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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,110 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,110
Hads: 5,847
Avg: 4.54
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 3,025
Gots: 3,349 | FT: 250
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 14.00% 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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Photo of cosmicevan
4.92/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

love that firestone walker comes out to me.

a - a beer like this called for the big guns in glassware so i pulled out my southampton 2011 RIS oversized snifter for the job. opened the bottle and gave a generous pour...the beer is dark as halloween night with a nice rich shine. at first there was a thin deep brown head which quickly dissolved to spotty mocha bubbles. i don't usually expect to see a head on a barrel aged RIS but every now and again you get one. this one could be rebuilt on command with a swirl of the glass, but it never hung around long. also, love that this beer comes in a box with a wrapped cap...just adds to the specialness of it.

s - in a word deliciousness. a nice dark fruit booziness. wonderful balance. fruity and rummy and bourbony...dark cherries dominate the fruitiness, but there are certainly notes of chocolate and roasted malts. smell very rich, but spot on.

t - that's a BIG beer...and it has a HUGE flavor profile. dark cherries, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and a variety of boozines. extremely well made and well balanced. heavy like a chunk of chocolate cake.

m - rich and full, the heat is in the flavor but not so much in a burn.

o - overall this is a top beer. this is a beer that you talk about. this is a beer that blew my mind. far and away worth the praise it receives.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bottle split with onix1agr and sourbatchkid.

A- a stiff pour yields a small cap of tan head that settles quickly and leaves a think frothy ring around the glass and a wispy island on top. A hard swirl brings the head back nicely then settles as before. Utterly completely black in color with no light making it through.

S- bourbon forward with chocolate and some dark fruits. Lots of dark roasted malts bringing coffee and a touch of anise.

T- opens up with a sweet chocolate liquor and espresso punch that smoothly rolls into massive dark roasted malts and creamy vanilla. Bourbon is well integrated and creeps up slowly then finishes strong but not over baring.

M- full bodied with a touch of chew to it and lightly carbed with a smooth creaminess to it. Nice amount of heat in the back that works perfectly.

O- this is a stellar barrel aged stout. This style is becoming a bit over done but when you get one this good it makes it all worth while. A sipper for sure and very complex but so easy to enjoy. This stuff kicks ass.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured opaque black with a huge frothy brown head.

S: Nose is boozy,oats, light bourbon, cocoa.

T: After having Parabola on draft numerous times and initially at FW 13 release I thought the bottled 2011 was a tad bit hotter and bourbon heavy than previous years. Nose and taste mirror are very close with molasses and dark chocolate being most prominent with some bourbon and oak in there. This beer is pretty boozy but the ABV is hidden pretty good. If you dont watch it this beer will sneak up on you.

M: This brew is totally full bodied and smooth. The ABV is pretty high and this keeps drinkability at Good. Not a session beer for sure but great for a cold day!

O Oh so well done and down right fantastic

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Photo of grittybrews
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured near-black into a tulip with a finger of quick-receding dark tan head. Aroma is surprisingly gentle with a touch of bourbon, oaky vanilla, and cocoa with a hint of dark fruit.

Moderate carbonation and a lively, full mouthfeel. Creamy and not too thick. Chocolate up front followed by vanilla, bourbon, molasses, and a lingering espresso bitterness mixed with caramel, more cocoa, and boozy warmth.

This one packs a punch but the flavors are still subtle and balanced. Lots going on here and yet the overall experienced remains really smooth and refined. Very, very nice.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Trenton Road Takeout for this. Finally some Parabola in the area. Poured into a snifter,midnight black not to crazy of a fluffy heading from a hard pour. It did leave some great globs of lacing though.

Smell was not what I anticipated. Although it did have some nice bourbon notes not huge but mostly of a heavier oak barrel aroma.

First sip again was a solid bourbon taste not overpowering but noticeable detected.Big oaky notes are more detectable like the nose and there is a heavy hop bitter kick towards the end. A kind of hot anise finish.

Mouth is tremendous. Super slick velvet texture. Excellent full body and not very thick and chewy for such a high ABV.

This is a damn good barrel aged version. Probably my favorite right now. Easily drinkable for such a high ABV at 12.5%.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle into a La Chouffe tulip. Gigantic thanks to Hopstoopid120 for bringing this long-anticipated want by NEBCO while I was canning up some homebrew.

A: Pretty f-ing black, with a finger of creamy light-brown foam. Good retention, spotty lace. Very attractive, especially for being an enormous 13%.

