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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,356
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,094
Gots: 2,478 | FT: 165
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.

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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Reviews by eclipse54:
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4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bottle of the 2011 vintage (batch 002). A huge "thank you" to barfdiggs for this one. Split into tulips.

The stream from the bottle is a very dark brown, and it appears entirely black in the glass. A thin veil of mocha-colored bubbles appears atop the liquid, but disappears quickly - unsurprising for a beer of this gravity and ABV. Scattered dots of lacing cling to the glass.

The aroma is of toffee, caramel, bourbon, hazelnut, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, date, plum, and both brown and cane sugar. It has an almost “caramel-covered candy apple” aroma to it with the dark fruits in there.

It tastes of roasted malt, toffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla, milk and dark chocolate all right up front. Cane and brown sugar, plum, raisin, and caramel all really jump out towards the finish. Exceptionally balanced and not overly sugary by any means.

Mouthfeel is thick, coating the palate thoroughly on first imbibe. It thins to a nice, velvety finish accentuated by ample carbonation.

Overall, this is one phenomenal brew. The bourbon notes are easily noticed, but not overpowering. They add to the beer as opposed to dominating it. Immense kudos to Firestone Walker for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 00:28:33 | More by eclipse54
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A: At first glance, this is pitch black with absolutely no light penetrator. On closer examination, I swear there is a bit of deep mahogany brown lurking. One finger mocha colored head that settled quickly to a thin ring leaving very little lacing.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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