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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,199 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,199
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,619
Gots: 2,885 | FT: 205
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: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, batch 002, huge thanks to nataku00! Shared with mulder1010 and poured into a Triple Karmeliet tulip.

Pours a deep brown/black with a tan coloured head of foam that formed up well when agitated and left a bit of dripping lacing as it receded into a crown around the edges of the glass.

Smell was very sugary, took a while for toasted coconut to appear and when it did it was lovely, but only stayed around for a couple of minutes, before the sugar came back.

Taste was cane sugar, plenty of it. Very sweet and one dimensional. Not a lot of barrel could be detected. This surprised me given the world of flavours i've come across in some of their other big beers like 13 and Abacus.

Mouthfeel was ok, decent body and the sweetness didn't really become cloying.

Having had this straight after Barrel Aged Yeti, it didn't come close. I know FW make awesome beers, but this seemed like it had lost a lot of the complexity that i know it probably had.

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4.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours stout black, coffee colored head is slow to form. Body appears to be quite viscous.

S: Big sugary bourbon bite is my first impression of the nose. Milk chocolate thrown in for good measure. Subtleties exist under the layers of whiskey and chocolate; vanilla and oak are big players.

T: No surprises here, pretty much follows the nose with bourbon and chocolate. Coffee and vanilla round out mid sip. Finish is sweet overall, with a woody tannin note that sort of stuck out for me. Alcohol is well masked.

M: Thick, supportive of the flavor profile. Carbonation is on the low side of medium.

O: A nice BA stout, held back slightly by what I perceived as an off note in the finish.

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

Batch 001. 22 oz bottle. Dark as midnight, great looking mocha head. Great retention and lace.

Roasty malt up front with a nice bourbon and oak aroma. Nothing overly powerful, all is blended well. Hints of dark chocolate with a whiff of alcohol.

Milk chocolate and cocoa notes up front. Roasty flavors are light. Smooth bourbon and oak notes, without drying tannins.

Medium body, lower carbonation. Everything here is balanced to perfection. Very little warmth from the alcohol. Outstanding.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Poured a thick dark black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Huge bourbon, oak and vanilla aromas are present up front. Some light cocoa notes are evident in the background but the barrel aging characteristics are definitely dominate the nose.

T - The barrel aging is evident up front - the bourbon, oak and vanilla notes that were evident in the nose are abundant in the palate. There are other subdued flavours in the background, specially cocoa and charred malts. Despite the barrel aging qualities dominating the palate, this is still an excellent and very complex beer and the entire bomber was gone before I even realized it.

M - Full bodied. Thick and viscous. Light carbonation. A perfect mouth feel.

O - An excellent beer. I was able to track down another bottle to age and I am looking forward to trying this one a year down the road.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into a snifter.

A: Poured black almost oily with very little head. Some lacing on the glass.
S: sweet with hints of oak and coffee.
T: Initially strong dark fruit/raisin flavors. As the beer warmed up a bit I got dark chocolate, roasted coffee and hints of vanilla. Amazing complexity and drinkability as the beer opened up.

M: The colder it was the more syrupy sweet it stuck in my mouth, almost cloying. As the beer warmed up it become much smoother.

Overall great beer, wish I could get my hands on another bottle.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No. 002, 2011. Black with just the faintest of dark brown edges. Brown, soapy bubbles formed a collar while extremely fine bubbles coated the surface of the beer. Decent head retention with a bit of spotty lacing that wasn't too sticky. Bourbon was evident as soon as the cap was popped. Boozy aroma with vanilla and oak apparent, notes of toffee and coconut, roast and chocolate, faint licorice and figs. Great texture, full without being heavy, moderate carbonation that provided an airy mouthfeel, a bit of astringency from the kilned grains and wood, slightly sticky. Alcohol started warm and ended a little hotter, but still well controlled. Nice depth of bitterness, both from hops and the dark grains. This worked well with the considerable malt presence, toffee and chocolate sweetness, roast and light licorice. Quite oaky as well, vanilla throughout, with plenty of bourbon character. Unfortunately, the prominence of the wood and bourbon in the flavour seemed to mask some of the complexity present in the aroma. Overall, a very strong offering from a great brewery.

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

Appears a turbid opaque onyx with russet toned edges. A small, foamy tan head slowly fades. Scattered streaks of pacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of dark bakers chocolate, vanilla beans, sugary rum, bourbon, and intense caramel. Sheesh! I could smell this all afternoon.
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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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