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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,587 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,587
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,197
Gots: 2,576 | FT: 184
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.

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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Photo of seedyone
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%

05/14/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. 2013 vintage. The first sip is like an innocent kiss & then it's too late. You find you have a tiger by the tail...or should I say it's got you. There's so much going on in the glass it's difficult to home in on where to start. Each sip is different from the last & they are spiraling upwards until you reach a plateau of familiarity that has simplified all the complexities of aroma & flavors that make up this admirable brew & you start to feel at home & very comfortable.

Not for the faint of heart (or anyone driving). I found myself sipping at a leisurely pace for 1) enjoyment 2) preservation of the potion, as it's a rare find & 3) self preservation. The 12.5% ABV, although present in every sip, never let's on that this is for adults only. Think of it as an encounter on a plane trip, sitting next to some extremely attractive & engaging person & your smitten. It's a short lived experience & most likely once in a lifetime. Because of that, all feelings are multiplied & enhanced, in memory, by distance from the moment.

Do yourself a big, big flavor favor & make some time for this indulgence. If you do I guarantee your self esteem will improve based on that decision alone.

seedyone, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%

This pours out the paragon of virtue. Completely opaque. Black walnut. If you only pour a bit like I did you will not see too much of the mocha colored head but it does refresh even though I did not pour one. It created a ring as I swirled it and left spot of lace and alcohol legs. In the natural light the beer showed a deep chestnut brown with engaging clarity. ( In the photo you can see my face in the beer)

Deep rich, sweet chocolate and hearty roasted malt combine on the nose. Subtle blushing cherries, bold bourbon and a bit of espresso coffee. The bourbon is like a flower that opens on the nose. It is fragrant and seductive. There is a scent of toasted coconut that is light and accented by a bit of vanilla. Dark fruits dance gayly in the background. Molasses rounds out the nose and the scent of sweetened nuts.

The palate is alive at once with earthy and full roast. This malt has been brought to the edge of blackness and yet it stays mellow and tempered with sweetness that collapses inward on all it's sides. The blushing cherry, the dry date, the light and airy oak, the creamy coconut and vanilla. The malt is dry and firm but just bitter enough to come up to the brink of char and stop short. Nothing burnt here. Smooth, creamy, chewy, full mouthfeel. Exceptional smoothness. The molasses takes over the palate as this finishes with bourbon getting lighter and the dark fruits getting stronger.

A slightly boozy finish takes hold at the very last moment of the swallow not with a big taste of alcohol but with a warmth like a smile from a gracious host who is sincerely happy to have set all this before you. The alcohol leaves a bit dry and fully engages the senses one more time before it's done.

Drinking this beer is like doing something you know is wrong and loving every minute of it.

utopiajane, Jul 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.73/5  rDev +2.6%

Well-made. High quality. Rich and complex, with a balanced bourbon taste.

mabermud, Yesterday at 09:37 PM
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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.75/5  rDev +3%

2014 vintage.

A: pours slightly translucent black with a half finger of tan head which dissipates quickly and leaves a slim ring around the glass. no lacing. to be expected for such a high alcohol brew.

S: wonderful. soft bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee, dark malt, roast. very complex. no one of these dominates.

T: follows the nose. soft bourbon notes, oaky vanilla, dark chocolates and coffee with a malty roast backbone. slightly dry finish with a very slight trace of alcohol.

M: mouth feel is good, but could maybe be a little thicker. carbonation is nice (low carbonation as is appropriate for the style) bourbon and dark chocolate lingers in the palate well after swallowing.

O: This is an incredible beer! Definitely not all hype. Well worth the price tag.

ilikebeer03, Saturday at 01:52 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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