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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.


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3,698 Ratings

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Ratings: 3698
Reviews: 922
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.

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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4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Finnegan's in Plainfield.
Served in a snifter.

Chocolate and coffee with a nice roasty malt profile. Wow this is nice.
Dark brown with a deep cinnamon colored head of 2 fingers. Nice lace and retention.
Body is full and creamy. Very solid.
Overall-- this review got rushed despitethe fact I had 2 glasses... Stupid conversations!
In any case-- this is a fantastic beer. I had 2 glasses for 3 reasons:
1). I had a festina peche while I reviewed the liquor store I had just stopped at.
2). I had a life and limb because I missed out on bottles!
3). The tap handle said "robust porter" and I hadn't looked at the menu, so I didn't know it was on tap!
Had I known, I would have had 4 of these!

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 02:29:01 | More by AleWatcher
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4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Jet Black head with a thick brown head that dissapates quickly.

S-Bourbon, roasty malts, vanilla, cocoa and coffee.Very pleasant.

T-Boozy but very well hidden for the 13%, oak, bitter chocolate, molasses, vanilla. Sweet but it all ties together perfectly.

M-Pretty viscous, but not as think as you might think from the appearance.I could take down a bomber alone for sure.

O-Another home run for FW. Fantastic brew. I can't wait to let a few bottles from the newest batch age, because batch 001 was amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 19:34:14 | More by JohnPPutz
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3.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-black with a creamy dark tan head. has a perfect lacing that coats the glass.

S-dark bittersweet chocolate. smells creamy. moderate strength

T-wow this is a beer that fights back! it comes in with a very strong taste of baking chocolate and alcohol with a bitterness that stings the tongue. its a sweet and powerful taste that lasts! it has a long lasting after-taste that is mostly made of dark bittersweet cocoa powder.

M-very smooth and creamy with a creamy finish. has some alcohol bite to it.

O-a very tasty and a very serious stout. its definitely something that will both wake you up and then put you to sleep. its not very drinkable, in any way. this is a sipper that i'm glad i tried, but i won't be craving this any time soon.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 18:39:00 | More by AdamBear
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3.73/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snifter served at local option.

I've had this one a few times now and it seems different each time - and for some reason that I can't quite identify it isn't a beer that does all that much for me.

Pours a dark, dark brown with a tiny bit of mocha foam.

Initially smells of a lot of espresso, some vanilla and bourbon sweetness, before finishing with anise and some hoppy/burnt bitterness. As it warms more bourbon sweetness and booze shows up.

Flavors follow the nose - coffee, vanilla, bourbon, anise and a hoppy bitter finish. A bit sweeter as it warms. There are also some tobacco and leathery qualities. It's pretty well balanced - flavors blend fairly nicely - but aren't quite as smooth and well integrated as they could be. Despite the different flavors, it doesn't quite feel complex. Maybe a little time will help.

Mouthfeel is good - a bit creamy - but a bit thin (I like my stouts hicghly viscous).

A tasty beer that doesn't quite live up to the hype (for me).

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 21:22:21 | More by readbaron
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4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears pitch black with a small light brown head.

Smells strongly of caramel and toffee flavored malts, toasted bread and coconut. There is also a mild vanilla oak like element to the smell.

The beer has a strong delightful toasted coconut flavor to it. The coconut flavor adds a smoothness to the beer. I get undertones of coffee, chocolate and caramel to the beer as well. There is a mild vanilla like flavor as well. The beer is very smooth. It is sweet but it is not too sweet and it has a nice amount of balance to it.

There is a low carbonation and it has a smooth mouthfeel to it.

