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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,673 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3673
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 8.26%


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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Khazadum

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Thick creamy emulsive head of deep chocolatey brown. We are talking long lasting, low frothing from carbonation, sticky lacing. Very appreciable and inky dark. No fake out edges, no almost stout appearance. This is Steee-out!

S- This smells like cheap espresso, but its delightful. I don't need no starbucks, intelligentsia "shi shi" coffee aroma today. This nails it. You couldn't mistake espresso if it came up and bit you in the ass. Sweet lactose sugar makes me think of a nice latte. There is a bit of sharpness to the back end. Like a middle of the road spirit. A bit of darkened fruit, similar to dried cranberries. There is the bitterness of crushed beans that have oxidized for a week or so. Altogether, very enjoyable.

T- Oo, biting alcohol. Its bitter, sharp, and a tad bit hot. Is that bourbon sweetness on the opening? Like a... earthen sucrose and brown sugar mix? The bitterness is both in acrid burnt grain but also in black coffee. Nothing superb or complex, just a cup of joe you could throw together on Saturday morning with the right effort.

So, initially its a smash of alcohol harshness, followed by sweet dark fruits. Plums and cranberries. After that is a noticeable roast flavor, but its all about old coffee flavors in terms of bitterness. Its like an aged coffee stout without all the flavors dropping off. 8 months? Not sure how to gauge this one. There is lactose sweetness that perks up occasionally. The finish is what you would expect. Bitter grains and coffee grounds.

M- Like before harsh alcoholic flavors, 10-12% burn. Biting bitterness. The creamy opening can be attributed to the carbonation being low, well placed. It helps attenuate some of the alcoholic problems. Sticky flavors and an overall creamy but medium body present an altogether tasty beverage.

Good, not great. Would drink again, but it really goes downhill after the first two senses are tickled.

Coffee RIS? Barrel Aged Coffee RIS? I don't think I've had this one, and if I have its been a long time since I have had it.

Reveal is... Parabola! Oh cool! This is nothing like I expected it to be. After loving Abacus and XIV and XV this should have been amazing.. Kind of dissappointed, but still a good drinking beer regardless.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 23:59:01 | More by Khazadum
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap for the bottle release (kind of ironic) at the Goat.

Appearance- Black. About a quarter inch of dark brown, mocha head. Settles into a ring. No lacing to speak of.

Smell- Subdued. Roast. Coffee grounds. Some burnt char. As well as some bittersweet chocolate. Toffee.

Taste- Roastiness. It's pretty hot, could certainly use some time to mellow out. Hint of sweet cherry but it's lost behind that roast. Oak and lots of char, like the barrel it was aged in was burned. Similar to the 13th Anniversary, for obvious reasons, but it's less sweet/balanced. There's a reason that beer is blended, because by itself the Parabola is a little intense. Bitter chocolate lingers.

Mouthfeel- Silky smooth. Coats the tongue beautifully. The best part of this beer for sure.

Drinkability- The first third of the pour was very pleasant, but it became a chore to finish. Probably took about 45 minutes. It was quite intense. It tasted like burning. The alcohol really kicks you in the teeth.

This beer needs some time to mellow out. It's pretty hot right now, and the roast is intense. I'd love some more bourbon or vanilla or something to even things out. Basically, I want it to be 13, which it isn't. On it's own it's a good beer, but I just know how much better it could be.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 03:57:22 | More by callmescraps
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium black, seemingly flat in the pour but eventually nice 2 finger head forms and seems to linger well. Not overly dense or motor oil like (shucks).

Black cherry, coffee, chocolate, and bourbon aromas.

What an interesting beer. It has notes of bourbon, but the fruit aromas are certainly in the flavor and rather strong. I believe they hinted at red wine barrel aging? I think that has to be this fruit flavor. Regardless of how they did it, they have crafted a full complex and rather interesting beer. This embodies those complex floral notes that Russian Imperial Stouts should have intermingled with the chocolate and coffee roasted flavors of a stout. Chocolate and roasted notes are the biggest show cases here though. That sweet floral flavor is a background note near the end as it warms, but up front it is pretty damn powerful.

