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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,322 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,322
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,089
Gots: 2,462 | FT: 162
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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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
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Ultraman9000

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-22-2011 08:09:25 | More by Ultraman9000
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter sharred with a fellow BA.

Batch 002
Bottle 2011

A- Pours a pitch black color, nice carbonation comes off the bottom of the glass, opaque cannot see through it, nice dark brown 1 finger head that dissipates to a thin layer around the glass. Nice lacing on the side of the glass as well.
S- Alcohol is present right away in the aroma, I can smell the oak from the barrels as well, the bourbon is not as apparent as I remembered from the first time I had it, slight vanilla notes, slight coffee presence.
T- Wow, Really impressive, well balanced, the bourbon is well balanced with the roasted coffee notes, vanilla comes out chocolate/cocoa notes, oak/wood notes from the barrels, really complex, love this beer.
M- Big mouth feel, coats the palate, smooth drinking, crisp finish, dry aftertaste.
O- World class beer, wow, I’ve had this beer before when it first came out. From hearing all the stories about FW beers not aging well I was expecting this beer to have lost some of its complexity, but the beer is still as good as the first time I had it. Very satisfying, everything I love and crave in a quality Bourbon Barrel Aged beer. Glad I have two bottles left to have on a cold winter day.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 07:59:08 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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Crundy

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Version batch 002

A: Very carbonated and fizzy, looks like a cola. mocha colored head. very dark

S: oak, bourbon, alcohol, dark roasted malt, vanilla notes, slight coffee notes

T: Bourbon flavor is prominent, chocolate, woody oaky flavor, sweet and dark roasted malt, very well balanced flavors. alcohol is there but you hardly notice it.

M: very creamy, smooth, thick and coats the mouth full bodied, dry on the finish

O: Wow was the first thing I said, wow this is a good beer. I expected it to have a more boozy flavor because of the nose but I could hardly taste the alcohol. This is very well balanced and delicious beer. Probably one of the best i've ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 06:44:28 | More by Crundy
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -13.2%

12-22-2011 06:04:50 | More by IdrinkGas
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NFStaproom

Florida

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-21-2011 19:34:57 | More by NFStaproom
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smurfbeer

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-21-2011 03:03:58 | More by smurfbeer
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dannyhipps

California

4/5  rDev -13.2%

12-21-2011 03:02:59 | More by dannyhipps
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joshuacavett

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-21-2011 00:50:35 | More by joshuacavett
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CGMLS3

Florida

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-21-2011 00:50:21 | More by CGMLS3
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle I've been aging in my cellar- I decided to crack it with my wife in this prelude week to Christmas. I very much like the way the 13% abv edges have been smoothed out and the Bourbon flavors have become integrated into the beer. Definitely noticeable Bourbon notes, but it doesn't dominate the beer, and it's become oh so smooth. Pours inky black and viscous with a thin brown rim of a head and some legs on the glass. Nice aromas that present as a seamless whole- outstanding notes of licorice, vanilla, bourbon, and molasses. The taste is even better- really nice bourbon notes coupled beautifully with roasted notes, dark chocolate, licorice, and a slight woodiness than underlines the beer. Wonderful stuff. Absolutely silky in the mouth, with the sense of having swallowed some excellent drinking chocolate laced with good quality whiskey. Thoroughly enjoyed this, and I'm glad I was patient enough to wait.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 00:11:20 | More by Georgiabeer
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Scottz5

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-20-2011 14:42:00 | More by Scottz5
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HosP

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple bottles of this, one from Scottfrie and Ren. Thanks guys, one will age a bit. Poured 22oz into a Jackie O's snifter.

A- Pours thick syrupy black. Very thing brown head. Really had to get aggressive to get a little from it.

S- Started out really strong with the bourbon. Let it warm a bit and vanilla creeps though. Roasted notes with some coffee hints mixed in. Once you get past the bourbon at first, pretty nice.

T- Nice roasted malts pop out first. Coffee undertones throughout the drink. Some chocolate flavors in the middle. Vanilla here and there. Bourbon really compliments the flavors nicely. Pretty smooth drink!

M- Full body. Low carbonation. A little syrupy, maybe a touch creamy.

