Napa Parabola
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
4.4 | pDev: 6.82%
Feb 27, 2024
May 06, 2019
Fine wine meets a Firestone Walker legend in this special first-time release of Napa Parabola. Whereas our famed Parabola imperial stout is typically aged in bourbon barrels, this variant edition was matured in retired red wine barrels from one of Napa Valley's most prestigious cult wineries. This is a singular beer that marries the intense berry flavors of premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot with Parabola's own signature notes of dark fruit, tobacco, and chewy roasted malts - all resulting in an unforgettable sensory experience.
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Ratings by allenson21:
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Rated by allenson21 from New York

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 17, 2021
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Rated: 4.05 by acurtis from New Jersey

Feb 27, 2024
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Snifter at Taphouse. Black with silky beige head. Lots of chocolate. Smooth, velvety. Red wine afds some sweetness, but balances everything. Even better than the real thing.
Nov 30, 2023
Rated: 3.77 by emerge077 from Illinois

Nov 26, 2023
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2019 vintage
Pours a small but dense creamy brown head with good retention, a bit of lacing, decent legs, jet black color

Nose wafts of wine and chocolate as I pour it, rich red wine, buttery vanilla oak barrel, dark chocolate, a bit of roast and coffee, a little burnt lactose and nougat, caramel, hint of char, coffee, caramel, nougat,

Taste brings more of the same, rich dark chocolate, chocolate ganache and nougat, baking spices, mild licorice, into a touch of char and dark roasted coffee, burnt caramel, nougat, candy bar with very dark bitter chocolate, vanilla and mild buttery oak, mild dark red wine, some chocolate covered cherry and raspberry like fruit characters, some bitter spicy hops, a bit of smooth velvety sweet stout, semi sweet finish, a touch of coating the mouth with lingering med hop bitterness and chocolate covered red-purple fruit

Mouth is fuller bod, rich smooth creamy velvety with med carb, very light warming alcohol

Overall not bad, the nose was very nice, taste was good although a lot less of the wine, but a great base beer still standing up to the wine.
Jun 03, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by admonster00 from Illinois

Nov 06, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by cd34 from Illinois

Mar 10, 2022
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Rated by Furlinator from California

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Aces & Ales Tanaya on 02/24/22.
Feb 25, 2022
Rated: 4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Oct 18, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by Boone757 from Virginia

Oct 08, 2021
Rated: 5 by steevo24 from District of Columbia

Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Aug 15, 2021
Rated: 4 by dsshuck from Delaware

Jul 12, 2021
Rated: 3.49 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 10, 2021
Rated: 4 by BarrelAgedG from California

Apr 27, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by GOBLIN from Ohio

Apr 06, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by cjgator3 from Florida

Mar 13, 2021
Rated: 4.48 by StanleysCup from Maryland

Dec 25, 2020
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Reviewed by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
20 December 2020 - Beer #217

Price: $12.99 at Ben's Bottle Shop in Vancouver, WA

Appearance: 5 - completely black. Not much head but tremendous lacing.

Nose: 5 - I get A LOT of wine barrel here. Smells fantastic but not like beer.

Taste: 3 - doesn't taste much like beer either. A lot of wine for sure, maybe some off taste on the back end. An odd beer.

Mouth: 4 - quite thick and chewy, but more carbonated than it should be.

Overall: 4 - not bad, but I guess the lesson is: don't put Parabola into wine barrels when other barrels are available.

Dec 24, 2020