Thick and creamy, yet not motor oil thick. I nice balance is struck here, but it lacks that perfect carbonation to round things out. Good but not great.

I’ve only had a few firestone walker beers, but all have been outstanding for their styles and simply showcase level beers. This one…well it is competing with perhaps my favorite beers so it is hard to compare. It isn’t the coffee forward beer I had been lead by reviews to believe I was about to enjoy. It has barrel aged but really it reminds me more of non-barrel aged Russian imperials. All that said for the 25th best beer in the world, I’m a bit unimpressed. A perfect 5 in complexity, but is complex enough? Very very good, but truly great? Maybe a hair short. e

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 00:16:47 | More by bobhits
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olympuszymurgus

California

3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine stout, a good showing from the boys in cali. The roast is big, the fruits present, it feels lacking though. I want more vanilla, more licorice, more fire. Stupidly smooth for such a virginal imperial stout, take that as a positive or negative or moot point from whatever your vantage.

I think my hesitation with this beer is the lack of identity. Its like so many other RISs, its just a fairly smooth one. A fine showing, but not one I would put in a fancy box and charge too much for.

I like it, I like it a lot in fact, I just would rather have an abyss.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2010 21:02:36 | More by olympuszymurgus
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crossovert

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 vintage. 650ml black foiled and boxed bottle.

It pours a thick, viscous black with a large dark tan hea that slowly recedes.

The smell is rich and chocolatey, chocolate seems to be the main smell my nostrils are picking up. It is big and luscious with a hint of roastiness. There are notes form the barrel aging with some vanilla and oak.

The flavor is a bit boozier, but very nice. It is chocolate and caramel with a big dose of coffee, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and alcohol. It isn't ultra-complex at first, but then as you drink more and more of it subtle flavors come out.

The mouthfeel and drinkability could be better, the alcohol is a bit cloying and sweet.

A solid imperial stout from a fantastic brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 06:32:52 | More by crossovert
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decadance

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark black, and pleasantly shocked at the amount of tan head this holds and retains through out the glass.

S - Up front you get the bourbon and a bit of brown sugar. While I think there are other smells there, all I can discern is bourbon and sweet.

T - Not my favorite of the evening, but not bad either. Its mainly bourbon on the palate with a some toffee. A bit too sweet to be honest. Borders on Batch 9000 sweetness.

M - This completely coats the palate. Quite pleasant. Just the right about of carbonation. Low, but ideal for the style.

D - Honestly, the abv is a bit high to drink multiples and the sweetness might linger after a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 18:22:17 | More by decadance
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A - this is one of the darkest beers I've ever seen. Black pour yields black body. Medium brown ring of foam with a thin film and pack of bubbles in the middle.

S - Hot bourbon! Super Boozy! Vanilla and wood. Banana. Smoked meats. There are some good bourbon barrel notes and some good stout notes beyond the alcohol.

T - Lots of alcohol here too. Not as dominant though. Wood and smoked meats on the forefront, dark malty flavors, vanilla and bourbon sweetness throughout. But man, that booze really lingers.

M - This is a huge and beautiful mouthfeel. It's very smooth, very full. Only problem is the alcohol numbness that lingers when the beer is gone.

O - Well, I wish I had saved it longer. It seems like this would be exquisite with subdued alcohol notes. I guess some might call it a boozy mess. It's more of a boozy delight.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 01:52:31 | More by ColdPoncho
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drumminbrewer

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A second shipment seems to have come into Illinois, picked up 2 bottles last night, should be about 4 months of age on it by now. Poured into my St. Bernardus glass.

Thick, viscous pour. Huge, creamy head that nearly toppled this glass. Not much lacing...strange.

Nose - Alcohol first...hmmm....cocoa, nibs, some vanilla. I'm a bit nervous, I don't seem to remember it this way.

