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Parabola | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

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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2014 - Well-made. High quality. Rich and complex, with a balanced bourbon taste.

2015 - All of the above + caramelize sugar, vanilla, and breadiness. Everything is superbly balanced. BCBS is more rich, but this has a more complex and intricate smell, taste, and feel. This is a winner.

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2014 vintage.

A: pours slightly translucent black with a half finger of tan head which dissipates quickly and leaves a slim ring around the glass. no lacing. to be expected for such a high alcohol brew.

S: wonderful. soft bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee, dark malt, roast. very complex. no one of these dominates.

T: follows the nose. soft bourbon notes, oaky vanilla, dark chocolates and coffee with a malty roast backbone. slightly dry finish with a very slight trace of alcohol.

M: mouth feel is good, but could maybe be a little thicker. carbonation is nice (low carbonation as is appropriate for the style) bourbon and dark chocolate lingers in the palate well after swallowing.

O: This is an incredible beer! Definitely not all hype. Well worth the price tag.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,597 ratings
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