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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,894 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,894
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,303
Gots: 2,674 | FT: 189
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%

Davit, Mar 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

muskiesman, Mar 30, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a decent tan head. Rich, rather sweet aroma has notes of sweet chocolate, caramel and molasses. Mouth filling flavor has semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and molasses tones plus hints of honey and fresh-cut wood. Smooth, fizzy texture has plenty of body.

Cyberkedi, Mar 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

scubahood, Mar 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

jacewg, Mar 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Jager311, Mar 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

mechamifune, Mar 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

ZackH, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of areich6
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4

A: The pour itself is as black as night. There is very little head. This beer is as dark as charcoal.

S: The bourbon is present along with fantastic roasty malts and even vanilla. This beer smells sweeter than many other bourbon barrel aged beers. Smells delectable.

T: Tasts exactly how it smells and better. The alcoholic bite from the bourbon is balanced perfectly with the roasty coffer like characteristics and vanilla sweetness. You get the bourbon for a short period of time and then it finishes with a superb amount of vanilla flavor.

M: Oh my god. This is my idyllic view of how a stout should feel. It is as thick and sticky as molasses and goes down the throat extremely smoothly. At 12.5% there is very little bite from the alcohol yet the bourbon taste is still very evident.

O: One of the best beers I have ever had hands down.

areich6, Mar 27, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle thanks to LaChupacabra! Thanks Matt!
Shared with my good friend and playmate areich6

A- Whoa. Very very VeRy dark. Tiniest of heads leads to a ring around the part where my glass ends and the darkness begins

S- If you weren't impressed by the look wait til you smell it. Lots of bourbon but not the bad way you get from some stouts that are all bourbon all the time. It's gentile with some background malty sweetness. You know this beer will call you back after tonight, its not one of "those" beers

T- Okay, if the look and smell both didn't impress you the taste will. I promise. The bourbon is just as the nose predicts, soft but undeniable. Sweet RIS characteristics in the background: malt and hop sweetness play a perfect compliment to the smooth bourbon. Their are the Pippen to the bourbon's Jordan

M- Thick and viscous. No BCBS but not far behind by any means.

O- Wow can't say enough good things about this beer. Lives up to the hype and then some

pschul4, Mar 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

calcnerd, Mar 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

megamass, Mar 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

IPx, Mar 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

HopHeads1506, Mar 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

galapas, Mar 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

BrokenStones, Mar 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

bonez05404, Mar 24, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, poured into Bruery tulip.

pours a deep thick black with minimal head.

nose is wonderful, full of smooth bourbon. perfect vanilla with a hint of oak and chocolate.

sweet and chocolaty with a very nice bourbon presence. vanilla is much lighter. the bourbon is a bit boozy but in a smooth way.

very thick and chewy, moderate carbonation.

overall a very nice BA stout, kind of think an extra year or so could smooth this out even more.

hooliganlife, Mar 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

will1256, Mar 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

3rdto1st, Mar 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

BrandonDZ, Mar 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

nknauz, Mar 22, 2012
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

MYSTIKPIZZA, Mar 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

marshmeli, Mar 20, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a dark tan head. Good head retention.

Somewhat sweet aroma with plenty of coffee. Nice liquorice and bourbon oak. THe wood character is nicely integrated.

Plenty of sweetness again with a nice, earthy wood character. The coffee and cocoa add nice complexity. The balance is nice and a hint of fruit adds a touch of complexity. Very nice.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. A little over-carbonated for my tastes.

Parabola is a pretty classic BA stout. There is lots of sugar, coffee and bourbon with a nice oakiness too. Really good and delightful despite some minor flaws.

dgilks, Mar 19, 2012
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,894 ratings.