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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

5,057 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 5,057
Reviews: 1,020
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,439
Gots: 2,732 | FT: 191
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:
Beer added by: largadeer on 03-26-2008

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]
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Photo of rjengelking
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mikedogg195
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of yllib
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beerbully
4.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into cuvee

2013 version

L-Black with 1/2 inch mocha head. that fades quickly into a cap that sits atop the beer. Little to no lacing that slips away quickly

S-chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits

T-follows the nose, roasty chocolate, oak, vanilla, molasses, bourbon is present but well blended with other flavors........doesn't dominate,

F-Thick, low carbonation, viscous

O-flavors and aroma just not coming through for me. Beer seems to be well balance as no one flavor dominates........sweetness lingers a bit.........alcohol is noticeable but a bit tame for the ABV

Photo of PaulyB83
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 version poured into a snifter

A- Black, some light on the edges reveals on nice dark brown beer, small brown head.

S- Dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, some alcohol.

T- Lots of molasses, vanilla, sweet chocolate, dark fruits, pretty smooth, some alcohol bite left on the palate.

M- A nice level of heavy mouthfeel, not too syrupy. Good carb level for a big stout.

O- I find this beer to be right up there with Black Note and BCBS, very similar flavor and mouthfeel, maybe slightly sweeter than the other two.

Photo of Treyliff
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage, poured into a teku

A- pours a midnight black color with no light seeping through, creamy, foamy & bubbly khaki colored head retains for a while, eventually settling to a film on top, some patches of lace being left behind

S- complex aroma starts with walnut fudge brownies & a big hit of chocolate. Beyond that, layers of caramel & toffee mesh with toasted coconut, vanilla & sherry. Slightly sweet fruit aromas of fig, prune & black cherry. Toasted charred oak and barrel juice close it out with a hint of coffee at the end

T- Rich chocolate brownie batter flavor up front with notes of marshmallow cream and coconut. The fruity flavors immediately follow with notes of rum soaked raisin, black cherry, fig & dates. Toasted walnut, charred wood, bourbon juice close it out with lingers of espresso coffee & cream

M- viscous chewy body leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a velvety-chewy finish, lingers of alcohol warmth

O- simply a world class RIS, the complexity of this beer is so impressive, and more subtleties are revealing as it warms. Way too drinkable at 13%, one of my favorites

Photo of GABrew
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of durlta
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerIsntBad
4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of breadwinner
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SStein
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of joesteinkamp
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of phuntasy
4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BreakfastStout
4.03/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, not great BBA Stout. Surprised this one scored so high. Must be the packaging.

Photo of ms333
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robgage
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kynap55
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of azkkr
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chief09
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that started it all for my obsession with craft beers. Just thinking of this beer makes me want to pull one out of the fridge. I have a few that I have been ageing.

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

Photo of hopstermonster1
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jstonerock24
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jeffaroo95
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harvest06
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review for 2013 version (13% abv, 82 ibu): Consumed 15 months after release. Amazing how much its improved. Stored at 55F. Its still a little tight. I anyone aging this leaving in cellar another 9 months. That would be March 2015 - 2 years after release date at the minimum.

2014 Edition (14%, 82 ibu). This one is even higher abv. With the extra abv I'll cellar this one a full 3 years and I plan to take better tasting notes!

Side note - this is a bba imperial stout, not a RIS and have been categorized incorrectly on BA.

Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,057 ratings.