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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,198 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,198
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,621
Gots: 2,884 | 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: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pitch black color with a very thin caramel colored thin lacing ring.

S - Coffee, have, dark roasted toffee, light vanilla. Dark roasted malt.

T - Dark roasted chocolate, vanilla, roasted cocoa, vanilla, bourbon that's perfectly blended from front to finish. Wow!

M - Thick, syrupy, heavy body, viscous, sticky, lip smacking sticky.

O - This beer is pretty darn good, being my first time trying this.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage
I have been aging this for about 6 months

Pours a viscous pitch black with 1/4 finger of mocha colored head. A little bit of spotty lacing on the glass.

First thing I notice in the aroma is a metallic smell- must be from the hops. Upon further inspection, I get lots of barrel aromas- oak, vanilla, charcoal- followed by caramel, chocolate, and a little coffee.

Parabola is very rich and decadent. Feels like a meal in glass and I am drinking the whole bomber by myself. Very sweet- the flavors are dominated by vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, and milk chocolate. There is also plenty of oak in the flavor profile along with a bit of coffee and bourbon on the finish. I wouldn't say it is boozy though.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick, oily, and creamy. Somewhat chewy but, a little thinner than some other barrel aged stouts I have had.

Overall, too sweet to finish the whole bomber myself.

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Batch # 1 poured into a New Belgium balloon. Thanks Frank!

Jet black with a sheet of dark brown bubbles for the head. Hardly any lacing but the beer itself clings to the glass sip upon sip. Certainly "strong" looking.

Aroma is mostly vanilla and bourbon. Some alcohol here and there, nothing fusel though. Taste is signature -bal stout: slightly sweet with notes of vanilla, slightly acidic with a powerful roasty and woody finish and lingering roast on the palate. While not a coffee stout, the aftertaste is very close to chewing on a roasted coffee bean.

Certainly warming in its strength with a medium body among similar examples. The carbonation is too high for my liking. Another flaw, in my opinion, is the excessive wood. Whisky sits in a barrel to get mellow; the effect of barrels on this beer seems to be the exact opposite. Not that I mind an intense beer but Parabola sometimes feels like wood and vanilla, and nothing more.

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