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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,190 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,190
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,615
Gots: 2,861 | FT: 206
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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This beer has been on my wish list for a long time. Being a fan of Russian Imperial Stouts, this is a premium example.

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this stout was a dark black with little if any variation in the color. As expected, virtually no head was present as a reflection of a smooth stout. The aroma was boozy with notes a vanilla and dark fruits. I must note the aroma on this one to be close to nirvana. On the initial taste, one notes the smooth mouthfeel of vanilla that is implied by the barrel aging process. The booziness jumps ahead of the pack with a warming sensation. Dark fruits, darkened malts, cocoa, grape skin also make appearances before the warming sensation takes over. The thickness allows the warmth to linger nicely. The smoothness on this beer is unbelievable.

This is a great beer for a cold winter night. I was not as blown away by the taste as I expected, but still enjoyed this one a great deal.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,190 ratings.