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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,346 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,346
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,096
Gots: 2,479 | FT: 164
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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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very thankful to BA SammyJaxxx for sending this one along. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can see, however, the vintage, 2011, is clearly printed front and center on the label. Poured into a small old fashioned glass.

Appearance - A moderately-aggressive pour coaxes out a half-finger of cocoa powder colored foam that makes a fizzy show for a few seconds before receding back into a ringlet of bubbles around the edge of the glass and an ethereal tracing of film around the top of the liquid . Lacing is nonexistent, but that's to be expected on a 3 year old BA beer.

Smell - Interestingly, Parabola reminds me a bit in aroma of both Merkin and XVII, so it's hard not to wonder if there is some "house" flavor to FW beers. Wonderfully intoxicating, just short of cloying, notes of graham cracker, coconut, oaky vanilla tannins and a pleasant undertone of baker's chocolate, but not overpoweringly bitter--just a hint of roasted char to bring some balance to the sweeter elements.

Taste - Here the bourbon makes a bit more of an appearance than it did in the smell, with notes of spicy booze adding to the woody elements of the toasted oak. Supporting the estery characateristics are richer flavor profiles of roasted malt, burnt caramel, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Just a shade lower than completely full bodied, with a pleasant viscosity that provides a hefty serving dish for the myriad flavors. Carbonation is moderate to low, I'm assuming a bit faded after three years of sitting.

Overall, just a fantastically rich and wonderful barrel aged stout. It's not as thick as I really like my RIS' to be, but I'm honestly quite impressed at the body considering the barrel aging. Firestone Walker really knows what they are doing when it comes to their barrel program. It's just too bad everyone knows that, making their brews hard to come by here in Kansas City.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 21:14:04 | More by LambicPentameter
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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,346 ratings.