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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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world-class

4,327 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,327
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 2,090
Gots: 2,465 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

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Florida

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oxdtown

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06-11-2014 07:21:09 | More by oxdtown
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

08-05-2013 15:19:23 | More by jklecko2
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tt0027

New York

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

11-07-2012 18:47:57 | More by tt0027
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stogirelli

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

09-22-2013 21:05:05 | More by stogirelli
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rpaul2012

California

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

12-19-2011 05:29:12 | More by rpaul2012
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kimjongill

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

04-05-2014 22:58:42 | More by kimjongill
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California

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

03-14-2014 01:35:32 | More by E_Swift_
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Florida

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

05-12-2014 15:18:06 | More by HitchSlap
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

09-12-2013 07:33:02 | More by CityofBals
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California

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

10-01-2012 21:46:03 | More by kendellmarie
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California

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09-20-2012 17:37:07 | More by Bagoosh
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JamesMSP

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

06-10-2014 00:32:22 | More by JamesMSP
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Anvilfarm

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

11-22-2013 02:53:47 | More by Anvilfarm
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

12-30-2011 02:49:38 | More by FRAeULEINBiER
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Texas

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Washington

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Dubber55

New York

3.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage
I have been aging this for about 6 months

Pours a viscous pitch black with 1/4 finger of mocha colored head. A little bit of spotty lacing on the glass.

First thing I notice in the aroma is a metallic smell- must be from the hops. Upon further inspection, I get lots of barrel aromas- oak, vanilla, charcoal- followed by caramel, chocolate, and a little coffee.

Parabola is very rich and decadent. Feels like a meal in glass and I am drinking the whole bomber by myself. Very sweet- the flavors are dominated by vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, and milk chocolate. There is also plenty of oak in the flavor profile along with a bit of coffee and bourbon on the finish. I wouldn't say it is boozy though.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick, oily, and creamy. Somewhat chewy but, a little thinner than some other barrel aged stouts I have had.

Overall, too sweet to finish the whole bomber myself.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:54:19 | More by Dubber55
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alexhahn82

California

3.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured pitch black like Vin Diesel into over sized "Balloon" wine glasses, 1 finger head that dissipates at a medium pace.

S. Coffee, Toffee, Vanilla, Chocolate.

T/M - Coffee, Coffee, Coffee, Chocolate, Toffee, slight vanilla, almost no hint of bourbon flavor on its own, though you can tell its in there. Thick and rich bodied, reminded me of Black Gold BBL.

Overall - I am not sure about the hype on this one, don't get me wrong its good, and should age very well. I prefer a bit more presence of bourbon on something aged in bourbon barrels.

PP (Price Point) -- I paid a $5 premium on the bottle, it should have been around $15 but I paid $20 and snagged 3 bottles. I will probably get a few more for trading but as I said didn't really live up to the hype to me, though it was an excellent beer, only slightly above average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 19:24:18 | More by alexhahn82
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MrKennedy

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, batch 002, huge thanks to nataku00! Shared with mulder1010 and poured into a Triple Karmeliet tulip.

Pours a deep brown/black with a tan coloured head of foam that formed up well when agitated and left a bit of dripping lacing as it receded into a crown around the edges of the glass.

Smell was very sugary, took a while for toasted coconut to appear and when it did it was lovely, but only stayed around for a couple of minutes, before the sugar came back.

Taste was cane sugar, plenty of it. Very sweet and one dimensional. Not a lot of barrel could be detected. This surprised me given the world of flavours i've come across in some of their other big beers like 13 and Abacus.

Mouthfeel was ok, decent body and the sweetness didn't really become cloying.

Having had this straight after Barrel Aged Yeti, it didn't come close. I know FW make awesome beers, but this seemed like it had lost a lot of the complexity that i know it probably had.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 22:22:35 | More by MrKennedy
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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