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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,734 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,734
Reviews: 993
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,252
Gots: 2,620 | FT: 185
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.

2011
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 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review 165, Parabola, to celebrate the birth of my first child early this morning, Lydia Marie.

Thanks to Sean for this one. Shared with my brother, 22oz 2011 bomber split into two New Belgium snifters.

A: Pours jet black, dark as midnight, with a dark brown head and great alcohol feet; viscous and heavy.

S: Bourbon barrels; oak and vanilla; hints of molasses and dark fruit/red wine; dark roasted malts; and hints of earthy bittering hops.

T: A sweeter beer than I was expecting, with lots of chewy dark fruit flavors; the barrel characters (whisky/bourbon and red wine are discernible) and roasted malt and booze and woody notes all mixing together beautifully. There is some chocolate here as well, and slight coffee bitterness on the back end.

MF: Hella smooth, creamy, viscous, chewy. Medium/heavy body with light carbonation. The alcohol thins the mouthfeel a touch.

O: A really good BA stout, with pretty intricate flavors and characteristics. I'm not sure how old this bottle is but a couple more months would only help; however it's quite enjoyable now.

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A - Pours black, with a thick tan head that has good retention and actually laces quite a bit better than I had expected.

S - Bourbon notes hit first, then rolls into rich baker's chocolate and a little bit of roast.

T - Cold, the bourbon is muted a bit with bigger notes of sweet chocolate and a little roasted malt. Finishes warm with the bourbon coming through again. After it warms up for a few minutes, the bourbon becomes much more prevalent.

M - Full body, low carbonation, thick and chewy. Doesn't finish great with some residual sugar left coating the mouth after the finish.

O - I'm generally not a fan of bourbon barrel beers, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The bourbon is not overpowering, and compliments the heavy chocolate notes well. Alcohol presence is hidden extremely well. A nice treat, but at this price, I probably won't seek it out again.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,734 ratings.