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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): 14.00%

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:
#28
Reviews:
1,257
Ratings:
6,577
pDev:
7.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 6,577 |  Reviews: 1,257
Photo of VashonGuy
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From a 2014 bottle.

I sat on this baby for three years, and it was worth the wait. I don't have a side by side with a current vintage, so I can't really compare what the aging did. Let's just say the overall beer is quite excellent.

Interestingly enough to me, I'm more noticing the RIS character than I am the bourbon barrel effect. Oh, the bourbon is there, for sure, but it's not the first or most prominent thing I notice. Instead, I'm getting a pronounced licorice/tobacco taste, along with some dark, dark fruits, and then the bourbon coming in at the end. I think this would be a fascinating beer even without the bourbon barrel aging.

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Photo of _nickg_
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FirstInLine
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thetravelguy01
4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of thebeers
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, rich brown that approaches black, with a fat finger of dark tan head that leaves modest lacing.

Big aroma of wood, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, distant cherry and earthy hops.

Earthy, almost tobacco-like taste with bitter chocolate and hops, a hint of marshmallow underneath and a strong alcohol burn on the backend. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Thinner bodied than expected, but still with a full, mildly creamy feel that coats the mouth, and just enough carbonation.

I put this squarely in the "not effing around" category of BBA stouts. Dark and rich from start to finish. Absolutely delicious. 01/16/17 bottling date.

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Photo of Allthingsbeer510
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kitch
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Firestone Walker The Propagator, Venice. A 6 oz pour into a Firestone Walker tulip glass.

Appearance: It was a black to dark dark brown in colour with a one finger creamy tanned head that had good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet bourbon barrels, nutty chocolate, vanilla, banana cake, pretty much like dessert.

Taste: Like the aroma, there was bitter dark chocolate, cherry, vanilla, banana, nutty, sweet bourbon, oak and booze.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A little bit too boozy and on the sweet side, but this doesn’t put me off, and it was still very nice. Great for late night sipping.

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Photo of StormAles
4.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Vixie
4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, almost black. Very little head, just a bit of lacing.

Seemed a bit of a boozy smell at first, then could detect chocolate, coconut, and sweetness.

Starts out sweet, then chocolate and cherry kick in. Really reminds me of a Bavarian Forest Cake with the chocolate and cherry, with a nice hint of vanilla at the finish.

Feel is a bit thinner than expected, overall a bit on the harsh side.

Very much a high quality beer. I do feel it is a bit rough around the edges, I would be interested to see what aging would do for this. Very much worth a try, and is possible, grab an extra to age it.

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

Photo of Ekor88
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with dark brown head. Amazing aroma of chocolate, coffee, bourbon. Taste definitely does not disappoint. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, spices, caramel, toffee, coffee. Syrup and clingy mouthfeel. Moderately sweet with mild to moderate bitterness. You do get a little alcohol burn from the high ABV. Overall an amazing imperial stout. Definitely one of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
4.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is the beer the hits your lips and you are immediately happy.

Rich flavor, taste that is perfect.

I'm glad I was able to score 3 bottles, but wish I had grabbed more.

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Photo of jhamp9
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjco04
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robertm2152
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Khaack
4.87/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Wiffler27
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours jet black with a thin head and slight ruby hue when poured. classic big stout look

smell is nearly all bourbon with some vanilla sweetness. very sweet and clean

taste is insanely clean, bourbon shines through and finishes strong yet is sweet and mild. like mixing a glass of bourbon with a shot of coffee. god damn this is clean, best way to describe it. bourbon hits nicely but isn't overwhelming. i LOVE bourbon so this is real nice

one of the best beers i've ever had, at 14.5% this is dangerous. i could drink a lot of this. THE best barrel aged beer i've ever had.

I greatly appreciate my supervisor picking me up 2 bottles on his trip to Cali

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

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,577 ratings
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