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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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world-class

4,351 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,351
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,093
Gots: 2,481 | FT: 166
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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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours like viscous motor oil. Black as night. A thin mocha colored head. Nice carbonation.

S: Lot's of oak and bourbon notes. Vanilla, and chocolate. Dark roasted espresso beans and a touch of alcohol.

T: Oak, bourbon and vanilla on the front of the tongue. Huge amounts of chocolate and coffee on the finish. Lot's of dark fruits, leather and tobacco.

M: Huge mouthfeel. Sticky sweet. Almost cloying. Nice carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall: Lot's of stuff going on. Tons of flavor. Huge on the tongue. The only thing holding this one back for me was the sticky syrupy feel on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 21:35:11 | More by BigMike
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JayAre46

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

batch 002. split with mr. cloeren, crack! and immediately the aroma shows its face, 22 oz bottle poured into duvel tulips. gives a pitch black liquid of midnight madness producing a half finger of a soft khaki head, tight bubbles remain for a while covering their tracks as they slowly fall. sweet bourbon straight to the head through the nose with vanilla, barrel characteristics and molasses. before i took the first sip many thoughts were racing through my head that i did not want to be disappointed more so than ever. parabola walked the walk son! the taste is even better perfect balance amongst bourbon, vanilla bean and molasses with appropriate supporting roasted malt and hints of chocolate in the back. complex and layerd to absolute, as it flows and rolls on the palate and finishes it is nothing but absolute silk to my surprise for the age (< 1yr in the bottle). the only flaw for me was that i thought it could of been slightly heavier, perhaps im wrong. it would be easy to drink every drop of this in a sitting. overall this beer was absoultely divine and i could not be happier that i have more. for myself bourbon, vanilla and molasses are my favorite characteristics for stouts and FW nailed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 21:53:45 | More by JayAre46
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ksherry112

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-29-2011 21:07:47 | More by ksherry112
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Double06

Georgia

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-29-2011 14:37:18 | More by Double06
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leonardoh03

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-29-2011 05:42:34 | More by leonardoh03
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davelag

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-29-2011 03:59:31 | More by davelag
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Bogforce

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

11-29-2011 03:33:04 | More by Bogforce
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joshrosborne

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +3%

11-29-2011 00:50:47 | More by joshrosborne
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jfstilling

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-29-2011 00:21:14 | More by jfstilling
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kansascitytrader

Kansas

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-29-2011 00:11:52 | More by kansascitytrader
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MrKennedy

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, batch 002, huge thanks to nataku00! Shared with mulder1010 and poured into a Triple Karmeliet tulip.

Pours a deep brown/black with a tan coloured head of foam that formed up well when agitated and left a bit of dripping lacing as it receded into a crown around the edges of the glass.

Smell was very sugary, took a while for toasted coconut to appear and when it did it was lovely, but only stayed around for a couple of minutes, before the sugar came back.

Taste was cane sugar, plenty of it. Very sweet and one dimensional. Not a lot of barrel could be detected. This surprised me given the world of flavours i've come across in some of their other big beers like 13 and Abacus.

Mouthfeel was ok, decent body and the sweetness didn't really become cloying.

Having had this straight after Barrel Aged Yeti, it didn't come close. I know FW make awesome beers, but this seemed like it had lost a lot of the complexity that i know it probably had.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 22:22:35 | More by MrKennedy
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours stout black, coffee colored head is slow to form. Body appears to be quite viscous.

S: Big sugary bourbon bite is my first impression of the nose. Milk chocolate thrown in for good measure. Subtleties exist under the layers of whiskey and chocolate; vanilla and oak are big players.

T: No surprises here, pretty much follows the nose with bourbon and chocolate. Coffee and vanilla round out mid sip. Finish is sweet overall, with a woody tannin note that sort of stuck out for me. Alcohol is well masked.

M: Thick, supportive of the flavor profile. Carbonation is on the low side of medium.

O: A nice BA stout, held back slightly by what I perceived as an off note in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 22:10:02 | More by zoolzoo
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wsnich

Texas

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-28-2011 15:42:58 | More by wsnich
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Manboy21182

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-28-2011 14:18:40 | More by Manboy21182
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prg1976

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-28-2011 12:19:31 | More by prg1976
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TheBandit1

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-28-2011 03:31:13 | More by TheBandit1
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-28-2011 02:27:40 | More by BUNZILLA
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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
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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