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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,672 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 3672
Reviews: 921
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.

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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On-tap 6/18/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very robust containing roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit and bourbon.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of chocolate, bourbon and some dark fruit. Then a very hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary but brings a very good balance. The after-taste is full of dark chocolate bitter-sweetness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, deceptively strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good big stout to drink for as long as you can handle it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 01:24:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
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arfenhouse

California

4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle. Chilled for 15 mins in refrigerator, slightly below room temp.

A: Black with light tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Baker's chocolate, prunes, and whiskey/oak heat. Light vanilla.

T: First comes a bittersweet chocolate/coffee/roasted grain mix. Quickly followed with some whiskey heat and a veritable oak. Aftertaste has some prune, grass, vanilla, and more roasted malt bitterness.

M: Full bodied with a medium and fine carbonation. Slight smoothness.

O: Great BA stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 04:20:27 | More by arfenhouse
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Bung

North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012. Received in trade a few months back. A nicely viscous appearing black pour, just a ring of light tan bubbles. Some dirty oil brown tones.

Aroma, chocolates, vanilla, barrel. Roast malt, a faint anise. Nicely potent.

Taste, Big and tasty. Roast malt, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar. A myriad of chocolates. Some peaty whisky barrel. Some faint hop resin still endures along with the anise.

Coats very well, but carbonation is just a tad prickly to me. Could be a little thicker. Keeps it drinking pretty well though. A very under control warming. Certainly on par with KBS, Event Horizon and Bourbon County are still my favorites for various reasons, though this comes close.

Decided to crack this in honor of laying my first pet to rest. RIP my little friend.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:02:26 | More by Bung
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage poured into Bell's snifter

A - Pours a little lighter than I was expecting. Mostly opaque, but a dark brown color rather than a viscousy black

S - Good amount of bourbon in the nose, vanilla sweetness, licorice, grapes, and a hint of chocolate.

T - Great complexity here. Taste starts with bitter coffee, nice and roasted. Comes into a good amount of bourbon, provides a kick of vanilla. Works into dark fruits before finishing again with some bitter baker's chocolate and a tinge of hop.

M - Drying almost, but smooth, very smooth.

Overall - Incredibly superb beer here. There are very few, if any, RIS beers that can do what Parabola does.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 00:50:27 | More by BeerBuckeye
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sjones5045

New Jersey

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

This review should just say "Perfect" and that's it. But since the site has to have a certain number of characters I guess I'll keep writing.

The pour is jet black and unlike others in the class the head appears strong white and fades quick rather than having a thin to almost no head like others.

The smell is a simply sweet chocolate smell. Nothing too big but I like it cause it actually hides what is about to happen.

Ok, the taste is as perfect as they come. There is nothing better in the beer world hands down. And this comes from the biggest KBS fan and Founders fan there is. The taste is the definition of balanced. The bourbon is such great balance where is blends with the chocolate taste with literally no aftertaste. Smooth as smooth gets. It's a heavy feel but perfect for the style.

Overall, it's the perfect beer. It has everything you look for in a beer. Look, smell and taste are all superior to everything out there. The big complaint is this beer is extremely hard to get. I now have to wait another year to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 21:54:57 | More by sjones5045
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JordanPhraczek

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Harpoon Leviathan glass. great beer for a rainy day.

A - Black with an ivory colored head that quickly dissipates with some intermittent lacing as you drink. Honestly a bit thin.

S - Bourbon and alcohol. strong fig and roasted oat.

T - Fiery charred bourbon with enough malt to stand up to it. Packs a wallop, definitely a sipper. This beer makes you want to take the time to understand it's depth and it is an old sophisticated man beer. Cranberry-Dark Chocolate musk. Nails the style of Imperial Russian, but the real energy required to properly taste it is the whiskey character.

M - wonderful stickiness. leaves a burnt dry feeling in your mouth that I love.

