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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,124
Reviews: 1,031
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,558
Gots: 2,752 | FT: 190
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.

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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a wine glass

Appearance- Black with no transparency. Thin head laces nicely with movement.

Smell- Tons of vanilla right off the bat. Dark Chocolate, with a bit of sweetness. The booze is very present in the nose with a long draw. Bourbon. Smelling this thing is amazing. Its hard not to taste it right away, but like all things anticipation makes the experience more memorable. This is my third spin with this beer in consecutive years. I look forward to it each year.

Taste - Vanilla again very present in the front as it was with inital nose time. If you keep it on top of the tounge down the throat, you get the sweetness of chocolate, and vanilla with the bourbon and oak. The finish is smooth with a bit of bitterness from the choclate and coffee. Booze is warming and not overpowering. If you taste letting it spill all over your tounge to the sides and beneath, it just explodes. Fruit comes out with some cinnamon. our friends Bourbon and Oak in the middle of it all. The flavors are just insane, and change along the way.

Mouthfeel - Light dispite its big flavors and dense color. Carbonation is perfect as you get a little tounge buzz from it. Not too boozy, but it makes it clear your drinking a big one. Finish is clean with sweet glazed bitter finish.

Overall- This is tops in this style for me. I'm a hop head who enjoys a strong stout in the winter. This one is as stong as you want, with all the warmth the season commands. The flavor palate is just a perfect celebration of the season. Its your favorite black morning coffee, your decadent after dinner desert, and your evening bourbon all in one. If you see it get it, and share it with those who aren't afraid.


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2012 Vintage shared on Xmas eve.

Poured into my Urthel glass.

Appeared a midnight-black color with a one finger cappuccino head that left some nice lacing.

Smell was amazing. Espresso, vanilla and bitter chocolate. A bit of a port-wine character to it. Nice bourbon burn in the nose.

Taste was delicious and complex. First you are hit with some malty sweetness and vanilla. This gives way to the more bitter chocolate/coffee notes. The bourbon finish is nice - perfectly balanced with the flavors.

Beautiful mouth-feel - silky and smooth, thick but not syrupy. The alcohol played a nice part in warming your throat as you drank.

Overall this is ranking as my favorite beer to date. I am a huge BCBS fan but find this slightly better and more balanced. I love the barrel-aging on this, I think FW hit it perfect. Wow...love it.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

Appearance- opaque black. No light gets through at all and it leaves a nice quarter inch head that lingers for a while.

Smell- caramel and vanilla with sweet notes like candied fruit. A hint of chocolate and coffee. Toffee seems to be present a little but the biggest smell is definitely candied fruits with vanilla. A nice surprise.

Taste - taste the sugaryness of the candy fruit. Caramel and vanilla on the back end that linger until you take another sip. can't taste much coffee which i like. Dark chocolate notes on the front end that releases a sweetness while going down.

Mouthfeel - lighter than i expected with not a lot of carbonation. The carbonation that is present is mild and doesn't 'fizz' in the mouth as much as others. Goes down smooth. Alcohol content is hidden very well. No burn

Overall- very well done beer. All the flavors mix perfectlu together without any particular flavor dominating the palate. I wish there was less of the candied fruits and sweetness in the smell but other than that it is a phenomenal brew that i recommend everyone try!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured 22oz bottle (2013) into chalice.

A - Dark like the winter night sky with a 1 finger brown head. Fades into oblivion with some lacing that also vanishes.

S - Sweet caramel, bourbon, and vanilla start it off. Some bitterness of hops and dark chocolate come in after. Hints of brown sugar and cocoa are also subdued as it warms.

T - This is fantastic. All the sweetness from teh stout and barrel are balanced by the bitterness from the hops. Vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, and cocoa.

M - Medium to full bodied with a smooth and rich mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style.

O - An amazing stout that allows the barrel aging to help sweeten the bitter stout.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,124 ratings.