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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,048 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,048
Reviews: 1,019
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,425
Gots: 2,730 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Poured aggressively into a brandy glass from a bottle. Thin Tan head that disappears quickly. Unlike Lt. Dan, this beers got Legs!

S-a little alcohol, bread molasses and toffee. Despite the appearance no coffee smell.

T- dark chocolate, toffee, carmel, Vanilla with an alcoholic maybe rummy bite and some bitterness on the back end. I can understand why some people lay this one down for a while. I also see why they use it for a blend at firestone. It would be great if that burn mellowed.

M-as if you stuffed a satin sheet in you mouth. smooth lingering viscous the alcohol is apparent.

O- well I used my 2nd wedding anniversary to give this beer a try. I had been told if i had two bottles to try one now and to cellar the other. Like my marriage this beer has unlimited potential for improvement, is smooth and mellow (Ha with alcoholic undertones), takes two committed persons to enjoy, and Is versatile enough to blend well with others. But, I think ultimately its will reach its full potential over time!

I don't know how they serve it but I know I cant drink a whole bottle myself. I wouldn't necessarily order another, That doesn't mean i didn't enjoy it. But I have been enjoying the double DBA a little more!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle of the 2012 vintage, into a duvel glass.

A: Pours a dark dark black that is only slightly deep brown when held to the light along the very tip top... About half a finger of coffe colored head that dissapates quickly and leavs some lIght spots of lacing.

S: deep dark chocolate, oak, delicious toasty vanilla, burbon, caramel, toffee, the aroma here is ridiculous, I could smell this all day...

T: much like the nose, except even more delicious, oak, dark chocoalate and loads of barrel and burbon character. Serious toasty vanilla notes, along with dark cherry and toffe, the oatmeal comes into play as the brew warms mingling wonderfully with the oak.... So well blended an well rounded... Delicious.

M; nice heavy full mouthfeel, creamy with a nice carbonation for the style... Nice and dry

O: wow... One of my favorites from these guys and one Of my favorite barrel aged releases period.... This is an awesome barrel aged stout... Hard to beat this one.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle into Snifter vintage 2012. Thanks to DovaliHops for the bottle from a recent trade.

A: pours brown from bottle and appears midnight black in the glass. Medium density head 1-finger of light cream color. Head dissipates to a thin ring hugging the border of beer and glass with small spots of lacing.

S: malt, milk chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla.

T: smooth milk chocolate, whiskey, sweet cherries, vanilla, oak

M: thick with a smooth and oily texture, mild carbonation. For the style, it's exactly what I want.

O: what a big beer. I secured this on the back end of working on a trade and it is fantastic. I will actively seek this out again soon and would recommend it highly.

Note: I would have given both the taste and overall a 4.75

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,048 ratings.