Overall a fantastically smooth Barrel aged imperial stout. It is not hot like many barrel age stouts yet it has a nice oaky and mild bourbon flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 23:32:25 | More by chumba526
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes: Had on draft at Jose Pistola's.

appearance: dark black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: bourbon, vanilla, roast, malts

taste: bourbon, vanilla, roast, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: this was an amazing beer and would definitely recommend giving it a try. Totally delicious.

the CPJ

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 01:39:06 | More by THECPJ
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4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap served into a snifter:
A: Carefully set in front of me because the pour ends right at the edge of the glass. Clearly, the server was not expecting any head formation. Very dark appearance, like a rich cup of coffee, with small brown bubbles settling at the edges forming an incomplete ring.
S: Very impressive complex aromas of coffee, cocoa nibs, butterscotch and toffee, sweet chocolate, and finally bourbon, but not overpowering
T: Vanilla first (a surprise due to muted presence in the nose) and great chocolate and toffee flavors, slight alcohol burn, bourbon on the tongue, tobacco lingers and dries the palate
M: Creamy, coats well, leaves a dry finish, alcohol not overpowering, one could drink this faster than expected
O: Amazing beer, up there with the other highly regarded RIS, less roasted and coffee flavors than KBS, but the sweetness here is balanced well and makes this a must purchase

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 15:10:15 | More by bld81
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4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Map Room. 10oz pour into a snifter.

A: The appearance was really the only unremarkable thing about this exceptional brew. That is, if you are of the traditional mindset that stouts (and especially imperial stouts) should be jet black. It actually was more of a very dark brown to light black, almost maroon-colored at the top when held up to the light. A surprising amount of dark tan head disappeared relatively quickly (expected), with minimal lacing on the snifter.

S: The bourbon hits you first, but is not overpowering. Raisins, cherries, caramel, and dark chocolate follow in a perfect harmony, all with an underlying oak base. A magnificent smelling beer. I would have given this a 6 out of 5 if possible.

T: Chocolate-y, raisin-y, dark fruits and bourbon. The bourbon is amazingly not too hot. Instead it is perfectly woven into the beer. At 13% I fully expected this to be way too boozy. I was glad to be proven wrong. I remember Goose Island's BCBS to be a hot, boozy mess at 13%. A lot of reviews indicated a vanilla taste - I did not perceive this. Perhaps this is something that is more present in the bottled version of this beer. Complaint: too much of a soy sauce presence in the taste.

M: Viscous and thick. Syrup-y. Often beers are described as "milkshakes" - this is definitely like a shake in every bit the best way.

O: Deceptively drinkable at 13%. Actually dangerously so. The beer got better and better as it warmed. Cut out the overpowering soy taste and this is a home run.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 17:02:50 | More by cccarson
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4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Container: Deschutes Tulip.

A- Pours a tarry black with a deep bronze head. Head retention is minimal (as is expected with a beer this heavy), and quickly recessed to a ring that clung to the sides of the glass. Beautiful.

S- Bourbon-y. Lots of vanilla, Almond, toffee, black licorice and hints of black cherry and expresso. Brilliant stuff.

T- Rather sweet to begin with, notes predominantly of bourbon and chocolate. As the middle of the beer approached, I began to taste more carmel, molasses and vanilla, along with the faintest hints of toasted almond. The back end continued this trend with a fulfilling, slightly hoppy aftertaste that harbored traces of black cherry. Finish lasted for a good half minute.

M- Creamy, with only a slight alcohol presence at the very end. Nearly flawless.

O- Bloody Brilliant. I could wax poetic about this beer for hours. Only minor flaws mar what was an otherwise fantastic tipple, flaws which will probably be eliminated after a year or two of aging. If I were king of the world, I would drink this with and for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 01:16:58 | More by nerow
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New York

5/5  rDev +8.7%
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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5/5  rDev +8.7%
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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4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Hollingshead's and Beachwood BBQ. Also have had in a number of bottles, 2011 release only.

A - Viscous and dark as night. Very little head and strong lacing on the glass.

S - The smell of this beer changes with the temperature. Colder temperature you'll pick out more of the coffee and oak character, but as it gets warmer you'll start to really notice the chocolate and bourbon smells.

T - All I have to say is wow. This might be my favorite "rare" beer of 2011 due to its availability and cost. The taste is phenomenal! Chocolate, coffee, oak, bourbon. The alcohol is barely detectable.

M - Viscous and syrupy. Definitely something you want to drink before having other beers.

