1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. 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

3,703 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3703
Reviews: 923
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: 3,703 | Reviews: 923 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by drrone:
Photo of drrone
drrone

Utah

4.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle.

A - Pours a jet completely opaque fluid. Created a minimal amount of dark tan head that faded quickly. Very nice legs observed. Minimal, if any carbonation.

S - Beautiful dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon and vanilla and light amount of dark fruits, burnt tones and malt. I'm not picking up much hops at all. I really just want to sit an smell it. Nicely balanced and complex.

T - More of the same. Just wonderful. Rich and complex, slight bitterness. Some bready and toasty, with caramel and vanilla highlights.

M - Delicious velvety and smooth. Full bodied. Considering the high ABV, easy to drink and sneaks up on you very quickly.

O - Fantastic beer. Lives up to its reputation and exceeds expectations. A must try for anyone who is a fan of the style. One of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 19:06:04 | More by drrone
More User Reviews:
Photo of gillagorilla
gillagorilla

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-21-2014 07:07:13 | More by gillagorilla
Photo of abeeronthebeach
abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Any time I get to use the phrase 'light-swallowing black' I'm a happy man. I feel that phrase is appropriate here. And now I'm happy. Pours slick, thick and dark into my snifter.

S - Booming bourbon notes lead the chorus. Agitating my snifter releases powerful wafts of booze, and to a lesser extent maple and apple brandy. Bourbon slightly edges out the subtler aromas.

T - The barrel-aging process has certainly left its mark. Bourbon flavours are massive and tempered by sweet vanilla notes. Charred oak kneads the tongue, accompanied by mellowed-out espresso and bittersweet cocoa powder. All these flavours are supported by a solid base of roasted malt. This is not a smokey or peaty stout. Vanilla, bourbon booze and maple syrup are strongest here; followed by the cocoa and coffee. Dark cherry is faint but existent as are rum-infused chocolate truffles if my senses do not deceive me. As in the nose, bourbon character is somewhat at the expense of subtler notes.

M - The flavours in this beer are not playing any games, and the mouthfeel isn't either. As the eyes intimate, this beer is thick and slick. Satisfying viscosity should be easy to achieve for a beer at 14% abv., and in this instance it is. It drinks smoothly, although it is more at the syrupy than the creamy end of the spectrum

O - A sipper through and through, this beer was a journey, a genuine undertaking at over two hours of drinking. I normally drink pretty quickly, so this was unprecedented. I'll be aging my remaining bottles to see if time can mellow the booziness and the bourbon, allowing the subtler elements and deeply buried characteristics to shine. Nonetheless this was a highly impressive beer which is either a little rough around the ages or as yet still raw. Time will tell.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 06:09:27 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of deschutes_fan
deschutes_fan

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-21-2014 04:19:40 | More by deschutes_fan
Photo of beerdave
beerdave

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-21-2014 01:08:19 | More by beerdave
Photo of Tafyob41
Tafyob41

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-20-2014 23:17:51 | More by Tafyob41
Photo of Janis_Hoplin
Janis_Hoplin

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-20-2014 20:48:10 | More by Janis_Hoplin
Photo of Shankopotamus
Shankopotamus

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-20-2014 13:21:29 | More by Shankopotamus
Photo of Devman171
Devman171

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-20-2014 11:05:05 | More by Devman171
Photo of Flip4beers
Flip4beers

California

4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my very first review, so I am very excited to start off with the infamous, highly rated BA stout in the planet! Firestone Walker Parabola! My only few BA stouts that i've had, so I cant make this a perfect score becuz there is so much beers and I have so much catching up to do.(Late bloomer drinker). Let's begin.

A- Stouts are usually dark, so I cant think of any beer styles that could be darker.

S- Licorice, sweet, caramel, oakiness from the barrels, faint alcohol but very faint from the well balanced aromas

T- Rich chocolate and vanilla. I'm ready to add milk and sugar to make this an outstanding beer a true dessert. Its a beer you just have to try.

Overall, its an excellent BA stout. Still looking for that perfect beer for my own taste buds, but this beer is in my top 5.. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 09:04:36 | More by Flip4beers
Photo of T_Hass
T_Hass

California

4/5  rDev -13%

04-20-2014 05:12:47 | More by T_Hass
Photo of AkaFlash
AkaFlash

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-20-2014 03:28:01 | More by AkaFlash
Photo of Graffy
Graffy

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-19-2014 23:03:36 | More by Graffy
Photo of jschott75
jschott75

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-19-2014 20:14:26 | More by jschott75
Photo of rflips86
rflips86

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

04-19-2014 15:55:35 | More by rflips86
Photo of Jeremy_H
Jeremy_H

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

04-19-2014 13:07:26 | More by Jeremy_H
Photo of jeezie
jeezie

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-19-2014 05:13:37 | More by jeezie
Photo of Jho3325
Jho3325

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-19-2014 03:20:12 | More by Jho3325
Photo of pstam87
pstam87

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

04-19-2014 01:16:33 | More by pstam87
Photo of ScottP
ScottP

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-19-2014 00:27:41 | More by ScottP
Photo of Bunuelian
Bunuelian

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

04-18-2014 22:17:57 | More by Bunuelian
Photo of CLaBarre
CLaBarre

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-18-2014 21:36:21 | More by CLaBarre
Photo of BryanCDM
BryanCDM

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-18-2014 20:49:57 | More by BryanCDM
Photo of AshJazz
AshJazz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-18-2014 18:38:29 | More by AshJazz
Photo of mhind52
mhind52

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-18-2014 17:56:44 | More by mhind52
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,703 ratings.