Parabola | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37
Reviews:
1,334
Ratings:
6,887
pDev:
7.59%
 
 
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3,157
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3,807
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Ratings: 6,887 |  Reviews: 1,334
Photo of Bryan12345
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of antrocks
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jheimbigner
4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage

L - pours a used motor oil color with a foamy khaki head that leaves some nice lacing.
S - bourbon, molasses, coffee, vanilla
T - follows the nose. Great dark sugar sweetness with mild bitterness and bourbon and roasted quality. Ideally would want a stronger bitterness in a RIS. Great for such a high avb stout
F - nice creaminess, with low carb. A little light for the style
O - a great RIS with fantastic dark sugar and barrel quality.

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

2010 edition. Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour. Thin/barely-there brown head. Modest lacing.

S: Chocolate, espesso, vanilla, and roast.

T/F: Follows the nose . Rich roasted flavor... vanilla and booze mixed with tobacco, leather, and dark chocolate. Some dark fruit mixed in... the bourbon is still present but not overpowering. Smooth and creamy. Complex and warming. Hits like a velvet covered hammer.

O: An elite stout... and still wonderful after 9 years in the cellar. The flavors have probably mellowed a bit but this is a wonderful beer. Looking forward to trying some more recent incarnations.

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Photo of stormheim
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of FlintB
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jangoon24
3.48/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redresonatedragon
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Moohing
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried the 2014 batch and damn this this an impressive beer, especially after a few years in a cellar. All of the flavors melt into a single beautiful experience, truly remarkable. One of my favorite of all time.

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Photo of slowhand50
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bugsmcl
3.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pitch black coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells intoxicating of roasted, caramel malt and rich bourbon, chocolate and dark fruit notes, with hints of vanilla and oak. Taste follows the nose, with a fantastic balance of roasted, caramel malt, dark/milk chocolate, dark fruits: fig, plum, raisins, and a rich bourbon notes of toffee, vanilla and oak, as well as just a hint of licorice, tobacco and herbal hops. Finishes with a medium bitterness and rich bourbon notes lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a very rich body and low/medium carbonation. An exceptional BBA stout that is both complex and incredibly well-balanced, with a perfect Bourbon note to it that is rich and intense, but not overbearing (as in BCBS Rare), as well as a certain bitter, roasted character that acts as perfect counterpoint to the sweeter notes of caramel/toffee and dark fruits, the latter really standing out here in a very nice way. The only thing I might say is that it's still just a tiny tad too sweet for my personal taste and that the mouthfeel, which is great, could still be richer.

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Photo of Silverback5447
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of T-34-85
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Astounding...been looking to try this stout for a while. Finally cracked open a 2018 bottle that I had stored about 9 months in my basement. This exceeded my expectations! There are a lot of highly rated BA stouts out there, and in my opinion, they're not ALL great beers, as many lack good balance.

This parabola was perfectly balanced, with a great thick, rich mouthfeel and proper sweetness to match the ABV. Also a good nose from the barrel aging.

Superb beer.

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Photo of WilliamBrasky
4.49/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Koppjp
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome imperial stout, strong but smooth, really tasty.

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Photo of DamonsCorner
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Instead of repeating what others have said, I will provide a few things I liked and disliked about this beer.

Likes: Fantastic taste. Headless but full. Thick and smells wonderful.

Dislikes: Positively the stickiest stout I’ve dealt with. Tad bit uncomfortable. A very slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, fantastic. Would buy again and again.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.82/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Alex for this. I consider him a pal.

The imperial stout is one of my favorite styles. Yet I only like about five of them. This is at the top of the heap. Refiinement and balance is more important to me than flavor bombardment.

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Photo of folkstar
4.49/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage

Look - pitch black; rough pour yielded minimal head
Smell - TONS of barrel .. a pleasing aroma of bourbon-soaked wood
Taste - nice punch of bourbon and dark fruit (raisins, etc) ... very balanced overall - Roasty qualities come out as the beer warms.
Feel - ABV is well hidden and never becomes syrupy or cloying, which was a nice surprise.

this aged very well and I'm glad I got to try it. Love the FW vintage releases!

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Photo of Nedster10
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of baklo
4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,887 ratings