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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,744 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,744
Reviews: 993
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,256
Gots: 2,623 | FT: 186
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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5/5  rDev +8.5%

stabbingcontest, Dec 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

pbs76, Dec 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Orange, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 version--poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: black in color, opaque, minimal head, high carbonation

Smell: oak, dark chocolate, cocoa, and whiskey

Taste: huge oak start, dark chocolate--especially in the middle, vanilla, roasted maltsweet caramel, and whiskey

Mouthfeel: very sweet with slight roasty bitterness, moderate-high carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: Amazing and roasty RIS. This one has alcohol bite but is never overbearing. My preference is for Sucuba and Barrel Aged DBA, but this makes for an excellent third place from the brewery. I love the oaking and the complexity with multiple layers of chocolate. I will try to pick this one up again.

tigg924, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

redblacks75, Dec 03, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

A - Pours very, very dark brown. Little head quickly diminishes to a ring. The ring sticks around, no lacing to speak of. Good look for a big stout.

S - This baby really knocks you out on the nose. The bourbon and roasted malts are clearly present, but the nose is far more complex underneath. Oak and vanilla as expected, along tobacco, leather, and a slight hoppy note. This is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. Really remarkable.

T - Also kills it. Nice bourbon presence which greatly complements the vanilla, cocoa, and roatiness. This beer tastes full of dark, roasted malts, and you get the slightest hoppy note on the palate that comes through in the nose. This is just a pleasure to drink.

M - Perfect. Smooth, creamy, barely a hint of alcohol present anywhere. Coating and not cloying, the flavor on this lasts forever, and what lingers is very delicious.

O - This is one of the very best bourbon barrel-aged stouts out there, if not the best. Truly a treat to drink. Buy many of these so you have plenty to drink now, and some to drink later.

kdb150, Dec 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

runner440, Dec 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

BYOFB, Dec 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

stouts4me, Dec 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Hugonaut13, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

giants24, Nov 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Pelican5, Nov 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Grant35, Nov 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

e30todamax, Nov 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Kelp, Nov 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

standardcherry, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

LiquorsInc, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Powderhornphil, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of spark3148857
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bitch black (midnight black according to FW) with a one finger tan head that recedes to a ring of tight bubbles. Notes of bourbon, oak, cherries, dark fruit, dark chocolate, coffee, some booze and brown sugar sweetness in the nose. Taste opens with bourbon and oak followed by dark fruits in the middle of the palate. Back end is a pop of intense milk chocolate and coffee that coats the mouth. The alcohol is imperceptible. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, among the best I've had. Parabola meets the hype and in some ways exceeds it. Certainly the best barrel aged RIS I've had (still waiting on KBS).

spark3148857, Nov 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

mixed_master7, Nov 25, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle from j47paco (thanks Juan!). Bottled in 2012. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with one and a half fingers of tan head that leaves very little lace.

Smells of sweet vanilla, bourbon and cocoa.

Taste is a great mixture of bourbon, oaky, woodsy, vanilla, creamed coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, licorice, leather, earth and a little booze. Many fantastic layers of flavor open up as it warms.

Creamy but medium bodied with light carbonation.

A very well done and balanced beer. Great mixture of imperial stout with well blended bourbon barrel character. Highly recommended.

ThickNStout, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

gosk, Nov 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Derekg, Nov 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

lketchersid, Nov 24, 2012
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,744 ratings.