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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,968 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,968
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,337
Gots: 2,692 | FT: 187
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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651mL 2011 ed. Pours a clear mahogany with a gigantic, sheen, coffee brown head. Very nice retention; little lace. Nose is obviously bourbon barrel but soft and well integrated: coffee, baker’s chocolate, present bourbon "heat" and alcohol but not overpowering, As it opens up the nose gains some rich "meat" and "fat". Very nice. Taste up front is very silky with evident oats, spicy cedar, evident wood, very bitter dark chocolate, spicy bourbon. Gets a little ashy and very bitter on the palate. 6/11/2011 8/4/7/4/15=3.8

651mL 2011 ed. Having this beer for the fourth or fifth time. Parabola is really growing on me and having this alongside other Imperial Stouts, you can really appreciate Parabola’s immensely silky palate, rich marshmallow and s’mores character. Lots of coffee cake and dessert richness/softness. What a beautiful beer. Upping the score. 9/15/2011 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

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Freshness Date: None

Reserve Series No. 003

A: Poured into a snifter. This brew is pitch black with a khaki head which fades to a faint rim.

S: Bourbon alcohol with complimenting aromoas of tobacco, chocolate, espresso, oak and dark fruits.

T: The flavors at first match the nose: tobacco, chocolate, oak and espresso. Then comes raisins, plums, cherry, vanilla, marshmallows, and smoke. All these complex elements are brought together by dark bread and smooth oat creaminess. Moderate warming bourbonesque alcohol and leafy bitterness throughout.

M: Moderate chewy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Creamy smoothness and good warming alcohol.

O: Stumbled upon this gem at the local BevMo. Aged 12 months in oak barrels, this beautiful brew is the product of patient and knowledgeable hands. A complex, flavorful imperial stout that is both a joy and a honor to imbibe.

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2012 bottle, in Breckenridge Vanilla Porter Goblet at room temperature

A: dark, opaque, no light passing through, quarter inch head

S: chocolate, coconut, bourbon with hints of alcohol you would expect with a 12.5% ABV beer

T: chocolate, molasses, figs, dry fruits, strong bourbon

M: thin, velvety, smooth, coats the mouth

O: A wonderful sipping imperial stout with strong bourbon notes, prominent coconut profile, subtle chocolate taste and barely any alcohol flavor for the ABV

LookIng forward to see how this one ages

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,968 ratings.