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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,645 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,645
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,216
Gots: 2,593 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

dannyancient, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

TheRuss9585, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Spleeb, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

ejeffer11, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

extra, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured in a FFF snifter

A - Dark, almost black, brown with a tan colored head that poured one finger tall. Settles down to a light layer of almost bog like foam sitting on top.

S - Nice, complex stout nose with chocolate, roasted malts, sweet caramel, slight bitter coffee, and oak. The chocolate and caramel are the dominant parts of the nose while the other bits are more subtle. It has good strong flavors that make themselves known while still allowing everything to blend together well.

T - Sweet vanilla, caramel and chocolate up front. As the beer goes on, there is chocolate, dark prunes, and light espresso. Finish is slight warming bourbon and oak which linger on in the finish.

MF - Silky, smooth beer with light carbonation. Light alcoholic kick and oak in the finish but otherwise a superb mouthfeel

O - This beer shows why Firestone Walker is known as a great blender and barrel ager. It has great flavors, is silky smooth and no rough edges. I was really impressed by this one and surprised how much it stood out from some of the other RIS's I've had lately.

jeonseh, Jan 26, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle:

Appearance: Black as the ace of spades with a small, tan had that eventually fades to the perimeter only.

Smell: Oak barrel, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, caramel. F'in delicious smelling, very similar to BCBS.

Taste: Immense barrel character, wow. A great blend of bourbon, dark chocolate and coffee give way to a spicy, tobacco like ending, with lingering dark chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than WWS, but not quite in the viscous territory of BCBS.

Overall: Definitely glad I was able to try this. Not a bad brew by any means, but I'm just not thrilled about the spicy notes of this(similar to what I thought about that element in Sucaba)although it does lend to the complexity. This is also a little boozy on the back end of the drink. Aside from that, Firestone Walker makes a lot of good beer and I will continue to imbibe, I just personally like their IPAs better.

PsilohsaiBiN, Jan 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

quetzal013, Jan 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

DmanGTR, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

FatBoyGotSwagger, Jan 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

CraftEyeDoc, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

danedelman, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

dman5400, Jan 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

DrJoe82, Jan 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

mrbubbler, Jan 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

mojiboo02, Jan 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

TomClem, Jan 23, 2013
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4.81/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage in a trade. Poured on 1/22/13. Pours deep black with no light let in. Aggressive-ish pour left with a tiny brown head. Aroma is very strong vanilla, molasses, chocolate, licorice, and of course plenty of bourbon. Really beautiful. Thick an viscous mouthfeel opens up to Very mellow bourbon tones, lots of vanilla, and a burst of chocolate on the finish. Mild carbonation that is right on for this. Incredibly mellow, and I am curioud is that is the age or the uncanny craft of FW. Prickle of alcohol burn on the tongue, and a nice bit of warmth on the way down. Probably a new favorite BA Stout for me. Just right.

BMMillsy, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

leschkie, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

ncaudle, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

tubbnik, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

D-Stylz, Jan 22, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with foil cap and presented in a cardboard box. 2012 Firestone Walker Parabola. Aged 12 months in a "combination of barrels" and additionally personally cellared several months by me. Served at cellar temperature (mid to high 50°s, F). Beer pours opaque black with nearly zero head. Intense aroma of brandy, apricot, and prunes.

The first sip is both sharp / finely carbonated and rich with big, dark fruit flavors and alcohol warmth. The middle of the beer is deceptively light on the tongue. The beer concludes with a gentle bitter edge, though I'd never have guessed anywhere close to the DIPA-worthy 82 IBUs the label claims. A little bit of treacle / bitter molasses in the end. For an imperial stout this beer is just super mellow; the barrel aging and oak flavors do it really well. Oh, except for the heavy alcohol of course. For a stout there really aren't a lot of roasty, nutty, chocolate or coffee flavors, either. But there are layers of bourbon, fruit and brandy

hreb, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

tlacott1, Jan 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

logan0203, Jan 21, 2013
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,645 ratings.