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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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100
world-class

4,512 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,512
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,169
Gots: 2,555 | FT: 181
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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MASPuros

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

01-03-2012 22:17:44 | More by MASPuros
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.58/5  rDev -0.7%

650 mL bottle poured into my CBS snifter. Split three ways. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Standard imperial stout look. Black body with a small khaki head. Poor retention, but it's 12.5%, so yeah. Sticky looking as it swirls in the glass. Looks like it could be a sugar bomb.

Smell - A lot of barrel. Not all bourbon, though. Along with the bourbon is a fair dose of vanilla and some hops from the stout. Some of the stout comes through, but it's mostly barrel.

Taste - Wow. Vanilla and bourbon up front followed seamlessly by chocolate and coffee roasted malts. Hefty hop bitterness, but not excessive. Adds complexity and a nice bite that reminds me that it is indeed an RIS. Really spectacular flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thick, but not a hint of sweetness. Low carbonation, but not sluggish to drink. Coats the mouth and the hop bitterness lingers without being intrusive.

Overall - A wonderful stout. I need more of this. A welcome change from some of the sugar bombs I've had lately.

01-03-2012 01:06:10 | More by Alieniloquium
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baconbourbon

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-03-2012 00:33:42 | More by baconbourbon
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bhir

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

01-02-2012 23:53:43 | More by bhir
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tmcelvain

Minnesota

1/5  rDev -78.3%

01-02-2012 21:24:55 | More by tmcelvain
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Pencible

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev -3.9%

A: This poured a nearly opaque black cherry with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate and vanilla and toasted coconut, with some roasted coffee and oak, and a little brown sugar and cream.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and oak and vanilla, with roasted coffee and brown sugar and cream and toasted coconut. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste, with some alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Pretty full and slick body.
D: This was a very nice and refined bourbon stout, with delicious scent and taste, and very nice body. The alcohol wasn't bad, so it wasn't difficult to drink. But some age would probably help improve this. Still very good fresh. Recommended.

01-02-2012 20:11:23 | More by Pencible
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beerdweeb

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

01-01-2012 22:04:29 | More by beerdweeb
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-01-2012 16:23:37 | More by InspectorBob
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LaChupacabra

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

01-01-2012 06:34:20 | More by LaChupacabra
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-01-2012 03:11:37 | More by jrohrbacher
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RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8.5%

A - Pours jet black into a tulip glass. Intense tan head leaving delicate lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Aromas of toasted marshmallows, grilled fruit, molasses and coffee overwhelm the nose.

T - Very smooth. Alot of molasses and toffee in the first sip. Coffee and cream flavors follow, slight hop bitterness. Simply divine!! Vanilla and bourbon flavors follow with alcohol warmth.

M - Thick and viscous, but the carbonation breaks it up and keeps it interesting.

O - WOW!!! I've been itching to get my hands on a bottle of this for years. It was definitely worth the wait.

12-31-2011 23:59:51 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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lsmetana

Manitoba (Canada)

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-31-2011 22:47:26 | More by lsmetana
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +1.5%

Parabola pours a viscous impenetrable motor oil black with a dense heavy molasses brown head. Small amounts of lace.

Scent is coconut, bourbon and chocolate with nutty and sweet molasses notes. Understated nose - takes some concentration to discern.

Taste is coconut, dark and milk chocolates, vanila, soft oaky wood smoke flavors. Figs, dates and dark sweet fruits. Black strap molasses.

Mouth is outrageously creamy, thick and coating. Rolling it in my mouth it feels weighty and nearly viscous. Alcohol hidden very well for a 12.5% beer.

Balance is fantastic. This is a complex and well crafted stout that drinks like a great big milkshake of a beer. Love it.

12-31-2011 22:39:52 | More by sethmeister
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jdklks

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-31-2011 22:24:10 | More by jdklks
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Breylan

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-31-2011 17:57:40 | More by Breylan
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brianlindman

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-31-2011 14:34:36 | More by brianlindman
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joepais

Maine

4/5  rDev -13.2%

12-31-2011 04:01:47 | More by joepais
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.83/5  rDev +4.8%

Christmas surprise from the wife. Dying to try this.
appearance: Gorgeous darkest brown. Thick fudge head.
smell: Wow, I hate to use the word subtle on such a complex nose. In this case, it's a compliment, an easy going but amazing nose. Where to begin. Nothing takes front and center, but a big team of equal contributors. There's soft, dark chocolate, a hint of coconut, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. If ever there was a beer milkshake....
taste: More goodness. Not as awesome as the nose, but a delicious beer.
Left the preceding sentence in place, but as this masterpiece warms, each sip gets better and better, much like the Abacus my best friend generously shared with me. Upped from a 4.5 to a 5.
overall: Beer at it's best. Thankfully my wonderful wife picked up 6 bottles so I have those to age and enjoy.
5/26/13: Landed some batch 4 and just as awesome as 1 and 2 (missed out on 3). Drinking a 2 year old batch 2 cellared for a couple of years now. Damn. Thank you Firestone Walker and carry on you awesome masters.

12-30-2011 22:52:13 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

12-30-2011 02:49:38 | More by FRAeULEINBiER
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smutty33

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-30-2011 02:48:43 | More by smutty33
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California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-29-2011 23:46:25 | More by sgent487
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Macky20

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-29-2011 21:38:58 | More by Macky20
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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

12-29-2011 10:20:10 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-28-2011 15:49:01 | More by Alpar
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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-28-2011 13:18:41 | More by celticfutblclub
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,512 ratings.