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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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world-class

4,244 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,244
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,065
Gots: 2,430 | FT: 163
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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Beezee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-19-2012 04:58:38 | More by Beezee
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clarkw42

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-19-2012 04:10:59 | More by clarkw42
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chrispoint

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-18-2012 17:50:46 | More by chrispoint
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bdkucharski

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-18-2012 17:00:16 | More by bdkucharski
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de322

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-18-2012 16:46:32 | More by de322
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MordorMongo


4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-17-2012 17:05:01 | More by MordorMongo
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bullywee

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -13.2%

02-16-2012 11:21:54 | More by bullywee
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John11486

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-15-2012 21:58:05 | More by John11486
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kiki3drt292

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-15-2012 21:39:57 | More by kiki3drt292
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sharpski

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-15-2012 20:39:33 | More by sharpski
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Marti403

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-15-2012 20:06:19 | More by Marti403
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heysuz

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-12-2012 17:55:58 | More by heysuz
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shwillivanilli

California

4/5  rDev -13.2%

02-12-2012 09:31:05 | More by shwillivanilli
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DaveONan

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-11-2012 23:58:19 | More by DaveONan
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mhbarber

Virginia

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-09-2012 22:15:56 | More by mhbarber
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fjl77

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-09-2012 20:25:13 | More by fjl77
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Gary779

South Africa

4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured really dark, with dark mahogany tones visible on the edges of the beer. Head is coffee coloured and short-lived.

S: Pure bourbon, but without the aggressive alcohol that usually accompanies bourbon. The smell is very very complex. Elements include dark fruits, cherries, cocoa butter (hinting at the beer's richness) and liquorice.

T: Wow. This is right up there with the greats. A simple sip takes you through a world of velvety smooth flavours (creamy sweet chocolate with a hint of sweet cherries), right down to a refined bitterness of cocoa and dark fruits. All of this concludes with a dry finish that doesn't overstay its welcome and leaves you wanting for more.

M: Velvety smooth carbonation, and together with a heavy, full body, this beer caresses the tongue in a way few drinks are able to.

O: A perfectly matched beer. The appearance matches the taste and smell perfectly. The mouthfeel and taste are so intermingled that it is hard to tell them apart. A majestic beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 14:20:45 | More by Gary779
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jerichobear

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-08-2012 20:25:45 | More by jerichobear
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tcampbel1

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-08-2012 20:04:41 | More by tcampbel1
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stonequarrywest

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-08-2012 02:31:30 | More by stonequarrywest
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle 12,5% Abv.
2011 Vintage
No. 002

Thanks to pittsburghkid66 for hooking me up with this bottle.

Appearance: Parabola looks thick and oily as it gloops out of the bottle, it is pitch black in the glass with deep red edges when back lit. A rough pour yields a small, creamy, mocha coloured that displays average retention and leaves a little lace. A light swirl causes the head to slowly reform as well as leaving a brown residue on the glass.

Smell: My first sniff tells me that I am in for one super delicious beer, this could be right up there with Abacus! Sweet milk chocolate, stunning bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark toffee make up the initial aroma. Further analysis yields sweet dark fruits (raisins and cherries), toasted coconut, molasses and chocolate liqueur. As the beer approaches room temperature the bourbon notes increase and a hint of nose tickling alcohol is noted.

Taste: The nose lead me to believe this was going to be a super delicious beer and the flavour does not disappoint!
The initial flavour is of dark caramel, sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and sweet dark fruit. This fades into Molasses, roasted malt and Liquorice notes. The finish has a welcome bitterness and a distinct roasted coffee bean note. The alcohol is not totally covered and there is a distinct bourbon flavour and warming which grows as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Perfect! Full, heavy body, lightly sticky with a moderate level of smooth, creamy carbonation.

Overall: This is my second beer from Firestone Walker and again my mind has been blown! I will most certainly chase down a bottle or two of this from each future release!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 11:51:55 | More by Thehuntmaster
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SoCalStout

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-07-2012 07:32:41 | More by SoCalStout
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lbour

Texas

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-06-2012 22:30:54 | More by lbour
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AngusOg

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-06-2012 16:35:58 | More by AngusOg
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drowland

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

7/23/10. Huge thanks to mkade8883 for this awesome brew in my Secret Santa box!! Huge buttery, vanilla, and coconut aromas followed by obvious bourbon. Love it. The flavor doesn’t deliver as much as I was hoping, but there is nice chocolate and coffee, buttery vanilla, a hint of coconut, and a nice warming feel. Very good!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 22:19:45 | More by drowland
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,244 ratings.