O - can't get it often, nails the style, tastes like Kentucky.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 00:27:52 | More by JordanPhraczek
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DrewskiWhit

Indiana

4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very similar to kbs but sweeter, with more of a dark fruit presence. This beer is absolutely amazing. The flavors are incredibly well balanced. Very nice oak and bourbon aftertaste. I would drink this everyday. Mouthfeel is excellent. Its smooth and has lots of subtleties. If you like stouts and in particular BA stouts, you will love this. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 04:35:38 | More by DrewskiWhit
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justin_nj

New Jersey

4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 vintage.

A: Poured black with little to no head that didn't stick around at all but left bubbles lingering along the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, a hint of toasted coconut, coffee, dark fruits and the bourbon barrel goodness. I could smell this forever.

T: Amazing. The first sip made me smile and start giggling. Huge burst of sweetness, espresso bitterness and dark chocolate right at the front of the tongue. The taste more or less matches the smell. Very sweet, but balanced nicely and all the flavors blend together. Love the way the vanilla and toasted coconut come through and blend together with the chocolate and roast. The bourbon is there but it doesn't overpower.

M: Slick. Coats the entire mouth. Perfect carbonation. Hot but not in an offensive way, just enough to give that warming sensation as it goes down.

O: This has to be one of the best BA stouts I've had to date. The sweetness is dead on, and every component of this beer works in harmony with the others to form something amazing. I want more.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 04:10:45 | More by justin_nj
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Rob_pbr81

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Unbelievable stout! I was lucky to share a bottle of this with the owner of a bar in Jersey City, Iron Monkey, also a great pub with a huge selection. We opened the bottle and let it settle for about 5 minutes before we enjoyed. The stout just hits you with so much flavor all at once...I got hints of vanilla, maple syrup, coffee and a bit of heaven. Definitely give this beer a 5 minute cool down, I think if you drink it too cold you could miss some of the flavor. This beer definitely escalated the awesomeness of stout to the next level. I give this beer a lampshade-hat rating of 9.25. Cheers to Firestone Walker for a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 14:42:01 | More by Rob_pbr81
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brewtus

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into snifter. Pours pitch black with a single finger beige head that quickly fades. Smell is lots of bourbon and oak, chocolate, some licorice,some marshmallow. Taste is loaded with dark bitter cocoa, some sweet vanilla, marshmallow, tons of hot bourbon and oak, slightly smokey, nice citra hop caricature (kidding) . The texture is silky smooth. Overall this is very very good. Loaded with complex but distinct flavors. Boozy but Devine. I'm so glad I got to try this and can't wait to see how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 03:03:07 | More by brewtus
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Hopinista

Nevada

4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 Vintage poured into Delirium snifter.

A: Pitch black, very small 1/8th in khaki colored head which quickly dissipates leaving a ring of bubbles, minimal lacing.

S: Bourbon right up front. There's some vanilla, coffee, and cocoa here too, but bourbon dominates here. If you close your eyes, smell, and someone told you it was whiskey, you wouldn't immediately think they were wrong.

T: Very strong bitter dark chocolate and dried dark fruit right up front, tastes very reminiscent of a chocolate covered dried fig or raisin, very pleasing. Also, as it warms (I let the bottle sit at room temp as I drank.) The bourbon flavor really gets more pronounced. By the end of the bottle I am tasting straight up bourbon (But without the burn!) fantastic.

M: Nice and silky. Good carbonation rolls around the sides of your mouth. Slight tingle from the alcohol.

O: I can see what all the hype is about. This is really an experience every beer enthusiast needs to have. FW never disappoints but they took this to a whole different level. I'm not the biggest fan of stouts, but this is one of the best beers I have ever experienced.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 02:57:00 | More by Hopinista
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TravisR

New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First time with this brew, as well as my first full review.

Poured from Firestone Walker's attractively labelled 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is pitch black; absolutely no light passes through. A semi hard pour provides a beautiful cascade.

The scent at serving temperature is dominated by sweet chocolate. As it warms to room temperature the bourbon really pulls through.

The taste, to myself at least, was quite deceiving. For such a sweet nose this brew is moderately bitter up front, but what follows is simply sublime. Once the hops subside they give way to delicious roasted malt, dark fruit, and a very prominent oak finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, chewy, and viscous. Coats the tongue enough to savor each sip for a few minutes. The 13% leaves a nice tingle in the back of your throat.

