Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4,987
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,342
Gots: 2,702 | FT: 188
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.

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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3.96/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JayQue
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 date batch 002. I can't believe I held on to this one so long. Pours a dense black color with a dark brown head (10 FIDY color). The head is small and fades quickly as befits a high abv beer. Some lacing on the glass.

Rich and complex aroma. Bourbon and chocolate are quickly apparent. There is also some oak, vanilla, and coconut. Taste is more of the same, big rich chocolate and bourbon flavors. The woody (oak) flavor is strong too. There is a hint of vanilla and coconut. The alcohol is still present after 3 years of aging.

Mouthfeel is incredibly rich with some warming ahcohol presence and a little alcohol burn. This is a slow sipper, but a very enjoyable one. Lives up to the hype. A great beer.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.6/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.12/5  rDev -32.3%

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4.68/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.7/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of timc100
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%

The 2014 vintage clocks in at the highest abv yet though doesn't feel it. Wonderful barrel notes of bakers chocolate, barrel char, notes of sweet vanilla and coconut. A little dark fruit comes through as well. The palate is much richer - brilliant bitter dark chocolate, char, oak, vanilla and the firestone coconut, which is not as prominent as it is in DDBA and sucaba. Very smooth but a little thin.

Don't get a lot of bourbon-whiskey on this, but I do get the great caramelized barrel flavors. Fantastic beer as is expected from the FW barrel program

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.08/5  rDev -11.5%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.68/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.4/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,987 ratings.