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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,057 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,057
Reviews: 1,020
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,443
Gots: 2,732 | 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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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Parabola Barrel aged Imperial Stout 2011.
Russian Imperial Stout. Reserve Series No. 002. OG 29.5 P, IBU 82, Cases 3000, 12 months aged in barrel, British ale yeast, 167 srm. Alc. 12.5% ABV.

Solid black, under a rich brown, cocoa head. Looks fantastic, that is to say, magnificent, or, so to speak, amazing.

Aroma: dense as can be. Molasses, chocolate, espresso, dark rum, …and let us not forget alcohol. Thick, rich, huge, …massive, really.

Taste: vast, voluminous, enormous, …thick, rich, malty, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. high alcohol, but just shy of what we call "hot". Dense and dangerous. Viscous and vicious. We could keep this up all day, I suppose. I can crack open the thesaurus and round up the usual suspects. In short, it's as big and overblown as the best of them.

So huge, I couldn't finish it. Chose to drink it after a night of drinking other beers, and didn't have the capacity for taking the whole bomber down, after those initial notes. I capped the remains and finished it off last night, no worse the wear. Well, a little worse. Didn't hurt it that much though.

A magnificent achievement in the style, worthy of speaking of in the same breath as the previous champions.

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2012 vintage, poured into a duvel glass.

a: pours pitch-black, with a tan head & a lovely bit of lace that disappears almost entirely.

s: heavy oak notes, which makes quite a bit of sense. vanilla. chocolate. licorice.

t: very sweet up front. the vanilla is intensely prominent, as are the chocolate and the oak. the back end is more roast-y, with a bit of hop bite -- which, combined w/ the bourbon undertones, almost gives it the kick of a rye whiskey. this is a very good thing.

m: buttery, oaky, creamy, about what you'd expect.

o: complex. lot going on here. wish i'd gotten a second one to let it mellow out, because (personal preference here, and i know i'm drinking a 12.5% RIS) it'd likely be even nicer, but quite good as is.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,057 ratings.