This is possibly the best beer I've had to date. Granted it's the only barrel aged stout I've ever had, but it has set the standard for me when reviewing RIS/AIS.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 02:35:16 | More by TravisR
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very thin head. Pours with a medium bodied thickness. Jet black with no carbonation. Everything that a BA RIS should look like.

Smell: The bourbon character jumps out right away. Really heavy on the front, but mixing pretty well is caramel, vanilla, and some bitter dark chocolate. Some brighter hops then I expected and a sharp, spicy aroma from the strong bourbon accents. Smoked, oaked character plays around nicely on the background of the aroma. A lot of depth and accedes on many areas on BA RIS should, but no doubt the bourbon character is the strongest and boarders on overbearing.

Taste: Slight hoppy tingle once it hits the palette. The front is a very smooth vanilla and cherry sweetness which really hooks you right away. The body has more of the traditional charred oatmeal and dark malt character one would expect. The aftertaste is potent bourbon and has a medium to above average dryness which punishes the palette. Really impressive how separate and distinct the levels of this brew are. A journey no doubt. My only gripe would be is the finish is a little more harsh compared to other aspects, but that is really nitpicking.

Mouthfeel: The journey this beer takes you on ends in a strong bitter bourbon flavor. A little drier then one would hope. The medium bodied thickness covers the palette decently well.

Overall: I was excited to drink this and it was certainly delicious. This bottle was the 2013 vintage and I think needs 6 to 12 months to even out a little more. No doubt one of the better beers I've had in a while and I cannot wait to pop my next one in the appropriate time frame.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 23:53:50 | More by KFBR392
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AndyP612

Illinois

4.76/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at piece brewery and pizzeria in a tulip.

A- black and syrupy with no head. Literally filled to the brim which is very nice as far as cost wise but I would have appreciated to see and quaff some head.

S- coffee and slight bourbon in the nose. Smells nice and sweet.

T- oh man, huge punch of sweet chocolate, vanilla, creamy coffee. Not sure if I am stuffed up today but the palate on this is so much Bigger than the nose alludes to. The oak comes through.

M- very nice slightly syrupy and chewy not too big on mouthfeel. Nice balance slight dry finish.

O- absolutely phenomenal. Definitely lives up to the hype. Now I just wish I could find it in the bottle somewhere. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2013 22:31:38 | More by AndyP612
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cw577enfield

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got two Parabola '13 in a trade with Jasonrm72. Thank you!

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch-black, syrupy, with one finger head. Nice lacing and retention around the glass.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, cacao nibs, all coming together at the same time to overwhelm my nose. Very nice.

T: Vanilla and plum at the beginning, the subtle flavor of bourbon starts to hit midway, could taste some chocolate and raisins at the end.

M: Medium to full-bodied, nice carbonation, silky and velvety mouth-feel.

O: This was my first Parabola and I'm impressed by this bottle. I can see what the raves are all about. It reminds me of BCBS with a strong bourbon presence but it was very subtle in this bottle. I'm really looking forward to open my second bottle in a year to see if it will improves with age.

Thanks again, Jason!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 21:16:26 | More by cw577enfield
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: this pours a thick muddy black with a nice dark tan head. Lacing is beautiful, I've never seen anything quite like this.

S: bitter dark chocolate, minor notes of espresso, dark fruit and oak with a slight alcohol finish.

T: wow, lots dark chocolate and vanilla upfront that fades into the rich charred malt that is highlighted by the oak and hints of dark fruit. Bourbon is subtle, not over powering and very well balanced. Alcohol is there but well hidden.

M: thick in the best way possible, coats the mouth entirely and great small bubble carbonation, has the velvety feel of a nitro, really nice.

O: best beer I have had in a long time. Perfectly balanced and very complex. I can't wait to re-review the one I'm putting away for next year.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 02:05:03 | More by Fcolle2
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RichD

Rhode Island

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

Been anticipating trying this beer for so long. Batch 004 poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a pitch, murky black. There was a small dark khaki colored head that eventual gave way to nothing.

