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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.


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3,703 Ratings

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Ratings: 3703
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 8.26%

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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Photo of steenkampa


5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazingly balanced hefty stout, at a great price.

The first time I had this one, 2011, I walked into a BevMo to buy two beers for myself to drink during a house party...and got 2 bottles of this, thinking "meh, cheap burly Stout, that'll do great for the night" not knowing at all what I had.

Half way through the night, I'm completely trashed off both bottles wondering what this was and why it tasted so amazing, and when did Firestone get so good when I only remember the DBA being boring before!? This really turned me onto them, and I keep an eye out for any in the Reserve Series (Abacus/Sucaba is great, too).

Anyway. Now I always buy the max, and I have at least 2-3 of each vintage since then in my cellar.

Dark, rich, not much carbonation, chocolate and bourbon notes, lots of roasted malts...just about everything I want in a stout.

Can't wait for the 2014 release, so I can keep the cycle going.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 21:40:22 | More by steenkampa
Photo of mooseo


4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle into snifter.

A - Black as night with a small bubbly tan head.

S - Burnt toffee, oak, vanilla, roasted malt. Slight hint of alcohol fumes.

T - Delicious blend of vanilla cream, dark chocolate, and bourbon. Woodsy and sweet. Dark fruit and espresso really start to come through as the beer warms. The flavors are very well balanced.

M - Extra creamy, smooth as silk. Full body, low carbonation. Warming alcohol.

O - This is an incredible stout. Lots of complexity. Extremely enjoyable and surprisingly easy to drink - the alcohol is masked well, but this is one to sip and savour. A perfect barrel aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 02:18:35 | More by mooseo
Photo of Jimmeekrek


4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

some of the highly rated beers have been a disappointment, this however is not one of them. As far as taste goes, this is most likely the best tasting beer I have ever had, with the possible exception of central waters 15. I wish I could get my hands on a case every year, a guy can dream right?

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 12:04:06 | More by Jimmeekrek
Photo of anteater


4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour on tap at Bailey's

A: Black with a medium dark tan head, good looking carb

S: Delicious oak and bourbon swirled with roasty malt

T: Very similar to the aroma. The first thing I noticed, as I do with many big barrel aged FW beers, is that at 12.5% this is incredibly mellow. There is roasty bitter malt, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak. All the usual suspects. Its as if the identity of the flavor is fantastic but its all dialed down a bit too much

M: Smooth and thick, right amount of carb

O: Really delicious stuff, don't get me wrong. However, I don't think its worthy of its spot so high on the top 250 and I wish the flavors were a bit more intensified.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 01:27:58 | More by anteater
Photo of kylegillick


4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 bottle in a tulip glass

A - Black. Straight black. light carbonation.

S- Vanilla, oak, bourbon, toffe, expreso and roasted malts .

T - Amazing. This is what you expect from a bourbon barrel stout. sweet oak, vanilla, slight hint of coffee. Very, very well balanced beer, especially at 13 %!!! This and BCBS are the top two in the category. So sweet and smooth its criminal.

M - thicker, as to be expected. yet so smooth. the burbon flows out into your taste buds.

O - Yes, its worth the hype. This is a one of a kind beer. Get your hands on it if you can. Firestone has reached perfection in this beer

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 05:54:38 | More by kylegillick
Photo of RamyG4

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is bourbon, coffee, strong oak, a little alcohol. Taste is very sweet, dominated by bourbon, some vanilla, chocolate, with a roasted background. Finish is roasty and a little alcoholic. Very full bodied, syrupy, soft carbonation. Big big beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 17:03:21 | More by RamyG4
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the 2012 batch Reserve Series no. 003. Sampled on July 31, 2013.

The pour is a deep dark brown with an opaque black veil dropping down from top to near the bottom. The brown is around the edges and there is a short-lived tan head.

Imperial Stout aroma galore including dark malts, sugar sweetness, licorice, chocolate, fig, wood, and the slightest sniff of smoke. Hops are downplayed on the nose.

The body is full and delicately smooth.

The taste is upfront with sweet malts, a little chocolate, maybe some butterscotch, and bourbon with this moderate hop bitterness that powers its way forward at the very finish lingering briefly. A topnotch Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 21:49:37 | More by puboflyons
Photo of bnelson997


5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The cliche that "words can't express" definitely comes to mind. That said, here are some puny words from me to express my views of this nectar of the gods. This bottle was a 2012 release poured into a Firestone Walker tulip.

