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Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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100
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3,690 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3690
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]

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zimmerbloke

Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first sampling of Parabola. 22oz bottle shared with three friends.

A: Not much head. As I drink, the lacing works it way down the goblet. Beer is so dark, you can hardly see through a 1/4" of it.
S: Muted, but alluring. Coffee, roasted malts. Some sweetness, but not overpowering. Very good, enticing.
T: Wonderful. Beautifully balanced coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt. Couldn't imagine a better combination.
M: I could feel each sip slowly melt on my tongue. Slight carbonation dissipated very quickly and led to a remarkably smooth beer. Not the thickest I have had, but substantial, especially for an Imperial Stout, without being sticky.
D: Such a smooth drinking beer, especially for the 13% ABV. After each sip was gone, I wanted another.

Probably my favorite of Imperial Stouts I have tried. Manages to get across all of the enticing flavors (coffee, chocolate, oak) of a strong RIS on Oak without bashing you over the head. So easy to drink; can't wait for an opportunity to try another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 06:09:51 | More by zimmerbloke
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adkirkish

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, orange hue around the edges, no carbonation or lacing.

A: Toffee, caramel, light brandy booze aromas, sawdust - wood, slight salty umami aroma / soy. No hop aromatics.

F: Dark toffee (Imagine dark sees candy suckers), roasted malt, tobacco, light soy.

M: Very viscous / thick on the palate, medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, no alcohol warmth, drinks silky smooth.

O: Very well brewed and enjoyed very much (Thanks EvilTwinCP). The only thing I would have liked more is a little more carbonation. Although I see a growing trend among the Imperial Stout beers to not have carbonation. This is what I like to call another good example of a fine gentleman's sipping beer. Would pair great with a cigar.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 16:52:45 | More by adkirkish
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CTbrew32

Connecticut

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is damn near perfect, and the only drawback I could see would be the booziness. However, at 13% abv that is expected, and for me it didn't detract too much away from the enjoy-ability of the beer. At the front there is a dark chocolate bitterness with some coffee and booze, and on the back end it gets a lot smoother and creamier. Definitely can get the bourbon notes from the beer as well which comes across with nice molasses flavor and slight vanilla. Overall, if you don't mind booze in a beer( which lightens as it warms up) then this beer is a great choice. Great balance of sweetness and bitterness, and its definitely a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 02:43:02 | More by CTbrew32
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bigbelcher

Arizona

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage on tap.

Color is dark brown, almost black. Aroma was intense boubon, vanilla and caramel, no hop aroma. Taste was fantastic as expected. Huge alcohol beer that reeally needs to warm up to be fully appreciated. Flavors of oak, biurbon, vanilla and chocolate malt. The beer is extremely well balanced and complex. Mouthfeel was light for such a big beer. Bought a bottle to let age a good while.

Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 22:39:39 | More by bigbelcher
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colforbin73

California

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

just about ethereal -- (i think Abacus may have the edge), but what does that say about these beers? one an imperial stout, one a barley wine -- well -- "barrel-aged" of course. and while the barrel aging provides an incredible overtone to the taste and aroma -- this beer shines on the depth of the malt base -- a simply delicious, delectable fine luxurious drink.

pours a good rich black as night with a MILKY WAY of tan swirl and froth in the middle of the glass. you sort of get a Big-Bang/moment-of-creation in the pour.

smell is amazing -- deep chocolate and roasted malt, spicy, hazelnut -- very inviting aroma.

serve not too cold and you get a smooth smooth drink -- the bitterness is sooo appropriate -- perfect bite on top of the rich filling stout. you can sense the QUALITY of this brew as you sip -- the roasted, chocolate and caramel malts dance on top of a rich base and the barrel aging provides the vanilla/liquor MELLOWNESS. did i say SMOOTH already?

