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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,888 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,888
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,296
Gots: 2,670 | FT: 188
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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4.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Thirstygoat, Nov 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

TheFugerIsNow, Nov 15, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with cyde. 22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage, bottled on 3/18/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toasted coconut, toffee, oak, bourbon, tobacco, light char, and roast/oak earthiness; with some light alcohol/booze. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel notes; with solid strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toasted coconut, toffee, bourbon, oak, tobacco, light char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Fair amount of roast/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toasted coconut, toffee, bourbon, oak, tobacco, light char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. A very slight oak astringency was present but not detrimental. Light-medium carbonation an full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible barrel aged imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An insanely delicious offering as I expected.

superspak, Nov 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Smidge, Nov 13, 2014
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edmaher, Nov 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Magbas, Nov 13, 2014
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olradetbalder, Nov 13, 2014
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TheBronze, Nov 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

pagesofphotographs, Nov 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

miggs3030, Nov 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

SteveD082791, Nov 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Corriecrafts, Nov 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

sillyhed8, Nov 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

Kurt_Dog, Nov 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

vdefiesta35, Nov 10, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev -1.1%

bricarr74, Nov 10, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev -2%

define333, Nov 10, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +2.4%

Tpain518, Nov 09, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +6.3%

707kevin, Nov 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Dominic_Decoco, Nov 09, 2014
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4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Edition

Appearance - Black. Completely opaque. Small mocha colored head.

Aroma - Amazing. Sweet Hersey like chocolate. Deep roasted malts and a faint expresso. Subtle bourbon and oak. Some vanilla too.

Taste - Smooth, perfectly balanced bourbon. Something along the lines of figs, raisins, or cherries. Slightly charred malt. Molasses and rich chocolate. Not much coffee here. Alcohol is very well integrated.

Feel - Silky smooth, fairly viscous.

Overall - This is world class barrel aged stout that is worthy of it's ranking.

WesMantooth, Nov 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

jcon, Nov 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

mbeerdino21, Nov 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

TheDudeAbides14, Nov 09, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev -7.2%

Wowcoolman, Nov 08, 2014
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,888 ratings.