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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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100
world-class

4,496 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,496
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,164
Gots: 2,542 | FT: 180
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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brandonasplundh

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

03-03-2012 21:06:07 | More by brandonasplundh
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours jet black with a small chocolate brown to tan head. In the aroma, mellow but nice bourbon notes. In the taste, chocolate like roast with a bourbon end, and vanilla and oak presence all the way through. A boozy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oaky vanilla and bourbon like aftertaste. Big bourbon presence, with a nice stout underneath it all.

03-03-2012 20:13:31 | More by OWSLEY069
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leodarko

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-03-2012 19:59:54 | More by leodarko
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-02-2012 21:42:21 | More by heddar33
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xHoPtImUsPrImEx

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

03-02-2012 18:01:03 | More by xHoPtImUsPrImEx
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seanh99

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

03-02-2012 16:50:41 | More by seanh99
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dolfan54fl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

03-01-2012 16:05:45 | More by dolfan54fl
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Huge thanks to Scott for this bottle, one of the beers I have been wanted to try for very long time.

A: Pours a jet black color with a one finger tan/brownish head with decent carbonation. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Great aroma. Some bourbon, vanilla, plenty of oak, chocolate, and a little bit of roasted malt. There are some faint dark fruits, mostly raisin and plum.

T: Lots going on, nice rich chocolate, oak, bourbon, and plenty of vanilla, which really hits home on the finish. A little bit of roast mixed in.

M: Fantastic, slightly heavier than medium bodied, but extremely smooth. One of the easiest drinking imperial stouts I have had. Slightly dry finish.

O: Fantastic beer, moves up to one of my favorites. Great combination of flavors and so easy drinking for a big beer.

03-01-2012 03:03:08 | More by mdaschaf
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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev -3.5%

Review adapted from notes taken 9/18/11

Note: 2011 vintage

Appearance: Black, black, with more black, utterly devoid of life - virtually no head, minimal lacing - just a slight brown ring

Smell: Pretty epic - tons of burnt, roasted, caramelized malts - brown sugar, sugar - chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, burnt coffee, some oak - dark and intimidating

Taste: Heavy and rich - tons of malts with lots of depth - a ton of chocolate - burnt, cooked, caramel malts - bourbon and wood, not excessive but in good balance - chewy, like a meal - some char, some dry, dark fruits

Mouthfeel: Chewy, sticky, oily, heavy, sludgy

Overall: A great, great RIS

Simply put, this beer does everything right. The barrel aging adds a lot of flavor without being excessive, and the malt profile is wonderfully complex. This is a sipper that will only improve over time.

02-28-2012 06:34:02 | More by angrybabboon
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

02-27-2012 21:25:31 | More by eawolff99
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guillemiro

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-27-2012 01:33:53 | More by guillemiro
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Travisnin

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-26-2012 17:46:02 | More by Travisnin
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mikeywtc

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-26-2012 15:42:51 | More by mikeywtc
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

02-25-2012 19:40:00 | More by steamboatbrewer
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archey

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-25-2012 00:03:35 | More by archey
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Lantern


5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-24-2012 23:30:08 | More by Lantern
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +6.9%

2011 Vintage.

A: 1/8" or thinner level of tan coloured head over cola coloured liquid.

S: Coffee, vanilla, oak, toffee and red wine come to mind.

T: Vanilla, cherry, toffee and some alcohol up front with red wine, oak, coffee, chocolate and toasted malt in the finish. Very complex and very nice.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a medium level of fine carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: My only complaint is the the heat from the alcohol, but even this was relatively minimal. I chose to drink this beer now, about 8 months after release in order to still have the oak taste present while diminishing some of the heat from the alcohol. I believe this balance was met, as this was a beautiful and complex experience of a beer.

02-24-2012 22:46:37 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Mpa1000

Delaware

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-24-2012 20:04:26 | More by Mpa1000
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -3.9%

22 oz bottle of the 2011 vintage courtesy of RWNewhouse, thanks a ton Ryan for this one! Pours very black, no highlights. Small tan head, even with an aggressive pour. Modest lacing.

Nose is lots of chocolaty bourbon with some secondary aromas of vanilla and raspberries. Smells soft and beautiful, I cant wait to indulge in this one.

Powerful bourbon-wood-vanilla combo with a balanced sweetness and drying finsh from lots of alcohol and a fair amount of leafy hops. The barrel treatment is very evident and the alcohol is pretty well integrated. Gets better as it warms, I'd be hard pressed to have to choose between this and BCBS. Its not as rich, sweet or boozy and the mouthfeel is thinner. But it is less hot and more integrated out of the gate. Whereas I can see BCBS aging well for at least 5 years, with Parabola I am not sure if any time in the cellar would be beneficial. Tasty as shit though, I like it quite a bit.

02-22-2012 02:47:00 | More by twiggamortis420
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-22-2012 01:46:06 | More by uvm2003
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whatsajessica

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-22-2012 00:41:09 | More by whatsajessica
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chicano4craft

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev -3.9%

2011 vintage poured into snifter.

Pours a deep black with a small tan head that drops to the thinnest of crowns.

Nose has some alcohol heat mixed with woodiness, dark fruit, some vanilla and slight caramel.

Promise of the nose is delivered in the taste. There's also a nice roast and coffee flavors. Alcohol shows up more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is decent. Slighly syrupy. Definitly a heavier beer.

Overall an excellent beer. Don't know hoe this will age. I enjoed it to much now to save a bottle.

02-21-2012 22:25:16 | More by chicano4craft
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ajschutz

Indiana

4/5  rDev -13.2%

02-21-2012 17:55:32 | More by ajschutz
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JonathanG

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-21-2012 00:03:36 | More by JonathanG
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Dan3279

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

I have to thank my friend Aaron for this one! I have wanted to try this one for a long time and I couldn't wait any longer and had to pop this bad boy open. My bottle was a 2011 Batch #2. I poured the bomber into my DFH snifter to find an awesome deep, dark brown body with a nice mocha colored head.

The aroma was just fantastic, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and malt.

The taste is simply world class! The flavor is rich and in your face. Every sip got better and better as it warmed up.

This is a full bodied beer that I thought wasn't to hard to drink. I really took my time drinking this one sip by sip. There was a good amount of carbonation but was well balanced with just a little bit of heat at the end.

Overall a fantastic RIS, a great example of the style and I really just can't say enough good things about this one that hasn't been said already.

02-20-2012 01:17:59 | More by Dan3279
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,496 ratings.