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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,178 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,178
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,612
Gots: 2,837 | FT: 204
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: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks crushedvol for sending this beer to me. The beer has been chilled and honestly a bit too long. Allowing this beer to reach a more desireable temperature.

A- The bottle claims its midnight black. Who am I to argue. No ruby opaqueness noted to light. The head is a thick tan coloration. No retention is noted. Wafts of lacing mark my glass. The beer looks pretty nice.

S- The aroma of the beer is bruelled figs, burnt sugar, vanilla, chared darkly roasted malt cocoa almost to the espresso level. Major loads of bourbon. This just keeps getting more complex as I continue to drink.

T- Nearly perfect delivery of darkly roasted and burnt malts. Vanilla and figs combine with cocoa and majore loads of bourbon. This kind of reminds me of bourbon balls. The beer has the dark roasted malt tones I am hoping for in an RIS. Instead of heading into the region of ashy flavors this one rounds out with burnt sugar notes. Very complex and keeps getting better as the beer warms.

M- This beer is full bodied. The carbonation levels are perfect. Flavors are long lasting and well done. Only flaw I can find is a the alcohol is a little too hot.

O- I am enjoying this beer alot. Really wishing I had a few more bottles to let them cellar for a few years. This beer is almost as good as a RIS can be.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep dark black with a nice mocha 1 finger head w/tight bubbles. The aroma hits you with a lot of chocolate and bourbon notes, as well as some roasted malts. The taste is very chocolatey with a touch of bourbon and vanilla and finishes with roasted malts. The mouthfeel is thick bodied with decent carbonation, and has a smooth and creamy texture.

Overall, a very good beer from Firestone that will get better with time when some of the heat from the 12.5% alcohol dies down.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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