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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Notes (3/22/14):

Pours pitch black with a skim khaki head that settles into swirling wisps. Flavor features oodles of bourbon and vanilla along with dark fruit, coffee, maple syrup, and marshmallow. The vanilla-laced sweetness is almost cloyingly strong, though the complexity of the subtler elements is enjoyable. The alcohol is present, as is to be expected at 12.5% ABV, but not distressingly so. The texture is slick and smooth on the palate.

Overall, this is a rich, smooth, flavorful imperial stout with plenty of flair for the bourbon fans. With that said, it doesn't quite live up to its exceedingly lofty hype in my estimation. There are more balanced imperial stouts, barrel-aged or otherwise, that don't lean so heavily on a nearly candied sweetness.

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2014 bottle

A- poured deep black with minimal head and lacing.

S- chocolate and fruits with a hint of alcohol heat.

T- Vanilla and cocoa nib notes come through strong. Not boozy at all for a 14% beer. Amazing.

M- thick and smooth. Coats your mouth. Exactly what I want when I drink a stout.

O- I wish I could have this every day. Great barrel aged stout that is not horribly difficult to get.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 6,466 ratings.
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