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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,320 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,320
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,089
Gots: 2,459 | FT: 162
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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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8.5%

07-01-2012 18:09:54 | More by StubFaceJoe
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Barrel-aged

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

07-01-2012 16:59:40 | More by Barrel-aged
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BCross

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +3%

07-01-2012 16:53:33 | More by BCross
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B33R501

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Complex and delicious, huge beer, enjoyed this lazy hot and humid Sunday morning.

Midnight black, small chocolate head, low but enough carbonation to keep the beer flowing and drinkable. Aroma of chocolate, wood, lots of alcohol, very refined. The empty bottle aroma gets better, lots of butterscotch and vanilla.

Taste opens with big chocolate and very dark roast coffee that leads to very sweet dark cherry, lots of oak, wood. Barrel soaked rum, notes of brandy and red wine. The spirits effect of the barrel aging make this a most delicious treat, really doesn't try to hide the fact that this is loaded with alcohol, and I like that.

Another fantastic barrel aged beer. Easily makes the best of list, but it is getting hard to rank them all.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 14:22:28 | More by B33R501
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RES

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3%

07-01-2012 04:48:45 | More by RES
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sleuthdog

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured into tulip

Appearence: Pours a dark brown to almost black in color with about a one finger size head. The head is of a light brown color that dissapates quickly to leave some real nice lacing behind.

Smell: The smell is of a rather simple bourbon and vanilla with a slight alcohol. I do pick up on some possible chocolate and a sweetness like molasses with some faint roasted character. It is a pretty sweet smelling beer.

Taste: Upon initial taste I get the bourbon and vanilla followed by some of the sweetness and some faint chocolate. On the swallow I do notice a light hop character that really seems to tone down the sweetness and prevents this from being overly sweet. I must mention that the alcohol is fairly well hidden but at the same time noticeable. I do get some very, very slight alcohol burn but in no way unpleasant. A rather simple tasting beer but one that for that reason is easily enjoyed!

Mouthfeel: This beer is surprisingly smooth. I was expecting this to be "hot" and not as creamy as it is. The carbonation is pleasing and the body very enjoyable too. It's silky smooth in my mouth and not too viscous but like I said befor very creamy and smooth. Excellent feel!

Overall: Just a very enjoyable experience with this one. Not overy complicated but a rather straight forward beer that is a sipping pleasure. I'm interested what some time would do to this but it is so good fresh I don't know if time would do this one good.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 01:46:15 | More by sleuthdog
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012. Thanks to ferillo for sending me this bottle!

Poured into a chalice. This beer pours a tinge lighter than black. An inch worth of mocha head rests atop. Light lace left behind. The nose is sweet with vanilla, maple, gingerbread, chocolate, oak. The bourbon isn't as strong in the nose as I'd expected.

Moderate mouthfeel, with decent carbonation presence. Slight oily feel on the back end, but drinks nicely. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Again, the bourbon is underplayed, but its subtlety is what I like about this. Rounds out a nice roasted brew, giving a welcome sweet balance. I usually like to split my bombers with someone, but this one was a treat to drink on my own. Loved it.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 18:25:30 | More by Onenote81
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Magery

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-30-2012 17:41:51 | More by Magery
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crobinso

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

06-30-2012 11:37:03 | More by crobinso
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lern

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-30-2012 05:14:56 | More by lern
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throwback

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-29-2012 16:05:00 | More by throwback
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rkasten1

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-28-2012 23:16:12 | More by rkasten1
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Prospero

Colorado

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

Had the 2012 version on-tap and 2011 from a bottle tasted in 3/12 after some age, this review is for the on-tap as I found it more enjoyable.

Appearance is midnight black. If light passed through it, I didn't see it. Great 1-2 finger dark tan head that shows off it's barrel-aging.

The aroma is strong of oak, bourbon, some vanilla and nice roasted coffee. It just smells rich and complex.

The taste follows the aroma nicely as it tastes as rich as it smells. Lots of roasted coffee and chocolate flavors mixed with the oaky vanilla complexity that makes this a great savoring beer. I feel like I need a cigar to pair with this beer. Some bitterness, but not overwhelming, I feel like some age could smooth it out some. Some bourbon, but blended well with the malt bill.

In terms of mouthfell it's a rich, robust, full bodied beer. Medium to low carbonation, but still retains a smooth feel. It may be like motor oil to some, but delicious for me!

Have 3 bottles of 2012 I'm looking forward to aging to see if it balances out even more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 17:47:05 | More by Prospero
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mjaggers

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-27-2012 11:50:19 | More by mjaggers
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rawfish

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

06-26-2012 03:36:08 | More by rawfish
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daves1186

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-26-2012 02:36:26 | More by daves1186
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st9647v3

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-25-2012 21:02:36 | More by st9647v3
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bsanders1

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-25-2012 01:16:24 | More by bsanders1
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stevec32

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-24-2012 17:48:13 | More by stevec32
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WesM63

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a large snifter. (2012 bottle)

A: Pours a near pitch black with a beautiful 2finger mocha head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Smells of oak and bourbon with a hint of coffee and vanilla.

T: Up front I get lots of roasted malts, some sweetness from vanilla. Mid taste the bourbon and coffee bitterness comes though. Some sweetness on the end with a hint of bourbon and oak.

M: Full body, medium to full carbonation.

O: Excellent BA Stout. Extremely well balanced. Interested to see what happens after a year.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 03:17:33 | More by WesM63
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tziggy

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-23-2012 08:01:00 | More by tziggy
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oldvines

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-23-2012 06:38:34 | More by oldvines
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Parabola
22oz bomber poured into a snifter
2012 bottle
150th BA review

A big thanks to Pelican5 for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours a dark cola brown with lightening on the edges and 1/2 fingers width of mocha colored head which dissipates down quickly to only an outer ring with inner whisp.  Lacing is effectively none, with only the faintest spotty patches left on the glass.  

S: Dark fruit, chocolate, oak, and vanilla come out in that order.  It is also boozy with subtle bourbon notes, with aromas of black coffee and roasted malts. Could be richer.

T: Initially there is a heavier bourbon presence on the tongue, which is quite nice but unfortunately this takes a backseat to a huge bitter component and booze.  There are also notes of roasted malt and a hint of dark fruits, but again these are overwhelmed by a  bitterness consisting of hops and bitter dark chocolate.  Not bad, but too boozy and too bitter, and the booze is not a smooth bourbon booze but a harsh cheap vodka booze.  The potential is there but I don't drink beers for their potential.  

M/D: I wouldn't say it's particularly thick or smooth for the style.  Over carbonated, which when combined with the bitterness, give it a biting quality. Finishes quite dry.  Drinkability is below average, mainly due to the dominating bitter quality,  plus the ABV isn't particularly well masked.  

O: Overall, this is a pretty middle of the road RIS in my opinion.  Some age could do this wonders I suppose, but as is, this one is a pretty big disappointment.  I am a huge fan of barrel aged stouts but this one is far too bitter and a touch too boozy. The bourbon is masked by an almost grain alcohol character, and the rest of the flavor profile is dominated by the bitter qualities.  I would like to try an aged one to see how it develops, but the fresh one is rather meh.  No where near the level of many other big RIS's I've enjoyed, and also no where near as enjoyable as Sucaba.  

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 02:15:09 | More by zac16125
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RandyKemka

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-23-2012 02:12:35 | More by RandyKemka
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abeerdude

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-22-2012 17:29:21 | More by abeerdude
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,320 ratings.