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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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100
world-class

4,351 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,351
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,094
Gots: 2,480 | 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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FrankyLikesIt

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-09-2011 02:46:54 | More by FrankyLikesIt
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RohoMech

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-08-2011 20:21:11 | More by RohoMech
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aesopsgato

Alabama

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-08-2011 13:53:25 | More by aesopsgato
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Amdy

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-08-2011 08:39:37 | More by Amdy
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leprakhan

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-08-2011 05:45:35 | More by leprakhan
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ibbjamin

California

4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottlling #1 2010. Bomber into a snifter to review in late 2011, so it is lightly aged.

Pours thick and black with an inch of dense dark tan head.

Aroma is strong, deep and malty. Roasted dark and chocolate malts dominate but there is some nice balance of dank hops in the mix as well. Dark cherries, oak wood, dark chocolate and leather add complexity. Bourbon comes through more as it warms.

Taste is quite dark and malty. Heavy but not too heavy on the roast, with lots of oak and dark chocolate. Good coffee and a welcomed booziness that is reasonably tame for the sheer size of this brew. That bourbon flavor is welcomed here in its modesty, a characteristic that is often too pronounced in these bourbon barrel aged stouts.

Very full body, extremely smooth and creamy. A pleasure to drink. Lasting dark malty finish.

This beer is drinking great right now and I'm not certain that cellaring it further would enhance it. Hats off to Firestone, another delicious dark and strong beer. Among the best I've had!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:00:38 | More by ibbjamin
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GimmeGumballHead

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-08-2011 02:50:26 | More by GimmeGumballHead
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marieow

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-07-2011 22:26:50 | More by marieow
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lballstar

California

4/5  rDev -13.2%

12-07-2011 19:59:35 | More by lballstar
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Missouri

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-07-2011 18:32:43 | More by prefanrunner
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-07-2011 15:01:30 | More by 2378GCGTG
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penniwisdom

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-07-2011 06:06:30 | More by penniwisdom
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StoutFest

Illinois

4/5  rDev -13.2%

12-07-2011 04:45:22 | More by StoutFest
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Destral

Nevada

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-06-2011 22:50:38 | More by Destral
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shanghai55

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-06-2011 22:16:04 | More by shanghai55
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bespin15

Washington

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-06-2011 20:45:13 | More by bespin15
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camil1mj

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

A: Deep, dark brown. No light gets through. Sticky lacing present.

S: Lots of roasted chocolate with some bourbon notes as well in the smell.

T: Not as bourbon forward as expected. Lots of chocolate and roasted maltiness that finishes with a slight bourbon finish.

M: Thick and syrupy. Just the right amount of carbonation.

O: A good BA stout. Not my favorite. I wish it was a little more bourbon forward.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 20:43:29 | More by camil1mj
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mhaugo

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-06-2011 15:29:29 | More by mhaugo
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vasdef42

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-06-2011 15:20:56 | More by vasdef42
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eatabagofbooger

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a snifter. 2011 vintage.

A: Dark dark black, almost opaque. When you sip, you can see a hint of reddish brown at the edges. Nice, surprisingly hefty dark tan head. Oh, and did I mention how thick this beer looks when it pours? I've had a fair few thick brews in my day, but this is one of the thickest pours I've seen in a while.

S: All the usual suspects are there: dark chocolate, roasted coffee notes, a bit of sweetness, more coffee, alcohol, and did I mention coffee? And alcohol. Kinda screams "hot mess". But there's something else there that I can't quite put my finger on. Hmmm...

T: Star anise, that's the mystery smell! And hot damn does it come out in the taste as well. I've never heard the term "licorice bomb", but this beer deserves it every bit as much as Stone's anise impy stout, although this beer does a better job of balancing it with other flavors, particularly a roastiness that almost reminds me of charcoal, along with the usual dark chocolate. Not much sweetness, though, which is fine by me-I prefer my stouts bitter rather than sweet. Still, I'd prefer it if the licorice wasn't quite so overpowering. Of course, the bourbon comes through as well, and here lies one of the strengths of this beer. It seems tough to get the bourbon to come through in a bold and distinct manner without overpowering the beer itself, but Firestone pulls it off well with this brew. Unfortunately, either from the bourbon or the high abv of this beer, the alcohol flavor is pretty strong as well. I actually like a light alcohol flavor more than most folks seem to, but this is a little much for me. Maybe some time will mellow it out a bit. Good thing I've got another bottle to age!

M: This is where this beer really shines. Just unbelievably thick and viscous. It coats the tongue well enough that you taste it for a while. Despite the generous head and nice lacing, the carbonation is barely noticeable, which works with the thick, creamy texture of the beer. This beer might have the best mouthfeel of any beer I've had excepting Caldera's Mowgli. Outstanding.

O: Maybe it's the hype, or the fact that I have such fond memories of the small sample I had a couple of years ago at the Portland International Beerfest, but this was a bit of a disappointment, though only a bit. It's still a great beer, but there are better beers out there that are both cheaper and easier to find.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 07:03:16 | More by eatabagofbooger
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New York

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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

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Florida

5/5  rDev +8.5%

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Connecticut

5/5  rDev +8.5%

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Ohio

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-05-2011 04:35:40 | More by BeerBaron
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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