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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The 2015 vintage. It never disappoints.

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2014 bottle, opened on May 2, 2015

A: Obsidian black, it pours with barely a wisp of head in my snifter. Light carbonation on top and zero lacing.

S: With more coconut and cream on the forward end than I remember a year ago, the brew doesn't have nearly the bourbon character as before until it warms up some. After nearly an hour, the bourbon comes back with trumpets.

T: On first sip, the alcohol is more pronounced than before; it blends in nicely with roasted malt character, oak, sweet cream, and some whiskey notes. Then, rich, medicinal--yet sweet--bourbon notes come to the fore. As my wife said, "Licorice all the way."

M: Although it isn't as thick as some imperial stouts, it has a clean, even slightly dry, finish with chocolate flair falling behind. Rich malt gives a satisfyingly chalky finish.

O: There's a reason this is my favorite beer of all time. Just about nothing comes close. Perfection, thy name is Parabola.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,638 ratings
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