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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,121 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,121
Reviews: 1,030
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,546
Gots: 2,750 | 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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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 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bitch black (midnight black according to FW) with a one finger tan head that recedes to a ring of tight bubbles. Notes of bourbon, oak, cherries, dark fruit, dark chocolate, coffee, some booze and brown sugar sweetness in the nose. Taste opens with bourbon and oak followed by dark fruits in the middle of the palate. Back end is a pop of intense milk chocolate and coffee that coats the mouth. The alcohol is imperceptible. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, among the best I've had. Parabola meets the hype and in some ways exceeds it. Certainly the best barrel aged RIS I've had (still waiting on KBS).

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle from j47paco (thanks Juan!). Bottled in 2012. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with one and a half fingers of tan head that leaves very little lace.

Smells of sweet vanilla, bourbon and cocoa.

Taste is a great mixture of bourbon, oaky, woodsy, vanilla, creamed coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, licorice, leather, earth and a little booze. Many fantastic layers of flavor open up as it warms.

Creamy but medium bodied with light carbonation.

A very well done and balanced beer. Great mixture of imperial stout with well blended bourbon barrel character. Highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,121 ratings.