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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,124
Reviews: 1,031
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,555
Gots: 2,753 | FT: 191
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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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Black with a feint hint of deep brown around the rim. Poured half a finger of a beautiful mocha brown head. Big bubbles. Big sticky alcohol legs. Thick lacing. Shows deep glints of red as it gets lower in the glass.

Smell: Dark fruit, maybe cherry, rich bourbon, sweet malt, brown sugar, no booze at all, vanilla sweetness, rich sweet dark chocolate.

Taste: Tip of the tongue is bourbon, oak and vanilla. Middle of the mouth is espresso mocha cream. After taste is roasted malts and sweetness. As it warms up the rich vanilla becomes more prominent, balanced against the roast and oak, all against the consistent backdrop of bourbon. Bourbon is followed by a tannic quality (that must come from the oak or wine) that squeezes the taste buds and moves the sweetness along. As it nears room temperature it picks up a sweet red wine or vinous character mixed with bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Sticks to the palate even after it's gone without ever being cloying.

Overall: I could've used more complexity on the nose. However, this beer displays a layered complexity that allows you to appreciate all of its various qualities without them becoming muddled. Super smooth and delicious, this is a must try world class stout.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reserve series #003. 12.5%abv. 2012 vintage.

A: Dark hersey chocolate pour is a pitch black in the vessel accompanied by golden micro-beads of carbonation slowly rising to build up the creamy, dark khaki head that sits stubbonly about with no where to go. Decent lace coverage.

S: Nice wiff of whiskey upon first uncapping gives you a good indication for what follows on the nose. Whiskey laced smooth chocolate malts appear with a slight smoky and charred nature of woodiness. Burnt licorice and burbon soaked dark fruit are always welcomed with roasted barley and a scorched toffee sweetness that balances just right.

T: The flavor is even more endearing. Whiskey heavy with bitter dark chocolate and licorice first pops out. Flashes of sweet scorched toffee offers balance and sweetness with a soothing campfire minerality of burnt grains and currant. Burbon touch of dark fruitiness comes about while the alcohol still is shy, feeling much lower then its advertised 12.5%abv which is just fine with me, it just shows how well and clean as smooth this beer really is on the next level. Smooth earthy and silty bitterness follows the swallow along with some freshly brewed french roast.

M: Luscious mouthful, silky thick and creamy from the oats with a warming of whisky and vanilla coffee bean ease. Amazing bite of earthy dark bitterness covers the tongue.

O: Overall this beer is certainly on a level above most others and a 1% by style. For such a dark and high abv beer this comes off amazingly smooth, refined, balanced and is so deliciously inviting i feel i can continue much longer then the bomber should allow me to. Was literally awestruck from the first sip to the last, kept my attention and excitment thoughout with vocal explanations thrown around as to its heavenly nature. I dont hand out 5's to often but really couldnt find much else i would rather see here that could make this any more enjoyable except for another bottle in hand. Highly recommended.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My snifter resembles a jet black oyster pearl.

Aromas of dark cocoa, whisky, coffee and candied molasses.

Taste is exactly like it smells. Smoky, sweet coffee, cocoa, hint of licorice. Slight bitterness and a warming alcohol sensation.

Bold and tasty. Well crafted and balanced brew. Got this on a rare FSW tap takeover. A treat to experience-wish it were here on a regular basis.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,124 ratings.