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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,309 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,309
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,082
Gots: 2,450 | FT: 162
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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Trystero28

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-27-2011 23:01:27 | More by Trystero28
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trapper2408

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-27-2011 21:55:12 | More by trapper2408
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 001. 22 oz bottle. Dark as midnight, great looking mocha head. Great retention and lace.

Roasty malt up front with a nice bourbon and oak aroma. Nothing overly powerful, all is blended well. Hints of dark chocolate with a whiff of alcohol.

Milk chocolate and cocoa notes up front. Roasty flavors are light. Smooth bourbon and oak notes, without drying tannins.

Medium body, lower carbonation. Everything here is balanced to perfection. Very little warmth from the alcohol. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 20:12:37 | More by Bierguy5
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cbeer88 for this bottle in the US/Canadian BIF.
Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Poured a thick dark black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Huge bourbon, oak and vanilla aromas are present up front. Some light cocoa notes are evident in the background but the barrel aging characteristics are definitely dominate the nose.

T - The barrel aging is evident up front - the bourbon, oak and vanilla notes that were evident in the nose are abundant in the palate. There are other subdued flavours in the background, specially cocoa and charred malts. Despite the barrel aging qualities dominating the palate, this is still an excellent and very complex beer and the entire bomber was gone before I even realized it.

M - Full bodied. Thick and viscous. Light carbonation. A perfect mouth feel.

O - An excellent beer. I was able to track down another bottle to age and I am looking forward to trying this one a year down the road.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 18:48:18 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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McLaughlin5350

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-27-2011 14:21:25 | More by McLaughlin5350
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sergeantstogie

Washington

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-27-2011 09:56:40 | More by sergeantstogie
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ssjmalt

Denmark

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-27-2011 09:42:38 | More by ssjmalt
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poibag808

Hawaii

4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into a snifter.

A: Poured black almost oily with very little head. Some lacing on the glass.
S: sweet with hints of oak and coffee.
T: Initially strong dark fruit/raisin flavors. As the beer warmed up a bit I got dark chocolate, roasted coffee and hints of vanilla. Amazing complexity and drinkability as the beer opened up.

M: The colder it was the more syrupy sweet it stuck in my mouth, almost cloying. As the beer warmed up it become much smoother.

Overall great beer, wish I could get my hands on another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 08:04:42 | More by poibag808
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No. 002, 2011. Black with just the faintest of dark brown edges. Brown, soapy bubbles formed a collar while extremely fine bubbles coated the surface of the beer. Decent head retention with a bit of spotty lacing that wasn't too sticky. Bourbon was evident as soon as the cap was popped. Boozy aroma with vanilla and oak apparent, notes of toffee and coconut, roast and chocolate, faint licorice and figs. Great texture, full without being heavy, moderate carbonation that provided an airy mouthfeel, a bit of astringency from the kilned grains and wood, slightly sticky. Alcohol started warm and ended a little hotter, but still well controlled. Nice depth of bitterness, both from hops and the dark grains. This worked well with the considerable malt presence, toffee and chocolate sweetness, roast and light licorice. Quite oaky as well, vanilla throughout, with plenty of bourbon character. Unfortunately, the prominence of the wood and bourbon in the flavour seemed to mask some of the complexity present in the aroma. Overall, a very strong offering from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 23:41:35 | More by DrJay
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a turbid opaque onyx with russet toned edges. A small, foamy tan head slowly fades. Scattered streaks of pacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of dark bakers chocolate, vanilla beans, sugary rum, bourbon, and intense caramel. Sheesh! I could smell this all afternoon.
Taste is of the aromas with a fine sipping version of caramel, vanilla, and cocoa. Obvious bourbon influence on amwell done imperial stout. Hells yeahs!
Mouthfeel is a tad boozy, as expected, full bodied, chewy, with a resonating sugar cookie and chocolate chip finish.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 23:25:37 | More by weeare138
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jm1229

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-26-2011 22:21:16 | More by jm1229
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TeamUgly

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-26-2011 19:00:18 | More by TeamUgly
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's Black Friday event, this beer poured out as a very dark black color with a thin tan head on top. The smell of the beer was roasted and sweet, some aromas of wood and sweet bourbon on the nose. The taste of the beer is just stunning... I really couldn't believe how nice this tasted. The sweet bourbon flavors come out perfectly in this brew. The mouthfeel of this beer was thick and oily just like it should be. Overall this brew is special. It's very very good!

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 08:02:49 | More by Knapp85
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11millsown113

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-26-2011 01:42:29 | More by 11millsown113
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jIsh

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-26-2011 00:06:25 | More by jIsh
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BeerBodisafa

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-25-2011 04:35:29 | More by BeerBodisafa
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BMo118

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-24-2011 20:18:28 | More by BMo118
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TriGuy20

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-24-2011 01:26:42 | More by TriGuy20
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

11-23-2011 22:58:00 | More by mdillon86
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

11-23-2011 21:03:21 | More by GRG1313
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shawnp

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-23-2011 09:15:16 | More by shawnp
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev -13.2%

11-22-2011 21:07:38 | More by ej285701
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antoines15

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-22-2011 21:07:14 | More by antoines15
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Goldstar81

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-22-2011 18:56:21 | More by Goldstar81
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BeezNeezy22D

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-22-2011 17:58:37 | More by BeezNeezy22D
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