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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,595 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,595
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,199
Gots: 2,575 | FT: 184
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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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

gosk, Nov 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Derekg, Nov 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

lketchersid, Nov 24, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -10%

A: pours black with two fingers of light brown head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: roasted malts with lots of sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Nice

T: roasted malts here as well with semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Very tasty.

M: thick body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't quite as creamy as I'd like.

O: a good bbal stout overall. Not too sweet or boozy, this beer is well balanced.

n2185, Nov 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

baybum, Nov 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

damngoode, Nov 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

tinypyramids, Nov 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

baker2gs, Nov 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

ctc862, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

ctrevino, Nov 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

boogercrack, Nov 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

eggmaggi, Nov 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

majaqua, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

hope22, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

cosmonick, Nov 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

musicman575, Nov 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

FCal79, Nov 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Jasonrm72, Nov 17, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -7.2%

The beer pours jet black with a razor thin tan head that settles down to a halo around the edges. As expected, the nose is bourbony, but its 12.5% abv is well masked. Notes of chocolate & coconut fight against slightly metallic notes of bourbon. It's definitely a bold elixir that drinks smoothly. The initial sweetness followed by much more bitterness (82 IBUs!) than I originally expected. It reminds me of wookey jack except with a lot more bourbon and booziness. The mouthfeel is bold and full bodied and despite spending 12 months in a barrel... there is ample carbonation. The aftertaste is a lingering vanilla bitterness that is possibly to bitter for its own good as the contrast overpowers the rich smoothness and drinkability I've come to expect in a good RIS. Regardless, this beer is damn good, but I must admit that I've had some that are better.

ThePorterSorter, Nov 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

dbfp210, Nov 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

littlebeer, Nov 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

TerrenceOBrien, Nov 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

gshak, Nov 14, 2012
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,595 ratings.