First sip. Goodness this is rich. Strong dark chocolate and espresso are dominant. A bit of alcohol on the back palate.

Body is chewy and rich...yes, wow...rich rich rich. Loads of vanilla after it warms and I've taken in a bit more than a sip. This thing is massive (yes, that's what she said). BCS without such a bourbon onslaught. Enormous chocolate character. Is that bit of red wine in the background? Yes...almost like Cab. Sav.!!!!

Finish sites back palate. Long, with warming alcohol ending.

This stout is huge...absurdly huge. I can't imagine how much malt was used to make this beast - the Midwest/Great Lakes area is lucky to finally have it here. Fans of chocolate bombs should seek this out. Splendid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 05:37:26 | More by drumminbrewer
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let this bottle warm some out of the fridge. Poured with a tan, smallish head and a little lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is mild, malt, roast, wine, yeast, dates, figs. Flavor's like nose, bittersweet up front, enough carbonic tang to balance. Finish is boozy and the alcohol is striking. killer brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 04:33:16 | More by drpimento
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velosuds

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Paid $14.95 at Corvallis Brewing Supply, the most I have ever expended for any beer.

A-Pours a midnight black. Very dark. No light gets through this beauty. A two finger, dark tan head slowly recedes into a modest lace.

S-Alcohol from the bourbon barrels is the predominant aroma. Very fragrant. Vanilla and raisin notes are also present.

T-This is definitely a bourbon stout, and probably deserves its own style classification, as it is very different from non-bourbon barreled double stouts. I admit it is not my thing. Bourbon whiskey from 90 days aging in bourbon barrels is the most dominant flavor profile. However, there are some very nice stout beer flavors in the background like brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate, and dried fruits, especially raisins. Taste definitely improves as it warms, and becomes very sweet. The alcohol adds to the flavor rather than detracts from it.

M-A bit too astringent from the alcohol and too thin for style, i.e., not nearly luxuriant enough.

O-This is a decent beer. Best enjoyed by sipping. Didn't live up to the hype for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:53:37 | More by velosuds
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-review of the 2013 vintage. 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown color; it isn't quite as pitch black as the 2012 version. There's more head than the previous vintage, though - a one finger khaki shade. It doesn't last a very long time, however a thin collar of lacing is left on the side of the glass.

S: There's a lot of dark chocolate at first, subtly augmented with a good bourbon character. Concentration will yield additional notes of brown sugar, hazelnut, currants, plums, vanilla, and coconut. I wish the aroma was more 'in-your-face', but I can't at all complain about the decent complexity and relative lack of harsh alcohol.

T: Pleasant dark chocolate and vanilla opens the palate, before it develops a currant-heavy midtaste. The back end is very heavy in charred oak, with some additional roasted malts (a welcome addition compared to last year), and piny hops. The big problem here is how obnoxiously boozy the finish is - especially taking its lack of notable alcohol aroma into consideration. However, much like Sucaba, the harshness seems to decrease the more this is imbibed. Even better, it shows good depth of flavor. At the end of the day, I enjoy it's decent bitterness and bourbon character too much to nitpick its flaws.

M: This seems to be a bit drier on the back of the palate compared to last year. It's just as sticky and viscous, though. The body itself is wonderfully creamy, with a medium texture befitting a barrel-aged RIS. Carbonation isn't terribly strong, and alcohol presence is assertive.

O: Let me start out by saying I'd be lying through my teeth if I said this wasn't a great BA RIS. It presents an excellent bourbon character and a depth others in the style lack. However, it's just too harsh to be world-class in my mind. Still, I'm really intrigued over aging my other bottle for a year to see how it develops.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 22:24:54 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Poured aggressively into a brandy glass from a bottle. Thin Tan head that disappears quickly. Unlike Lt. Dan, this beers got Legs!

S-a little alcohol, bread molasses and toffee. Despite the appearance no coffee smell.

