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:
#38
Reviews:
1,317
Ratings:
6,830
pDev:
7.59%
 
 
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Photo of jrc1093
4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/16/17

Pours a deep black with only a hint of light at the surface; barely a half-finger of sand-colored cap forms, only to fade quickly and leave thick, somewhat bubbly foam around the edges.

Aroma excellently intermingles vanilla and dark berries, along with some oak, baker’s chocolate, cranberry, and faint bits of barrel; a light florality also places a light veil of rose petal tones around the bouquet.

Taste welcomes darker chocolate notes to the forefront, balanced cleanly alongside gritty oak barrel, vanilla bean, raisin, and wild berry must; the berry notes evolve in the profile, while a dusting of chocolate gives the fresh, juicy tones an earthy, slightly bitter twist.

Mouthfeel brings an effortlessly balanced body with smooth, almost indiscernible carbonation; slick, with some residual stickiness that just glides along the palate; the massive ABV is completely invisible; so incredibly well-done here.

Beautifully crafted sipper, and a great standard for a top-tier Russian Imperial stout; everything is so smooth, with some great detail to the profile and bursting with refined flavor.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.32/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice, smooth, rich sipper of an imperial stout. Very nice deep rich, almost black color with minimal head or lacing. Smells of toffee, raisin, malt, some roast coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes similarly, along with molasses, wood, bourbon and brown sugar. Very smooth, thick mouthfeel with little carbonation. Syrupy and lots of warming heat. Can definitely taste the high ABV. A very good beer, just not sure if it’s worth the high price tag.

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

Photo of strohme2
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle of 2018 vintage. Long time want here, a very generous friend hooked me up with 2, very excited! Served in a tulip. Pours dark brown with cappuccino colored head of 1/2”. Recedes quickly. Small amount of lacing. Molasses, dark toffee, faint vanilla, vanilla wafers on the nose.
Roast, vanilla, cocoa, raisins, coffee, wood, bourbon and warming heat.
Rich, smooth, chewy body. This is where I want all the stouts ever made to be.
Big time want, and everything I thought it would be, is!

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Photo of greene94
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

Photo of cmcdonald
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jripley97
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sensorglitch
3.67/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of stella77artois
4.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth like syrup! Vanilla, caramel notes, deep brown color, a weighty 12.7% abv that's almost perfectly balanced The one year of aging makes Parabola go down smooth as silk.

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Photo of KShophead
3.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 7irondave
4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peterpunk15
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RiverRick
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigMatt408
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of nater919
4.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

After wanting to try this for a long time and never catching it in TX, I finally found it while visiting family in NJ. Found a 2018 bottle in a box on the shelf. Pour is black, low head, great lacing, rich body.
Smell is dark fruit, dark chocolate plum and bourbon barrel.
Taste is full and has vanilla hints, roasted cocoa, creamy bourbon notes, coffee & molasses, very nice stuff. Everything you want in a BA Stout.
Feel is full, sticky, low carbonation.
Like others mention, there’s a tootsie roll aspect to the sweet notes. Just a hint of black licorice at the end burn. It nicely compliments the bourbon barrel flavors (and everything else). Outstanding and about as good as I was hoping.

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

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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