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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,882 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,882
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,294
Gots: 2,669 | FT: 185
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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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

SDev, Jul 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Cyclone8, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

mwbrady12, Jul 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

fishmich, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of GJ40
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 release sampled from a 22oz bottle in my DFH snifter. Thanks surge1311!

A - A deep, dark black with a moderate tan head that dissipates quickly. I thought it would hang around a little longer.

S - Wonderful depth with bourbon, wood, chocolate, molasses, coffee and licorice.

T - Powerful without being harsh or unbalanced. Well, the bourbon is the clear leader. Fantastic notes of chocolate and molasses join in. This is an intense beer. The alcohol doesn't distract from the various flavors but it makes damn sure you know it's there.

M - Silky and creamy with a nice low carbonation that lets the flavor run wild.

O - This is a must try beer. I'm glad my wait is over. Wow, I just love FW and everything they do.

GJ40, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Samuel906
4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013: One of my top beers I look forward to each year, and fortunately for me, the Firestone brewery is just 5 minutes up the road. Quite simply put, this is one of the best imperial stouts I have ever had, second only to the World Wide available occasionally from Dogfish Head. This beer is spot on in every way. Pours an absolute pitch black, no hints of light what-so-ever sneak through. The smell features lots of vanilla, honey, milk chocolate and hints of whiskey and oak. The taste is truly superb; rich and complex. Strong aged bourbon up front followed by tons of chocolate and roasted coffee. Take a little sip and just let it roll around your mouth... every taste bud on your tongue just melts with heavenly flavor. Palate is smooth and rich, little to no carbonation.

Overall, an extraordinary beer, a treat for your senses. I bought a bunch of bottles of this and am going to save a few; I have heard that these age well.

2014: Nothing really new to add other than the bourbon is now slightly more pronounced which is further reflected in some added warmth and the slightly higher ABV now at 14%. This is still an amazing stout, and there is absolutely nothing bad I can say about it. Absolutely wonderful.

Samuel906, Jul 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Scalawags, Jul 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

facesnorth, Jul 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

acc88, Jul 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

finewinemike, Jul 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

md655321, Jul 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

brenty0man, Jul 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

carrionricardo, Jul 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

ET678, Jul 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Jnyerges226, Jul 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

FreshZ, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Smurf2055
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with half a finger of tan head.

Smell is bourbon vanilla, chocolate, cherry, bit of tobacco, ash. Very strong and distinct smell.

Taste is rich and velvety, espresso, bit of booze, dark fruits.

Very strong and potent, super rich, yet easy on the palate.

It’s a good beer for sure.

Smurf2055, Jul 15, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Firestone makes a winning brew in the name of Parabola. The beer has a pitch black appealing appearance with a roasted malt, dark fruit and bourbon aroma. The mouthfeel was excellent making this beer very enjoyable. The only major issue I have with this beer is that it is way hot! the 13% ABV is in your face and overpowers the beer a bit. After having BCBCS the night before I realize how good it is by the way Goose Island hides the ABV. I have a few more of these beers and I want to age them to see if the heat calms down.

Overall its a quality beer but the ABV is hot and the bourbon could be more pronounced.

Bottom Line: Very good brew!

After letting the beer breath for a while the ABV burn relaxed a bit.

themind, Jul 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

pathman, Jul 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

corysmith01, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

cfh64, Jul 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Turney, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

kylehay2004, Jul 13, 2013
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,882 ratings.