A - Black as night. A vigorous pour which yielded a 2 finger tan head that dissipated quickly, as is to be expected.

S - Roasty, toasty malts which gave up dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and espresso.

T - Wow! The rich coffee and espresso notes really shine in this vintage. The oaky vanilla/bourbon doesn't smack you in the face, it's released ever so sweetly and delicately from the front to the back of your mouth. There is even some slight dark fruit in the middle. The age has done this beer wonders and you just don't taste the 13% ABV. Definitely a sweetness, but one that is pleasant and rich, not cloying.

M - Ever so silky across the palate.

O - Hands down, this is my personal favorite beer of all time. So well balanced and should be the example for brewer's everywhere what a barrel aged Imperial Stout should be. It ages perfectly, but is oh so fantastic as a young beer (I had the 2013 on release weekend at the brewery on tap). I just have to say over and over how good this beer is!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 07:52:22 | More by bnelson997
Photo of TallSaint

New York

4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

July 29th, 2013

Bottle purchased at DeCicco's.

2013 vintage.

It pours an opaque midnight black and is light brown on its edges with a half finger of light brown head.

Sweet roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla first hit the nose. This is quickly followed by a volley of oaky vanilla, and bourbon spirit that rounds out the early sweetness. Booze is perceptible but only barely, impressive for 13%; however as it opens this booze becomes much more pronounced. There's a touch of soy sauce but this is light.

This beer presents an immense, boisterous complexity that is nothing short of artful. Upfront dark chocolate and coffee rally back and forth in a tantalizing and inviting fore-palate. This leads into a chocolatey, roasty and deliciously sweet mid palate - this soon proves to be the fulcrum of this beer. The finish is a beautiful example of perfect barrel aging. Oaky vanilla and bourbon spirit explode in the finish and provide an excellent foil to the sweeter flavors that are present upfront. The finish also packs a boozy, but fitting, punch. Despite this binary balance in flavors there is a consistent undercurrent. The characteristics of the barrel lie subtly underneath the fore and mid palate and then overtake these flavors in the back providing balance.

The mouthfeel of this beer is near perfect. The beer is viscous and seemingly lacks carbonation until the back where it lifts the beer and nearly negates any heady booze.

This is a gorgeous beer that is in my mind one of the best barrel aged stouts that I have ever had the plesure of consuming. It is a sipper for sure but it leaves the mind continually processing its complexity. It is absolutely incredible and perfectly balanced with every element working in perfect union with the others.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 23:38:27 | More by TallSaint
Photo of Abilow33

New York

4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the best stout I have ever had. The beer pours a dark coffee color with a thick brown head. The taste is so good it mask the high alcohol content. Most beers with an alcohol content this high taste like a bum wine. This beer is flavorable and delicious. The smell was great, it was fresh and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 23:44:06 | More by Abilow33
Photo of BA_Berto

New York

4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Dark as night, with the look of motor oil.

Smell- Sweet. Chocolate, and hints of coffee. Balanced Bourbon finish.

T- WOW! One of the top three beers I've ever tried. It was like eating a s'more by the campfire. Chocolate, marshmallow...Delicious!

M- The best beer I've ever felt. Viscous and wonderfully present. I enjoyed this one!

O- Easily one of the best beers that I've ever had! Would love to have the opportunity to enjoy this one again and again!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 03:57:13 | More by BA_Berto
Photo of ironchefmiyagi13

New York

4.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is probably the most well-balanced beer I have ever tasted. Nothing is too much or too little. Synergy is the name of the game. Big bourbon, sweet chocolate, roasted coffee with juicy dark / stone / bramble fruit such as plum, raisin, prune, raspberry and blackberry make up the girth of the aroma and flavor profile. The hops do a great job cutting the sweetness and the mouthfeel is rich and viscous without resembling sludge.

Definitely one of the best stouts on the planet!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 04:08:09 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 release sampled from a 22oz bottle in my DFH snifter. Thanks surge1311!

A - A deep, dark black with a moderate tan head that dissipates quickly. I thought it would hang around a little longer.

