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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4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very thin head. Pours with a medium bodied thickness. Jet black with no carbonation. Everything that a BA RIS should look like.

Smell: The bourbon character jumps out right away. Really heavy on the front, but mixing pretty well is caramel, vanilla, and some bitter dark chocolate. Some brighter hops then I expected and a sharp, spicy aroma from the strong bourbon accents. Smoked, oaked character plays around nicely on the background of the aroma. A lot of depth and accedes on many areas on BA RIS should, but no doubt the bourbon character is the strongest and boarders on overbearing.

Taste: Slight hoppy tingle once it hits the palette. The front is a very smooth vanilla and cherry sweetness which really hooks you right away. The body has more of the traditional charred oatmeal and dark malt character one would expect. The aftertaste is potent bourbon and has a medium to above average dryness which punishes the palette. Really impressive how separate and distinct the levels of this brew are. A journey no doubt. My only gripe would be is the finish is a little more harsh compared to other aspects, but that is really nitpicking.

Mouthfeel: The journey this beer takes you on ends in a strong bitter bourbon flavor. A little drier then one would hope. The medium bodied thickness covers the palette decently well.

Overall: I was excited to drink this and it was certainly delicious. This bottle was the 2013 vintage and I think needs 6 to 12 months to even out a little more. No doubt one of the better beers I've had in a while and I cannot wait to pop my next one in the appropriate time frame.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,773 ratings