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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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100
world-class

4,883 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,883
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,294
Gots: 2,670 | 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.

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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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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

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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%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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marshmeli, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of dgilks
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
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

theminutemen, Mar 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

jeebus23, Mar 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

melfech, Mar 17, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into 10oz Cigar City Hunahpus Day Snifter

A-Pours deep black, thick body with a nice thin light brown head.

S-Huge chocalate notes pour out this beer. Also has wonderful roasted nut scent that lays under this beer.

T-wonderful chocalate flavors blended with vanilla and coffee. Very smooth and heavy. Perfect.

M-heavy but still easy to drink

O-this might be the best stout I have ever had. Perfect flavor and heaviness. A truly great brew.

jgagne, Mar 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

kslsc400, Mar 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

TheViolator, Mar 16, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 2011 vintage, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours pitch black, I mean really really black, looks sticky and thick, produces only a very thin brown head that dissipates to a black mirrored surface.

S- Sweet aroma of bourbon, lots of vanilla, dark chocolate, fruity alcohol.

T- Big chocolate and coffee flavors, blended perfectly with a smooth bourbon flavor with vanilla, coconut and oak, a bit of smoky char and fruity alcohol, finishes with coffee and gooey dark chocolate. This is pretty perfect for a barrel-aged RIS, the malt character is massive, loads of chocolate cake and coffee flavors, while the bourbon, vanilla and amazing coconut complement this really well and are smooth and well integrated, not a hint of roughness or heat in sight.

M- Full-bodied, thick as hell, chewy, oily feel, low carbonation, this is exactly how a massive RIS should feel.

O- This is an incredible beer, spot on for the style, blends big sweet bourbon flavors with heavily roasted malts and chocolate for a mean combination. I'm really happy I have a second bottle of this, with about a year of age on it it's doing very well.

WillCarrera, Mar 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,883 ratings.