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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,587 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,587
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,197
Gots: 2,576 | FT: 184
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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4.75/5  rDev +3%

danoble1, Apr 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

BigE90, Apr 29, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -10%

2011 bottling

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a ringlet of foam that fades away though it leaves some dots and dashes behind

Smell: Chocolate, oatmeal/raisin and Bourbon

Taste: Rich chocolate flavors, up front, with the oatmeal/raisin and marshmallow flavors developing; by mid-palate, the Bourbon adds its heft to the sweeter elements, creating a boozy counterpoint; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors re-emerge, providing balance into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slightly creamy; boozy, with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: As can be inferred from the geometry of its name, this beer is still moving along the curve to the apogee; not sure how long the process will take but it is still a ways away from its optimal point of consumption

brentk56, Apr 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a very dark brown, with a brown-tan, quickly attenuating head. Aromas of sorghum, coconut, chocolate, and tobacco. The mouthfeel is creamy and viscous, with some scrubbing on the back of the tongue at the finish. Milk chocolate, coconut, and unflavored leaf tobacco are prevalent and alternating flavors. There is even that mild pang in the back of the jaw that occassionally occurs with dry leaf, unflavored chewing tobacco. Notes of sorghum and bourbon as well. This is my favorite FW brew. It's a phenomenal concoction.

DocJitsu, Apr 28, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours deep black with a small coffee head that lingers around the rim. Good sludgy lacing.

Smells strongly of chocolate, with bourbon in the background along with some roasty malts and licorice.

Chocolate is the overpowering flavor as well. The barrel asserts it's presence and while it finishes with a nice boozy kick, it's more subdued and barely noticeable at times until it reaches room temperature. (Take note of this Sucuba). Not one note, but definitely a little two note. Chocolate and bourbon overshadow everything else a bit.

Thick mouthfeel and got a bit cloying as it warmed. Low carbonation.

Very good beer, but not the best in style. This one is good as a sipper, but I wish it were more complex and the sweetness were dialed back a bit. I know they are different styles, but so much better than Sucuba, it's not funny.

jmarsh123, Apr 24, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -3.9%

2011 vintage.

Pours nearly, but not quite, jet-black; with a small, frothy tan head that settles rather quickly. Minimal patchy lace.

Aroma of bourbon, certainly, and accompanying vanilla; fudgy chocolate, roasted, charred notes; caramel. Complex flavor has a bit of sweetness and stickiness; fairly bourbon forward; some heat that has been tamed to a pleasant level by age; caramel, chocolate, burnt sugar, vanilla, charred malt, oak, traces of dark fruits underneath; raisins, dates, and figs.

Medium-full bodied but not viscous; medium-low carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and delicious. Not the biggest or most over-the-top barrel aged stout but one of the most well-balanced and drinkable, certainly. Would love to see what a longer cellaring would bring about.

tobelerone, Apr 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

brealbg, Apr 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

wdarcy77, Apr 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

amart80, Apr 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Sheaffdogg, Apr 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

mrsdrabmuh, Apr 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev -1.7%

2011 Vintage

A: Single fingered head that dissipated quickly leaving only a few suds behind. Deep dark brown bodied brew looks great, but unfortunately no lacing to speak of.

S: Roasty, very roasty. Followed by molasses, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and toffee. Very robust in the scent dept.

T: As the smell indicated, very robust flavors are present. I love beers that showcase toffee and vanilla, this brew does both.

M: Medium/heavy bodied, creamy, appropriate moderate carbonation.

O: One of the best Stouts ever made.

tjkinate, Apr 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

savagepm, Apr 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

MayorsAssistant, Apr 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

klink40, Apr 13, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Batch 002

A: Pours 5000 mile motor oil black. Small, dense medium brown head. Fades pretty slowly, leaving some traces of lacing on the glass.

S: Big and boozy aroma. Huge bourbon notes, lots of oaky vanilla with caramel, molasses and toffee. Hints of dark fruit like cherries, fig and raisin. Roasted malt notes poke through just a bit.

T: Thick and creamy roasted malt character right up front. Loads of roasty char, chocolate and a little coffee. Mixes almost instantly with surprisingly dulled (compared to the aroma anyway) bourbon notes. Burnt caramel, molasses, toffee, vanilla and oak. The bourbon and roasted malt balance with each other quite nicely. There are hints of dark fruit as the two flavors fade away into the aftertaste. As it warms, maybe a hint of black licorice and perhaps even leather?

M: Thick. Creamy. Like melted chocolate rolling over your tongue.

O: One hell of a barrel aged RIS. It smells bourbon-heavy but luckily it didn't taste overpowering. Just a touch boozy which suits the style nicely. Great balance between all the roasted malt flavors and the bourbon flavors. Melds better than almost all other similar beers (just short of a KBS-class beer).

Dope, Apr 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

DanGolfs86, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

LockeSD, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

jsilva, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

BeRanger, Apr 10, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev -5%

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Series No. 2. From notes. Reviewed 8 July 2011.

A: No head. Just brown foam on the sides. SO dark. Black as sin. Totally opaque.

S: Bourbon, booze, realllly nice. Vanilla. Oak. So good.

T: A fantastic imperial stout -- lots of vanilla. Soft and round, with a bit of cacao beans on the aftertaste. A little straightforward, but damn good.

M: Smooth, slinky, and downable. YUM.

O: Really nice! Very drinkable. I highly recommend it, and would love to have it again.

OG: 29.5p
IBU: 82
SRM: 167
Aged for 12 months.

EDIT (15 June 2012): Batch 003 into a brandy snifter.

4A: Very little head. Pitch black.

4S: Vanilla. Flat, sweet, malt. Oak aging? Toasted coconut? Vaguely alcoholic, which is impressive.

4.5T: Mmm. Huge, substantial...interesting butterscotch hard candy (this is exactly what it is). The aftertaste is bourbon and super-strong vanilla. Lightly bitter, roasted finish.

4M: Smooth, seductive, and slightly harsh from the alcohol (this is a good thing).

4.5O: An excellent beer! Highly recommended. A model bourbon-aged imperial stout.

OG: 29.5p
IBU: 82
SRM: 167
Aged for 12 months.

AgentMunky, Apr 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

jsurfs82, Apr 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

TrickkyGangsta, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Aged 6mos

A-pours black like motor oil with swirls of mocha foam

S-smells nutty like coffee

T-very smooth. Delicious. incredibly well balanced

M-a little bit coarse on the finish, but that's expected

O-great stout. surprised it wasn't hot. incredible taste

Jammies, Apr 06, 2012
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