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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,607 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,607
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,208
Gots: 2,583 | FT: 186
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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4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour was dark black, very little head on my pour and it diminished quickly.
Odor was complex. Dark sweet such as toffee and molasses. Vanilla and chocolate also with a hint of alcohol.
Taste is more than I could have hoped for. Lots of bourbon and chocolate. Vanilla and dark fruit as well. Alcohol is present but not overpowering. Some minor notes include coffee, maple, woody.
Mouth feel is smooth and a little heavy. However for 14% it is not over bearing at all. It is big for sure though.
Overall a very big, luscious, smooth, complex beer. Sipping beer in every way. Just excellent.

dexterk1, May 11, 2014
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the luck of working in a restaurant that was selling this beauty and due to the steep price (not all millionaires in the service industry) I split it four ways.
Money well spent.
The appearance was very near black. Poured thick. Mocha colored head that was small
The smell was like espresso beans and shaved chocolate with a hint of bourbon.
The taste was heaven. Front notes of coffee and rich chocolate, followed by vanilla and oak, near the end there is a trace of cherry(?). For being high in abv the boo zones is hidden remarkably well. Coming out just enough to let you know you're having something children are not old enough to understand.
Overall this is one of the best barrel aged stouts to be had, Bourbon Country doesn't do it like this.
Dad is getting his own bottle for fathers day

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,607 ratings.