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: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured black, no head, even with a vigorous shake just to see what it'd do... nothing really special about the look of it on the front, although it is obviously pouring a little syrup-y.
smells and tastes more like a bourbon than it does a beer. over-roasted coffee flavor and aroma, vanilla; yes, the fudge i get too. very sweet, very bitter.the alcohol is there, but is part of the overall taste and blends in with the flavors. the wood from the barrels is very strong. i appreciate what they've done but i dont much allow myself to be influenced by a brew which picks up a lot of its flavor from the storage vessel. there is a myriad of flavors but i feel they are over-shadowed by strong oak barrel presence.
2nd pour yields some alcohol presence. lots of oak. the malty quality of the brew seems to pick up more of the barrel residue.
it's still a 13% brew, so i suppose i ought to review it from that perspective. maybe i really wasnt looking for a sipper tonight. still a great brew. lots of effort here....

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4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Near black pour with a minimal tan head.

S: Very very nice aroma consisting of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and a good bit of oak.

T: Most of the aroma carriers through to the taste, just wonderful. Very rich chocolate flavors and the bourbon really enters the scene mid-palate. Leaves your with a nice sweet flavor on the tongue after.

M: Nice and creamy, full body.

O: Very well balanced and complex beer. I would love to give this some time to sit and see how well it ages.

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

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

Appearance: Pours a jet black with a brownish head that sticks around as I sip on this monster. As it disappears, it leaves beautiful lacing on my tulip glass.

Smell: So much going on here! I get whiffs of chocolate at first, followed by roasted barley and sweet malts. Definitely smell hints of bourbon at the end and maybe even some slight fruity undertones.

Taste: Absolutely lovely, chocolate and roasted barley with a definite alcohol hint coming at you as you sip. You can get some other sweetness in there as well, I can pick out some vanilla and molasses. The alcohol is definitely present, but this is still a great sipper.

Mouthfeel: Very strong bodied without a ton of carbonation. Very smooth at 13% which is masked well but can be tasted for sure.

Overall: This is one of the best beers I have ever had and I would love to have it again and again. The best Imperial Stout that I have tried, as I would place it slightly above Stone and BCBS which were two of my favorites. This is one of the most perfect beers I have tried, and worth seeking out.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a shaped pint glass. It's a 2013, no. 004.

A: Beautiful, thin black color. I poured it with minimal head, but about a half inch of thin head lingers throughout the entire enjoyment of this beer. Leaves a wall of bubbles

S: Sweet, dark chocolate; bourbon is also strong; coffee, vanilla and subtle cherry.

T: The bourbon is so strong in the taste, but not too strong if that makes any sense. Like, it's definitely there, but not over powering. The chocolate is also strong and sweet, dancing with the bourbon to make this a ridiculously tasty stout. A very rich beer. I get the vanilla and coffee lingering in the aftertaste as well.

M: Incredibly smooth, like liquid silk. It also lingers beautifully, leaving the entire mouth coated with all it's different flavors.

Overall: Seriously, this is one of the best effing beers I have ever had and may just be the best RIS I've ever enjoyed. I paid $15 for this and would easily drop $20 it's so freakin' good. Sipped it slow and made it last like a fine bourbon.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,657 ratings