Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4,986
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,341
Gots: 2,702 | FT: 188
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

*300th Review*

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. 2012 Vintage. Sent to me in a trade a while back, but can't recall who sent it. Thanks to whoever it was.

A - Pours midnight black with a finger of slow receding foam. The beige head leaves behind a pretty, tiered lacing.

S - Smells of baker's chocolate, cocoa, and ripe plum. Considerable oak, and just a touch of whiskey. Roasty, sweet, and bitter. Great aroma.

T - Vanilla and charred wood on the start. Milk chocolate and oats follow midpalate. The barrel is big on the finish with drying oak and a nice whiskey twang. Sweetness of chocolate, vanilla, and fleshy fruit accompanies the other flavors throughout. Tremendous balance and complexity.

M - While everything about this beer is impressive, the mouthfeel may be the best facet. Thick body with micro-carbonation that offers a silky smooth slickness.

O - I have been stowing away two of these for about a year now, but this is my first time trying it. I am glad I waited because this is drinking nearly perfectly with one year on it (although no basis for comparison). Very complex flavor full of chocolate, roast, whiskey, and oak. Impressively drinkable for a 12.5% monster. I will definitely seek out this year's batch and look forward to seeing how this one tastes fresh as well as with a few (or more) years on it. This is what barrel aged stouts should taste like.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Raul is losing it. Done losing it. Is Raul on DMT? Lucid, transfixed, going bat shit!!! Am I David Bowie? Because we have reached liftoff. Like a silkworm spinning gold. Like a waterfall splashing truffle water... This thing is ectstasy on defcon 5.

Get it and lose your mind.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,986 ratings.