Parallel 49 Please Sir S’more Stout

Reviewed by on December 23, 2015 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Parallel 49 Brewing Company

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 23, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 10.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Imperial Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

While Oliver Twist is not specifically a Christmas-themed story, the marketing blurb on the label of this offering tries to link the eponymous summertime camping treat to the gifts of the biblical Magi – go figure.

This 341ml bottle pours a solid black hole, with ever so slight basal mahogany edges, and two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and fairly creamy brown head, which leaves some sparse and spindly skeletal lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of melted marshmallows, subtle milk chocolate, grainy caramel malt, a bit of free-range lactose sugars, indistinct dark orchard fruit, and a strange hint of phenolic plastic. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, stale marshmallows, reduced brown sugar, bittersweet cocoa, a not so Graham-oriented wet crackery note, muddled black licorice, a touch of wet ash, and plain leafy, weedy, and slightly perfumed floral hop bitters. The carbonation is quite light on its weakly frothy feet, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and genuinely smooth, with a sense of creaminess to come as it verily warms. It finishes sweet, but not overly so, the creamed vanilla thing aiding and abetting the lingering caramel and cocoa mainstagers, sure, but the licorice and restrained booze do well in their own off-setting stances.

Overall, not a bad flavoured stout, however, the exact combo they were going for here isn’t quite a fait accompli – the faltering in the Graham Cracker phase means that I never get that particular sense of backyard fire-pit confection that we were only enjoying less than a couple months ago – damnnnnn. Anyways, the big ABV is sneakily integrated, and so I shall have no problem enjoying the rest of this one.

Brady White

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