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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,119
Reviews: 1,030
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,537
Gots: 2,748 | FT: 192
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:
Beer added by: largadeer on 03-26-2008

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]
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First time with this brew, as well as my first full review.

Poured from Firestone Walker's attractively labelled 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is pitch black; absolutely no light passes through. A semi hard pour provides a beautiful cascade.

The scent at serving temperature is dominated by sweet chocolate. As it warms to room temperature the bourbon really pulls through.

The taste, to myself at least, was quite deceiving. For such a sweet nose this brew is moderately bitter up front, but what follows is simply sublime. Once the hops subside they give way to delicious roasted malt, dark fruit, and a very prominent oak finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, chewy, and viscous. Coats the tongue enough to savor each sip for a few minutes. The 13% leaves a nice tingle in the back of your throat.

This is possibly the best beer I've had to date. Granted it's the only barrel aged stout I've ever had, but it has set the standard for me when reviewing RIS/AIS.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very thin head. Pours with a medium bodied thickness. Jet black with no carbonation. Everything that a BA RIS should look like.

Smell: The bourbon character jumps out right away. Really heavy on the front, but mixing pretty well is caramel, vanilla, and some bitter dark chocolate. Some brighter hops then I expected and a sharp, spicy aroma from the strong bourbon accents. Smoked, oaked character plays around nicely on the background of the aroma. A lot of depth and accedes on many areas on BA RIS should, but no doubt the bourbon character is the strongest and boarders on overbearing.

Taste: Slight hoppy tingle once it hits the palette. The front is a very smooth vanilla and cherry sweetness which really hooks you right away. The body has more of the traditional charred oatmeal and dark malt character one would expect. The aftertaste is potent bourbon and has a medium to above average dryness which punishes the palette. Really impressive how separate and distinct the levels of this brew are. A journey no doubt. My only gripe would be is the finish is a little more harsh compared to other aspects, but that is really nitpicking.

Mouthfeel: The journey this beer takes you on ends in a strong bitter bourbon flavor. A little drier then one would hope. The medium bodied thickness covers the palette decently well.

Overall: I was excited to drink this and it was certainly delicious. This bottle was the 2013 vintage and I think needs 6 to 12 months to even out a little more. No doubt one of the better beers I've had in a while and I cannot wait to pop my next one in the appropriate time frame.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,119 ratings.