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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,722 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,722
Reviews: 993
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,249
Gots: 2,616 | 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.

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%

Macky20, Dec 29, 2011
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Alpar, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

celticfutblclub, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

hurfer, Dec 28, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a dark brown head.

S- Wood, coffee, dark fruits.

T - Wood, vanilla, coffee, raisins, plums, alcohol, dark chocolate, and some flavors reminiscent of coca-cola.

M - Syrupy, oily/greasy with low carbonation.

O - The are a lot of really nice flavors and aromas, but the mouthfeel is not very pleasant. The alcohol really comes through as well, which takes away from the drinkability.

3HovsepiansBrews, Dec 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

RViator325, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

DavidEddie, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

gorby10826, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

MrHirschybar, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

brez8791, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

davidbowers13, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-12-24 in Lititz, PA. Had this again on 2012-07-25 in Columbia, PA with no change to the review. Had a 2012 bottle on 2013-06-19 (as a celebration of the end of a vacation trip to Duluth, MN and the Superior National Forest) with tweaks to the review and ratings (increased taste).

A - Dark brown/black with a slight tan head. Plenty of alcohol legs but little lacing.

S - Bourbon, peaty malt, chocolate, coffee and lots of alcohol.

T - Some bourbon, roasted coffee, toasted cocoanut, vanilla, sweet/dark chocolate, nutty, oak, light anise, deep-dark fruit, alcohol. Mostly roasted bitterness. Aftertaste is more of the same with lots of lingering deliciousness. A great big barrel of tasting fun!

M - Syrupy, thick body and very light carbonation.

O - A brilliant and complex beer. It made the perfect finish to our family Christmas celebration and vacation celebration.

Tucquan, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

alano, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

furthurgone, Dec 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

SeaOfShells, Dec 24, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the brewery, on its release date. The 2011 version.

Pouring into a Fifty Fifty Eclipse snifter. Black in color with a 1 finger medium-tan foam that retains partially. Strength evidenced by the sticky legs.

Toasted oak, dark bittersweet chocolate. Booziness is present and a bourbon-character is also notable but not overly harsh.

Beautiful marriage of dark, bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel, charcoal, and espresso. Touch of vanilla. Medium-high/high bitterness level stemming from hops and the dark roasted malts. Lingering dark chocolate and earthiness in the toasted oak finish.

Medium-full in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Fantastic warming sensation, ultra-smooth on the heat.

Overall this is an absolutely wonderful choice to pop open on Christmas Eve Eve. Deliciously dangerous complexity, excellent marriage of roasty/barrel aged flavors. Firestone knocked it out of the park here and I can only wonder what additional age might do to enhance/detract from a stellar beer today.

BrewerB, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

jkelly482, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

HopsLover22, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

mnbearsfan, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

BeerOnTheWall, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

jophish17, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

ajs4bd, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Ultraman9000, Dec 22, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter sharred with a fellow BA.

Batch 002
Bottle 2011

A- Pours a pitch black color, nice carbonation comes off the bottom of the glass, opaque cannot see through it, nice dark brown 1 finger head that dissipates to a thin layer around the glass. Nice lacing on the side of the glass as well.
S- Alcohol is present right away in the aroma, I can smell the oak from the barrels as well, the bourbon is not as apparent as I remembered from the first time I had it, slight vanilla notes, slight coffee presence.
T- Wow, Really impressive, well balanced, the bourbon is well balanced with the roasted coffee notes, vanilla comes out chocolate/cocoa notes, oak/wood notes from the barrels, really complex, love this beer.
M- Big mouth feel, coats the palate, smooth drinking, crisp finish, dry aftertaste.
O- World class beer, wow, I’ve had this beer before when it first came out. From hearing all the stories about FW beers not aging well I was expecting this beer to have lost some of its complexity, but the beer is still as good as the first time I had it. Very satisfying, everything I love and crave in a quality Bourbon Barrel Aged beer. Glad I have two bottles left to have on a cold winter day.

Chriscrundwell12, Dec 22, 2011
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,722 ratings.