T- dark chocolate, toffee, carmel, Vanilla with an alcoholic maybe rummy bite and some bitterness on the back end. I can understand why some people lay this one down for a while. I also see why they use it for a blend at firestone. It would be great if that burn mellowed.

M-as if you stuffed a satin sheet in you mouth. smooth lingering viscous the alcohol is apparent.

O- well I used my 2nd wedding anniversary to give this beer a try. I had been told if i had two bottles to try one now and to cellar the other. Like my marriage this beer has unlimited potential for improvement, is smooth and mellow (Ha with alcoholic undertones), takes two committed persons to enjoy, and Is versatile enough to blend well with others. But, I think ultimately its will reach its full potential over time!

I don't know how they serve it but I know I cant drink a whole bottle myself. I wouldn't necessarily order another, That doesn't mean i didn't enjoy it. But I have been enjoying the double DBA a little more!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 04:51:35 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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RamyG4

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is bourbon, coffee, strong oak, a little alcohol. Taste is very sweet, dominated by bourbon, some vanilla, chocolate, with a roasted background. Finish is roasty and a little alcoholic. Very full bodied, syrupy, soft carbonation. Big big beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 17:03:21 | More by RamyG4
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tjthresh

Indiana

4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at The Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer 08. This beer pours black with a brown head. The aroma is light toast with plenty of chocolate and fruit. Well balanced bourbon, oak, and chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel is oily and the finish is sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2009 18:04:39 | More by tjthresh
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pixieskid

Germany

4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From notes; 6/9/10.

Pours a rich dark brown into my trusty snifter.

Med full body with a creamy mouth-feel, with mild carbonation.

Solid chocolate notes up front with a rich malt presence and slight alcohol bite.

Strong notes of oak, coffee bitterness, milky chocolate, with undertones of licorice.

Finishes with a velvet like mouth-feel, milk chocolate and a tingly alcoholic bite.

Overall amazing balance, great mouth-feel, and well blended notes of wood and chocolate.

Not as impressive as the Oak Aged Espresso Yeti I had the night before, but a great Impy stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 22:04:11 | More by pixieskid
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle shared at Al's blow-out.

A: The imperial stout sure is imperial looking, dark and black. A moderate-sized head, a tan color, stands out against the darkness.

S: The nose is nutty and roasted, plenty of malts to go around. Call me an outlier, but I wasn't impressed with the bourbon presence.

T: The roasted flavors consume the stout, burnt and bready, well toasted. Nuttiness matches the dark stouts, a sweeter flavor that puts a few dents into the roasted depth. Again, the barrel aging isn't very dominant. Instead the malt profile is left to fend for its own. Some oak comes through late, but the oomph of bourbon seems to be lost on me. Anyone wanna send me another to try?

M: The mouthfeel is that of an imperial stout, sweet and deep, burnt and full. Much more stout than bourbon, at least what was in my glass.

D: Big and bold, a mouthful of a stout. Only problem is that is like every other imperial stout, dark and warming with plenty of roasted flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 01:34:21 | More by akorsak
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nkersten

Illinois

4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, shared generously at a Chicago tasting. Pours black with a tiny tan head that fades leaving little trace. Smell is mostly oak and light hops, sweet dark malts and vanilla. A slight metallic smell as well. Taste is bourbon and carmel up front, heavily roasted malts and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is lighter then i would have expected, medium to heavy with a light carbonation. Overall drinkability for the style is pretty good, but this one could use a little time.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 13:41:20 | More by nkersten
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to dsgolovin for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Black Tin Foil/Capped

Pours a jet black color, nice carbonation, with a one-finger creamy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, tons of chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla, slight bourbon note. The taste is malty, sweet, with lots of chocolate/toffee. Full/Medium Body. The ABV is too up front on this one. A very tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 20:06:42 | More by Wasatch
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joefuzz

New York

4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2 poured into snifter.

