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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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world-class

4,245 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,245
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,068
Gots: 2,428 | FT: 161
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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steenkampa

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazingly balanced hefty stout, at a great price.

The first time I had this one, 2011, I walked into a BevMo to buy two beers for myself to drink during a house party...and got 2 bottles of this, thinking "meh, cheap burly Stout, that'll do great for the night" not knowing at all what I had.

Half way through the night, I'm completely trashed off both bottles wondering what this was and why it tasted so amazing, and when did Firestone get so good when I only remember the DBA being boring before!? This really turned me onto them, and I keep an eye out for any in the Reserve Series (Abacus/Sucaba is great, too).

Anyway. Now I always buy the max, and I have at least 2-3 of each vintage since then in my cellar.

Dark, rich, not much carbonation, chocolate and bourbon notes, lots of roasted malts...just about everything I want in a stout.

Can't wait for the 2014 release, so I can keep the cycle going.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 21:40:22 | More by steenkampa
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brownbeer

Missouri

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-14-2014 01:36:08 | More by brownbeer
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abeerdude

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-22-2012 17:29:21 | More by abeerdude
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Spaten454

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-14-2014 05:56:24 | More by Spaten454
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SkiBum22

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark as night, absolutely viscous appearance. Very minimal head with strong lacing on the glass.

S - Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, coffee, oak. You can barely smell the alcohol.

T - Sweet roasted malts and chocolate up front. On the back coffee, toffee, caramel, and vanilla. You can barely taste the bourbon.

M - Very good smooth feel. A lot softer then I would have guessed. Just like velvet.

O - Wow, that was the first word that came to mind after the first sip. This beer is as close as excellence can get in my opinion. By far the best beer for me this year and definitely in my top 5 all-time. Thank god I have one more bottle aging!

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 20:15:55 | More by SkiBum22
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bdkucharski

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-18-2012 17:00:16 | More by bdkucharski
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Ben7773

Texas

5/5  rDev +8.5%

01-01-2014 22:00:49 | More by Ben7773
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-02-2012 21:42:21 | More by heddar33
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Britton

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-21-2011 02:45:21 | More by Britton
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Snikwad1020

Maryland

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-10-2013 20:58:41 | More by Snikwad1020
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mctizzz

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

09-11-2012 17:59:07 | More by mctizzz
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Edvice04

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-13-2014 15:24:04 | More by Edvice04
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ryancl

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-26-2013 16:21:23 | More by ryancl
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JT_Money

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.5%

05-26-2013 14:17:55 | More by JT_Money
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chossboss

Oregon

5/5  rDev +8.5%

05-17-2013 04:23:45 | More by chossboss
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-27-2014 13:38:20 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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JeffNev

Nevada

5/5  rDev +8.5%

05-03-2013 05:53:59 | More by JeffNev
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warmbier804

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +8.5%

07-03-2014 02:03:56 | More by warmbier804
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sourdog

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-29-2014 20:56:41 | More by sourdog
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

5/5  rDev +8.5%

05-11-2014 05:31:24 | More by amstokesdb9
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KyleMA

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-29-2013 22:36:46 | More by KyleMA
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Breylan

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-31-2011 17:57:40 | More by Breylan
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HoppySeb

Washington

5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-03-2014 05:20:25 | More by HoppySeb
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OStrungT

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured jet black with a thin brown head. the head faded fast, leaving no lave.

This beer smelled strongly of vanilla. I also got some oak aroma, mixed in with some bourbon. Sweet caramle and molasses were alos poesent. A slight chocolate note mixes in as well.

This beer tastes like it smells. Sweet caramel with a healthy dose of vanilla. Bourbon as well, but more subtle.

This beer very smooth. It leaves a vanilla like aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroma and the flavor.

This beer might not make a good session beer because it is pretty high in alcohol.

Overall: I had this at Howie and Sons in Visalia. I have had it before, and I have always loved it. This is probably one of the best bourbon aged beers I have ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2011 15:15:57 | More by OStrungT
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Beer21

Florida

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-18-2013 03:02:33 | More by Beer21
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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,245 ratings.