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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,467 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,467
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,148
Gots: 2,531 | FT: 174
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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Florida

5/5  rDev +8.5%

08-17-2014 04:51:24 | More by indurTheB
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LukeK

Indiana

4.44/5  rDev -3.7%

08-17-2014 01:05:59 | More by LukeK
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Dewaddle

Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +2.4%

08-16-2014 20:29:30 | More by Dewaddle
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JayPeso

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

08-16-2014 19:14:56 | More by JayPeso
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MimDIPA

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +3%

08-16-2014 18:44:05 | More by MimDIPA
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nathan-mcwherter


4.68/5  rDev +1.5%

08-16-2014 04:38:59 | More by nathan-mcwherter
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Skagnetti

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

08-16-2014 00:30:20 | More by Skagnetti
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cfadams17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

08-15-2014 22:30:06 | More by cfadams17
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just_in

Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev -8%

08-15-2014 00:54:03 | More by just_in
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hansenm72

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -7.2%

08-15-2014 00:50:12 | More by hansenm72
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gory4d

New York

4/5  rDev -13.2%

08-14-2014 21:20:00 | More by gory4d
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Rothobinide

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

08-14-2014 18:17:19 | More by Rothobinide
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rightcoast7

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3%

08-14-2014 11:15:25 | More by rightcoast7
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tweet

California

2.8/5  rDev -39.3%

08-14-2014 06:52:09 | More by tweet
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -24.5%

2012 Vintage

A: poured with vigor into a snifter glass, the beer produced a finger of tan head composed of mixed bubbles. The foam sustained for about a minute before receding and left a layer of larger sized bubbles in the center with a ring around the edge. Streaky lacing when the carbonation is kicked up and medium alcohol legs are visible. The beer is opaque black with just a hint of dark brown when the carbonation kicks up on the top.

S: When the cap was cracked there was already an oak aroma seeping from the bottle. In the glass, big dark chocolate, coffee and molasses aroma. Vanilla and oak, with caramel and toffee notes are moderate in strength. Sweet impression overall with bourbon noticeable but no ethanol or harshness. Some mild citrus hop notes are also coming through surprisingly.

T: Lots of complexity from the malts - dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses very upfront followed by caramel, vanilla, smoke, tobacco and roast. I get an interesting chocolate malt flavor as the beer warms up that reminds me of tasting pale chocolate malt in a homebrew shop – oxidation?. The barrel isn't as dominant in the flavor as the nose would lead me to believe, but there is some oak, vanilla and toffee notes mixed with light bourbon. No hop flavor and the bitterness is subdued.

M: Moderate alcohol warming, the beer drinks like its a 12%. Carbonation is mild to low with a big body like you'd expect from the style. There is some tingling on the lips/tongue from the bourbon.

O: I have to wonder if this beer isn't in the greatest shape given it's scores and reputation. Granted it has some age on it, if cellar'd decently that should have mellowed out some of the harsher qualities. However the malt/roast flavors coming through to me seem stale and or oxidized. Maybe I need to try a fresher example so I can give it a higher score but as it stands.. it didn't do so hot. CW16 is still my favorite BA Stout - I'll stick to that while I have a few left

08-14-2014 01:23:08 | More by guityler83
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ZappBrannigan

Arizona

4/5  rDev -13.2%

08-13-2014 23:37:16 | More by ZappBrannigan
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

08-13-2014 23:35:35 | More by ChrisKayler
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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

08-13-2014 21:00:28 | More by TimPell
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Ohio

5/5  rDev +8.5%

08-13-2014 18:31:54 | More by DrewSp
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8.5%

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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

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California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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Texas

5/5  rDev +8.5%

08-12-2014 02:27:13 | More by DrDude
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,467 ratings.