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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,527 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,527
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,173
Gots: 2,556 | 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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alamode

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-04-2011 15:00:27 | More by alamode
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stevefinny

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-04-2011 14:38:34 | More by stevefinny
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Mudawg

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -34.9%

12-04-2011 14:00:04 | More by Mudawg
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Cinderbike

Nevada

4.47/5  rDev -3%

2011 bottle poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Dark black. Can't see through it. Light brown head that instantly recedes. No lacing.

S - Vanilla, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, coconut, alcohol.

T - Chocolate, cherry, vanilla, bourbon, roastyness, honey, and biscuit malt. Vinous qualities are present as well.

M - Thick, almost syrupy. The carbonation is the only thing keeping this from being alcoholic chocolate syrup.

O - Wow! A great RIS.

12-04-2011 07:06:45 | More by Cinderbike
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John_M

California

4.38/5  rDev -5%

On tap at TJ's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and minimal lacing. In short, this looks like a beer that had seen considerable barrel aging (which I gather it has). On the nose, I get dark chocolate and bourbon, but not much more than that (surprisingly). On the palate, however, this beer is just killer, with considerable dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, licorice and light dry citrus... and a ton of bourbon (yum!). Although the beer is fairly sweet, there is enough dry bitterness to counter the sweetnees, making for one rich, over the top, flavorful RIS. Mouthfeel is long, rich and fairly sweet, with considerable licorice and dark chocolate in the finish.

Just delicious, and a beer that I suspect will only get better with age. Impressive.

12-03-2011 22:39:38 | More by John_M
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ejw127

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +3%

12-03-2011 22:29:54 | More by ejw127
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beerdedpunk

Oregon

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-03-2011 05:32:37 | More by beerdedpunk
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JohnPhillippi

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-03-2011 04:27:32 | More by JohnPhillippi
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-02-2011 18:20:14 | More by SpillyBeers
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TIJAE

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-02-2011 16:15:15 | More by TIJAE
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BrlyHpsWtrYst

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-02-2011 15:16:47 | More by BrlyHpsWtrYst
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Nitrogenx

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-02-2011 08:02:19 | More by Nitrogenx
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4/5  rDev -13.2%

12-02-2011 04:39:33 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -13.7%

Let this bottle warm some out of the fridge. Poured with a tan, smallish head and a little lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is mild, malt, roast, wine, yeast, dates, figs. Flavor's like nose, bittersweet up front, enough carbonic tang to balance. Finish is boozy and the alcohol is striking. killer brew.

12-02-2011 04:33:16 | More by drpimento
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dwaz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-02-2011 03:48:19 | More by dwaz
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d4114

California

4.9/5  rDev +6.3%

A- On pour a very dark red, in glass pitch black. Finger of tan to brown head. Pretty big alcohol feet on this one.

S- Really excellent; Getting big vanilla and oak. Chocolate comes through pretty strong and has a sweetness to it which is perfect for everything going on. Alcohol is in the background just a bit.

T- Wow really complex, so much going on it's hard to describe. Big vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee and almost a milkiness to it. Also does have some dark fruit notes but just really amazing flavor.

M- Full body and some; You feel the 12.5% and the amount of malt that is used. I would think the flavor of this beer would make it a sipper but it's really the mouthfeel, never had a beer this full and thick before.

O- The most complex and best beer I've ever had.

12-02-2011 00:58:51 | More by d4114
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mulder1010

Australia

2.98/5  rDev -35.4%

From notes
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for opening this
Bomber poured into a tulip

A-- Poured black, one finger light brown/ sugar cane colored head. Decent retention. Little bit of spotty lacing, visible alcohol legs and bits of spotty lacing.

S-- Sugar. Lots of sugar. Very little barrel notes, what was there was faint and short lived. Vanilla and coconut were faint and fleeting. More coffee and roasted malts mixed with lots of sugar.

T-- Sweet dairy milk, sugar, more sugar. Somewhat thick and smooth.

M-- Feel and carbonation are perfect. Good body. Sugar is much more toned down in the feel and more about chocolate and malts. Have to note had BA Yeti before having this and the barrel notes in BA Yeti were much more obvious in every respect.

O-- Decent sweet beer. was it really aged in a barrel?? That was my biggest question. Bottle says so, so I have to concur. Really disappointed but as a straight RIS it was OK.

12-01-2011 23:36:03 | More by mulder1010
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3%

12-01-2011 16:27:50 | More by Auror
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hippityhops85

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev -1.3%

On tap at Capones in Norristown, PA. Review from notes.

Poured into a miniature snifter. Pours a deep, dark black with ruby highlights around the glass. A deep, coffee/mocha head rests on top of the brew. Really awesome looking.

The nose on this thing is INSANE. Gobs and gobs of vanilla play on the bourbon notes in a ridiculously great way. Holy wow.

The taste is absolutely excellent with the dark chocolate playing nicely off of the bourbon and vanilla flavors. Tobacco, and other leathery notes are in there as well. Extremely complex and incredibly enjoyable.

The mouthfeel compliments the beer to a T while being thick and viscous but with enough carbonation to keep the beer from being overwhelming.

A homerun by Firestone Walker. Just wow. One of the best BA stouts I've ever had and probably ever will have.

12-01-2011 15:49:14 | More by hippityhops85
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rab53

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-01-2011 05:43:45 | More by rab53
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todisht

Alabama

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-01-2011 02:55:55 | More by todisht
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-30-2011 23:53:48 | More by Rochefort10nh
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -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.

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

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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.

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
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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