O - As stated above, this might be my favorite stout of the year that's widely available. It's just a great beer for a great price and can be had without standing in ridiculous 4 hour lines at brewery releases.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 19:03:38 | More by unitmonster
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4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boulders on Broadway.. review from notes.

A: black as night.. small brown head .. settles to thin cap..

S: vanilla, bourbon notes, dark espresso beans, darkest chocolate.. some woody notes..

T: upfront you get major bourbon notes.. sweet whiskey like flavors & vanilla..oak, black licorice, dark espresso beans.. bakers chocolate. Coffee bitterness lingers as well as bourbon notes.. dry woody finish.. some booze is present, but minimal for a 13%

Mf: thick, chewy, creamy.. some heat from alcohol

O: great brew! Absolutely world class!

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 06:44:36 | More by aval89
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4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $7. This was served during the Parabola event which was a huge success! Tapped from the Parabola Tap Handle into a 12oz Snifter glass and enjoyed over a good period of time.

Aroma- Starts off with a huge bourbon and vanilla aroma. Tons of roasted malts used, a hint of espresso, and strong. Perfect for the style! No flaws at all.

Appearance- Received with 1 finger of bubbly and dark brown head. It has an extremely dark brown body (almost black but can see brown in the light), Opaque, and lace is left all across the sides.

Flavor- Has an aged bourbon whiskey start and almost an oaken barrel of chocolate mousse. The finish has a warm feeling and notes of Merlot. Very rich, nice malts used (once again), and complexed beyond belief! Could grab more attributes but enjoyed too much to think about all of them.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Thick as Motor Oil, Chewy, and actually leaves Spice behind on the palate with a hint of bourbon. Not sure what to think of this!

Overall Impression- Intense! This guy has some serious complexity and one of my favorite beers of the month! I bought 2 bottles of this from Lukas Liquor and am going to see how they age. Could/Would only want to enjoy one of these because of how strong it is. Had a nice buzz going after this beer. Will be promoting this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 16:52:32 | More by DCon
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours black as night motor oil. A finger of dark espresso crema colored head. The head recedes into a thin ring of tight bubbles. Dead sexy.

S- the aroma on this puppy is rediciously complex. Starts out with big fresh brewed espresso and decadent dark chocolate truffles. Perfectly intergrated oak barrels shine with notes of vanilla, caramel and aromatic high end bourbon. Finishs with pungent dark juicy cherries and warming heady booze. Only gets better and and more aromatic as it warms.

T- the flavor in this is just as rediculous as the aroma. Dark chocolate with cocoa notes begin the flavor. Italian coffee flavors with an espresso bean character. Big bourbon and soft oak flavors intertwine with notes of vanilla and a semi sweet caramel. Warming big but pleasent alcohol boosts the previous flavors instead of detering them. Finishs with a bittersweetness and a rich round bourbon aftertaste.

MF- rich full creamy mouthfeel that brings to mind gourmet hot cocoa. Full body with a soft low carbonation.

D- incredibly drinkable for the intensity of the beer. Smooth and Lucious.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 03:43:45 | More by Viciousknishs
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4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

We should count ourselves lucky to see this beer at all, considering the amount of work that goes into it. The recipe for Parabola calls for a massive amount of malt -- two tons of it, twice as much as any other Firestone Walker beer -- which the brewers must constantly stir by hand to avoid scorching. It takes twice as long to brew as any other beer Firestone makes, not counting the 12 months it spends in oaken bourbon barrels before release.

But time and work, as they say, pays off. The liquid is a deep, impenetrable, inescapable black that pours thick and viscous with a small, sudsy head the color of cinnamon. Some thin spots of lace pepper the glass as the liquid recedes while you drink. Take a whiff and you'll pick up tons of toasted coconut, some vanilla, charred oak, and maybe even a little tobacco. Your next sniff might reveal espresso, high-cacao-percentage dark chocolate, or the subtle zing of spicy Hallertau hops.

