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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,647 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,647
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,217
Gots: 2,594 | 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.

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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Photo of seedyone
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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4.32/5  rDev -6.3%

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1.91/5  rDev -58.6%

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1.12/5  rDev -75.7%

gopher40, Monday at 09:23 PM
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4.38/5  rDev -5%

jaken0ss, Monday at 03:17 PM
Photo of Bradaplast
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Quite possibly the best Russian Imperial Stout ever.

Bradaplast, Monday at 03:57 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Creosote, Monday at 12:18 AM
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

dsalmons, Sunday at 09:27 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Kylo76, Sunday at 03:21 PM
Photo of Tele
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: Bottle
2014 Vintage

A: 4.75 Looks quite thick on the pour. In the glass, it’s pitch black with a half inch tan head that lasts a couple minutes.

S: 4.75 The nose is excellent. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt up front, but it’s followed quickly by much more subtle aromas. There is cinnamon, berries, graham crackers, cocoa, and coffee. The roasted malt and big bourbon still dominate, but the background aromas are nicely intertwined with the bigger characteristics.

T: 4.75 Like the nose, there’s a lot of roasted malt and bourbon. At first, there’s a good amount of sweetness (though a bit less than expected). The fruitiness is a bit stronger than on the nose, but it is quickly followed by a lot’s of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt leaving a pleasant bitterness on the aftertaste similar to eating good, dark chocolate. The alcohol presence is very minimal for 14%.

M: 4.5 Carbonation is just right. The beer is very thick, but not quite a much as BCBS, so there’s a little room for improvement. Still, it’s rich and thick and extremely satisfying. Also, surprisingly easy drinking (but still a sipper).

O: 4.75 This is a superb stout. You can tell that the base beer is high quality and the bourbon really adds to it rather than covering up flaws. I would like to compare this to BCBS, but in truth they are quite different. This is a bit more roasty, bitter, and less sweet with surprisingly fruity flavors that balance out all the richness. I once did a side-by-side with a 2013 of each, and the BCBS was the clear winner, but there’s something really special about this 2014, so I might have to give it another shot ☺.

Tele, Sunday at 06:15 AM
Photo of HalfFull
4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Series No. 001 poured into a snifter glass, been cellaring this one for a while. Opens with a soft pop and pours dead black into the glass with a fleeting deep brown cap. Offers a complex aroma with some light ethanol notes generally subdued by rich malts and a pleasant blend of barrel aromas. More chocolate emerges with warming.

Taste is rich and back to basics vs. the aroma. Lots of rich dark malts, some cherry and fig, along with a touch of wood at the end of a rather long finish. Offers a spritzy carbonation which is more than expected given the light foam on the pour. Rich and full in feel without being overbearing and a hint of vanilla on the finish. Solid stuff with a couple years on it...

HalfFull, Sunday at 05:48 AM
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

JC333, Saturday at 10:25 PM
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.64/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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