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.

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

Oily, black pour with creamy, brown head. Aroma has dark malts, bourbon, caramel and butterscotch. Taste follows with the same notes, slightly sweet but not cloying. Big barrel notes with vanilla and toasted coconut. Heavy body with creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is really well hidden. Had multiple vintages of this beer and all of them have been fantastic. This is probably the most consistently well made barrel aged imperial stout on the market.

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Bottled 3/14/2012. Drunk almost a year later on 2/25/2013. Served just north of room temperature in a tulip.

A - 4.0 - Pours root beer brown. Black in the glass except at the edges. Finger of surprisingly fizzy tan head that dissipates in 30 seconds. Come back, head. Come back. Be creamy and enduring, why don't you.

S - 4.0 - Bready chocolate pastry. Somewhat worryingly, something approaching a hint of metal but not quite getting there. As it warms, more alcohol comes forward, in a good way.

T - 4.25 - Malty chocolate of moderate sweetness. Notes of chocolate covered cherry and that liquor/syrup you get in those. More complex than some, less complex than expected/desired. Round, not sharp, and seemingly a bit weak in terms of flavor intensity. Somewhat dry finish with a fairly sweet, slightly bitter chocolate syrup aftertaste. Very pleasantly warm booze fumes wafting up the throat after swallowing.

M - 4.25 - Not as thick as expected. Pleasantly heavy and creamy yet not somehow not dense, I suppose thanks to the carbonation. Manages to be velvety without being necessarily viscous. A little sticky after a while.

O - 4.25 - Very good, if overhyped. Whatever this overall flavor is, it's really very nice. There's more than one thing happening, but not much more. That's good but more would be better. A bit thicker, a bit richer, maybe some more black malt char to stiffen it. A bit of coffee or something else. Never had it fresh so not sure how it compares. I really like the alcohol level. Nice and warm. It's almost liqueur-like in sweetness and strength. I would definitely buy it again if I had local access but would not trade for it again. At the end of the bottle I'll say this is a beer that made me work and made me think and improved over the course of the bottle, which is saying something.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 6,487 ratings.
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