A night spent pondering Parabola is a lesson in the merits of restraint. A problem rampant among barrel-aged stouts is that they often let one flavor (whiskey, usually) take the reins and overwhelm the beer. Here, individual flavors are there if you're willing to look for them, but there's also a nice synthesis -- like a rainbow, with each flavor fading softly into the other.

And what flavors are discernible are mighty fine: first is the darker, bitter stuff like cocoa nibs and espresso powder. Sweeter notes soon emerge, reminding of vanilla beans, toasted coconut, dark plums and cherry syrup. A gentle amount of bitterness (delivered by citrusy/woody Zeus hops) keeps this sweeter stout from becoming cloying.

The mouthfeel is -- in a word -- blissful, with a velvety smoothness not unlike a milkshake. I want to make a bed and sleep in it. Bubbles massage the tongue lightly and the beer fizzes up only very slightly as it moves. The brewers must also be commended for their skill in covering up the alcohol burn. This is 13 percent alcohol -- nearly liqueur-strength -- and I don't pick up a hint of it. The drinkability of this boozy stout is downright dangerous.

If there ever was a beer to enjoy with dessert, this is it. Dark chocolate truffles are an easy match, or you could break out the big guns and sip your snifter alongside some black forest cake. The flavors of chocolate and cherries in both cake and beer will harmonize, creating beautiful music in your mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 05:37:58 | More by Phelps
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4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a dark brown almost black with a brown head.

S: i get a lot of chocolate and bourbon. there is vanilla and some oak. caramel, roast malt, and hints of coffee and toffee.

T: i get bitter dark chocolate, bourbon, oak. i get some burnt malt and toffee, with hints of coffee. there is dark fruit and molasses. there is a touch of sweetness and brown sugar.

M: it has a thick body with medium-low carb.

O: a great beer. I would never pass this beer up.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 02:05:46 | More by ottovon
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4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Hungry Monk
Appears black, no head but I blame the pour. Little to no lace either.
Smells delightful, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, smokey bourbon and a bit of booze.
Extremely well balanced for what it is. This is the the most balanced "fresh" barrel aged beer I've had. Starts out roasty and chocolatey with hints of vanilla, in the middle it takes a complex dark fruity turn, with dark wine varietals and a bit of tartness. Bourbon flavor and a slight bitterness in the finish. along with some heat that is to be expected from a 13% barrel aged beer. Still this beer is incredibly smooth and balanced compared to other "fresh" barrel aged imperial stouts.
This is way too drinkable for what it is. Medium-heavy bodied with low carbonation, incredibly smooth, not too chewy but on par for the style.
This is my second time having it on tap and I look forward to having it again if there is any left tomorrow. Be sure to let it warm up before imbibing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 02:18:48 | More by Allpe45
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4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage on tap.

Color is dark brown, almost black. Aroma was intense boubon, vanilla and caramel, no hop aroma. Taste was fantastic as expected. Huge alcohol beer that reeally needs to warm up to be fully appreciated. Flavors of oak, biurbon, vanilla and chocolate malt. The beer is extremely well balanced and complex. Mouthfeel was light for such a big beer. Bought a bottle to let age a good while.

Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 22:39:39 | More by bigbelcher
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4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the taproom In Buelton

Look: Extremely dark purple color to the point where no light can pass through it the beer had very little head maybe because it was poured to the very top of the 6oz snifter and had very little lacing

Smell: Spicy bourbon notes and alcohol are the front runners on this beer and are back up with hints of roasted coffee and chocolate

Taste: Much of the same as the smell. This beer can be alittle over powering on the power and the 13% abv is definately noticeable. When you get past that it has a very nice flavor profile with hints of burnt oak, coffee, chocolate and bourbon

Mouthfeel: It has a very silky smooth feel on the palate with alittle bit of heat from the bourbon and abv

Overall: This beer is good now but will be great with at least 1yr of aging most likely 2 just to dumb down the alcohol punch that it gives you and lets the true flavors really come through. So buy several like I did and forget about them

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 03:19:51 | More by DarthKostrizer
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4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really thrilled with this beer. A very enjoyable Imperial Stout.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. is becoming one of my favorite breweries. And lucky for me it is only 45 minutes away from my house. So whenever they have something fun on tap or realeasing, I try to stop by and see what's going on. I had one of those opportunities last month when Firestone Released their Parabola in bottles at the tasting room in Paso Robles, Ca.

