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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

5,121 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 5,121
Reviews: 1,030
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,547
Gots: 2,750 | FT: 192
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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Ratings: 5,121 | Reviews: 1,030 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SpicyHippo73
4.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of osubeav2003
4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of UtisTheLaw
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TychoNDC
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A quick unfocused review. This beer delivered...completely lived up to the hype. It's up there with BCBS among my favorite bourbon barrel aged stouts. Immense, chewy, roasty, delicious, but still true to its RIS base. Just wonderful.

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

Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just having this 2013 now...the hype is real...just amazing...let it sit...

Photo of BiltmoreShores
4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Hayes86
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of Jordanpaterson08
4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rden4654
4.42/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gaddabble
4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ryanmextorf
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Eddiehop
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of iwanatalk2sampson
4.87/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 ages better than I though would (wow!!!!!!!) liked it fresh better with age

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

Photo of jyacco15
4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of d_kizzle
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gcrowell77
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of humuloner22
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one was the 2014 edition.

Appearance: Dark frothy caramel colored head that sits there pretty long considering the abv.

Aroma: Vanilla initially is dominant on this one, it does not smell too boozy considering the abv. but the bourbon and the oak do come through on the nose. It also has some roasted malts and a mild hop presence.

Taste: Bourbon and barrel are upfront, then vanilla and caramel come through in the mid palate. This is not a cloyingly sweet beer its very well balanced and surprisingly not boozy at all considering the 14% abv. It also has a nice velvety smooth mouthfeel. Its a very enjoyable BA stout and I am happy I have had the opportunity to try this one.

Overall: Very well worth the place it holds as one of the best stouts out there! I think this one kicks Bourbon County out of the room. Its not boozy considering the similar abv whereas Bourbon County is very alcoholic in flavor and pretty one sided. This beer is really what most bourbon barrel aged stouts should try to achieve.

Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,121 ratings.