Russian Imperial Stout – Parallel 49 Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: B

Russian Imperial Stout – Parallel 49 Brewery, 10.9% ABV – 750ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the front left-side label:

“In the 18th century, this bold, strong stout was brewed in London for the long and treacherous trip to the Imperial courts of Russia. In keeping with this stoic tradition, this whiskey-barrel aged imperial stout is warm, full bodied and fit for a Czar. Ingredients: Roasted Barley, Pale, Chocolate, Munich & Crystal Malts, Magnum & Fuggles Hops, Yeast.”

  • Style: (Whiskey-Oak) Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Alcoholic caramel-chocolate sweet malts w/ oaked whiskey backdrop
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $12 (after 10% off) – 650ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Yay! Finally a review of a local beer. Sealed with wax and a cap. Pours inkjet black with a smallish creamy head, a thin layer of retention, some lacing, active streams visible near the surface.

Nose: rich caramel malts (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: light fizzy-creamy, incoming heavy malts

Mid-palate: alcohol heaviness, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, subtle roast, chocolate, soy sauce, cola, sweet oaked whiskey

Finish: tingly, medium boozy, sweet chocolate malt finish with light hopped bitterness.

Summary: Solid flavours, body, and drinkability. It could be a bit creamier but overall the texture is pleasant.