SUPERB DRINK -- wowed by abacus, floored by parabola.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 04:49:09 | More by colforbin73
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Gritch

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought on 7/21/11, and tasted on the same day. Poured it into my trusty Shakey's Mug, and it poured jet black with a nice tan head on it. I have to say that I was unimpressed with the smell. I tend to like the molassesey smelling stouts. Once I took a taste of it my opinion quickly changed. This is one fantastic tasting stout. I really liked the after burn in your throat you get about a minute after drinking it. It tastes of strong coffee, and dark chocolate. It has an after taste of bourbon to it. I have been eating a Chocolate Crisp Bar, bought at Aldis, with each stout that I drink to see if it brings out the chocolate taste. I can say that this one goes great with a piece of chocolate when you drink it. This one has been the tastiest by far.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 03:29:18 | More by Gritch
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter

A: Completely opaque black. There is not even any hint of light around the edges when held up to a very bright light bulb. When I poured it, there was a very thin head, more of a cap, of tan foam. This quickly dissipated into a small ring around the edge of the glass which left very light lacing.

S: The smell is sweet and dark. I’m getting a lot of fruit smell, primarily raisins and cherries. There is a powerful backbone of sweet roasted malts which give the smell a lot of its heft. Alcohol is a notable smell and it blends well with the bourbon scent.

T: This is a big beer. The first thing I taste is a lot of dark roasted malts which give an almost sweet taste to open up with. The quickly moves into a warm, boozy bourbon flavor. The fruit scents from the smell are here as well and smell slightly lighter with an emphasis on cherry and wine. The oak flavor is very strong and becomes even more noticeable as the brew warms, complementing the spiciness of the bourbon and alcohol. Throughout the drink I can taste a sweet vanilla flavor. There are also notes of coffee, dark chocolate and toffee. What is fantastic about this beer is the balance. I can taste all of these things at once as I savor and focus on individual flavors. Nothing here is too dominant and everything comes across clearly.

M: Thick and full-bodied. Not too syrupy and the alcohol is moderately well hidden.

O: Unquestionably one of the best stouts I’ve ever had. Incredible range of flavors that somehow remain balanced and appreciable.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 07:04:02 | More by WankelEngine
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jonvan04

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I stalked the forums on this site for weeks and was lucky to grab a bottle at Hawthornes in the one day or so before it sold out. This beer poured black with a thin tan head. The aroma was of bourbon and oak, with notes of vanilla. The taste was a mix of notes of whiskey, brandy, raisons, and vanilla along with with some hop bitterness and alcohol burn in the finish as it warmed up. The mouthfeel was creamy and relatively light considering it's a 13% RIS. There's definitely a lot going on with this beer so it's better to sip it slow so you don't miss anything. This was a phenomenal beer and was worth all the effort it took to get it, and also worth the $21 I spent on the bottle. At this point, I'll try anything that this brewery puts out.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 20:11:05 | More by jonvan04
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Aberration

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked a bottle of the 2011 today.

Strong nose of booze, licorice, candied sugar. Tastes strongly of alcohol, very hot. Licorice and caramel come out, little bourbon in the back and a good amount of wood. Slight ester taste. Very little lacing on glass, head doesn't last very long.

Delicious brew. Still very hot but in a year or two this one is going to shine.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 00:00:06 | More by Aberration
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JohnPPutz

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Jet Black head with a thick brown head that dissapates quickly.

S-Bourbon, roasty malts, vanilla, cocoa and coffee.Very pleasant.

T-Boozy but very well hidden for the 13%, oak, bitter chocolate, molasses, vanilla. Sweet but it all ties together perfectly.

M-Pretty viscous, but not as think as you might think from the appearance.I could take down a bomber alone for sure.

O-Another home run for FW. Fantastic brew. I can't wait to let a few bottles from the newest batch age, because batch 001 was amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 19:34:14 | More by JohnPPutz
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beerfan99

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into a tall glass.

A- Pours like molasses, it took the bartender forever to pour this thing. Dark black in color and opaque. I can tell just by the appearance this is going to be really thick. Carbonation level is pretty low, not much head was produced.

S- Chocolate and bourbon aromas are very strong and outstanding.

