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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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world-class

4,342 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,342
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,093
Gots: 2,478 | 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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smutty33

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-30-2011 02:48:43 | More by smutty33
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sgent487

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-29-2011 23:46:25 | More by sgent487
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Macky20

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-29-2011 21:38:58 | More by Macky20
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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

12-29-2011 10:20:10 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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Alpar

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-28-2011 15:49:01 | More by Alpar
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-28-2011 13:18:41 | More by celticfutblclub
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hurfer

Indiana

4/5  rDev -13.2%

12-28-2011 03:45:34 | More by hurfer
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3HovsepiansBrews

California

4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a dark brown head.

S- Wood, coffee, dark fruits.

T - Wood, vanilla, coffee, raisins, plums, alcohol, dark chocolate, and some flavors reminiscent of coca-cola.

M - Syrupy, oily/greasy with low carbonation.

O - The are a lot of really nice flavors and aromas, but the mouthfeel is not very pleasant. The alcohol really comes through as well, which takes away from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 00:12:38 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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RViator325

Washington

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-27-2011 23:54:20 | More by RViator325
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DavidEddie

Illinois

4/5  rDev -13.2%

12-27-2011 14:36:13 | More by DavidEddie
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gorby10826

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-27-2011 02:43:16 | More by gorby10826
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MrHirschybar

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-27-2011 02:20:30 | More by MrHirschybar
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-27-2011 01:07:43 | More by brez8791
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davidbowers13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-26-2011 04:57:51 | More by davidbowers13
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-12-24 in Lititz, PA. Had this again on 2012-07-25 in Columbia, PA with no change to the review. Had a 2012 bottle on 2013-06-19 (as a celebration of the end of a vacation trip to Duluth, MN and the Superior National Forest) with tweaks to the review and ratings (increased taste).

A - Dark brown/black with a slight tan head. Plenty of alcohol legs but little lacing.

S - Bourbon, peaty malt, chocolate, coffee and lots of alcohol.

T - Some bourbon, roasted coffee, toasted cocoanut, vanilla, sweet/dark chocolate, nutty, oak, light anise, deep-dark fruit, alcohol. Mostly roasted bitterness. Aftertaste is more of the same with lots of lingering deliciousness. A great big barrel of tasting fun!

M - Syrupy, thick body and very light carbonation.

O - A brilliant and complex beer. It made the perfect finish to our family Christmas celebration and vacation celebration.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 18:17:34 | More by Tucquan
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alano

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-25-2011 17:37:52 | More by alano
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furthurgone

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-25-2011 04:40:10 | More by furthurgone
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SeaOfShells

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-24-2011 16:41:32 | More by SeaOfShells
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BrewerB

Florida

4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the brewery, on its release date. The 2011 version.

Pouring into a Fifty Fifty Eclipse snifter. Black in color with a 1 finger medium-tan foam that retains partially. Strength evidenced by the sticky legs.

Toasted oak, dark bittersweet chocolate. Booziness is present and a bourbon-character is also notable but not overly harsh.

Beautiful marriage of dark, bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel, charcoal, and espresso. Touch of vanilla. Medium-high/high bitterness level stemming from hops and the dark roasted malts. Lingering dark chocolate and earthiness in the toasted oak finish.

Medium-full in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Fantastic warming sensation, ultra-smooth on the heat.

Overall this is an absolutely wonderful choice to pop open on Christmas Eve Eve. Deliciously dangerous complexity, excellent marriage of roasty/barrel aged flavors. Firestone knocked it out of the park here and I can only wonder what additional age might do to enhance/detract from a stellar beer today.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 04:30:28 | More by BrewerB
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jkelly482

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-23-2011 23:05:28 | More by jkelly482
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HopsLover22

Illinois

4/5  rDev -13.2%

12-23-2011 16:00:28 | More by HopsLover22
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mnbearsfan

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-23-2011 00:10:33 | More by mnbearsfan
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BeerOnTheWall

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-22-2011 22:29:37 | More by BeerOnTheWall
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jophish17

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-22-2011 22:19:14 | More by jophish17
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-22-2011 18:40:33 | More by ajs4bd
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,342 ratings.