Parabola | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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 Buffalo Trace.

Added by largadeer on 03-26-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,488
Reviews:
1,241
Avg:
4.54
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with half a finger of tan head.

Smell is bourbon vanilla, chocolate, cherry, bit of tobacco, ash. Very strong and distinct smell.

Taste is rich and velvety, espresso, bit of booze, dark fruits.

Very strong and potent, super rich, yet easy on the palate.

It’s a good beer for sure.

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4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Firestone makes a winning brew in the name of Parabola. The beer has a pitch black appealing appearance with a roasted malt, dark fruit and bourbon aroma. The mouthfeel was excellent making this beer very enjoyable. The only major issue I have with this beer is that it is way hot! the 13% ABV is in your face and overpowers the beer a bit. After having BCBCS the night before I realize how good it is by the way Goose Island hides the ABV. I have a few more of these beers and I want to age them to see if the heat calms down.

Overall its a quality beer but the ABV is hot and the bourbon could be more pronounced.

Bottom Line: Very good brew!

After letting the beer breath for a while the ABV burn relaxed a bit.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 6,488 ratings.
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