S: Upon first smell, I get huge notes of coconut and vanilla with some wood character. Some oats and deep chocolate also fill my nostrils with glee. What a fantastic smell. Some dark fruits also come through, though muted.

T: Holy god! This is fantastic. Huge vanilla and coconut flavors start this out and chocolate comes through as well. The bourbon character is tremendous. It's not overpowering at all. Roasted coffee comes in for the finish, and what a finish it is.

M: An incredibly smooth brew this is. Medium mouthfeel

Overall: This is a treat for me to even have this considering how long I've been waiting to try this. The chocolate and coffee flavors mesh so well with the coconut and vanilla that come from the barrel aging. The 13% is virtually non existent so far. This is a well constructed beer and I'm definitely glad I got to enjoy this. This is one of the best beers I've ever had and Firestone Walker may have the best barrel aging programs in the world and this is a clear indicated of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 00:46:25 | More by RichD
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-review of the 2013 vintage. 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown color; it isn't quite as pitch black as the 2012 version. There's more head than the previous vintage, though - a one finger khaki shade. It doesn't last a very long time, however a thin collar of lacing is left on the side of the glass.

S: There's a lot of dark chocolate at first, subtly augmented with a good bourbon character. Concentration will yield additional notes of brown sugar, hazelnut, currants, plums, vanilla, and coconut. I wish the aroma was more 'in-your-face', but I can't at all complain about the decent complexity and relative lack of harsh alcohol.

T: Pleasant dark chocolate and vanilla opens the palate, before it develops a currant-heavy midtaste. The back end is very heavy in charred oak, with some additional roasted malts (a welcome addition compared to last year), and piny hops. The big problem here is how obnoxiously boozy the finish is - especially taking its lack of notable alcohol aroma into consideration. However, much like Sucaba, the harshness seems to decrease the more this is imbibed. Even better, it shows good depth of flavor. At the end of the day, I enjoy it's decent bitterness and bourbon character too much to nitpick its flaws.

M: This seems to be a bit drier on the back of the palate compared to last year. It's just as sticky and viscous, though. The body itself is wonderfully creamy, with a medium texture befitting a barrel-aged RIS. Carbonation isn't terribly strong, and alcohol presence is assertive.

O: Let me start out by saying I'd be lying through my teeth if I said this wasn't a great BA RIS. It presents an excellent bourbon character and a depth others in the style lack. However, it's just too harsh to be world-class in my mind. Still, I'm really intrigued over aging my other bottle for a year to see how it develops.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 22:24:54 | More by ThisWangsChung
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

8 oz poured from the tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Very dark, "never-ending abyss"-black. Opaque as hell. Lace sticks to the glass like crazy all the way down.

Smells like cookie dough, bourbon, and chocolate.

Tastes like cocoa powder, cookie dough, toasty coconut, subtle but incredible bourbon sweetness. Very roasty bitterness plays off the sweetness provided by the barrel aging. Some oak there as well.

As full bodied as they come. Very low but still present carbonation.

One of the best. The guys at Firestone Walker are straight ballers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 23:18:14 | More by GreesyFizeek
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage opened a year after release. Acquired in a trade .

A- pours a deep brown opaque body with a 2 finger mocha colored head that reduces to a brown ring.

S- soft yet pungent whiskey, dark fruits, french vanilla, chocolate, butterscotch, sugar cookie.

T- Sweet vanilla and caramel, whiskey upfront. Semisweet chocolate and roasted coffee is next, dark fruits an almost grassy citrus follow through. Nice toasty, burnt malt aftertaste.

M- smooth and silky, medium heavy body.

I really enjoyed this one - lives up to the hype and really impresses. Super complex and balanced, just the right amount of bourbon and a nice roasted flavor. Awesome

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:12:52 | More by gcamparone
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dar482

New York

4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I had this aged 2012 in keg at Brouwerij lane.

The beer comes in a pitch black with a khaki ring.

