1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

ParabolaParabola

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,678 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3678
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 8.26%


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)
View: Beers (64) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 3,678 | Reviews: 921 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by UpToMeBeer:
Photo of UpToMeBeer
UpToMeBeer

Colorado

4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012. Aged the bottle a bit over one year. Drank it tonite. This is just so classic. Complex. Layers of revelations. The only beer that arguably surpasses it that I know of in this category is Goose Island's Bourbon County (which I think has the edge in terms of a viscous "motor-oil" quality). Clearly, Firestone is at the top of their game here, and this version is probably even better than the prior two years.... I think this version has a little extra sweetness that takes some edge off the bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 03:41:29 | More by UpToMeBeer
More User Reviews:
Photo of DRTBrewster
DRTBrewster

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-18-2014 16:05:28 | More by DRTBrewster
Photo of david18
david18

New York

3.75/5  rDev -18.5%

04-18-2014 12:39:04 | More by david18
Photo of bthomas
bthomas

Washington

5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-18-2014 03:03:41 | More by bthomas
Photo of jsunj
jsunj

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-17-2014 23:54:39 | More by jsunj
Photo of BeerBuffalo
BeerBuffalo

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-17-2014 20:23:32 | More by BeerBuffalo
Photo of DStoked
DStoked

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-17-2014 04:31:41 | More by DStoked
Photo of Booner818
Booner818

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-17-2014 02:22:20 | More by Booner818
Photo of akhayat
akhayat

California

5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-17-2014 00:42:50 | More by akhayat
Photo of afi4lifer
afi4lifer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

04-16-2014 02:45:38 | More by afi4lifer
Photo of funkyaudio
funkyaudio

Illinois

4/5  rDev -13%

04-16-2014 02:41:20 | More by funkyaudio
Photo of BastardKing24
BastardKing24

Oregon

4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the one, the only, PARABOLA. I have had this 3 times before in the past 3 years. This is the biggest one yet at 14%, I am curious how it will end up.

Pours a very dark black with a brown edge to it, so its semi transparent. Not the darkest RIS I've seen, but its just fine. a small mocha head recedes fast to a ring and lacing.

Smell is perfect. Boozy bourbon and coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, you name it. anything dark like in the food chain lol, smokiness, toffee, caramel, figs, raisins, prunes, did I mention bourbon? Its all here.

Taste is similar. This huge wallop of chocolate and bourbon hits the tongue and stays there for days. All the aformentioned smells are there in the taste, plus I have to say theres a leather note as well. Vanilla too. Also, the alcohol gives a slight burn to the tongue but it's not harsh like a shot of whiskey.

Feel is nice, very slick and oily, this thing has legs on the side of the glass like motor oil. Carbonation is just right at about low to medium.

Overall I highly suggest people find this and try it, or trade for it if they can't get it back east. It's a sensation you will never forget, and I am glad that I bought 3 bottles of it. Worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 22:41:11 | More by BastardKing24
Photo of samtrillo
samtrillo

California

4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014; Lagunitas Mason Jar.

A - Black with two finger mocha head.

S - Initial blast of cocoa from the bottle. In glass, bourbon vanilla, sweet vanilla, alcohol, coconut, roasted caramel. This should be a candle scent, jesus.

T - So I'm drinking some sort of Mocha bourbon liqueur, right? This is beer, you guys. Sweet mocha and smoke. I'm at a campfire drinking whiskey and eating s'mores. Gah, dark and sweet chocolates, vanilla, dark fruit character.

M- Very smooth upfront with lots of alcohol at the end. Spiciness because of it. Confusing at first, but surprisingly drinkable after the first 3 sips. It's not viscous or syrupy like I've experienced with other stouts in this realm.

O - Very pleased with this beer after all the buzz from my coworkers and the price. IMHO, as much I revere high alcohol content, and Parabola does a great job at dancing with its %14, I feel the flavours could ring a little stronger around %10.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 05:50:21 | More by samtrillo
Photo of JSuperman
JSuperman

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

04-15-2014 05:44:27 | More by JSuperman
Photo of jackieT
jackieT

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-15-2014 00:32:08 | More by jackieT
Photo of Goddamn_Drunk
Goddamn_Drunk

California

5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-14-2014 23:08:40 | More by Goddamn_Drunk
Photo of Gunch52
Gunch52

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-14-2014 20:07:47 | More by Gunch52
Photo of gordo7
gordo7

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-14-2014 20:00:53 | More by gordo7
Photo of jburns301
jburns301

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-14-2014 18:47:29 | More by jburns301
Photo of Train54
Train54

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-14-2014 17:44:26 | More by Train54
Photo of Erick_G
Erick_G

California

5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-14-2014 16:17:59 | More by Erick_G
Photo of TboneRN
TboneRN

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-14-2014 15:41:20 | More by TboneRN
Photo of Mikeb8
Mikeb8

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-14-2014 15:23:50 | More by Mikeb8
Photo of ISmith87
ISmith87

Arizona

4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - 4.5 - dark brown black with mocha head that fades quick (high ABV), looks like motor oil.
S - 5 - bourbon, oak, smoke, dark chocolate, espresso
T - 5 - Super smooth, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, smokiness, roasted malts, nice barrel flavors, caramel, coconut.
M - 5 - super thick, alc covered, aftertaste is coffee, bourbon, roasted malts, smoke, and oak barrel flavors.
O - 5 - I've heard this is the best of all the batches so far. I can't argue with that. Probably THE best barrel aged imperial stout that I've had. Hands down amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 15:15:07 | More by ISmith87
Photo of MitchD14
MitchD14

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-14-2014 13:47:23 | More by MitchD14
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,678 ratings.