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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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world-class

4,244 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,244
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,065
Gots: 2,430 | FT: 163
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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airohead2001

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I distinctly remember the day when my buddy and I took a break from Step 1 studying to discuss the means by which we would procure some Parabola. I've had Firestone 13 and Firestone 14, but this is my first tasting of Parabola.

Appearance is nothing special. Black. One finger brown head that quickly fades. Not too viscous.

Smell is good - booze, dark fruits, some cinnamon, and some mild roasts that remind me of a porter. These blend together to make a nice scent, but again, nothing too special.

Taste, on the other hand, is outstanding. Warm vanilla bourbon up front with plenty of booze. Finish is harsh, tobacco roasts that linger until the next sip. The sweetness of the vanilla mixed with the harsh roasts blend together nicely. This beer doesn't have the chocolate or coffee overtones that make many bourbon stouts special, but really it doesn't need it.

Mouthfeel is very good - sticky and thick.

Overall this beer was great and incredibly drinkable. The ABV is noticeable, but the taste is so rich that I can't keep the glass down. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 01:53:14 | More by airohead2001
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Poured my bottle of Firestone Walker Parabola 2014 into a snifter.

Appearance-Upon pouring Parabola into the snifter, I noticed the midnight black color. Extremely dark at first, but as it settled, a small amount of dark brown reddish foam stayed at the top of the pour.

Smell-Smelled a lot like the 2013 release with some additions. It had a boozy smell at first, with vanilla, bourbon, and the sweetness of chocolate.

Taste-Had a small amount of smoke. The more I drank, the more chocolate I got. A lot like the chocolate oak aged yeti but more complex.

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Overall-One of the best beers I've ever tasted. I have 3 more bottles of this years brew, and I'm very excited to see how this years vintage ages.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,244 ratings.