Firestone Walker Brewing Company Parabola (2017 Vintage, No. 008) – Russian Imperial Stout at 14.5% ABV | 69 IBU

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Parabola (2017 Vintage, No. 008) Russian Imperial Stout at 14.5% ABV | 69 IBU (C$18.75 Trade – thanks, Norm!, 355 ml, packaged on 16-Jan-2017, acquired 16-Jun-2018, reviewed 1-Oct-2018)

Appearance: clear deep brown with one finger of beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, minimal spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: boozy bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (8/10) Palate: full slick body, moderate carbonation, sticky lingering bitter warming finish. (4/5)

Still big and hot almost two years after bottling, and I’m not sure any amount of cellaring will change that. Definite slow sipper, verging on harsh but not quite brutal. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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