T- Powerful flavors of chocolate, bourbon, and I'm thinking coffee as well. Tons of strong flavor, but well balanced to create a delicious beer.

M- Smooth, creamy, and super thick. After drinking the first sip, I was wondering how I would finish this beer.

O- An incredible beer that I was stoked to find on draft. This is definitely on my short list of top Russian Imperial Stouts. After having this on tap, I immediately drove to pick up a few bottles at a nearby liquor store that I called while drinking this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 05:51:26 | More by beerfan99
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks crushedvol for sending this beer to me. The beer has been chilled and honestly a bit too long. Allowing this beer to reach a more desireable temperature.

A- The bottle claims its midnight black. Who am I to argue. No ruby opaqueness noted to light. The head is a thick tan coloration. No retention is noted. Wafts of lacing mark my glass. The beer looks pretty nice.

S- The aroma of the beer is bruelled figs, burnt sugar, vanilla, chared darkly roasted malt cocoa almost to the espresso level. Major loads of bourbon. This just keeps getting more complex as I continue to drink.

T- Nearly perfect delivery of darkly roasted and burnt malts. Vanilla and figs combine with cocoa and majore loads of bourbon. This kind of reminds me of bourbon balls. The beer has the dark roasted malt tones I am hoping for in an RIS. Instead of heading into the region of ashy flavors this one rounds out with burnt sugar notes. Very complex and keeps getting better as the beer warms.

M- This beer is full bodied. The carbonation levels are perfect. Flavors are long lasting and well done. Only flaw I can find is a the alcohol is a little too hot.

O- I am enjoying this beer alot. Really wishing I had a few more bottles to let them cellar for a few years. This beer is almost as good as a RIS can be.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 10:48:19 | More by nlmartin
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dcloeren

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JR for sharing this amazing beer with me.

Review from notes..

Poured pitch black with no light getting through this stout! Produced 1 finger of creamy tan head... pretty decent retention. The head worked its way down to a thin film and left no lacing.

The aroma produced great notes of bourbon, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak... possibly some coffee and graham cracker as well. This stout smells AMAZING!

Taste follows the nose. Amazingly smooth and very delicious!

Full in body with just the right ammount of carbonation. Velvety smooth and if I definitely remember getting a boner while drinking this. Awkward....

To put it simply, this stout was amazing. One of the best BBA stouts that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 22:52:46 | More by dcloeren
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Finatic

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my miniature CCB snifter.

A: Pours a dark jet black color with a small light brown head.

S: Bourbon notes are very intense. I also smell chocolate, roasted malts, cherry and some vanilla.

T: Man oh man, what a complex RIS this is that really is smooth. I taste chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, cherry and lots of bourbon.

M:Very smooth for such a complex beer. A tad bit on the heavy side but it has a nice dry finish.

O: This is easily the smoothest RIS I have had the pleasure to taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 22:06:57 | More by Finatic
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RaulMondesi

California

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Raul is losing it. Done losing it. Is Raul on DMT? Lucid, transfixed, going bat shit!!! Am I David Bowie? Because we have reached liftoff. Like a silkworm spinning gold. Like a waterfall splashing truffle water... This thing is ectstasy on defcon 5.

Get it and lose your mind.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 03:43:00 | More by RaulMondesi
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4amepiphany

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 side by side tasting with 2013

2012 aged very nicely, had more body and flavor complexities. Caramel, roast, bourbon Would love to taste how 2013 ages as it was a little lacking, but the the potential is totally there. A solid stout, either year. Thanks, Firestone.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 04:25:15 | More by 4amepiphany
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured 22oz bottle (2013) into chalice.

A - Dark like the winter night sky with a 1 finger brown head. Fades into oblivion with some lacing that also vanishes.

S - Sweet caramel, bourbon, and vanilla start it off. Some bitterness of hops and dark chocolate come in after. Hints of brown sugar and cocoa are also subdued as it warms.

T - This is fantastic. All the sweetness from teh stout and barrel are balanced by the bitterness from the hops. Vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, and cocoa.

M - Medium to full bodied with a smooth and rich mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style.

