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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,607 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,607
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,208
Gots: 2,583 | FT: 186
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 twiggamortis420
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

uvm2003, Feb 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

whatsajessica, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of chicano4craft
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of JonathanG
5/5  rDev +8.5%

JonathanG, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Dan3279
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

bullywee, Feb 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

John11486, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

kiki3drt292, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Marti403, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

heysuz, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

shwillivanilli, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

DaveONan, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

mhbarber, Feb 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

fjl77, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Gary779
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured really dark, with dark mahogany tones visible on the edges of the beer. Head is coffee coloured and short-lived.

S: Pure bourbon, but without the aggressive alcohol that usually accompanies bourbon. The smell is very very complex. Elements include dark fruits, cherries, cocoa butter (hinting at the beer's richness) and liquorice.

T: Wow. This is right up there with the greats. A simple sip takes you through a world of velvety smooth flavours (creamy sweet chocolate with a hint of sweet cherries), right down to a refined bitterness of cocoa and dark fruits. All of this concludes with a dry finish that doesn't overstay its welcome and leaves you wanting for more.

M: Velvety smooth carbonation, and together with a heavy, full body, this beer caresses the tongue in a way few drinks are able to.

O: A perfectly matched beer. The appearance matches the taste and smell perfectly. The mouthfeel and taste are so intermingled that it is hard to tell them apart. A majestic beer.

Gary779, Feb 09, 2012
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,607 ratings.