O- Was a little nervous at first with big bourbon nose to it. Once it warmed flavors really did blend together very nicely!! Was expecting a little more from the flavors, but wow they really all go together great and make for a great beer. Thanks guys, can't wait to age them a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:52:20 | More by HosP
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jegross2

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Company. A hearty thank you to BA user 4DAloveofSTOUT for trading me this one.
Score: 97

2011 vintage bottle shared and served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Jet black, opaque with subtle ruby highlights at the top of the body. Pours a thin, bubbly, mocha-colored head that settles into a ring around the glass. Pretty good lacing for a 12.5% ABV beer. A very attractive looking Russian Imperial Stout. 4.5/5

Smell: Soft notes of vanilla and oak up front. There is lots of vanilla and oak, but it is not in-your-face-strong. Figs, raisins and cherries pretty apparent too. Creamy chocolate. Some really mellow bourbon notes and a little molasses. Touch of booziness. Very complex and balanced aroma. 4.5/5

Taste: Very smooth, nuanced, complex and balanced! No single flavor is in your face, but there are a lot of different, noticeable flavors here. Brown sugar and creamy, unsweetened chocolate hit first. Then lots of dark fruits. Tons of fig and raisin sweetness on the mid-palate. Vanilla and oak, a little dark rum towards the end. Some bourbon and molasses in the finish with a little alcohol warmth. As the beer layers, I am detecting hints of roasted nut. Plum comes out too, and more bourbon as it layers. More unsweetened chocolate in the finish as it layers. This one is absolutely delicious, and boy does it linger! 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick and oily. Quite viscous, with the perfect level of carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet. 4.5/5

Overall: An absolute flavor bomb that is incredibly balanced. The bourbon builds up as it layers, but neither it nor the dark-fruit sweetness of the beer ever overwhelm. Can't wait to see how age affects this brew.

Recommendation: An absolute must-try beer for all. Not too intense for casual beer drinkers, and loaded with enough complex flavors for even the most jaded beer geek. This is a brew that lives up to its hype. Bottom line: seek this one out.

Pairings: A well-aged steak. This is a special beer that should be paired with a classy meal. Probably would pair well with a fancy warm chocolate cake. Colleen, I'm looking at you.

Cost: $17.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 19:35:51 | More by jegross2
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shutyourface

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-19-2011 19:27:41 | More by shutyourface
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daleyke

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

12-19-2011 16:35:59 | More by daleyke
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otrejo

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3%

12-19-2011 15:21:58 | More by otrejo
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to the bottle I won from bpgpitt10 for his birthday giveaway! Thanks a lot man, this was enjoyed with my girlfriend and beer loving family. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown coming out but looks completely deep black in the glass. Very still with a small wispy brown head that dissipated rapidly. No lace and only a thin ring remained throughout. Bubbles surfaced with a few swirls but this is very still, dark and mysterious looking.

S: Rich milk chocolate up-front, mature bourbon, wood, honey and vanilla. Towards the back of the aroma is a vanilla wafer cookie aroma that really wraps up all the flavors nicely. It's somewhat sweet but has a nice barrel aged appeal to it, hopefully this translates well to the taste.

T: Slightly bitter chocolate notes are the first thing to hit your palate, followed with a nice bourbon element. The caramel and roasted dark malts show up midway, along with slight tannins. The back end is a bit bitter with a dry, woody finish. This is really nice and does a great job at balancing the stout qualities with the barrel treatment flavors.

M: Good carbonation, smooth and somewhat creamy though I would have liked a bit thicker of a mouth feel. There's a nice touch of heat in the throat and chest, too.

Parabola was really good, it had a wonderful balance between the base beer and the bourbon barrel elements. I enjoy a strong bourbon presence and this certainly had one, it just wasn't overwhelming and that's okay. This is a great showcase of the style. Best ever? No, but pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 14:26:29 | More by ShanePB
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Jakers90

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-19-2011 05:29:14 | More by Jakers90
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rpaul2012

California

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

12-19-2011 05:29:12 | More by rpaul2012
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-19-2011 04:34:05 | More by imperialking
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,322 ratings.