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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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5,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,183
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,609
Gots: 2,850 | FT: 206
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:
Beer added by: largadeer on 03-26-2008

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]
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Ratings: 5,183 | Reviews: 1,040
Photo of d4114
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- On pour a very dark red, in glass pitch black. Finger of tan to brown head. Pretty big alcohol feet on this one.

S- Really excellent; Getting big vanilla and oak. Chocolate comes through pretty strong and has a sweetness to it which is perfect for everything going on. Alcohol is in the background just a bit.

T- Wow really complex, so much going on it's hard to describe. Big vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee and almost a milkiness to it. Also does have some dark fruit notes but just really amazing flavor.

M- Full body and some; You feel the 12.5% and the amount of malt that is used. I would think the flavor of this beer would make it a sipper but it's really the mouthfeel, never had a beer this full and thick before.

O- The most complex and best beer I've ever had.

Photo of mulder1010
2.96/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for opening this
Bomber poured into a tulip

A-- Poured black, one finger light brown/ sugar cane colored head. Decent retention. Little bit of spotty lacing, visible alcohol legs and bits of spotty lacing.

S-- Sugar. Lots of sugar. Very little barrel notes, what was there was faint and short lived. Vanilla and coconut were faint and fleeting. More coffee and roasted malts mixed with lots of sugar.

T-- Sweet dairy milk, sugar, more sugar. Somewhat thick and smooth.

M-- Feel and carbonation are perfect. Good body. Sugar is much more toned down in the feel and more about chocolate and malts. Have to note had BA Yeti before having this and the barrel notes in BA Yeti were much more obvious in every respect.

O-- Decent sweet beer. was it really aged in a barrel?? That was my biggest question. Bottle says so, so I have to concur. Really disappointed but as a straight RIS it was OK.

Photo of Auror
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of hippityhops85
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capones in Norristown, PA. Review from notes.

Poured into a miniature snifter. Pours a deep, dark black with ruby highlights around the glass. A deep, coffee/mocha head rests on top of the brew. Really awesome looking.

The nose on this thing is INSANE. Gobs and gobs of vanilla play on the bourbon notes in a ridiculously great way. Holy wow.

The taste is absolutely excellent with the dark chocolate playing nicely off of the bourbon and vanilla flavors. Tobacco, and other leathery notes are in there as well. Extremely complex and incredibly enjoyable.

The mouthfeel compliments the beer to a T while being thick and viscous but with enough carbonation to keep the beer from being overwhelming.

A homerun by Firestone Walker. Just wow. One of the best BA stouts I've ever had and probably ever will have.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of BigMike
4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours like viscous motor oil. Black as night. A thin mocha colored head. Nice carbonation.

S: Lot's of oak and bourbon notes. Vanilla, and chocolate. Dark roasted espresso beans and a touch of alcohol.

T: Oak, bourbon and vanilla on the front of the tongue. Huge amounts of chocolate and coffee on the finish. Lot's of dark fruits, leather and tobacco.

M: Huge mouthfeel. Sticky sweet. Almost cloying. Nice carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall: Lot's of stuff going on. Tons of flavor. Huge on the tongue. The only thing holding this one back for me was the sticky syrupy feel on the tongue.

Photo of JayAre46
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

batch 002. split with mr. cloeren, crack! and immediately the aroma shows its face, 22 oz bottle poured into duvel tulips. gives a pitch black liquid of midnight madness producing a half finger of a soft khaki head, tight bubbles remain for a while covering their tracks as they slowly fall. sweet bourbon straight to the head through the nose with vanilla, barrel characteristics and molasses. before i took the first sip many thoughts were racing through my head that i did not want to be disappointed more so than ever. parabola walked the walk son! the taste is even better perfect balance amongst bourbon, vanilla bean and molasses with appropriate supporting roasted malt and hints of chocolate in the back. complex and layerd to absolute, as it flows and rolls on the palate and finishes it is nothing but absolute silk to my surprise for the age (< 1yr in the bottle). the only flaw for me was that i thought it could of been slightly heavier, perhaps im wrong. it would be easy to drink every drop of this in a sitting. overall this beer was absoultely divine and i could not be happier that i have more. for myself bourbon, vanilla and molasses are my favorite characteristics for stouts and FW nailed it.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, batch 002, huge thanks to nataku00! Shared with mulder1010 and poured into a Triple Karmeliet tulip.

Pours a deep brown/black with a tan coloured head of foam that formed up well when agitated and left a bit of dripping lacing as it receded into a crown around the edges of the glass.

Smell was very sugary, took a while for toasted coconut to appear and when it did it was lovely, but only stayed around for a couple of minutes, before the sugar came back.

Taste was cane sugar, plenty of it. Very sweet and one dimensional. Not a lot of barrel could be detected. This surprised me given the world of flavours i've come across in some of their other big beers like 13 and Abacus.

Mouthfeel was ok, decent body and the sweetness didn't really become cloying.

Having had this straight after Barrel Aged Yeti, it didn't come close. I know FW make awesome beers, but this seemed like it had lost a lot of the complexity that i know it probably had.

Photo of zoolzoo
4.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours stout black, coffee colored head is slow to form. Body appears to be quite viscous.

S: Big sugary bourbon bite is my first impression of the nose. Milk chocolate thrown in for good measure. Subtleties exist under the layers of whiskey and chocolate; vanilla and oak are big players.

T: No surprises here, pretty much follows the nose with bourbon and chocolate. Coffee and vanilla round out mid sip. Finish is sweet overall, with a woody tannin note that sort of stuck out for me. Alcohol is well masked.

M: Thick, supportive of the flavor profile. Carbonation is on the low side of medium.

O: A nice BA stout, held back slightly by what I perceived as an off note in the finish.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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