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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,606 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,606
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,205
Gots: 2,582 | FT: 184
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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5/5  rDev +8.5%

jerichobear, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

tcampbel1, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

stonequarrywest, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle 12,5% Abv.
2011 Vintage
No. 002

Thanks to pittsburghkid66 for hooking me up with this bottle.

Appearance: Parabola looks thick and oily as it gloops out of the bottle, it is pitch black in the glass with deep red edges when back lit. A rough pour yields a small, creamy, mocha coloured that displays average retention and leaves a little lace. A light swirl causes the head to slowly reform as well as leaving a brown residue on the glass.

Smell: My first sniff tells me that I am in for one super delicious beer, this could be right up there with Abacus! Sweet milk chocolate, stunning bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark toffee make up the initial aroma. Further analysis yields sweet dark fruits (raisins and cherries), toasted coconut, molasses and chocolate liqueur. As the beer approaches room temperature the bourbon notes increase and a hint of nose tickling alcohol is noted.

Taste: The nose lead me to believe this was going to be a super delicious beer and the flavour does not disappoint!
The initial flavour is of dark caramel, sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and sweet dark fruit. This fades into Molasses, roasted malt and Liquorice notes. The finish has a welcome bitterness and a distinct roasted coffee bean note. The alcohol is not totally covered and there is a distinct bourbon flavour and warming which grows as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Perfect! Full, heavy body, lightly sticky with a moderate level of smooth, creamy carbonation.

Overall: This is my second beer from Firestone Walker and again my mind has been blown! I will most certainly chase down a bottle or two of this from each future release!

Thehuntmaster, Feb 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

SoCalStout, Feb 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

lbour, Feb 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

AngusOg, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of drowland
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

7/23/10. Huge thanks to mkade8883 for this awesome brew in my Secret Santa box!! Huge buttery, vanilla, and coconut aromas followed by obvious bourbon. Love it. The flavor doesn’t deliver as much as I was hoping, but there is nice chocolate and coffee, buttery vanilla, a hint of coconut, and a nice warming feel. Very good!

drowland, Feb 05, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle of the 2011 vintage, batch #2. Purchased at either Huckleberry's or JB's in Spokane about 6 months ago for $14.99.

Poured, with great viscosity, a dark brown color with a large bubbly and creamy mocha-colored head. Lots of lace. When held up directly to light, no light passes through.

At first, the nose is dominated by dark fruits. As it warms up, mollasses and sherry notes emerge in the background.

The taste is of figs, chocolate covered cherries, and prunes. It is then wrapped in a smoky, oaky flavor, imparted, no doubt, from the barrel aging. In the background is a sherry-like booziness, and it all ends with a moderately dry hop zap.

Mouthfeel is thick and silky, just what one would expect from an outstanding Impy Stout.

A trememdous beer, all around. I’d like to find another one and compare it to an Abyss. Would have been an excellent dessert to the rib-eye I had last night, except I was too full! I will buy this again, despite it’s $15 price.

woemad, Feb 05, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to Exiled who sent me this one in a trade LONG ago! Batch #1, 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger light tan head that subsided to basically none fairly quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol, wood, and greatness. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, sweet alcohol, milk chocolate, and dark fruit. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fantastic brew. How in the Hell have I never tried this before!? The aromas and flavors in this brew are ridiculously good and very well balanced. When I saw that it weighed in at 13% I was afraid this one would pound me in the face with alcohol, but that was not the case. Allowing this one to sit in my cellar all this time has definitely worked its magic to subdue the alcohol. Absolutely a must try if you have not done so before. Might have to crack my 2011 to compare in the near future…

thagr81us, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 release

A - Pours pitch black with less than one finger of brown head. Looks thick and rich.

S - Big aromas of vanilla, chocolate and bourbon with moderate oak notes. All of the aromas seem well integrated, nothing seems to dominate. Some alcohol presence but not overwhelming.

T - Bourbon is even more noticeable in the taste than the aroma. Nice vanilla and oak with a bit of alcohol bite mixes with a thick chocolate taste, mostly semi-sweet. Nice bourbon finish.

M - Full mouthfeel that is somewhat viscous. A bit dry with an alcohol bite on the finish.

O - This is a very nice barrel-aged stout. The bourbon is a big component, but it works very well with the heavy chocolate base.

warnerry, Feb 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

prender1482, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of nmbr0ne
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from bottle. 2011 reserve.

Appearance: Thick black body with a beige head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Vanilla, bourbon, some roasted coffee.

Taste: Vanilla, bourbon, coffee, slightest bit of caramel, and some chocolate too. Unbelievable taste. Bitterness in the finish. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: Thick, low carbonation. Definitely a sipper, but I want to another sip as soon as the first is gone. Really have to control myself.

Overall: Probably my second most favorite Russian Imperial Stout. Spectacular.

nmbr0ne, Feb 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

MisterKilderkin, Feb 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

beermeX2, Feb 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, split into 2 snifters. Split with mrmarmot, thanks for the hookup man!

A: Deep, black, thick color. No light seeps through the edges. Aggressive pour leads to a 1-finger light tan head that sticks around in a ring on the outside. Lacing is spotty.

S: Holy bourbon batman. This one is full of barrel in the nose along with some roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and some dried bitter berry. Bourbon. Lots and lots of bourbon.

T: Bourbon is toned down, but it has been replaced by alcohol. It's a burner for sure but there's a lot of other flavors going on such as vanilla and coffee. But mostly alcohol.

M: Nice big feel to it with ample carbonation. The burn does not go away.

O: This is a huge mother-effing-stout. It's got a lot of bourbon and not a lot else. I'm hoping the alcohol backs down over time because there is a lot hiding underneath.

suspect, Feb 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Bjeerfalls, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

StarRaptor, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

jhimstedt, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

beav19, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

alpenglocken, Jan 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

robertrunner, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

herrorara, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

headylamar, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

phingdong, Jan 31, 2012
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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