The aroma has big toffee and caramel sweetness with dark roasted notes. With some barrel wood notes. Deep rich dark raisin.

The flavor has a nuttiness with deep roasted malt. Very creamy. Vanilla. Coconut. Burnt caramel. Bitter darkest chocolate. Espresso. Definitely that oakiness from the barrels. There's a bit of that sticking sweetness. Finish lingers a bit, but not long. The beer lacks an alcohol bite. The aging must have really mellowed it out.

KBS is still my favorite barrel aged stout. However, this is one of my favorite still. Under Bourbon County Coffee, but above the regular version. So freaking smooth, wonderful barrel age character, just an amazing and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 05:28:22 | More by dar482
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pkalix

California

4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured black, no head, even with a vigorous shake just to see what it'd do... nothing really special about the look of it on the front, although it is obviously pouring a little syrup-y.
smells and tastes more like a bourbon than it does a beer. over-roasted coffee flavor and aroma, vanilla; yes, the fudge i get too. very sweet, very bitter.the alcohol is there, but is part of the overall taste and blends in with the flavors. the wood from the barrels is very strong. i appreciate what they've done but i dont much allow myself to be influenced by a brew which picks up a lot of its flavor from the storage vessel. there is a myriad of flavors but i feel they are over-shadowed by strong oak barrel presence.
2nd pour yields some alcohol presence. lots of oak. the malty quality of the brew seems to pick up more of the barrel residue.
it's still a 13% brew, so i suppose i ought to review it from that perspective. maybe i really wasnt looking for a sipper tonight. still a great brew. lots of effort here....

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 01:28:53 | More by pkalix
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klythjohan

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Near black pour with a minimal tan head.

S: Very very nice aroma consisting of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and a good bit of oak.

T: Most of the aroma carriers through to the taste, just wonderful. Very rich chocolate flavors and the bourbon really enters the scene mid-palate. Leaves your with a nice sweet flavor on the tongue after.

M: Nice and creamy, full body.

O: Very well balanced and complex beer. I would love to give this some time to sit and see how well it ages.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:19:21 | More by klythjohan
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a jet black with a brownish head that sticks around as I sip on this monster. As it disappears, it leaves beautiful lacing on my tulip glass.

Smell: So much going on here! I get whiffs of chocolate at first, followed by roasted barley and sweet malts. Definitely smell hints of bourbon at the end and maybe even some slight fruity undertones.

Taste: Absolutely lovely, chocolate and roasted barley with a definite alcohol hint coming at you as you sip. You can get some other sweetness in there as well, I can pick out some vanilla and molasses. The alcohol is definitely present, but this is still a great sipper.

Mouthfeel: Very strong bodied without a ton of carbonation. Very smooth at 13% which is masked well but can be tasted for sure.

Overall: This is one of the best beers I have ever had and I would love to have it again and again. The best Imperial Stout that I have tried, as I would place it slightly above Stone and BCBS which were two of my favorites. This is one of the most perfect beers I have tried, and worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2013 16:31:54 | More by Mikecap
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Roose13

New Jersey

4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a shaped pint glass. It's a 2013, no. 004.

A: Beautiful, thin black color. I poured it with minimal head, but about a half inch of thin head lingers throughout the entire enjoyment of this beer. Leaves a wall of bubbles

S: Sweet, dark chocolate; bourbon is also strong; coffee, vanilla and subtle cherry.

T: The bourbon is so strong in the taste, but not too strong if that makes any sense. Like, it's definitely there, but not over powering. The chocolate is also strong and sweet, dancing with the bourbon to make this a ridiculously tasty stout. A very rich beer. I get the vanilla and coffee lingering in the aftertaste as well.

M: Incredibly smooth, like liquid silk. It also lingers beautifully, leaving the entire mouth coated with all it's different flavors.

Overall: Seriously, this is one of the best effing beers I have ever had and may just be the best RIS I've ever enjoyed. I paid $15 for this and would easily drop $20 it's so freakin' good. Sipped it slow and made it last like a fine bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 03:36:37 | More by Roose13
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,672 ratings.