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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,471 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,471
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,151
Gots: 2,532 | FT: 175
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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4/5  rDev -13.2%

01-07-2012 23:51:44 | More by towlea25
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4.73/5  rDev +2.6%

The first year Parabola was ever bottled, this 2010 bottle came to me as part of a share and I could not be more grateful. It pours a really sexy jet black color, thick viscous motor oil like texture as it fills the glass with a nice thick foamy caramel colored head on top which dissipates rather quickly leaving a nice ring of caramel color along the rim of the glass and a slight film at the top of the glass. The aroma is great, mild bourbon, definitely cut down from aging, strong tobacco and chocolate are big players with faint bitter coffee at the end. The flavors are superb, bourbon up front with smooth creamy chocolate right at the front, coffee is in there but muted as a result of aging, with tobacco playing a major role but definitely at the back end with some vanilla and toffee flavors as well. The body is unreal, silky, creamy, full and chewy, bold and viscous, perfect for the style and takes this to another level.

Verdict: Easily one of the best stouts I've ever had, and one of the best barrel aged beers of any style I've had. If you are fortunate enough to come across this vintage or the 2011 vintage, make a point to try this, you won't be let down.

01-06-2012 07:40:51 | More by kevanb
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4.47/5  rDev -3%

Dark black with a dark tan 1 finger head which fades to a thin round disc and holds. Leaves no lacing. The aroma has chocolate, raisins, figs, bourbon, oak, dark roasted malt and vanilla.

The taste is just like the aroma, which is very nice indeed. The chocolate and dark roasted malt are up front, and the raisins, figs, bourbon, oak, and vanilla play a solid supporting role. I have had this in the cellar for a while, so I am guessing that this helped to tone down the alcohol heat.

Full bodied, rich, somewhat creamy, and smooth. As mentioned earlier, there is some alcohol heat, but it has been toned down after sitting in the cellar, and this is drinking real nice. A very nice RIS from Firestone Walker.

01-06-2012 02:28:53 | More by hardy008
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-05-2012 21:43:32 | More by josssmith
Photo of newsage


4.73/5  rDev +2.6%

The Best barrel aged Imperial stout I have ever had, even better than The Abyss! If you haven't had it, DRINK IT!! P.S. I have not had the North Coast OLD Rasputin barrel aged Anniversary yet(had it not great). I'll get back to you all. had the The Old rasputin barrel aged XV not as good not even close...

01-05-2012 05:38:54 | More by newsage
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

01-05-2012 03:53:11 | More by Faina
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

01-05-2012 01:48:36 | More by Beerlistman
Photo of dcloeren


4.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Thanks to JR for sharing this amazing beer with me.

Review from notes..

Poured pitch black with no light getting through this stout! Produced 1 finger of creamy tan head... pretty decent retention. The head worked its way down to a thin film and left no lacing.

The aroma produced great notes of bourbon, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak... possibly some coffee and graham cracker as well. This stout smells AMAZING!

Taste follows the nose. Amazingly smooth and very delicious!

Full in body with just the right ammount of carbonation. Velvety smooth and if I definitely remember getting a boner while drinking this. Awkward....

To put it simply, this stout was amazing. One of the best BBA stouts that I've had.

01-04-2012 22:52:46 | More by dcloeren
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-04-2012 15:36:40 | More by BumpkinBrewer
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

01-03-2012 22:17:44 | More by MASPuros
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4.58/5  rDev -0.7%

650 mL bottle poured into my CBS snifter. Split three ways. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Standard imperial stout look. Black body with a small khaki head. Poor retention, but it's 12.5%, so yeah. Sticky looking as it swirls in the glass. Looks like it could be a sugar bomb.

Smell - A lot of barrel. Not all bourbon, though. Along with the bourbon is a fair dose of vanilla and some hops from the stout. Some of the stout comes through, but it's mostly barrel.

Taste - Wow. Vanilla and bourbon up front followed seamlessly by chocolate and coffee roasted malts. Hefty hop bitterness, but not excessive. Adds complexity and a nice bite that reminds me that it is indeed an RIS. Really spectacular flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thick, but not a hint of sweetness. Low carbonation, but not sluggish to drink. Coats the mouth and the hop bitterness lingers without being intrusive.

Overall - A wonderful stout. I need more of this. A welcome change from some of the sugar bombs I've had lately.

01-03-2012 01:06:10 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-03-2012 00:33:42 | More by baconbourbon
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

01-02-2012 23:53:43 | More by bhir
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1/5  rDev -78.3%

01-02-2012 21:24:55 | More by tmcelvain
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4.43/5  rDev -3.9%

A: This poured a nearly opaque black cherry with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate and vanilla and toasted coconut, with some roasted coffee and oak, and a little brown sugar and cream.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and oak and vanilla, with roasted coffee and brown sugar and cream and toasted coconut. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste, with some alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Pretty full and slick body.
D: This was a very nice and refined bourbon stout, with delicious scent and taste, and very nice body. The alcohol wasn't bad, so it wasn't difficult to drink. But some age would probably help improve this. Still very good fresh. Recommended.

01-02-2012 20:11:23 | More by Pencible
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

01-01-2012 22:04:29 | More by beerdweeb
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-01-2012 16:23:37 | More by InspectorBob
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

01-01-2012 06:34:20 | More by LaChupacabra
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-01-2012 03:11:37 | More by jrohrbacher
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

A - Pours jet black into a tulip glass. Intense tan head leaving delicate lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Aromas of toasted marshmallows, grilled fruit, molasses and coffee overwhelm the nose.

T - Very smooth. Alot of molasses and toffee in the first sip. Coffee and cream flavors follow, slight hop bitterness. Simply divine!! Vanilla and bourbon flavors follow with alcohol warmth.

M - Thick and viscous, but the carbonation breaks it up and keeps it interesting.

O - WOW!!! I've been itching to get my hands on a bottle of this for years. It was definitely worth the wait.

12-31-2011 23:59:51 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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Manitoba (Canada)

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-31-2011 22:47:26 | More by lsmetana
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New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +1.5%

Parabola pours a viscous impenetrable motor oil black with a dense heavy molasses brown head. Small amounts of lace.

Scent is coconut, bourbon and chocolate with nutty and sweet molasses notes. Understated nose - takes some concentration to discern.

Taste is coconut, dark and milk chocolates, vanila, soft oaky wood smoke flavors. Figs, dates and dark sweet fruits. Black strap molasses.

Mouth is outrageously creamy, thick and coating. Rolling it in my mouth it feels weighty and nearly viscous. Alcohol hidden very well for a 12.5% beer.

Balance is fantastic. This is a complex and well crafted stout that drinks like a great big milkshake of a beer. Love it.

12-31-2011 22:39:52 | More by sethmeister
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-31-2011 22:24:10 | More by jdklks
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-31-2011 17:57:40 | More by Breylan
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-31-2011 14:34:36 | More by brianlindman
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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