Parabola | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Russian imperial oatmeal stout is aged for a full year in a blend of bourbon barrels from Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Pappy Van Winkle, Woodford Reserve, and Buļ¬€alo Trace.

Added by largadeer on 03-26-2008

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Avg:
4.54
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Date: 8/31/14
Location: Trade
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Pours pitch black and allows no light through. Large light brown head with good retention. A lace of carbonation and alcohol ring the side of the glass when swirled. The carbonation falls quickly but the alcohol ring remains.
Aroma: Smells of bourbon, cocoa powder are the heavy hitters. Some fruity esters from alcohol, think cherries and figs. Some cereals surprised to get a light oatmeal (even if is titled oatmeal stout).
Taste: The taste is lovely, nice hits of vanilla, cocoa powder, big boozy bourbon, cherry fruit, port, oatmeal cereal, dark malts.
Mouthfeel: Heavy body and medium carbonation. This beer weighs like a brick on my tongue. At times it feels smooth but on the whole it has a coarseness like cocoa on the tongue. Some viscitude from the bourbon but it is surprisingly low.

Notes: Tragically, this bottle was heat damaged from a loss of power to the fridge. There was a strong smell of soy and it was found in the flavor to a lesser extent. I did my review of the beer omitting those flavors, and graded it accordingly, but I will cellar need to rereview this at a later time.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 6,514 ratings.
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