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): 12.70%

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 Buffalo Trace.

Added by largadeer on 03-26-2008

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

Served in Bottle at restaurant in Monterey 2012 Version -- had August 2013

A - Amazing Dark as night with small head. Minimal Carbonation.

S - Amazing cocoa chocolate, vanilla, coffee with minimal booze smell

T - One of my all time favorite beers. Taste as it smells. Alcohol is perfectly hidden in this monster. Chocolate, oatmeal, marshmallows, vanilla, coffee. Amazing flavors all come out of this beer as it warms to 55

M - Nice and creamy, smooth with full body.

O - One of my favorite stouts to date. Still have Dark Lord, Darkness, Berserker, Speedway and a couple others in the cellar to try. Comparable to the Abyss which is at the top of my stout list right now. It makes its way to the top due to the low level or carb, creamy full bodied mouth feel, and the aging has made this beer nearly flawless

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 650 ml bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.
Thanks to afallon86 for the trade!!!

A: Midnight black in color and pouring to 2 fingers of thick, creamy mocha head slowly settling to a thin creamy collar and leaving loads of lacing.

S: Sweet malt, impressive roasted character, a bit of espresso and a big boozy bourbon nose, but in balance with the rest of the beer.

T: Sweet and rich! Massive dark roasted malt character, raisins, figs, molasses, dark brown sugar; dark chocolate and a bit of coffee and lots of boozy bourbon. As the beer warms, the boozy bourbon becomes stronger and the alcohol becomes known.

M: Big body and medium low carbonation; rich, silky, smooth.

O: Dark, rich bitter…amazing! Extremely balanced and smooth. It is just spot on!

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,737 ratings