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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage, poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a thick black color with a minimal amount of tan head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing. On tipping the glass, one can see a heavy coating and fingers from the alcohol.
S - Smells of bourbon, sweet dark fruit and heavy booze with a hint of hops on the pour that quickly fades.
T - Carmel, candied fruit, bourbon and only the slightest of bite on the finish. The alcohol is vey well integrated and the time in cask has mellowed the hops out very significantly.
M - Thick, smooth and rich, with minimal carbonation.
O - A very good example of a barrel aged imperial stout. Well balanced, especially given the 14% abv. Highly recommended.

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A- Deep brown with minimal caramel head. Slight glass staining and sticky lacing

S- charred malts, espresso, bourbon, oak

T- Full on, bad ass flavor. Tons of roasted notes, sweet caramelized sugars, vanilla, molasses, slight licorice, and oaked wood barrel...all riding on a complex whiskey backbone.

M- I could chew on this baby all night. It is a sipper, but goes down too easy still. Creamy.

O- Hype exceeded. It isn't impossible to obtain, but this one became a white unicorn of sorts for me due to unexpected circumstances. So impressed with the depth and intense flavor from start to finish.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 6,485 ratings.
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