S: Gigantic chocolate, with more than a hint of chocolate-covered cherry. The wine barrels really add some serious complexity, but this is all about the rich, sweet, chocolatey malt. Significant, but acceptable booze.

T: Mmmm. Chocolate, vanilla, molasses, cherry, wine, tannins, and more chocoate. Huge, sweet, lightly boozy finish. Truly spectacular in its sheer decadence.

M: Creamy, full, and well-carbonated. Insanely good.

O: Holy crap, that's a beer. I can't imagine drinking a whole bottle, what with the intense sweetness and alcohol, but I'll be damned if I wouldn't like to have a small snifter of this with dessert every single night. I love eating chocolate and drinking a robust red wine, and this beer was like that but amplified and melded into pure liquid nirvana.


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Photo of dvsbizzyb
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Beautiful pitch black pour with a tint of dark brown on the edges.

Smell - Powerful aromas fill the air as you sniff this. The symmetry is an imprecise sense of pleasing proportionality and balance.

Taste - With every sip the focus changes. Chocolate and coffee switches back and fourth. Then at it's vertex sweet vanilla and caramel comes in and gives a wonderful intense flavor.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth.

Overall - Parabolas can open up, down, left, right, or in some other arbitrary direction.

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

Poured into a RRBC tulip glass.

A - Dark brown, coffee like but opaque. Little to no head

S - Dark cocoa, vanilla, coffee roasts, bourbon

T - dark chocolate, vanilla, roastiness, bit of espresso. Bourbon comes through, but not as much as in the nose.

M - Love the mouthfeel on this one. Very velvety, smooth, like chocolate milk.

O - Love it, probably more so than prior years.

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Photo of aval89
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boulders on Broadway.. review from notes.

A: black as night.. small brown head .. settles to thin cap..

S: vanilla, bourbon notes, dark espresso beans, darkest chocolate.. some woody notes..

T: upfront you get major bourbon notes.. sweet whiskey like flavors & vanilla..oak, black licorice, dark espresso beans.. bakers chocolate. Coffee bitterness lingers as well as bourbon notes.. dry woody finish.. some booze is present, but minimal for a 13%

Mf: thick, chewy, creamy.. some heat from alcohol

O: great brew! Absolutely world class!

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Photo of kerklein2
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with a creamy dark brown head that doesn't stick around forever.

S: I had a hint of cherry, but only after it was mentioned. Some of the alcohol comes through if you really pay attention.

T: Just like this beer should taste. Roasty malts with some caramel up front and then as I wait for it, the coffee bitterness really comes through and is great. Lots of malt complexity. Barrel flavors are good. God damn it's good.

M: Thick, obviously, but the carbonation is nice. The bitterness at the back end gives you that puckerness, but I like it.

O: Having this side by side with Abacus and damn these are two great beers. I said in my Abacus review I liked it better, but now I don't know. Kudos to FW.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours absolutely black with a nice brown head, recedes to a ring quickly. Viscous, too -- sticks to the glass nicely.

Smell oddly reminds me of cherries, with a hint of vanilla. Roasted malts and coffee come through as well.

Taste and mouthfeel are so smooth. There is a bit of the roasted bite, but very well balanced with the barrel flavors. Chocolate is very pronounced, this is a perfect after dinner drink.

Overall a great beer, velvety smooth, flavors are all balanced, and very easy to drink.

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Photo of seeswo
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002. Pours pitch black with a very light cocoa head. The nose is chocolate, roasted malts, oak and a touch of booze. The taste is sweet vanilla, bourbon and oak, melded together against a dry chocolate and charred roasted malts. Also, just a touch of licorice. Comes together very nicely, but the finish is a bit dry and overly bitter, with a bit much in the way of oak tannins. It brings out an excess in the charred malt / chocolate flavor. This is really my only problem with it. Really fantastic mouthfeel - silky and full on the tongue. The barrel and the medium-low carbonation just round the mouthfeel out to smooth, smooth, smooth. Overall, this is a really good beer, particularly when it warms - the anise flavor blooms a touch more and some of the dryness and bitterness in the finish mellows. I think a few months might really bring this beer around. Once again, FW does some fantastic work with a barrel.

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

Drinkin 2010 Parabola and rockin out to Chest Fever by The Band.

