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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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100
world-class

4,504 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,504
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,164
Gots: 2,547 | FT: 180
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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CAbeerCAbeerCA

Maryland

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-22-2011 00:03:36 | More by CAbeerCAbeerCA
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joefc

Oregon

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-21-2011 22:07:26 | More by joefc
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placlair

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-21-2011 19:01:45 | More by placlair
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev -13.2%

11-21-2011 15:55:04 | More by brandoman63
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-21-2011 14:00:56 | More by mmcnaughton
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Callmecoon

California

4/5  rDev -13.2%

11-21-2011 05:03:36 | More by Callmecoon
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Britton

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-21-2011 02:45:21 | More by Britton
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Rckmo10

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-21-2011 02:40:10 | More by Rckmo10
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Trystero

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-20-2011 23:56:19 | More by Trystero
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

11-20-2011 23:29:55 | More by Mark000
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Rempo

Indiana

4/5  rDev -13.2%

11-20-2011 19:45:43 | More by Rempo
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Casterbridge

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-20-2011 18:32:23 | More by Casterbridge
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-20-2011 14:15:59 | More by Kopfschuss
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long4hops

Washington

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-20-2011 09:43:14 | More by long4hops
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Diomede

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-20-2011 07:20:06 | More by Diomede
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dixonmp

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-20-2011 06:39:50 | More by dixonmp
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

A - Pours a pitch black color with a very thin caramel colored thin lacing ring.

S - Coffee, have, dark roasted toffee, light vanilla. Dark roasted malt.

T - Dark roasted chocolate, vanilla, roasted cocoa, vanilla, bourbon that's perfectly blended from front to finish. Wow!

M - Thick, syrupy, heavy body, viscous, sticky, lip smacking sticky.

O - This beer is pretty darn good, being my first time trying this.

11-20-2011 06:38:29 | More by jzeilinger
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Dubber55

New York

3.55/5  rDev -23%

2011 vintage
I have been aging this for about 6 months

Pours a viscous pitch black with 1/4 finger of mocha colored head. A little bit of spotty lacing on the glass.

First thing I notice in the aroma is a metallic smell- must be from the hops. Upon further inspection, I get lots of barrel aromas- oak, vanilla, charcoal- followed by caramel, chocolate, and a little coffee.

Parabola is very rich and decadent. Feels like a meal in glass and I am drinking the whole bomber by myself. Very sweet- the flavors are dominated by vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, and milk chocolate. There is also plenty of oak in the flavor profile along with a bit of coffee and bourbon on the finish. I wouldn't say it is boozy though.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick, oily, and creamy. Somewhat chewy but, a little thinner than some other barrel aged stouts I have had.

Overall, too sweet to finish the whole bomber myself.

11-20-2011 03:54:19 | More by Dubber55
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Nightrain87

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-20-2011 01:09:08 | More by Nightrain87
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FievelGoesWest

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-19-2011 23:25:22 | More by FievelGoesWest
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-19-2011 19:26:55 | More by whallgren
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Joecaddie

Delaware

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-19-2011 13:15:24 | More by Joecaddie
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -27.8%

Batch # 1 poured into a New Belgium balloon. Thanks Frank!

Jet black with a sheet of dark brown bubbles for the head. Hardly any lacing but the beer itself clings to the glass sip upon sip. Certainly "strong" looking.

Aroma is mostly vanilla and bourbon. Some alcohol here and there, nothing fusel though. Taste is signature -bal stout: slightly sweet with notes of vanilla, slightly acidic with a powerful roasty and woody finish and lingering roast on the palate. While not a coffee stout, the aftertaste is very close to chewing on a roasted coffee bean.

Certainly warming in its strength with a medium body among similar examples. The carbonation is too high for my liking. Another flaw, in my opinion, is the excessive wood. Whisky sits in a barrel to get mellow; the effect of barrels on this beer seems to be the exact opposite. Not that I mind an intense beer but Parabola sometimes feels like wood and vanilla, and nothing more.

4, 3.5, 3.5, 2.5, 3

11-19-2011 05:24:45 | More by tewaris
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CoryR

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +3%

11-19-2011 05:17:10 | More by CoryR
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johnhenryconway


5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-19-2011 05:00:24 | More by johnhenryconway
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,504 ratings.