the taste. Bitter dark chocolate, sugary dark rum, hearty kilned dark malts, raisin toast, bourbon-kissed wet wood, stone fruit skins, faint coffee, burnt caramel and an occasional faint whisper of alcohol.

Beautifully velvety, creamy, full feel with smooth carbonation. The aftertaste recalls that deep barrel character with plenty of malty roast.

Quite a successful here job from Hi-Wire. Pulcinella's mixture of rum, bourbon and wine barrels seems to mitigate each individual spirit but leave a strong overall barrel character. A unique treat that I'm glad I picked up.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imperialking
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mantooth
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ekenney
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grackos
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ntanner83
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dope
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2015 bottling.

A: Black pour with an enormous foamy brown head that threatens to spill out of the glass. Head turns swiss cheese quickly but never seems to fade all the way.

S: Cocoa brownies with a hint of bourbon. Kind of a...hard water smell. Mineraly.

T: Huh. Big oak and caramel with loads of brownies behind it. Very cocoa heavy. Back end is very mineraly and....metallic. Like licking a stainless countertop.

M: Very airy from very high carbonation.

O: It's not bad but some definite off flavors (heavy mineral/metallic aroma and taste). It's still not bad but it does detract.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZEB89
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stakem
1.78/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Thanks Tim for the share. Bomber poured into a snifter the brew appears black in color with a huge bubbly tan cap that fills most of the glass.

It smells like minerals initially and then faintly hints at some roasted grain character.

The taste is all carbonics and mineral as you would expect from a brew this over-carbonated. In the back is faint roasted grain, a little oak and dry tannic feel.

This is light in body with distracting effervescent carbonation that lightens the body and tickles the tongue. An embarassment of the RIS style.

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Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/30...pours dark black, light ring of tan foam. Coffee dark chocolate nose. Creamy. Bitter nose. Hearty bitter flavor, some astringency. Boozy, big time. Real good.

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Photo of Duff27
2.77/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BEER88
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gr8Scott
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Pulcinella Russian Imperial Stout from Hi-Wire Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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