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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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100
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3,686 Ratings
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Ratings: 3686
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 8.26%


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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Southern Tier tulip. Bottle courtesy of thedindaniel, thanks Daniel!

A - Pours a midnight black, there's no way to garner anything through this opaque deluge of liquid. It actually has a good amount of chocolate highlights, dancing around the edges and offering the any visibility in this beer. There's a nice 2-fingered, dark mocha head, quite dark and thick and composed of tightly bunched bubbles. It has some of the most sporadic lacing I've seen, spattering haphazardly around the glass. Decent alcohol legs as well.

S - The nose is very robust and complex, bringing rich aromas of chocolate, anise, slight dark fruits, and alcohol. The malts play a huge part in this beer, bringing a bit of roast, a thick fudge-like chocolate characteristic, and the licorice is quite strong. There's a little alcohol astringency in the back-end.

T - The first taste brings a huge rush of flavor that it's hard to categorize everything. At first there's huge chocolate and fudge notes, mixed with bourbon and vanilla. The bourbon is a complement to the flavors here rather than driving it, which is how I prefer my bourbon-aged beers to be. The roast is here as well, but doesn't give off much coffee notes, just some bitterness and a feeling similar to tobacco. The licorice is here is well, but more subdued and melds well with some of the other dark fruit here. The alcohol astringency is back here, but serves more as a reminder that this beer is 13% rather than something that makes this unenjoyable, as that is certainly not the case.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with pretty low carbonation. Acceptable carbonation for the style and it feels a bit syrupy in the mouth. Leaves a heavy coating on the palate and keeps injecting flavors in the aftertaste well after I put the glass down.

D - Drinkability is high. This is an excellent barrel-aged beer and certainly a great introduction to Firestone Walker. I'm a sucker for the chocolate fudge taste and smooth bourbon in stouts so this is definitely a favorite for me. I will definitely be seeking out further releases and try to cellar some!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 04:55:48 | More by nhindian
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This is the one, the only, PARABOLA. I have had this 3 times before in the past 3 years. This is the biggest one yet at 14%, I am curious how it will end up.

Pours a very dark black with a brown edge to it, so its semi transparent. Not the darkest RIS I've seen, but its just fine. a small mocha head recedes fast to a ring and lacing.

Smell is perfect. Boozy bourbon and coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, you name it. anything dark like in the food chain lol, smokiness, toffee, caramel, figs, raisins, prunes, did I mention bourbon? Its all here.

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A - Black with two finger mocha head.

S - Initial blast of cocoa from the bottle. In glass, bourbon vanilla, sweet vanilla, alcohol, coconut, roasted caramel. This should be a candle scent, jesus.

T - So I'm drinking some sort of Mocha bourbon liqueur, right? This is beer, you guys. Sweet mocha and smoke. I'm at a campfire drinking whiskey and eating s'mores. Gah, dark and sweet chocolates, vanilla, dark fruit character.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,686 ratings.