Parabola | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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 Buļ¬€alo Trace.

Added by largadeer on 03-26-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,514
Reviews:
1,247
Avg:
4.54
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Photo of Ekor88
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jestoner
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rristow
5/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +9.3%
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 -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjco04
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robertm2152
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Khaack
4.87/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rich_K
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wiffler27
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jasons483
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Guillenj8
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdwhitney
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lr300
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanK252
4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown nearly black with a frothy khaki head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little light lacing.

S: Massive sweet toffee, dark sugar, smooth bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, peppery spice, oak, a hint of vanilla, toasted coconut, and dark fruit, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Roasted malt, rich chocolate, a touch of coffee, earthy, smooth bourbon, dark sugar, toffee, some toasty nutty notes, peppery spice, nice oak presence, and a touch of alcohol.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, velvety smooth with just a touch of welcome alcohol warmth.

O: One of my absolute favorite stouts. Beautifully done by FW and gets even better with age.

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Photo of Reema
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle split with a buddy, into an 8 oz tulip. 2017 12 oz bottle.

Pours a extremely dark cola brown, essentially black except at the edges. Initial smells are of bakers chocolate, subtle coconut, cookie dough, with some coffee/mocha near the end. Taste reflects the smell. Initial mocha flavors lead into dark chocolate with finish with a sweeter chocolate flavor that finishes with a cookie like finish. Excellent. Feel isn't as thick as your would expect for a high gravity Russian oatmeal stout but it is pleasant. Overall, this is a really good beer with flavors and aromas all around. Glad I got to tick this one off.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, in a nicely informative cardboard sleeve. Apparently this one was actually brewed at Boulevard in Kansas City - whatever, this is a brew that I've wanted to try for quite some time.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, yet with evident red-cola basal edges, and two flabby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly brown head, which leaves a monolithic wall of cliff face lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of bittersweet cocoa powder, bready and doughy caramel malt, biscuity and gooey toffee squares, a mild vulcanized rubber note, free-range char, vanilla-forward Bourbon wood, an indistinct dark orchard fruitiness, ephemeral cafe-au-lait, and some tame leafy, weedy, and certainly sauced-up floral green hop bitters. The taste is roasted caramel/toffee malt, intense Bourbon County essences (vanilla, boozy wood, and blurred spice), those brandy-laced milk chocolates you used to find at Christmas parties, Scandihoovian anise candies, cherry vodka, subtle artisanal coffee beans, and more laid-back earthy, musty, and soused floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its overlooked frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and actually (was there ever any doubt?) rather smooth, with a big-boy creaminess not waiting for a sign to emerge at will. It finishes well off-dry, the cocoa, caramel, Kentucky whiskey, and mixed benign fruitiness carrying the lingering day.

Overall - sometimes meeting your heroes doesn't exactly meet up with expectations, and I'm happy to say that isn't the case here. Yup, a big and brash, besotted Stateside RIS, one thankfully delivered to we north of the border fans of the style. I put off pulling the trigger on this dear offering for a couple months when it first arrived here, but last weekend I was beer shopping on my birthday (akin to hitting the grocery store when you're peckish), and well, y'all know the rest of the story.

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Photo of newbrewer_zb
4.11/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of csmrx7
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of neurobate
4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 6,514 ratings.
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