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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,316 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,316
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,086
Gots: 2,456 | FT: 162
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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DrChadly

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-18-2014 18:43:37 | More by DrChadly
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KostyaK

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-18-2014 15:27:39 | More by KostyaK
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pperez38

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

03-18-2014 08:04:16 | More by pperez38
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Thishops4u

Kansas

5/5  rDev +8.5%

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phishfoolme

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-17-2014 00:42:58 | More by phishfoolme
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Halluxone

Georgia

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-16-2014 14:32:51 | More by Halluxone
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khargro2

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-16-2014 13:25:21 | More by khargro2
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SeanBond

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally got to try Parabola, and well worth the wait it was. Firestone Walker's answer to BCBS is similar in a lot of ways, but sweeter, with less bourbon taste, and a slightly thinner mouthfeel. There are things about this that I prefer, but also places where BCBS is king.

I don't get proponents of either side claiming "dominance" over the other; these are two of the greatest BBA stouts you'll ever run into, and both deserve equal representation in your collection.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 06:08:21 | More by SeanBond
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Blahstarr

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-16-2014 03:39:37 | More by Blahstarr
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hophead8181

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

03-15-2014 17:48:55 | More by hophead8181
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MrPlayboy

Illinois

4.99/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So, until tonight I didn't think anything could top Bourbon County but I had never drank of the Parabola's sweet elixir. This is right on par with Proprietor's and has almost as much coconut flavor and aroma though I'm not sure how that is possible since Parabola has no coconut added.

Vintage 2014, picked up today from Whole Foods Chicago

Appearance: Black as night with a tan head that dissipates quickly after pouring. Some moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell: Oh boy, this stuff smells so good. It is hard to describe all the different aromas but I am picking up bourbon, caramel, coconut, and a little vanilla.

Taste: Here is where Parabola asserts itself as a beer for the ages. Starts off boozy and sweet and then finishes with coconut and a bitter cocoa like 90% dark chocolate. There is a slight hop presence on the long finish that lingers and keeps you coming back for more.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for the style but it lends itself to being a very drinkable BA stout. Very light carbonation and slightly sticky.

Parabola goes from bourbon and brown sugar to coconut, cocoa, and then hops if you wait for it. This is complex and incredible. Gives any BA stout a run for its money.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 02:35:36 | More by MrPlayboy
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SirPutzly

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-15-2014 02:10:21 | More by SirPutzly
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -13.2%

03-15-2014 00:52:22 | More by skaboom420
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive been holding this in my cellar for a while...2012 release.
I actually have another so it will be cool to compare later.
Poured into FW Teku...I love appropriate glassware...
deep black color with no head. Really deep dried fruit and sweet caramel bourbon aromas...nicely oxidated with large dose of chocolate....yea complex..
taste is deeeep chocolate...dried fruit...bourbon....figgy...oxidated...really fing awesome.
Its smooth, rich, complex, dry, sweet...balanced. for 12.5% this is seriously chugable. at the price and availability its less than sippable...I don't want it to end. A privilege to have. A superb and world class brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 00:44:27 | More by DrinkSlurm
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TheDrunkenDeer

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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Spain

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,316 ratings.