Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #4
Ranked #49
4.61 | pDev: 7.59%
Nov 25, 2023
Mar 26, 2008
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.
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Rated: 4.77 by Nyoder

Nov 25, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Gfunk27 from New Jersey

Sep 24, 2023
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Reviewed by Broman from Alaska

4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle. 2023 vintage.

Appearance - Body is black as the night with a dark brown short head that disappears into some wispy bubbles. The dark brown head was expected and didn’t disappoint.

Smell - Malty and molasses, chocolatey and some boozy bourbon hints. Not overpowering but pleasant.

Taste -Malty right away. Some coffee tones and darker fruits. Smooth chocolate finish with some mild hints of booze. Great taste and pleasantly surprised by the subdued alcohol boozy presence throughout the sampling. Very rich beer.

Feel -Lower carbonation, minimal boozy sting and a lighter body than expected.

Overall - Great beer that I feel privileged to try. I couldn’t drink many of these in one sitting as they are pretty rich but a very enjoyable beer everyone should sample.
Sep 18, 2023
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Rated by jrpapajcik from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2011 edition from the bottle at home with Humiston. Just great all around.
Aug 28, 2023
Rated: 4.68 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jul 25, 2023
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Parabola 2015"
$10/10 oz. on tap @ Falling Rock Tap House, CO on 6 October 2019

Notes: Labeled at 14% ABV. Very dark brown-black body beneath a short head of tan. Malty in the nose with notes of dark malt, Bourbon, roastiness, charred oak, vanilla, and coconut. The flavor is intense. It's malty, sweet, and a touch "hot" from the alcohol with notes of coffee-like roastiness, Bourbon, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, plum, molasses, charred oak, caramel, vanilla, and coconut. It's full bodied on the lower end and remarkably smooth and creamy. There aren't too many beers like this one.
Review #8,682
Jul 07, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by scottyshades from Florida

Jul 02, 2023
Rated: 4.59 by BlueSpader from Washington

Jun 28, 2023
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Reviewed by DrunkenPhysicist from Minnesota

4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from the bottle into a cool tulip glass. 2023 vintage. Consumed at approx. 50 degrees F.

L: Solid, jet black. Very slight desaturated brown head.
S: Strong sweet chocolate nose, a bit of something like caramel and even some coconut. A bit of booze.
T: Dark coffee and chocolate brownie, not terribly sweet. Again, something akin to lightly toasted coconut flakes. Surprisingly there seems to be some more acidity than I was expecting. Big boozy finish.
F: A bit lighter than expected, but still fairly heavy. Slight carbonation. Moderately warming.
O: A brighter stout than I was expecting, but still fantastic. Just the right amount of warmth, and plenty of rich, dark and sweet flavors to play with. One of the best stouts I've had.
May 31, 2023
Rated: 4.42 by jimmybram from North Carolina

May 29, 2023
Rated: 4.71 by bowmanad3

May 21, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by TakiMan42

Mar 26, 2023
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2021 Vintage. Pours a very dark cola brown, half-inch tan collar of head that leaves wisps of lacing. Nose is big on whiskey and rye, along with wood, vanilla, char, licorice, molasses, brown sugar; aromas really gel and round at as it warms. Flavor is equally complex - lots of spice from the rye, sweet molasses, wood, Canadian whiskey, light vanilla, sugar in the raw. It manages to avoid becoming an overly boozy nightmare while still highlighting the spirit barrels, all without loading up on sugars and adjuncts. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, though not so much as BCBS; there's also some light carb as well. Pretty exceptional.
Mar 25, 2023
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle poured into a snulip.
2023 release

L: Clear dark brown and oily, has legs, half inch of red-hued light brown head recedes to a tight creamy foam ring.
S: Bourbon barrel, fairly strong alcohol, as it warms notes of fig and molasses-like dark sugars come out.
T: Bourbon barrel and alcohol, roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, notes of dark fruit, finishes with a woody hop tang
F: Medium-full body, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy, small viscous oat feel, finishes with some heat.
O: A big sipping RIS, a little hot, the alcohol character dominates, still really good.
Mar 18, 2023
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Reviewed by bitterandstout from Oregon

4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2023 release:
L: as you'd expect motor oil
S: Big bourbon & cherry nose with a little coffee.
T: Taste follows with chocolate vanilla & oak. The malts are subtle and tannins from the barrels
provide a pleasant counterbalance. Cherry flavour lingers a long while, but does not dominate.
F: neither thick nor thin
O: always love a Parabola.
Mar 12, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Mar 10, 2023
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
L: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a sniffer - Jet black pour with a decent head appearing. About 3 fingers length to be exact. No lacing left behind as the foam dissolves back into liquid form.
S: Getting a sweet bourbon cherry aroma from the first sniff, can definitely smell some coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and oak in there. Very well done on the nose! It hit all the marks that they advertised and it was very noticeable/ well balanced. This deserves a 5/5 for me.
T: Tasting bourbon, cherry up front as the nose indicates. Getting some big coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak as the nose followed. It's rare the nose is tasting the exact same in a similar order to the nose.
F: A good sipper - easy to sip in my opinion, full bodied, medium acidity.
O: I can see why this is a world class beer. this big 13.5% beer showed us what we can expect on the firestone walker website and this is exactly what we got. I tried to look for more flavors and one can argue it can have some dark fruits but I would say it's pretty rare a beer company hits it spot on and actually tastes good. Good job firestone, I applaud you for this one.
Mar 04, 2023
Rated: 4.49 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Mar 02, 2023
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Reviewed by Wee_Heavy_by_a_Ton_68 from New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
2022. It didn't taste like a Russian Imperial Stout to me, too sweet, in fact I think Rasputin is a better representative. And forget about comparing it to Sam Smith's RIS. I was thankful the bourbon still came through strong which did a lot for the taste. I think the most noticeable things about this beer are its ABV of 14.1% and it's "weight", both of which put it in the one-and-done category...and that's if you can finish the 12 oz bottle, which I was barely able to do after about 2 hours from the time I poured it. The ABV and the weight really work against the enjoyability of this beer.
Feb 25, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by zotzot from Vermont

Feb 04, 2023
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 7211 ratings