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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,251 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,251
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,068
Gots: 2,431 | FT: 160
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged for 8 months in circa 1990's Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

2011
OG: 29.5p [plato]
IBU: 82 [high]
Cases: 3000 produced [LTD]
Aged: 12 mo [time in barrel]
Yeast: British Ale [house]
Color: 167SRM [midnight black]

(Beer added by: largadeer on 03-26-2008)
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter sharred with a fellow BA.

Batch 002
Bottle 2011

A- Pours a pitch black color, nice carbonation comes off the bottom of the glass, opaque cannot see through it, nice dark brown 1 finger head that dissipates to a thin layer around the glass. Nice lacing on the side of the glass as well.
S- Alcohol is present right away in the aroma, I can smell the oak from the barrels as well, the bourbon is not as apparent as I remembered from the first time I had it, slight vanilla notes, slight coffee presence.
T- Wow, Really impressive, well balanced, the bourbon is well balanced with the roasted coffee notes, vanilla comes out chocolate/cocoa notes, oak/wood notes from the barrels, really complex, love this beer.
M- Big mouth feel, coats the palate, smooth drinking, crisp finish, dry aftertaste.
O- World class beer, wow, I’ve had this beer before when it first came out. From hearing all the stories about FW beers not aging well I was expecting this beer to have lost some of its complexity, but the beer is still as good as the first time I had it. Very satisfying, everything I love and crave in a quality Bourbon Barrel Aged beer. Glad I have two bottles left to have on a cold winter day.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 07:59:08 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,251 ratings.