Pours jet black with a tan small tan head. Smell is a huge bourbon presence some nice roasted malts. Big vanilla and milk choclate on the taste some slight toffe sweetness. Mouthfeel and carbonation are pretty spot on. Great sipper but nothing mind blowing.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 04:17:12 | More by joefuzz
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patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Hulmeville Inn Beer Geek BBQ July 2011

black as night. motor oily. no head on this baby, just thick, syrupy, viscous. it looks fatty actually.

smells like bourbon and a little rummy, some vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate, some lactic acidity, smoky, oaky, boozy. there's a sense of conflation in the complete aroma that is interesting.

the first sip is BOOMING: vanilla, coffee, wood, caramel, chocolate, oat, burnt wood, booze burn. the first gulp is leveling, however, subsequent sips are underwhelming in comparison. the flavors are good, but they're vigor seems to fade into the aforementioned conflation.

it's thick and rich and oily. it has a great deal of viscosity and creaminess on the front of the palate, but heading out, it finishes with a bitter, dry burn.

it's solid. a straight "good" across the board. the first impressions were impressive, but it didn't sustain its initiated characteristics enough to warrant an elite standing. i enjoyed it, but i'm definitely coming back to see if i'm just being picky and snooty from the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 16:46:19 | More by patm1986
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beergod1

Ohio

4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is lightly roasted malt and bourbon. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and oak/bourbon. Very nice. Alcohol is noticeable, but it is 13%. Finish is fairly smooth with no unpleasant lingering aftertaste. Medium to full body. A very good beer. But a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 00:17:57 | More by beergod1
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ptykozoon

California

4.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with a small dark caramel colored head, good retention. Very pretty beer.

Smell is chocolate and coffee, and a few other lovely flavors I can't quite place.

Yummy! The chocolate tastes very high quality; rich and full. The coffee flavors aren't as pronounced as in the smell, which I like. The flavors resulting from the barrel conditioning are very subtle to me, but work very well to offset the sumptuous chocolate. Tastes slightly complex as I try to pick out the flavors. Well balanced and refined.

Mouthfeel is incredible, one of the smoothest beers I've had. A strong and dense texture which works exceptionally for this beer.

This is a good sipping beer. The 13% surprised me.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 19:54:11 | More by ptykozoon
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split with airohead2001. I had high expectations for this beer, as I enjoyed a sample at FoBAB and enjoyed FW13.

A: black in color with a ½ finger mocha head that fades fairly quickly into a crown and oily film. There's minor lacing.

S: There's a little bourbon and then some alcohol that comes through as a windex type smell. I don't know if my nose is just off tonight, or if this beer just doesn't have a smell anywhere near the taste. I was worried I had a bad bottle at first smell, but the taste is spot on.

T: There's a nice balance of milk chocolate, a little bit of roast, and a little bit of coffee. The bourbon comes through up front and is just the right strength, as it adds to the overall profile without being overpowering. This is an excellent beer for this style, but not quite my favorite. My only complaints are I would have liked a little more smoothness and a little more dark fruit flavors.

M: The beer has an above average viscosity for the style, which I like. The carbonation is appropriately low and the aftertaste is great.

O: Overall, an excellent beer. Not quite in my top 5 stouts, but probablyly in the top 10. The beer is balanced, tastes great, and has great drinkability for 13%.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 01:53:38 | More by glazeman
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oregone

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 07:26:40 | More by oregone
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samie85

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an ink jet black with a finger and a half of mocha foam head.

S-Vanilla upfront with some spicy bourbon notes with some roasted and nutty malt aromas.

T-Roasted and vanilla notes upfront with some dark, stone fruits and warm, spicy bourbon notes on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with ample carbonation and a drying yet warming finish.

D-A very solid and complex beer, yet, when it comes to bourbon barell-aged stouts, Bourbon County is still number one for me. I wish the feel on this was a little richer and the malt background was more pronounced to balance the bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 04:53:53 | More by samie85
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,673 ratings.