Parallel 49 Brewing Co. – 2014 Russian Imperial Stout Review
Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s Russian Imperial Stout is back for another round in 2014. This January released beer follows up on the 2012 version released in December of that year, only 14 months prior. From one year to the next we jump from 2012 to 2014. This wax topped bottle comes in a a high10.9% ABV so much like last year this will be a big beer. This Russian Imperial Stout pours a black colour topped with a finger of a half of dark brown head. The relatively thin head starts off very light but rises slowly from the depths to create a thicker than originally expected head rewarding your patience. Through this crown comes well oaked notes along side molasses, toasted malt, chocolate and a touch of whiskey. For being so fresh, this beer smells quite smooth. The flavour is big, starting off it is a touch sharp with the molasses and light oak notes taking charge. A hop bitterness grows along side the deep molasses sweetness and barrel aged notes but never takes over. This is a touch sharper than hoped for and lacks the smoothness that the 2012 has today. That said this beer is not meant to be drank today, give this a year in the cellar and it will be on par with the 2012 if not better. My advice, share a bottle today for reference and store a bottle for 2015. You will enjoy both but can compare the difference time makes.
Alcohol – 10.9%
Size – 650ml
IBU – 46
Price – $11.65 (Parallel 49 Brewery)
This is a seasonal beer (February 2013 Release)
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