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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,723 Ratings
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Ratings: 3723
Reviews: 923
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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russwbeck

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage.

A: Very dark black pour with about a pinky of light brown head. Not a lot of retention and minimal lacing here.

S: Bourbon, oak, and vanilla noticed first and foremost. A bit of roastiness and other characteristics of a stout. Not a lot of the booze noted at all. The smell seems to be right on par with the other good Bourbon Barrel aged stouts.

T: The taste is everything I hoped it would be. Big bourbon and vanilla flavor, aided by some chocolate and hints of coffe, starts it off with some warming booziness following. This RIS has been aged on so many barrels I can't say much of a stout flavor remains, but the coffee finish is really very good. If only it retained some original hoppiness or stout flavors, this would be one of the best beers crafted today.

MF: Velvety smooth; creamy, and thick body. Plenty of carbonation and a flavor that keeps you coming back for more. The 13% ABV is essentially non-existant, which for a beer this good is nothing short of dangerous.

O: This was $15 per bomber and really hard to get. Every place I found it they had one case and was hidden in the back. Considering the amount of work Firestone Walker puts into this beer, I'm quite happy to taste the result. They really must know what they're doing. Probably the best barrel aged RIS I've had, but I'll review it below Kate the Great simply because Kate has a better RIS taste without the Bourbon, this is good, but I'm missing the stout characteristics mainly. Truly lives up to the hype.

2012 Vintage

A Black pour with a finger of dark brown head. The retention is great, lacing could be better. 4.5

S Big hit of bourbon with equally large dark fruits, molasses with an impressive chocolate body. Just a huge smell that is unlike any we've had so far. 5

T My word I forgot how good this beer was. Beautifully integrated bourbon, chocolate, roast, and molasses. The bourbon and chocolate is just outstanding. This is one of the best bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts on the market. 5

MF Thick, heavy body with a low carbonation. Hits of alcohol throughout. The drinkability is high because it's so delicious. 4.5

Pairing: This smokey cheese was actually quite good. It paired perfectly with the bourbon in the beer. Sweet, smokey,l cheese with wheat bread and this stout is very good. 5

O The highlight of the night. Delicious in every way. Balanced, delicious, and paired well. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 20:49:11 | More by russwbeck
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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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