O - An amazing stout that allows the barrel aging to help sweeten the bitter stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 23:35:20 | More by Ri0
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Sumdeus

California

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opened up a 2014 and poured into a pair of FW tulips.

A: Very dark brown/black. Almost no head, very light ring around the edges of the glass. No lacing.

S: Boozy and oaky. The booze is very dominate. Sweet and charred sugars.

T: caramel, bourban, toffee, earthy/oak. Great balance, nothing overwhelms. I feel like 2014 is not as alcohol hot as 2013, but I'm not comparing them side to side. Abv is up to 14% this year, but I can't taste it.

M: smooth, velvety, and syrupy. It's great, has great feel, but doesn't linger.... Keeps you coming back for more.

O: probably my favorite beer, definitely my favorite stout/barrel aged stout. I look forward to parabolas release every year and this year doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:51:08 | More by Sumdeus
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Greywulfken

New York

4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 release:
Stats updated to be more reflective of this, the most current release

A: into a snifter, pitch black of outer space, dense head of dark foam

S: bourbon-soaked chocolate syrup with vanilla bean and black coffee

T: outrageously decadent, somehow another animal entirely than the previous releases - rich chocolate malts like syrup drenched in bourbon - had an almost merlot-like essence - hints of dark coffee roast and melted dark chocolate; hidden berries and dark fruits

M: supremely slick and smooth; dark silk; dense and full-bodied, but it plays light across the palate

O: incredible. Even more limited than previous years, but soooo worth it.

2012 release:
A: stout 101: pitch black with a tan head; this head was fairly creamy (like a milk stout)

S: chocolate malt, bourbon, some vanilla and espresso

T: dare I say this was a more balanced bourbon experience than drinking a BCBS - bourbon is there, so is chocolate, vanilla, espresso, and very little anise (which I kind of liked)

M: creamy, a little bitter abv sting, rich, full

O: this made me think of what Goose Island's BCBS line would be if they were RIS - it was a little smoother, less syrupy, more creamy, and well-balanced - on par for certain - and I imagine everyone will have their own preferences - I loved it and was glad to get a hold of this limited release.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:17:43 | More by Greywulfken
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

8 oz poured from the tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Very dark, "never-ending abyss"-black. Opaque as hell. Lace sticks to the glass like crazy all the way down.

Smells like cookie dough, bourbon, and chocolate.

Tastes like cocoa powder, cookie dough, toasty coconut, subtle but incredible bourbon sweetness. Very roasty bitterness plays off the sweetness provided by the barrel aging. Some oak there as well.

As full bodied as they come. Very low but still present carbonation.

One of the best. The guys at Firestone Walker are straight ballers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 23:18:14 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Hendry

Vermont

4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Typical opaque motor oil appearance for a RIS, 1/2 finger ecru head.

Aroma is rich with notes of cocoa bean, licorice, oak & bourbon.

Taste is incredibly rich, meant for sipping and sharing. Flavors of chocolate,smoky oak & bourbon shine through, a bit of licorice and fennel seed: very complex with notes of booziness interwoven.

Mouthfeel is heavy, it really coats your palate, and sits heavy. Like drinking beef wellington in a bottle, it is rather filling and has a rich aftertaste.

Overall a huge RIS from FW that should be tried by anyone that is a fan of the style.2011 Reserve sampled.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 02:17:53 | More by Hendry
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle.

A- Pours pitch black and thick with about a one finger, tan colored head. Head retains as the body of the beer is dark and ominous. Lacing is very good for the smaller sized head left on the top.

S- A mild intermingling of charred barrel notes, semisweet vanilla, bourbon spiciness, and rich dark malts. Really a complex, but consistent, scent throughout the entire duration of the smell. Chocolate is a little more prominent and noticeable at the very end.

