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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,587 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,587
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,197
Gots: 2,576 | 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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4/5  rDev -13.2%

DavidEddie, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

gorby10826, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

MrHirschybar, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

brez8791, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

davidbowers13, Dec 26, 2011
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4.59/5  rDev -0.4%

Had this on 2011-12-24 in Lititz, PA. Had this again on 2012-07-25 in Columbia, PA with no change to the review. Had a 2012 bottle on 2013-06-19 (as a celebration of the end of a vacation trip to Duluth, MN and the Superior National Forest) with tweaks to the review and ratings (increased taste).

A - Dark brown/black with a slight tan head. Plenty of alcohol legs but little lacing.

S - Bourbon, peaty malt, chocolate, coffee and lots of alcohol.

T - Some bourbon, roasted coffee, toasted cocoanut, vanilla, sweet/dark chocolate, nutty, oak, light anise, deep-dark fruit, alcohol. Mostly roasted bitterness. Aftertaste is more of the same with lots of lingering deliciousness. A great big barrel of tasting fun!

M - Syrupy, thick body and very light carbonation.

O - A brilliant and complex beer. It made the perfect finish to our family Christmas celebration and vacation celebration.

Tucquan, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

alano, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

furthurgone, Dec 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

SeaOfShells, Dec 24, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -3%

Picked this one up at the brewery, on its release date. The 2011 version.

Pouring into a Fifty Fifty Eclipse snifter. Black in color with a 1 finger medium-tan foam that retains partially. Strength evidenced by the sticky legs.

Toasted oak, dark bittersweet chocolate. Booziness is present and a bourbon-character is also notable but not overly harsh.

Beautiful marriage of dark, bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel, charcoal, and espresso. Touch of vanilla. Medium-high/high bitterness level stemming from hops and the dark roasted malts. Lingering dark chocolate and earthiness in the toasted oak finish.

Medium-full in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Fantastic warming sensation, ultra-smooth on the heat.

Overall this is an absolutely wonderful choice to pop open on Christmas Eve Eve. Deliciously dangerous complexity, excellent marriage of roasty/barrel aged flavors. Firestone knocked it out of the park here and I can only wonder what additional age might do to enhance/detract from a stellar beer today.

BrewerB, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

jkelly482, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

HopsLover22, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

mnbearsfan, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

BeerOnTheWall, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

jophish17, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

ajs4bd, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Ultraman9000, Dec 22, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev -0.2%

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter sharred with a fellow BA.

Batch 002
Bottle 2011

A- Pours a pitch black color, nice carbonation comes off the bottom of the glass, opaque cannot see through it, nice dark brown 1 finger head that dissipates to a thin layer around the glass. Nice lacing on the side of the glass as well.
S- Alcohol is present right away in the aroma, I can smell the oak from the barrels as well, the bourbon is not as apparent as I remembered from the first time I had it, slight vanilla notes, slight coffee presence.
T- Wow, Really impressive, well balanced, the bourbon is well balanced with the roasted coffee notes, vanilla comes out chocolate/cocoa notes, oak/wood notes from the barrels, really complex, love this beer.
M- Big mouth feel, coats the palate, smooth drinking, crisp finish, dry aftertaste.
O- World class beer, wow, I’ve had this beer before when it first came out. From hearing all the stories about FW beers not aging well I was expecting this beer to have lost some of its complexity, but the beer is still as good as the first time I had it. Very satisfying, everything I love and crave in a quality Bourbon Barrel Aged beer. Glad I have two bottles left to have on a cold winter day.

Chriscrundwell12, Dec 22, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +6.9%

2011 Version batch 002

A: Very carbonated and fizzy, looks like a cola. mocha colored head. very dark

S: oak, bourbon, alcohol, dark roasted malt, vanilla notes, slight coffee notes

T: Bourbon flavor is prominent, chocolate, woody oaky flavor, sweet and dark roasted malt, very well balanced flavors. alcohol is there but you hardly notice it.

M: very creamy, smooth, thick and coats the mouth full bodied, dry on the finish

O: Wow was the first thing I said, wow this is a good beer. I expected it to have a more boozy flavor because of the nose but I could hardly taste the alcohol. This is very well balanced and delicious beer. Probably one of the best i've ever tasted.

Crundy, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

IdrinkGas, Dec 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

NFStaproom, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

smurfbeer, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

dannyhipps, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

joshuacavett, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

CGMLS3, Dec 21, 2011
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,587 ratings.