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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,893 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,893
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,301
Gots: 2,673 | 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.

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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4.75/5  rDev +3%

C2H5, 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
Photo of jgagne
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
Photo of WillCarrera
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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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

2beerdogs, Mar 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

guajolote, Mar 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

gratefulbeerhead, Mar 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

bpattt, Mar 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

jriggins6, Mar 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

sludgegnome, Mar 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

jkane101, Mar 10, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark almost black, minimal dark brown foam and lacing. At first the smell was almost fruity with caramel. Then I get more bourbon. Taste is deep roasty malt, caramel/vanilla and some chocolate with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Also a bit of smoke in there too. As it warms it sweetens some and the caramel, vanilla and bourbon becomes more prominent. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy bit not thick, light carbonation. Overall an excellent beer. Highly recommended. Wish I had a few more.

Kbogac, Mar 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark black, small brown head, some lacing, ruby highlights

S: sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toasted malt and sugar

T: oak and bourbon blend well with the hefty malt, and the taste allows a bit more of the roasted malt to come through, but there isn't a hint of smoke (just the way I like it). Slight alcohol flavor when it warms, but it's covered well.

M: heavy bodied, but not thick, and medium carbonation.

O: very well done beer overall - pretty sure I just had the 2011, though it was not specified. Worth it for an $8 pour of this at Eulogy.

Holland, Mar 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Rconn006, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

bdbd, Mar 06, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW! What a treat!
This beer poured darker than dark, topped with a 1/2 finger mocha colored head.
Aroma is wonderful. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and oak.
Taste is fantastic. Follows the nose, but even better.
Mouth feel was rich and smooth.
Overall one of the best beers that I have ever tasted. Another great Firestone Walker beer....and I only bought one! :( :( :(

Just had on tap...at Amesbury Ale House..WOW!!! Blown away.
5 bottles of 2012 "in the cellar". YAY!

capeannbass36, Mar 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

SanDiegoCraftFan, Mar 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

2neardead, Mar 04, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thought this would be a great beer to review as my #100 sense it was really the first beer that got me addicted to the craft world and rating. had it on tap in the tap room and saved this bottle.

pours pitch black, with a small tan head, looks mildly viscous leaving barely any lacing behind

very nice aroma pretty complex, nice chocolate,coffee, vanilla with a little bourbon

man its still good and aged well, nice roasted chocolate, vanilla bean, mildly nutty with a bourbon back end

full bodied medium carbonation, very viscous, smooth as can be

overall aged very well and i think it could sit around a little long.

rtaps, Mar 04, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my miniature CCB snifter.

A: Pours a dark jet black color with a small light brown head.

S: Bourbon notes are very intense. I also smell chocolate, roasted malts, cherry and some vanilla.

T: Man oh man, what a complex RIS this is that really is smooth. I taste chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, cherry and lots of bourbon.

M:Very smooth for such a complex beer. A tad bit on the heavy side but it has a nice dry finish.

O: This is easily the smoothest RIS I have had the pleasure to taste.

Finatic, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

brandonasplundh, Mar 03, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a small chocolate brown to tan head. In the aroma, mellow but nice bourbon notes. In the taste, chocolate like roast with a bourbon end, and vanilla and oak presence all the way through. A boozy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oaky vanilla and bourbon like aftertaste. Big bourbon presence, with a nice stout underneath it all.

OWSLEY069, Mar 03, 2012
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,893 ratings.