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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,885 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,885
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,294
Gots: 2,670 | FT: 187
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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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
Photo of Kbogac
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
Photo of Holland
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
Photo of capeannbass36
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
Photo of rtaps
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
Photo of OWSLEY069
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
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

leodarko, Mar 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

heddar33, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

xHoPtImUsPrImEx, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

dolfan54fl, Mar 01, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Scott for this bottle, one of the beers I have been wanted to try for very long time.

A: Pours a jet black color with a one finger tan/brownish head with decent carbonation. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Great aroma. Some bourbon, vanilla, plenty of oak, chocolate, and a little bit of roasted malt. There are some faint dark fruits, mostly raisin and plum.

T: Lots going on, nice rich chocolate, oak, bourbon, and plenty of vanilla, which really hits home on the finish. A little bit of roast mixed in.

M: Fantastic, slightly heavier than medium bodied, but extremely smooth. One of the easiest drinking imperial stouts I have had. Slightly dry finish.

O: Fantastic beer, moves up to one of my favorites. Great combination of flavors and so easy drinking for a big beer.

mdaschaf, Mar 01, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/18/11

Note: 2011 vintage

Appearance: Black, black, with more black, utterly devoid of life - virtually no head, minimal lacing - just a slight brown ring

Smell: Pretty epic - tons of burnt, roasted, caramelized malts - brown sugar, sugar - chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, burnt coffee, some oak - dark and intimidating

Taste: Heavy and rich - tons of malts with lots of depth - a ton of chocolate - burnt, cooked, caramel malts - bourbon and wood, not excessive but in good balance - chewy, like a meal - some char, some dry, dark fruits

Mouthfeel: Chewy, sticky, oily, heavy, sludgy

Overall: A great, great RIS

Simply put, this beer does everything right. The barrel aging adds a lot of flavor without being excessive, and the malt profile is wonderfully complex. This is a sipper that will only improve over time.

angrybabboon, Feb 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

eawolff99, Feb 27, 2012
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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