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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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

2011 bottle that is jet black with brown hues on the edge. There is minimal carb. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick. Not a big chewy body on this one. It's really smooth and there is still a little bit of heat on this that warms the mouth. No real standout flavor for me. There's some roast, oak, and vanilla but the bourbon is the spotlight. Outstanding BA stout.

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4.54/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Peg's snifter.

A: Pours essentially black and opaque. With streams of bubbles coming up the sides of the glass, it forms a thin tan head that fades fairly quickly. 4.5/5

S: Rich bourbon, heavily roasted malts, oak tannins, some vanilla from the oak, cacao, and dark sticky fruits. Very nice aroma. 19/20

T: Sticky roasted malts, chocolate malts, bourbon up front. Some charred oak, cacao, vanilla, and rum-raisin sweetness. This is complex to the point I feel like there's trouble pulling everything out. It develops some cola character as it warms as well. It finishes sweet and sticky with some hop bitterness as well. 41/45

M: Sticky mouthfeel, but a body that is of average weight for style. This isn't one of those crazy-thick imperial stouts. The alcohol is actually pretty well-restrained, or at least integrated, for style. Average carbonation sensation. 8.5/10

O: This was a very, very good beer. Truly deserves its reputation. I didn't pull anything out of the flavors to suggest the oatmeal in the mash. But otherwise, no real complaints. Recommended, of course. 19/20

Estimated final score: 4.54
Calculated final score: 92/100
Old BA score: 4.60

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4.27/5  rDev -5.9%

Dark black color, thin mocha head. Coffee, chocolate pretzel, chocolate malt taste. thick silky body. Light hop presence, oaky vanilla character, fat beer.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 6,467 ratings.
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