Parabola | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Russian imperial oatmeal stout is aged for a full year in a blend of bourbon barrels from Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Pappy Van Winkle, Woodford Reserve, and Buffalo Trace.

Added by largadeer on 03-26-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39
Reviews:
1,322
Ratings:
6,855
pDev:
7.59%
 
 
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Photo of npolachek
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark Brown/Black.

S: Vanilla with plums, raisins, and molasses.

T: Vanilla w/stone fruit. Molasses and milk coffee. Not bitter and has sweetness.

F: Smooth and very drinkable given the ABV.

O: Great beer. Reminds me of the Goose Island stouts. On par with the best.

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Photo of illtexzona
3.96/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGent
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mkholmes25
3.54/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I wanted to like this stout, looked great, smelled great, but it was too sweet for my tastes. I'm used to some of the sweeter stouts, but this was too much.

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Photo of 1koolrule
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth and unique stout.
Dark fruity, vanilla and buorbon barrel flavor. High in alcohol but not boozy.
World class in its unique style. Great stout from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of Abross
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beers-es
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, pours pitch black with little head. Smell has a wonderfully complex array of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and a touch of barrel. Taste follows, only more so. Fairly sweet, but appropriately so. Thick, rich feel, but not syrupy. A great BA stout.

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of onewayboogie
4.41/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dharmelink
4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CayseyW
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WhaleSlayer85
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Theogre83
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lsthwy
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tranzophobia
4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks and smells nice but too sweet in my opinion. Bourbon notes from barrels balance excessive sweetness pretty well but not enough to be excellent.

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Photo of dirtyjerk
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of codytwo
3.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ian_graf
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leantom
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. It's different from many of the other barrel-aged stouts that I'm used to having, given that Russian Imperial Stouts taste very fruity relative to other imperial stout styles (e.g., American Double Stouts). Here goes:

A: Pitch black. Develops a slow-to-build head that leaves a ton of lacing. Looks exquisite.

S: Lots of oaky vanilla from the barrel aging, but not as prominent as in other barrel-aged stouts (e.g. Goose Island). Also very fruity - lots of dark fruit like plum and raisins. Interesting, just wish the barrel-aging was more prominent.

T: Great oaky vanilla notes - more prominent in the taste than in the scent. Also a lot of dark fruit; the aftertaste is one of plum and raisins. Interestingly, there's no coffee bitterness at the back end of the palate.

F: No alcoholic booziness; very smooth. Great.

O: A very good beer. I go prefer Goose Island to this, but this is still an excellent brew.

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Photo of santig0nzalez
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kjmom2014
4.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Korymiller
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,855 ratings