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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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world-class

4,363 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,363
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,098
Gots: 2,485 | FT: 166
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged for 8 months in circa 1990's Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

2011
OG: 29.5p [plato]
IBU: 82 [high]
Cases: 3000 produced [LTD]
Aged: 12 mo [time in barrel]
Yeast: British Ale [house]
Color: 167SRM [midnight black]

(Beer added by: largadeer on 03-26-2008)
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ManuelHerrera

California

4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, to go back to the days when Firestone's Double-Barrel could blow my mind. But as Firestone has grown in popularity on the west coast, it's clear that they've needed to step up their game substantially to make a mark on the craft beer culture. And with Parabola they've done just that.

Appearance - Midnight black with a heavy head retention and consistent lacing.

Smell - Perhaps this beer is the distinct bourbon and sherry aromas that hit the nose instantly. Extremely complex

Taste - The complexity in this beer is matched only with it's distinct balance. Sweet tobacco flavors fill the palate as well as bourbon and red wine flavors. It's like a dark, beautiful explosion in your mouth.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation with a thick, chewy movement.

Drinkability - This one's for sharing if you get the bomber. Thick and strong, don't try to chug this.

Two Years Later:

I'm coming back to Parabola two years after my first encounter with the beautiful beast. Still packaged in noble condition in a box with the insignia and a bottle to rival the finest wines, this beer is an experience to cherish.

Served just under room temperature really brings out all of the complexities of this brew. The midnight black body and ominous burnt head make this beer incredibly intimidating. The lacing and thick presentation add to the appeal. The aroma is heavily sweet with dark malt wafting in a big way. Bourbon, a bit of booziness, chocolate, carmel, and coffee notes all layer on thick on the nose.

The flavor profile is something that the written word can't even really harness, but here's a shot: Thick carmel and chocolate notes load the front end, yet flavors open brilliantly as you chew Parabola on the palate. Dark cherry and oat flavors come into play, smokiness comes in waves and the touch of bourbon at the back end plays with a hop bite to remind you that yes, they do still love their hops in California. Thick and chewy all over, this beer is not to be taken lightly.

No beer is perfect, but it's hard to find fault in Parabola. The far end of the aftertaste ends up with a lingering sugar taste that can be irksome, but I'll enjoy this beer for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 04:01:57 | More by ManuelHerrera
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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,363 ratings.