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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,971 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,971
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,338
Gots: 2,691 | FT: 187
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:
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]

(Beer added by: largadeer on 03-26-2008)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: 22oz bottle, marked 2011. 12.5% abv. Into a brandy snifter. I'm judging this as a young beer.

A: Poured black as night, absolute darkness, no transparency whatsoever. No head to speak of, a thin foam of brownish white head that disappeared immediately.

S: Wow. Strong sweet presence - vanilla, wood, lots of alcohol. Alcohol is strongest character.

T: Not as impressive as the smell, or at least not as complex. Alcohol can be felt my throat as the beer is swirled in my mouth. Very slight roast, heavy sweetness, lots of boozy alcohol. I wouldn't call the booze unpleasant, it's to be expected in a beer this big. Some little bit of wood, some slight vanilla and very very sweet notes. Bitterness on the backend, leaves almost a dry mucky feeling on the tongue.

M: It's thinner than expected, considering that by using a gravity calculator ,if the bottle is accurate at 29.5 deg plato starting gravity, that's approx 1.035 final gravity, which SHOULD be a thick slop. So based on that I'm guessing there's some off numbers. Regardless, it's thinner than expected, leaving a bitter taste on my tongue at the end. It's not as thick as say, Deschutes Abyss, but it's oddly as filling.

O: Well, hrm. I had huge expectations of this beer, based on my opinion of Firestone Walker, the reputation it has, and the price tag. I'm also unfairly judging it against Abyss, which I consider the best beer I've ever had (which is a substantial statement). That said, this beer disappointed a bit. A good beer? Yeah. It didn't blow me away. At $14 I expected a bit more - I understand production costs, especially on aged beers. The nose implied a much better palate, but it was a bit of a letdown, lots of hot alcohol, a bitter strange finish that wasn't as satisfying.

Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,971 ratings.