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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,893 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of WesMantooth
4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Edition

Appearance - Black. Completely opaque. Small mocha colored head.

Aroma - Amazing. Sweet Hersey like chocolate. Deep roasted malts and a faint expresso. Subtle bourbon and oak. Some vanilla too.

Taste - Smooth, perfectly balanced bourbon. Something along the lines of figs, raisins, or cherries. Slightly charred malt. Molasses and rich chocolate. Not much coffee here. Alcohol is very well integrated.

Feel - Silky smooth, fairly viscous.

Overall - This is world class barrel aged stout that is worthy of it's ranking.

WesMantooth, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of jcon
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

jcon, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of mbeerdino21
5/5  rDev +8.5%

mbeerdino21, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of TheDudeAbides14
5/5  rDev +8.5%

TheDudeAbides14, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of Wowcoolman
4.28/5  rDev -7.2%

Wowcoolman, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of thatoneguymike
5/5  rDev +8.5%

thatoneguymike, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of Shaymus
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Shaymus, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of lochraneg
5/5  rDev +8.5%

lochraneg, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of TomO23
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

TomO23, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of luv2bru
5/5  rDev +8.5%

luv2bru, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of snowbose
5/5  rDev +8.5%

snowbose, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of Timotheus1
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Timotheus1, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of BeerDunson
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

BeerDunson, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of thedoctr
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

thedoctr, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of jrhottle
5/5  rDev +8.5%

jrhottle, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2013. Drank November 2014

Appearance: pours a fairly light black with lots of brown to mahogany around the edges. a finger or just less of a tan head that has decent retention and leaves behind a small lacing. some brownish sludge left as it swirls. completely opaque with darkness.

Smell: bourbon and chocolate mixture. sweet caramels along with some roasted malts. some vanilla and oak qualities. alcohol.

Taste: opens with a strong bourbon with light notes of vanilla and oak. a caramelized malt character comes through along with some decadent chocolate. some slight roasted malts. alcohol is present throughout.

Mouthfeel: heavy and slick. alcohol warmth and some bitterness.

Overall: after being disappointed by Sucaba and highly disappointed by Velvet Merkin I didn't expect much from this. but this one lives up to every bit of its reputation. a big and nicely decadent ba stout. perfect for the cold winter night, or national stouts day.

SportsandJorts, Nov 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

hopperjones, Nov 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

geneseohawk, Nov 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

12packpoet, Nov 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

dantezeull, Nov 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Skarr, Nov 05, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +2%

ShadyRigglesbee, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of floridadrift
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Equal to Cigar City Marshal Zukov 1:1

Very smooth, semi-rich, dark as night and lightly carbonated. Dont enjoy this too cold, the alcohol is hidden, let Parabola warm down to expense the true flavors. A great label and a great beer. Super sought after in the places it doesn't make it to and I can see why.

floridadrift, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of chinchill
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 shared bottle.

A bit less complex (flavor but not aroma) than the Black Tuesday that preceded this, with more coffee and higher bitterness. Lower (than 19.2%!) ABV evident.

Dark chocolate and coffee linger on in the aftertaste, with plenty of dark roasted grains. Very faint burnt toast component.

chinchill, Nov 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

DeadeyeOTDO, Nov 03, 2014
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,893 ratings.