1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
ParabolaParabola

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

5,197 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,197
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,622
Gots: 2,879 | FT: 205
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.

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]
View: Beers (77) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 5,197 | Reviews: 1,046
Photo of nathanmiller
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of PHBoiler
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

2011 bottle that is jet black with brown hues on the edge. There is minimal carb. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick. Not a big chewy body on this one. It's really smooth and there is still a little bit of heat on this that warms the mouth. No real standout flavor for me. There's some roast, oak, and vanilla but the bourbon is the spotlight. Outstanding BA stout.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%

Thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Peg's snifter.

A: Pours essentially black and opaque. With streams of bubbles coming up the sides of the glass, it forms a thin tan head that fades fairly quickly. 4.5/5

S: Rich bourbon, heavily roasted malts, oak tannins, some vanilla from the oak, cacao, and dark sticky fruits. Very nice aroma. 19/20

T: Sticky roasted malts, chocolate malts, bourbon up front. Some charred oak, cacao, vanilla, and rum-raisin sweetness. This is complex to the point I feel like there's trouble pulling everything out. It develops some cola character as it warms as well. It finishes sweet and sticky with some hop bitterness as well. 41/45

M: Sticky mouthfeel, but a body that is of average weight for style. This isn't one of those crazy-thick imperial stouts. The alcohol is actually pretty well-restrained, or at least integrated, for style. Average carbonation sensation. 8.5/10

O: This was a very, very good beer. Truly deserves its reputation. I didn't pull anything out of the flavors to suggest the oatmeal in the mash. But otherwise, no real complaints. Recommended, of course. 19/20

Estimated final score: 4.54
Calculated final score: 92/100
Old BA score: 4.60

Photo of zander4dawin
4.27/5  rDev -7.4%

Dark black color, thin mocha head. Coffee, chocolate pretzel, chocolate malt taste. thick silky body. Light hop presence, oaky vanilla character, fat beer.

Photo of Moerdertaktiken
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of NeilFlaiz
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Dewsby
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of indurTheB
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of LukeK
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Dewaddle
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of JayPeso
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MimDIPA
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of nathan-mcwherter
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Skagnetti
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of cfadams17
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of just_in
4.24/5  rDev -8%

Photo of hansenm72
4.28/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Rothobinide
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rightcoast7
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of tweet
2.8/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of Phenom
3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

Smells and tastes like many another barrel aged stout. It is quality, but nothing remarkable. Could use a little more carbonation to cut the sickly sweetness. Too boozy, not enough oak flavor to really be special.

Photo of guityler83
3.54/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage

A: poured with vigor into a snifter glass, the beer produced a finger of tan head composed of mixed bubbles. The foam sustained for about a minute before receding and left a layer of larger sized bubbles in the center with a ring around the edge. Streaky lacing when the carbonation is kicked up and medium alcohol legs are visible. The beer is opaque black with just a hint of dark brown when the carbonation kicks up on the top.

S: When the cap was cracked there was already an oak aroma seeping from the bottle. In the glass, big dark chocolate, coffee and molasses aroma. Vanilla and oak, with caramel and toffee notes are moderate in strength. Sweet impression overall with bourbon noticeable but no ethanol or harshness. Some mild citrus hop notes are also coming through surprisingly.

T: Lots of complexity from the malts - dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses very upfront followed by caramel, vanilla, smoke, tobacco and roast. I get an interesting chocolate malt flavor as the beer warms up that reminds me of tasting pale chocolate malt in a homebrew shop – oxidation?. The barrel isn't as dominant in the flavor as the nose would lead me to believe, but there is some oak, vanilla and toffee notes mixed with light bourbon. No hop flavor and the bitterness is subdued.

M: Moderate alcohol warming, the beer drinks like its a 12%. Carbonation is mild to low with a big body like you'd expect from the style. There is some tingling on the lips/tongue from the bourbon.

O: I have to wonder if this beer isn't in the greatest shape given it's scores and reputation. Granted it has some age on it, if cellar'd decently that should have mellowed out some of the harsher qualities. However the malt/roast flavors coming through to me seem stale and or oxidized. Maybe I need to try a fresher example so I can give it a higher score but as it stands.. it didn't do so hot. CW16 is still my favorite BA Stout - I'll stick to that while I have a few left

Photo of ZappBrannigan
4/5  rDev -13.2%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,197 ratings.