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.

Added by largadeer on 03-26-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39
Reviews:
1,330
Ratings:
6,873
pDev:
7.59%
 
 
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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

De Craftbeer-shop.com. En copa Teku. Viendo Los 100 4x07-09. Su gran equilibrio es a la vez su mayor virtud y lo que le impide sobresalir mas al faltarle algo que la haga especial

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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

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

Have a few bottles cellaring that I didn’t want to crack open. Local pub had it on tap this week...what is going on? Delicious stouts are on tap everywhere it seems! Poured chilled to a tall snifter. Another delicious elixir. No real head from the pour, but a tiny tan ring with lots of legs. Nose all bourbon, with a lot of smokiness and caramel. First sips follow on point, with a hint of vanilla. The smokiness is very prominent, like the Stone Old Guardian Barleywine. Mouthfeel is crisp but full and lingering. Alcohol is just present enough to let you know it’s around, but never gets in the way up front. Really, FW offerings that come bottled in a box are the shi....shhh don’t tell anyone you found some, or they’ll bogart your supply chain!

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

A: dark, silky black color with just a hint of dark brown. Thin, tan head

S: roasted malts and sweet carame. Dark chocolate and oak. Cola and a hint of licorice. Sweet berries and loads of dark caramel. A hint of leather. Super-rich smelling beer

T: sticky dark caramel and huge roasted malt. A mix of dark and milk chocolate. Sweet cola and a hint of oak. It’s a huge beer, yet very smooth, and no real hint of alcohol which is impressive given the abv

M: heavy, sticky mouthfeel with low carbonation

O: fantastic stout. Big sipper that would be best shared

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Photo of Vade281
4.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JellybonesElmer
4.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TheHopsman
4.41/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,873 ratings