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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,356 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,356
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,094
Gots: 2,478 | FT: 166
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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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
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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
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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