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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,182 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,182
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,609
Gots: 2,845 | FT: 203
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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3.86/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz botle into a fine stemmed tuplip glass.

A- Pours a true opaque black color with a mocha-brown head, just about 2finger due to a healthy pouring. That head fades to a lip that will not go away.

S- BOOZEY right away, and strong. Once past the booze, there are notes of creamy vanilla, smokey oak, anise and cocoa.

T- Smores roasted over the fire, simply put. It tastes like it smells.

M- so smooth and velvety, great full and creamy body. But the booze just won't quit. No sign of the IBUs, either.

O-I'd like to see the ABV toned down or at least masked, and more than a bit. For me, I expect more balance in a RIS, but it's certainly not bad.

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Black licorice, anise, and cocoa scents immediately greet your nose. Opaque black body capped with a thin tan head. Chocolate and carob aroma becomes more pronounced after a few minutes. Heavy-bodied, sugary sweet, thick and chewey mouthfeel. Taste reinforces the chocolate aromas; coffee and espresso notes; nice combination of hop bitterness and alcohol glow in the finish.

An incredible imperial stout: rich, flavorful, balanced and complex. The Firestone brewers have created a monster imperial stout, bringing out various malt and grain flavorings while taming the fairly high ABV. I hope to find some more bottles of this beautiful beast...

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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