I know she's a tracker, any scarlet would back her
They say she's a chooser, but I just can't refuse her
She was just there, but then she can't be here no more
And as my mind unweaves, I feel the freeze down in my knees
But just before she leaves, she receives

Beautiful black pour with tan lacing ringing the cup. Complex nose yealds bourbon and wood, sweet toffee, coffee and a little spice. Flavors abound in this beauty as well. Robust sweet bourbon and chocolate are balaced by roast and little char, almost nutty flavors. Bitter coffee and vanilla play around the edges. A very faint vinous character emerges as the beer warms. Smooth and silky on the tounge, Parabola is a boozy sipper that will benifit from some age.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.27/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Parabola! Fancy boxed bottle bought at Whole Foods Bowery for $17.99 plus tax.

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, looks great, super dark and thick with a good one finger of mocha-colored head that doesn't last long. No lacing or retention whatsoever, but good carbonation. Super black, with some mahogany tones when swirled.

Smell: Petroleum (gasoline), sharp booze, oil well. Lotta smoke, wood. A tad of dark fruit and vanilla. Hot chocolate, thick, European style. I also get a barnyard aroma that takes me back to the American Heartland. Native prairie on fire, or warm hearth inside a Galician palloza in the Ancares.

Taste: Carbonated and sharp, tingles and burns the tongue. Thick and spicy chocolate, the Aztec-Mexican kind. Bourbon, some distant sweetness at the end. Smoke and barrel, but above all, FIRE! :-) This reminds me of the artisanal "aguardiente" ("fiery water") made in my native Galicia. Some prune/smashed pickled cherry. Dry spicy finish with a hint of wood.

Surprisingly, a second bottle yielded a much creamier, smoother and chocolaty feel and taste, not as hot and brutal as the first taste.

Mouthfeel: Full body and flavor, no doubt. Sweet, heavy finish. Great carbonation. Starts out too hot, but it opens up like a fine wine and becomes balanced, complex, smooth, delicious. If anything, a little too dry!

Overall: A solid 4.5. Grows up on me, mellows out as it settles on the glass. A schizo beer- super drinkable, with the 12.25% (not 13% as the listing says) ABV nowhere in sight, but also hot and fiery. Would love to try this aged a further year (beyond the 12 months it already spent in a barrel). As it is, feels a little too young and green, but still so very delicious.

More balanced and less sweet than other barrel-aged stouts like Goose Island's, but also not as enticing. It lacks that "wow factor" that makes my knees weak.

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Photo of baybassboy
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at a tasting/bottle-share with a couple friends into my Stone Specialty Tating glass on 6/18/11. 2011 Vintage

A: Black. Pours, excuse the phrase, black as night. Extremely viscous coming out of the bottle and into the glass. There is a medium-small mocha head, maybe just under a finger. Great lacing, especially for a barrel aged beer. Obvious alcohol legs on swirl. I knew this was going to be a winner when the beer settled and a Happy Face appeared in the head

S: To put it simply, I will quote my friend who was at this tasting, "I want to make cologne of this!" Ya, it smells that amazing. The first thing that hits me is roast, followed by lots of chocolate and vanilla. I can also pick up some welcome oaky aromas. Can smell a light bit of alcohol, but it is the amount that seems to draw you in for more instead of forcing you away.

T: The first sip was amazing... i just wantd to savor it and not think of anything. Again, the roastiness is what hit me hard upfront, followed again by that chocolate vanilla mix. I know this fits more into mouthfeel, but it actually tastes velvety smooth. Has a great richness that is balanced from the barrel aging, and a good, medium alcohol burn that seems to only further enhance the overall tastes.

M: This is one viscous beer. It coats the mouth well, but not to the point that I would describe it as chewey. There is a great light carbonation. More than I would expect after aging. Again... velvety smooth.

O: I flat out LOVE THIS BEER. There is honestly not much else to say. I was afraid of it being overly complex and tough to decipher after reading some other reviews, but it was balanced near perfectly. To be honest, the only fault I can find with this beer is that it almost smells better than it tastes. Don't get me wrong, it tastes amazing, but if i had to put a number on both, I would put Smell at 98 and Taste at 96. I can't wait to open my next bottle, which I'm sure will be sooner than I had anticipated before tasting this one.

