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:
#27
Reviews:
1,310
Ratings:
6,802
pDev:
7.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of TedSwing
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of lewith
4.06/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Wizzle32
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hozersr
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wheels2532
4.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Danmullens1
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chris7482
4.18/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jdswaz
4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucular
4.42/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours a dark brown (definitely not black) with a creamy head. Smells awesome - bourbon, vanilla, coffee, dark roasted malt, dark chocolate. Taste is similar but perhaps not complex as hoped for. Feel is pretty thin but not overly boozy at all. Overall, this is a great beer but for me didn't live up to the hype. I'd be curious to try it from a bottle.

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Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.06/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

2018 vintage. Almost black, modest tan head. Aromas of espresso, chocolate & bourbon. Taste is pretty sweet, some saltines & bitterness, nicely arranged. Very flavorful, coffee, cocoa, raisin, with bourbon finish. Rich & silky smooth feel. I’m so glad to finally find this, been looking for a long time. It was worth the wait.

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

Photo of Kinnick21
4.16/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mr_Beer_Belly
4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oatmeal stouts always leave me wanting

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

2014 Edition. 4 years of age has been kind to this bottle. Wonderfully smooth. The alcohol level is masked well. Thick. Low carbonation. I'm so happy that Firestone Walker recently became available in my market!

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Photo of BigMFDaddy
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a concaved pint glass.

Appeance: Thin black body with a tan head which doesn't have much body to it. Could use a touch tweaking considering a little more density but the brew looks good. Tan head which rose initially about a notch or so below a finger's length. Almost no stickiness to the glass which is a plus.

Smell: Molasses scent with hard dose of espresso. In and out the nostril but very addicting aroma.

Taste: Sweet and bitter coffee, actually more like espresso and hard hit of love. My palate is all over the place with this beer and the brown sugar isn't helping. Malty, sweet but still bitter. Complex lust if that defined the taste to you.

Mouth: It might comes off a touch dry but this beer is sticky and well finished. Full bodied and the flavors just hug your cheeks. Superb.

Overall: Second time I had this beer and granted I was allowed to take as many as I wanted I grabbed an additional four more. I will let age with time considering the space I have but good brew. Maybe not the best barrel aged imperial stout but one that will leave a memory on your palates. Salud!

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.96/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2018 version: still young, obviously. Aroma is rather sweet boozy atm. Goes down smooth but still a bit too sweet for me. Raisin I would say dominates. Got one to age too, gonna see how it comes out.

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Photo of Cbates2212
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

One of the best stouts out there! The only thing about it that I wish was different is the mouthfeel. It’s a bit thin for such a big stout. But other than that. It is a world class beer!

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Photo of mike22ne
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to have it on tap.
It's a damn good stout.
Big and complex, black roasted malts, sweet chocolate and dry dark fruits - plum, raisin and almost port-like sweetness. Really nice smooth and full feel, with a noticeable whiskey boozy character.
Only fault is I would like some more bitterness to balance it out.

Overall a fantastic RIS! Glad I tried it. Would be worth keeping a bottle for a year or two...

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Photo of rarigney
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,802 ratings