T- Starts with a smooth dark malt flavor. Mild coffee mixes with semisweet chocolate before giving way to the barrel flavor profile. The middle of the drink is barrel dominant, yet mild. Vanilla and a hint of bourbon meld together to provide a smooth, gentle barrel flavor. Towards the end of the drink, more traditional RIS flavors come out in the form of mildly bitter dark malts. Just a hint of a dark fruit flavor from the dark malts. Ends with just a small bit of lingering barrel spiciness.

M- Tick and smooth, but just a little high in the carbonation department. Barrel is subdued enough that this isn't a sipper, but the alcohol will catch you if you don't respect it. Overall, this one just feels smooth.

Overall, this beer lives up to its billing. As far as barrel aged stouts go, this is right there with BCBS and KBS. I think the oatmeal gives this beer an edge in smooth feel over some others.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 01:43:36 | More by boilermakerbrew
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samtrillo

California

4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014; Lagunitas Mason Jar.

A - Black with two finger mocha head.

S - Initial blast of cocoa from the bottle. In glass, bourbon vanilla, sweet vanilla, alcohol, coconut, roasted caramel. This should be a candle scent, jesus.

T - So I'm drinking some sort of Mocha bourbon liqueur, right? This is beer, you guys. Sweet mocha and smoke. I'm at a campfire drinking whiskey and eating s'mores. Gah, dark and sweet chocolates, vanilla, dark fruit character.

M- Very smooth upfront with lots of alcohol at the end. Spiciness because of it. Confusing at first, but surprisingly drinkable after the first 3 sips. It's not viscous or syrupy like I've experienced with other stouts in this realm.

O - Very pleased with this beer after all the buzz from my coworkers and the price. IMHO, as much I revere high alcohol content, and Parabola does a great job at dancing with its %14, I feel the flavours could ring a little stronger around %10.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 05:50:21 | More by samtrillo
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mcallister

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Dark Lord day, poured from plastic cup into my snifter. Black in color with a thick tan head that held great retention.

Damn fine smelling beer. Thick with mollasses, black fruits, sweet dark bready malts with a hint of roast, spicey rye aspects, black currants, and some hoppy aromas, with dark chocolate, oak and vanilla rounding things out.

Thick and creamy with a wonderful hop punch in the middle that leaves things spicey. Jesus this beer is delicious. The hop character really stands through and makes this BA stout much different than the others I sampled this fine day. (DLD). Thick with black fruits, mollasess, dark chocolates, black cherry, earthy hops, toasty vanilla oak, hints of bourbon, and a bit of dried dates. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2008 21:21:23 | More by mcallister
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younger35

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Sampled" this at the Sixth Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers. I say sampled because I used 3-4 tickets on this stuff. Was "Best of Show" for me. Drank out of my mini little pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brownish black with some really dark brown hues around the edges of the glass where light is able to faintly penetrate. Fairly nice half finger tan head forms but recedes pretty quickly leaving almost no cap and ultra thin collar. Negative on much lacing.
Smell- Powerful stuff. Loads of spicy whiskey and vanilla that reminds me a lot of Bourbon County Stout from the start. Very roasted with intensely sweet fumes of molasses, caramel, dark brown sugar and even some black licorice for good measure. The usual suspects of dark chocolate and French roasted coffee are present as well as some alcohol vapors.
Taste- Just as intense! Starts with an intense oaky vanilla kick before it slowly melds to a very chocolaty tootsie roll like middle. Lightly sweet with a bit of caramel and burnt sugars. A bit of bitterness does sneak in toward the finish though and I'm assuming that's more from the roasted grains than any real hop presence. Woody and almost spicy at times, overall the bourbon is king in here. A dark fruitiness creeps in as the beer warms but nothing to over-the-top.
Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy body with very low carbonation that adds a very slick, creamy feel. Spicy and fairly warming from the alcohol.
Drinkability- This was my favorite beer of the show. It was the first beer I tried when I walked in. After trying Erik's Ale next, I went straight back to Parabola. The whole thing really reminds me of BCS with how intense the bourbon is but with a spicy kick. Fantastic beer that I kicked myself in the ass for not trying at DLD and am really glad I got to try it now.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2008 16:37:42 | More by younger35
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,690 ratings.