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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,500 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,500
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,165
Gots: 2,545 | FT: 180
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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Dhamma73

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-16-2013 20:30:59 | More by Dhamma73
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Rocklobsterbrew

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

06-16-2013 18:20:02 | More by Rocklobsterbrew
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-16-2013 17:20:11 | More by ummswimmin
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beerinNV

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-16-2013 15:31:39 | More by beerinNV
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errantnight

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-16-2013 07:15:42 | More by errantnight
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Amerikon

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-16-2013 05:08:12 | More by Amerikon
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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-16-2013 02:41:40 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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Bung

Michigan

4.44/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

06-16-2013 02:02:26 | More by Bung
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anson42

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-16-2013 01:14:45 | More by anson42
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craftbrew502

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-15-2013 03:00:22 | More by craftbrew502
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srw

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-15-2013 01:10:33 | More by srw
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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

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

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-14-2013 21:40:57 | More by DudMan
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ACB

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-14-2013 21:40:11 | More by ACB
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Steve212

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-14-2013 19:24:31 | More by Steve212
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Sokool

Washington

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-14-2013 05:33:34 | More by Sokool
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cardsfan

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-14-2013 02:45:27 | More by cardsfan
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pwoody11

Delaware

4/5  rDev -13.2%

06-14-2013 01:42:35 | More by pwoody11
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kdmcguire10

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-14-2013 01:16:19 | More by kdmcguire10
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Tim

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-14-2013 00:27:13 | More by Tim
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jmmy3

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-13-2013 22:31:51 | More by jmmy3
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themilkman87

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-13-2013 02:44:47 | More by themilkman87
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-13-2013 02:35:25 | More by lilnicky068
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Gkimbo

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-13-2013 01:28:42 | More by Gkimbo
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,500 ratings.