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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,592 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,592
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,200
Gots: 2,575 | FT: 185
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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Photo of mdaschaf
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Huge thanks to Scott for this bottle, one of the beers I have been wanted to try for very long time.

A: Pours a jet black color with a one finger tan/brownish head with decent carbonation. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Great aroma. Some bourbon, vanilla, plenty of oak, chocolate, and a little bit of roasted malt. There are some faint dark fruits, mostly raisin and plum.

T: Lots going on, nice rich chocolate, oak, bourbon, and plenty of vanilla, which really hits home on the finish. A little bit of roast mixed in.

M: Fantastic, slightly heavier than medium bodied, but extremely smooth. One of the easiest drinking imperial stouts I have had. Slightly dry finish.

O: Fantastic beer, moves up to one of my favorites. Great combination of flavors and so easy drinking for a big beer.

mdaschaf, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%

Review adapted from notes taken 9/18/11

Note: 2011 vintage

Appearance: Black, black, with more black, utterly devoid of life - virtually no head, minimal lacing - just a slight brown ring

Smell: Pretty epic - tons of burnt, roasted, caramelized malts - brown sugar, sugar - chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, burnt coffee, some oak - dark and intimidating

Taste: Heavy and rich - tons of malts with lots of depth - a ton of chocolate - burnt, cooked, caramel malts - bourbon and wood, not excessive but in good balance - chewy, like a meal - some char, some dry, dark fruits

Mouthfeel: Chewy, sticky, oily, heavy, sludgy

Overall: A great, great RIS

Simply put, this beer does everything right. The barrel aging adds a lot of flavor without being excessive, and the malt profile is wonderfully complex. This is a sipper that will only improve over time.

angrybabboon, Feb 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

eawolff99, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

guillemiro, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Travisnin, Feb 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

mikeywtc, Feb 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

steamboatbrewer, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

archey, Feb 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Lantern, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%

2011 Vintage.

A: 1/8" or thinner level of tan coloured head over cola coloured liquid.

S: Coffee, vanilla, oak, toffee and red wine come to mind.

T: Vanilla, cherry, toffee and some alcohol up front with red wine, oak, coffee, chocolate and toasted malt in the finish. Very complex and very nice.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a medium level of fine carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: My only complaint is the the heat from the alcohol, but even this was relatively minimal. I chose to drink this beer now, about 8 months after release in order to still have the oak taste present while diminishing some of the heat from the alcohol. I believe this balance was met, as this was a beautiful and complex experience of a beer.

DaftCaskBC, Feb 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Mpa1000, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%

22 oz bottle of the 2011 vintage courtesy of RWNewhouse, thanks a ton Ryan for this one! Pours very black, no highlights. Small tan head, even with an aggressive pour. Modest lacing.

Nose is lots of chocolaty bourbon with some secondary aromas of vanilla and raspberries. Smells soft and beautiful, I cant wait to indulge in this one.

Powerful bourbon-wood-vanilla combo with a balanced sweetness and drying finsh from lots of alcohol and a fair amount of leafy hops. The barrel treatment is very evident and the alcohol is pretty well integrated. Gets better as it warms, I'd be hard pressed to have to choose between this and BCBS. Its not as rich, sweet or boozy and the mouthfeel is thinner. But it is less hot and more integrated out of the gate. Whereas I can see BCBS aging well for at least 5 years, with Parabola I am not sure if any time in the cellar would be beneficial. Tasty as shit though, I like it quite a bit.

twiggamortis420, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of uvm2003
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

uvm2003, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of whatsajessica
5/5  rDev +8.5%

whatsajessica, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of chicano4craft
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%

2011 vintage poured into snifter.

Pours a deep black with a small tan head that drops to the thinnest of crowns.

Nose has some alcohol heat mixed with woodiness, dark fruit, some vanilla and slight caramel.

Promise of the nose is delivered in the taste. There's also a nice roast and coffee flavors. Alcohol shows up more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is decent. Slighly syrupy. Definitly a heavier beer.

Overall an excellent beer. Don't know hoe this will age. I enjoed it to much now to save a bottle.

chicano4craft, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

ajschutz, Feb 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

JonathanG, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Dan3279
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

I have to thank my friend Aaron for this one! I have wanted to try this one for a long time and I couldn't wait any longer and had to pop this bad boy open. My bottle was a 2011 Batch #2. I poured the bomber into my DFH snifter to find an awesome deep, dark brown body with a nice mocha colored head.

The aroma was just fantastic, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and malt.

The taste is simply world class! The flavor is rich and in your face. Every sip got better and better as it warmed up.

This is a full bodied beer that I thought wasn't to hard to drink. I really took my time drinking this one sip by sip. There was a good amount of carbonation but was well balanced with just a little bit of heat at the end.

Overall a fantastic RIS, a great example of the style and I really just can't say enough good things about this one that hasn't been said already.

Dan3279, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

ejimhof, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Beezee, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

clarkw42, Feb 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

bdkucharski, Feb 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

de322, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

MordorMongo, Feb 17, 2012
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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