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Photo of oregone
4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (2011) into NB globe at cellar temp (55F):
A: Very nice.Dark brew, nearly black with only a little light showing through the edges when held up. Light brown head, about a fingers worth rises from a mildly gentle pour and settles back to persistent lacing.
S: Fudge and booze (bourbon. Some hot caramel and vanilla oak smells but definitly bourbon and chocolate dominant. Smells very good.
T: Chocolate and bourbon again dominant. Caramel, some dark bread flavors and licorice come in to play. Licorice and oak dominate the finish with some alcohol becoming apparent.
M: Rich, thick, smooth through the majority with some bite after it settles in a handful of seconds later. Some slightly apparent wood tannin on the finish and the alcohol spice again finds it's way in, but not incredibly strongly.
O: Very good but wish I'd set this aside much longer. Tried a few ounce sample of '10 and it had melded into something much richer and smoother. This was very good, but it lacks the harmony that settling for a year or more will bring. Definitly something I'm happy to wait on though quite good now.
This is better than my review would lead me to believe. However, all the components are in place for this to be a monster of a brew, devastatingly complex and delicious, with some time. Give it time.

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Photo of DCon
4.92/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $7. This was served during the Parabola event which was a huge success! Tapped from the Parabola Tap Handle into a 12oz Snifter glass and enjoyed over a good period of time.

Aroma- Starts off with a huge bourbon and vanilla aroma. Tons of roasted malts used, a hint of espresso, and strong. Perfect for the style! No flaws at all.

Appearance- Received with 1 finger of bubbly and dark brown head. It has an extremely dark brown body (almost black but can see brown in the light), Opaque, and lace is left all across the sides.

Flavor- Has an aged bourbon whiskey start and almost an oaken barrel of chocolate mousse. The finish has a warm feeling and notes of Merlot. Very rich, nice malts used (once again), and complexed beyond belief! Could grab more attributes but enjoyed too much to think about all of them.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Thick as Motor Oil, Chewy, and actually leaves Spice behind on the palate with a hint of bourbon. Not sure what to think of this!

Overall Impression- Intense! This guy has some serious complexity and one of my favorite beers of the month! I bought 2 bottles of this from Lukas Liquor and am going to see how they age. Could/Would only want to enjoy one of these because of how strong it is. Had a nice buzz going after this beer. Will be promoting this beer!

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

A- pours black as night motor oil. A finger of dark espresso crema colored head. The head recedes into a thin ring of tight bubbles. Dead sexy.

S- the aroma on this puppy is rediciously complex. Starts out with big fresh brewed espresso and decadent dark chocolate truffles. Perfectly intergrated oak barrels shine with notes of vanilla, caramel and aromatic high end bourbon. Finishs with pungent dark juicy cherries and warming heady booze. Only gets better and and more aromatic as it warms.

T- the flavor in this is just as rediculous as the aroma. Dark chocolate with cocoa notes begin the flavor. Italian coffee flavors with an espresso bean character. Big bourbon and soft oak flavors intertwine with notes of vanilla and a semi sweet caramel. Warming big but pleasent alcohol boosts the previous flavors instead of detering them. Finishs with a bittersweetness and a rich round bourbon aftertaste.

MF- rich full creamy mouthfeel that brings to mind gourmet hot cocoa. Full body with a soft low carbonation.

D- incredibly drinkable for the intensity of the beer. Smooth and Lucious.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A present from my awesome wife for Fathers Day...

2011 vintage

Poured from a bomber into an AleSmith Brewing imperial pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head on a fairly passive pour. There is a good amount of head retention, but there is next to no lace to be had...

S - Coffee, chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and a good dose of bourbon. Smells a little hot, but still inviting...

T - Dark chocolate and coffee are the most prominate flavors up front. Vanilla is present along with some sweet caramel, and oak. Smooth bourbon comes through in the finish with some lingering valilla. For a 12.5 percenter this one is exceptionally smooth and balanced. Delicious...

M - Nice and creamy, with an above average amount of carbonation for the style. This one rides the line between being full/medium bodied...

O - Ridiculously drinkable considering the abv. The hype for this one was high, and it lived up to the praise. Firestone impresses again with another top notch brew...


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Photo of codynevels
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bomber Poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru Tulip
Reviewed from Notes
Edit: 2011 Vintage

This beer pours a thick fully opaque black with a thin brown head, which faded quickly and left minimal lacing. The bottle label describes this beer a “Midnight Black”, which is accurate. The aroma is lot of chocolate and bourbon in the initial smell with dark chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, and raisins becoming more present as the beer warm close to room temperature. The taste to me seems vanilla, oak, chocolate, deep roasted malt, and toffee. This beer feels velvety with almost no alcohol heat. It drinks like a fine wine.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Very much lived up to the hype for me.