S - Wonderful depth with bourbon, wood, chocolate, molasses, coffee and licorice.

T - Powerful without being harsh or unbalanced. Well, the bourbon is the clear leader. Fantastic notes of chocolate and molasses join in. This is an intense beer. The alcohol doesn't distract from the various flavors but it makes damn sure you know it's there.

M - Silky and creamy with a nice low carbonation that lets the flavor run wild.

O - This is a must try beer. I'm glad my wait is over. Wow, I just love FW and everything they do.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 22:18:59 | More by GJ40
Photo of Samuel906


4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my top beers I look forward to each year, and fortunately for me, the Firestone brewery is just 5 minutes up the road. Quite simply put, this is one of the best imperial stouts I have ever had, second only to the World Wide available occasionally from Dogfish Head. This beer is spot on in every way. Pours an absolute pitch black, no hints of light what-so-ever sneak through. The smell features lots of vanilla, honey, milk chocolate and hints of whiskey and oak. The taste is truly superb; rich and complex. Strong aged bourbon up front followed by tons of chocolate and roasted coffee. Take a little sip and just let it roll around your mouth... every taste bud on your tongue just melts with heavenly flavor. Palate is smooth and rich, little to no carbonation.

Overall, an extraordinary beer, a treat for your senses. I bought a bunch of bottles of this and am going to save a few; I have heard that these age well.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 04:37:44 | More by Samuel906
Photo of Smurf2055


4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with half a finger of tan head.

Smell is bourbon vanilla, chocolate, cherry, bit of tobacco, ash. Very strong and distinct smell.

Taste is rich and velvety, espresso, bit of booze, dark fruits.

Very strong and potent, super rich, yet easy on the palate.

It’s a good beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 04:27:12 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of themind

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Firestone makes a winning brew in the name of Parabola. The beer has a pitch black appealing appearance with a roasted malt, dark fruit and bourbon aroma. The mouthfeel was excellent making this beer very enjoyable. The only major issue I have with this beer is that it is way hot! the 13% ABV is in your face and overpowers the beer a bit. After having BCBCS the night before I realize how good it is by the way Goose Island hides the ABV. I have a few more of these beers and I want to age them to see if the heat calms down.

Overall its a quality beer but the ABV is hot and the bourbon could be more pronounced.

Bottom Line: Very good brew!

After letting the beer breath for a while the ABV burn relaxed a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 02:20:22 | More by themind
Photo of MCain04


4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this stout. Had it on tap fresh at Big Star, Chicago. Smell was hard to pick up but was poured into a pilsner glass, sadly. The bourbon barrel aging is smooth and not too harsh. Great flavors throughout, with roasty malts, vanilla, toffee, but balanced by some bitterness. This was served way too cold by really opened up as it warmed.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 05:33:55 | More by MCain04
Photo of McStagger


4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Motor oil. One finger espresso creme head. Stellar lacing, good retention.

S: Booziness, vanilla oak, bourbon, raisined fig, maraschino cherry, brown sugar, vanilla bean, semi to sweet chocolate. Amazingly complex.

T: Prickly, with huge rush of overripe candied fruit. Booziness, cherry liquer. Roastiness, choclate, brown sugar, toffee, medicinal, vanilla. Warming it brings out the fruit even more. Incredible. Really incredible.

M: Oily, slightly slick, viscous. Still balanced. Want to drink more and am not overwhelmed by the body.

O: Perfect. Believe the hype.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 03:11:24 | More by McStagger
Photo of flayedandskinned


4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 Vintage
Poured into a standard tulip glass

Appearance: (4.75)
Pours an intimidating midnight black with a finger and a half of a tight tan head. It a takes a bit slower to recede to a half finger head than I was expecting, considering the 13% alcohol and the fact this aged for a year in 2nd use bourbon barrels. As it does recede it leaves zero lacing behind. Really impressive looking stout!

Aroma: (4.75)
Absolutely huge waves of toasted coconut, vanilla and molasses. Wow, I've never smelled a beer so coconut heavy! Dark, bitter notes of bakers chocolate and burnt coffee grounds; big roasted malt presence intermingling with the barrel character quite nicely. There is a earthy, herbal hop presence that plays as a perfect counterpart to the malt. Sweet, black cherries become apparent as the beer warms. Little to no alcohol is detectable.

