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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,893 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,893
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,302
Gots: 2,671 | FT: 189
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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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Cstromberg57, Jul 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

xxcarpxx, Jul 08, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rutager, 650ml into a tulip. Bottled March 14, 2012. Killer!

Black body, with a bubbly light brown head. Mild retention. Nose of oak, whiskey, chocolate and molasses. Sweet and completely balanced. Taste has more oak, vanilla, whiskey, lightly roasted malts, sweet molasses and chocolate. Quite thick in feel, no alcohol and super smooth. Not super complex, but an extremely well crafted BA'd stout.

liamt07, Jul 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

MadTown22, Jul 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

ChulaVistaBarista, Jul 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

IPAchris, Jul 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

staticmaneuver, Jul 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

tonyshlangini, Jul 07, 2012
5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

ASUBeer, Jul 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

viettran07, Jul 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

tmarretti, Jul 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

rodrigueZflyingf0x, Jul 06, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. 22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with a thin tan head. Chocolate, vanilla and a little alcohol in the aroma. Full bodied and rich. More chocolate and roasted barley in the flavor. I found this to be a little hot. Really long dry malty finish. I expected more barrel, but it was nicely balanced. Would have benefited from some age.

homebrewhawk, Jul 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

bigbeerfan, Jul 06, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Rich cake batter, chocolate with an undercurrent of oak and bourbon, bready and yeasty.

L: Thick black with a creamy tan head that dissipates slightly. Good lacing.

T: Very rich, bready malt with a prominent chocolate note. Medium low bitterness with some bourbon oak following closely. Some roastiness follows with slight alcohol burn. Finishes slightly dry.

M: Creamy body, alcohol slightly detectable.

Just an awesome beer, Firestone has this ability to balance every single component in a beer, this is no exception. One of the best bourbon oaked aged beers i've ever had.

bum732, Jul 05, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 opened on 7/3/712 with a buddy.

A: Pitch black with a little head around the rim. Very little lacing.

S: Roasty malt. Chocolate and vanilla. No bourbon surprisingly...

T: Tons of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malt. Then a slight alcohol finish. A little bourbon in the background. Much less than I thought there would be. I expected a lot more bourbon... I'm not disappointed though.

M: Smooth. I think it's a little low on carbonation.

O: This is a great stout. I'm glad they produce a lot of it, it's very good. Definitely not my favorite stout, but it's up there for sure!

Rinkor16, Jul 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is lightly roasted malt and bourbon. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and oak/bourbon. Very nice. Alcohol is noticeable, but it is 13%. Finish is fairly smooth with no unpleasant lingering aftertaste. Medium to full body. A very good beer. But a sipper.

beergod1, Jul 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Chugs13, Jul 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

vr6corrado, Jul 02, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 Vintage poured in to a Widmer tulip glass.

A - Pours dark, impenetrable black with a small, chocolate-colored head. Minimal lacing.

S - Oddly enough, in addition to the normal range of aromas (chocolate, caramel, toffee, etc), I pick off the aroma of soy sauce.

T - The nose carries forward in to the taste, big time. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, coffee are all very prevalent. Minor notes of cherry, oak, and a tiny bit of alcohol. It certainly doesn't lead on that it's 12.5%. Amazingly complex and smooth, not excessively sweet but definitely a dessert beer.

M - Smooth and creamy without being oily. It's not excessively creamy which is nice. Low, but present carbonation aids the beer without being overbearing. A slight warming sensation as it goes down hints at the alcohol content.

O - Very complex and very refined. And this one hasn't even been aged! This beer is fantastic as-is and doesn't need to wait to be enjoyed. I do plan on saving a bottle for another year or two and seeing how it pans out. Overall this beer is a phenomenal barrel-aged offering from the kings of barrel-aged beers. Firestone definitely hit the nail on the head with this one.

thebornotaku, Jul 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

MyName, Jul 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

bsimms, Jul 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

StubFaceJoe, Jul 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Barrel-aged, Jul 01, 2012
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,893 ratings.