Serving type:
on-tap poured into a 6oz snifter and 22oz bottle poured into a large wine glass.

It is quite dark. I held it up to the light in a large wine glass and even at the edges it was hard to see any light coming through.

Much more fragrant in the large wine glass than in the snifter. My buddy and I would just sit and smell it over the course of the half hour it took us to finish the 22. It is almost as enjoyable to smell as it is to drink.

Compared to:
My other favorite in the imperial stout category would be Dogfish Head's World Wide Stout which I would say is quite similar. There is definitely much less of an alcohol taste with Parabola. I would say that when it comes to flavor, they are right on par with each other. It would be hard to name a favorite.

With Parabola now in bottles (and $15 for a 22 at the taproom), I am very happy that an amazing Imperial Stout will be accessible now. Way to go again Firestone!

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 00:35:34 | More by claybeerman
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4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2010 release on tap at Public House poured into a tulip glass. Poured a very dark brown / black with a half a finger of creamy mocha colored head. Head dissipated after several minutes to a thin collar at the edge with some nice lacing. Swirling reformed a finger of quickly dissipating head and showed a bit of alcohol legs.

Nose was very nice, rich dark chocolate, smoothly brewed coffee, dried dark fruits plums and raisins, molasses, red wine like fruit and a tinge of astringency, charred oak, and light vanilla. Really opens up as the beer further warms to room temperature.

Follows the nose. All of fruitiness gets richer as it warmed, along with the charred oak and vanilla. Very nice chocolate, coffee and cherry notes throughout. Delicious.

Full bodied, rich and creamy. Smooth small bubble carbonation further contributes to it. No alcohol detected for this year old keg.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 00:28:01 | More by nataku00
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3.48/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know that this is a highly rated and sought after beer, but for me, it just didn't meet the hype. It was the expected black, but had no head. The aroma was subdued to the point of blandness. Some grainy malt, a whisper of roast and a solid alcohol scent.

The flavors weren't any bolder or more well-defined. The body was decent although much thinner than typical, which did help with drinkability. Overall, a good but not great beer. A relative disappointment from FW, a brewery I think very highly of.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 21:07:55 | More by beertunes
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4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time yesterday on tap at City Beer in SF.

A- Poured pretty damn black into a snifter. Couldn't really tell how black due to the place being dimly lit. Had a 1 finger head that gradually faded away after a couple minutes. Hardly any lacing but left a ring throughout my experience.

S- Had a  potent bourbon aroma with some slight dark chocolate and vanilla fused in there as well.

T - Upon first sip was bourbon and alcohol heat. Kinda unpleasant. 2nd sip after warming for about 5 minutes was a completely different experience. Has a nice chocolate taste with a sweet vanilla finish.

M - Medium bodied but not a thickest that I've had. Very smooth and drinkable.

O - What we have here was a highly anticipated beer that exceeded my expectations. When served cold, not so awesome. When given a chance to warm up, watch out now. Can i take a Bomber to the face? Sure, but this is one that you wanna share and enjoy with others. I've already searched all over Hawaii and nothing to be found. Once I get back to Cali, the hunt is on.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 19:15:17 | More by Devi0us
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4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was fortunate to have this on tap at the Taproom in Buellton. 2011 poured in a snifter.

A: Pours thick and black. The head is about a finger of a nice brown color.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, & bourbon

T: Complex layering of consisting of chocolate (so good!), vanilla, oak, toffee, bourbon but not overpowering, and some coffee/espresso.

M: Perfectly thick & rich with mild carbonation.

O: Outstanding big beer. FW continues to impress with their Parabola. This beer is very complex and hides the alcohol nicely! Just the right amount of bourbon comes through. Don't pass up the opportunity to try some if you have the chance!

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 15:44:16 | More by Angst
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,698 ratings.