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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,746 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,746
Reviews: 993
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,259
Gots: 2,626 | FT: 186
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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Photo of MisterKilderkin
5/5  rDev +8.5%

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

beermeX2, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of suspect
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T: Bourbon is toned down, but it has been replaced by alcohol.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
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

phisherman11946, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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

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

LadyOfMuchBeer, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

time4abeer, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

MarkFy, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

Adamdc, Jan 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

noyellowfizzbeer, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

Rusty18, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of shrek806
4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a DFH snifter, this beer was to be shared and it was.

The pour was thick almost like used oil. It poured jet black with a creamy mocha head that dissapated, leaviung a tan oily lacing throughout.

The smell is a virtual corocopia of scents. I smell Coffee, Toffee, Chocolate, Vanilla, and sweet Jesus....Is that whiskey...no Bourbon. I cant wait to taste it.

The taste does not dissapoint. I get some coffe up front, as it coats my mouth, it tastes like an expensive cold chocolate elixir. The finish has the sweetness and smokiness of the Bourbon without the harsh alcohol burn. Feckin Deeelicious.

The mouthful is thick, meaty, heavy...like a chocolate milk. The swallow is smooth like a top shelf scotch. Alittle burn that coats and soothes.

The overall drinkability is top notch. I suggest buying two. Drink one and age one.


shrek806, Jan 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

quirkzoo, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of hannydawg
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into snifter
2011/batch 2

A Pours the deepest of browns with a 1 finger mocha head that recedes quickly into a small ring with very little lacing.

S Bourbon right away, followed by chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, and a hint of coconut in the background.

T Oaky vanilla hits me first followed by espresso and chocolate. There is a bit of char in the background as well as some alcohol heat, but this is a 12.5 RIS, so that is to be expected.

M Creamy texture, almost dead on for me, but needed a bit more carbonation.

O Still a bit hot for my tastes, as I tend to like aged RIS better as they mellow. Flavors were great, especially as the beer warmed. Not an everyday drinker, but great none the less.

hannydawg, Jan 26, 2012
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,746 ratings.