Taste: (5)
Notes of sweet chocolate covered cherries hit your palate first with strong impressions of vanilla and coconut soon to follow. More cascading notes of deep, woodsy, dark chocolate are soon to follow and just the right amount of toasty, roasted malt to balance out this massive stout. Finishes very dry and with an assertive hop bitterness and gigantic lingering notes of charred oak, coconut, vanilla, cherries and chocolate malt. Perfectly rounded and balanced for it's size.

Mouthfeel: (5)
Robust, full bodied with moderate to high carbonation. The carbonation level is dialed in perfectly; its high enough so that it lifts the thick malt of the body off of your tongue, but is soft enough to let the subtle nuances of the beer to come out.

Overall: (5)
Wow, I knew this beer was going to be incredible, but I had no idea how amazing it would be! This enormous stout is balanced perfectly and is extremely easy to drink for it's ABV(13%). The barrel character is in your face, but doesn't steal though show at all, the malt and hops have just as much to say. Matt Brynildson is a magician. Much better than my previous favorite barrel aged stout, Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout.
If you see this beer, BUY IT.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:20:47 | More by flayedandskinned
Photo of thecheapies


4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

1,000th review!

2011 Parabola. Served in snifter glasses. So excited to finally try this aged beast/beauty.

Pours oily black with a rich, yet fluffy, mocha head. Retention is seriously outdoing itself. Looks thick. Opaque. Great look.

Semi-sweet malty nose with chocolate liquor, black roast, delicate bourbon whiskey, vanilla, butterscotch, licorice, stout aging musk, and a hint of leather. Divine, yet soft. I was expecting huge, and I get smooth and ripe.

Great tone to the bourbon. Adds a buttery richness and light caramel to an otherwise decadently dark, yet creamy, semi-sweet imperial stout. More dark chocolate syrup, vanilla, licorice, sweet alcohol, espresso roast, age-rounded malts, molasses, medicinal notes, and hints of dark sugars. Faint maple and corn-iness of the whiskey. Fantastic barrel-aged goodness.

Rich and full-bodied with a bushy-tailed finish, thanks to some good existing carbonation. I feel that this is 12.5% in my head, but my mouth is being seriously seduced. Well done. Great feel.

I'm glad I saved this sucker. I mean, I just never had the reason to dig it out of the closet... then, I forgot I had it. When I saw it again recently, after hunting for some good beers, I decided I was saving it for my 1,000th review. It paid off. Not as loud and obvious as KBS, not as rich as BBPt5, falls short of BCBS, but still an elite RIS. An excellent Sunday night stout of dreams to cap off a hell of a great day.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 03:56:33 | More by thecheapies
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4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the numerous BA's who sent me some bottles of this; I've put it off for way too long. It pours an extremely dark brown color that might as well be called jet-black as it sits, motionless in the glass. A light-mocha colored head plumes up and shows excellent retention; it lasts for days and leaves nice lace spots behind as it slowly recedes down the glass.

The aroma is magnificent; lots and lots of bourbon that's mellowed out by a deep onset of wood and oak. Plentiful amounts of chocolate graze the top of the booze; sweet, creamy and delicate, like a molten mocha cake. Mild hints of vanilla ride over the top of everything, most likely an induction of the barrel itself.

A nice, underlying blanket of roasted malts gives a solid base upon which everything else seems to stand, although the bourbon is strong enough that it may not even need a "base". Parabola has a very large aroma; its potency outright is surely something to behold, and if nothing else, it tells you that this is gonna be one hell of a beer.

Wow. One sip in, and color me impressed. Incredibly smooth, silky, and soft on the palate with just a light tingle of carbonation as the bourbon-heavy brew slips across my palate. The "first and foremost" flavor would be the monumental heaps of chocolate that assault my palate. Deep, dense, dark, bittersweet, and creamy fudge-y chocolate cascades over my senses, clashing with smaller pips of vanilla to create an almost dessert-like delicacy with each sip.

Make no mistake about it, though, the bourbon and oak are as heavy as can be. Soft, warming bourbon entrances every sip just as well, showing the huge robustness of the brew and sending a permanent warmth from the back of your tongue to your belly. Not "hot", but pretty warm, while still remaining smooth thanks to the blunting efforts of the creamy chocolate and the oatmeal.