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Photo of marqoid
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Bruery tulip

A: Black as night with a thin dark brown head, low carbonation
S: Roasted malts, sweetness, and bourbon
T: Chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, and a winey background favor that is really interesting at the end
M: Thinner than expected, but very pleasant. low carbonation
O: Excellent, there is a lot going on here and you can really pull out the individual flavors that come from the variety of barrels used. Drinks very easily for ~13%.

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Photo of bbkd3b
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After the Abacus, I immediately added this to my wish list for brews. Luckily, there were quite a few to be found in Columbia, though my frequented stores ran out rather rapidly. Still, I got a hold regardless, and let's see what this is all about:

The near-black body gives away this beer's nature immediately. A tan head swirls to life, but pulls away very slowly, leaving only a ring around the edges of the brew. I don't even need to lean in to get my first impressions - the smell hit me from a mile away. Regardless, the chocolate notes are unreal, along with a nice mixture of robust, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, and just the slightest bitterness. Surreal, potent, powerful - these are what a beer should be.

Sipping it reveals the best this beer really is. First impressions are like drinking a mocha beverage. Clean, smooth, almost like a dessert in a glass! As the thick body warmed, it's harsher side slowly came to be. The bitterness started to attack the tongue, reminding you that this is a wholly American-style Imperial stout. Notes of coffee and vanilla formed at the front of the tongue. What amazes me is that there was absolutely no trace of alcohol to be found here. Astonishing brew.

Overall/notes - I didn't think it possible, but Firestone Walker topped Abacus on this one. It's like perfection bottled. I never thought I'd live to see the day I tasted what I feel is a perfect brew. This will forever be on my watch list. I just need to get some dark chocolate along for the ride next time I can find it. Seek this out and savor it. A true sipper.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber. 2011 Edition (No. 002). 12.5% ABV

Poured into tulip.

Color is absolute opaque black with an initial finger of light mocha foam, settles to a small ring. Very small amounts of lacing.

Aromas include coffee and chocolate, boozy port wine. The oaky/vanilla/wood notes are there, but are relatively subtle. A small sting of alcohol at the end of the draw. A lighter aroma than I was expecting, but it does improve as it warms.

Taste is initially super delicious, sweet chocolate malt with a quick to appear roasty bitterness. Again, the barrel presence is there, but it is restrained in a very good way. Melting vanilla-chocolate swirl ice cream middle. The booziness really emerges in the finish. It doesn't kill the experience by any means, but I like it less than the start of the flavor. Seems like a perfect candidate for the cellar (no surprise given the ABV).

Absolutely love the mouthfeel of this one. Soft and silky, but not overly cloying. Medium to slightly-full bodied with very appropriate medium-light carbonation for the style.

I could mention a bbal-aged stout that I like better than this, but it really is a great beer.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from one of my frequent trips to Westchester. Poured into a Duvel Glass

A) Nice pour into the glass, no lacing of note.

S)Bourbon and Vanilla. One of the most unique beers that I have had regarding the smell. See below for the taste.

T) Dark Chocolate and then some, throw in some licorice as well. Prunes, figs vanilla, some mild coffee notes. Wow!

M) No carbonation. just a little hot.

O) Lives upto the hype!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2011 vintage, and this is a quite a unique and tasty beer that meet my expectations from what I've heard and read about this beer before.

A: Jet black body with pretty good legs and some lacing, but not much. A nice tan head dies down rather quickly.

S: Smell has lots of charred malt and some savory bacon/rauch like notes which is interesting and intriguing. Charred oak, chocolate, vanilla bean, dark fruits, and a little bit of bourbon like a cherry on top rather than being a forerunner like BCBS or other like beers. Not too much heat and a nice compact full aroma.

T: Follows the smell with a huge peaty malt and smoke base to it which is again unique and unexpected, very nice. Fudge, some bourbon but not too much (a nice subtle addition), Charred black malt, berries, a little bit of alcohol but not nearly what I expected at 13%, bacon again , and even some nutty maybe chestnut like flavors. A very complex and unique bourbon aged stout both in that the bourbon is much more subtle and elegant than normal and the huge smoke flavors with a bittersweet chocolate back.

M: Very nice smoked burnt feel thats still dripping with flavor and a nice bitter dry yet flavorful lingering finish. Just the slightest bit of heat thats really hardly there. Nice thick feel.

Overall a nice beer that deserves good revues and stands out from the pack of most beers in this style. Excellent.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,110 ratings.