The aftertaste also contains a bit of bourbon and lots of oak; almost enough oak to call the finish "dry", but falling just shy of this mark. The malts open up a bit more with time, adding more complex notes of burnt caramel and maybe even a touch of sweet maple syrup in the finish. The dominant chocolate and bourbon notes still reign supreme, making this beer like an "adults only" dessert that would be fit for a king.

Well, it's taken me long enough to finally try Parabola, and now that I have, I'll be sure to nab up as much as possible each year that it comes out. Being from Southeast Michigan, some might say we're spoiled with "big" stouts; BCBS, KBS, Black Note, etc... But I'd put Parabola RIGHT up with those brews, and possibly even ahead of a few. So what the hell are you complaining about West Coasters?? This stuff is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 03:01:22 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Hendry


4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Typical opaque motor oil appearance for a RIS, 1/2 finger ecru head.

Aroma is rich with notes of cocoa bean, licorice, oak & bourbon.

Taste is incredibly rich, meant for sipping and sharing. Flavors of chocolate,smoky oak & bourbon shine through, a bit of licorice and fennel seed: very complex with notes of booziness interwoven.

Mouthfeel is heavy, it really coats your palate, and sits heavy. Like drinking beef wellington in a bottle, it is rather filling and has a rich aftertaste.

Overall a huge RIS from FW that should be tried by anyone that is a fan of the style.2011 Reserve sampled.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 02:17:53 | More by Hendry
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4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Reserve series No. 002, a 22oz. bottle that was poured into a Duvel Tulip style glabss. Liquid comes out a nice dark black; the bottle describes it as "midnight black," I'm not sure what that means. It's black with dark brown highlights and edges. There's a dark brown cap that erupts pretty nicely when I gave it a hard pour. The head doesn't stick around quite as long as I'd like, but there's still some very nice lacing to it. Nice coating along the edges when you sip the it, not quite the dymatap effect, but still some nice syrupy looks to it.

Smell i s quite good, up there with many of the top of the line barrel aged imperial stouts. Huge amounts of vanilla, oak, chocolate (almost fudge but not quite), raisons, with some other light aromas of dehydrated fruits and maybe some slight booze. Kinda surprised, I expected a little tickle in the nose, but I didn't, not necessarily a bad thing though.

Taste is as equally as excellent as the smell. Lots of big flavors, huge hints of vanilla and oak in the beginning. After that there's hints of chocolate, black licorice, raisons/dates and some other dehydrated fruits. Its really got a lot going on and incredibly well balanced even though it's extremely full of flavor.

Mouthfeel is as perfect as one can get for the style. It's full bodied but on the lighter end if that makes sense. Really good carbonation level and silky smooth with a nice sweet finish. Not really a burn from the alcohol but a slight warmth. The drinkability is insane. I can't believe how drinkable it is, it's like a regular year round beer. I really had to take time with this beer to savor it, one I want to have more and more.

I know it has a little bit of hype, but I still think this is an underrated beer, for something that is so well distributed, I can't believe how good it is. Firestone-Walker is really proving to be in the upper echelon of breweries by producing yet another elite beer for it's style. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 04:13:03 | More by AndyAvalanche
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New York

4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 - 22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a tan head that thinned to a ring.

S - sweet bourbon and brown sugar with espresso coffee in the background.

T - roasty dark chocolate with a light bourbon taste finishing with espresso coffee bitterness.

F - full bodied and silky smooth.

O - a very good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 00:26:18 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle.

A - Pours a jet completely opaque fluid. Created a minimal amount of dark tan head that faded quickly. Very nice legs observed. Minimal, if any carbonation.

S - Beautiful dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon and vanilla and light amount of dark fruits, burnt tones and malt. I'm not picking up much hops at all. I really just want to sit an smell it. Nicely balanced and complex.

T - More of the same. Just wonderful. Rich and complex, slight bitterness. Some bready and toasty, with caramel and vanilla highlights.

M - Delicious velvety and smooth. Full bodied. Considering the high ABV, easy to drink and sneaks up on you very quickly.

O - Fantastic beer. Lives up to its reputation and exceeds expectations. A must try for anyone who is a fan of the style. One of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 19:06:04 | More by drrone
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,703 ratings.