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:
#27
Reviews:
1,283
Ratings:
6,706
pDev:
7.59%
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0
 
 
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Photo of Holderness
4.41/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage

L — Surprising body that I was not expecting: very deep amber with near-total clarity. Phone flashlight easily passes through the glass. Finger of tan head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention and spotty lacing
S — Tons of sugar-coated dried dark fruits, bourbon barrel character, dark chocolate, butterscotch, hint of maple
T — Sweet dried dark fruit, lots of bourbon heat, bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, hint of char.
F — Dense and viscous. Minimal carb, huge mouthfeel. Very similar to BCBS in that it doesn’t have much velvetiness while still having an overall nice feel
O — Tasty and potent BBA stout. I can certainly see the comparisons that many have made between it and BCBS. The appearance is my only complaint

89/100

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

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

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

Photo of Mmcpartlon
3.41/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer was bottled less than a month ago. I hope I just got a bad bottle... the nose is reminiscent of the water collector of a dehumidifier. I also get a more than subtle note of wet dog. You can smell this thing from across the room.
Unlike the nose, The taste is surprisingly good. boozy, bourbon, toasty malts, and some sweetness. The booze is not well hidden.
Body is decent, a bit light for an imperial stout. Looks/feels more like a porter. Hope I just had a weird batch.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smcel371
4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

2018 Vintage

Looks like an imperial stout. Nothing remarkable. Aroma is full of anise with hints of yeast esters, bourbon, and oak. Flavor of licorice, moderately roasted malt, vanilla, and bourbon. Alcohol is well hidden with just a gentle warming in the finish. Smooth and full textured body. This and Sucaba have the same underlying licorice flavor.

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Photo of Ivan52
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Bottle Date: 2017
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The color might seem black, but it's fairly easy to get bits of super-dark brown. There's a minimal amount of head, and not much resulting lacing.

Smell has tons of anise. There's also cola and cilantro. Very thick sorghum.

First of all, it's a sipper. Very intense. If I could sum it all up concisely, it's like a coffee-flavored dark rum. Toasted sugar provides the backdrop for everything else. It's beyond toasty, even, all the way to smoky. (Not quite all the way to charred barrel though.) Anise and cilantro are dialed way back. The coffee flavor isn't as fresh as some that I've had. Bits of both coconut husk and fine tobacco.

I can't tell that this is a fifteener; the alcohol is very well hidden. Minimal carbonation. Medium-heavy for the type. Aftertaste is sweet and smoky, along with an herbal element that's not overly strong.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of brown with a thin khaki cap that leaves minimal lacing. The aroma is bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt. Vanilla, oak and brown sugar join in with those in the flavor. The feel is a bit thin, but overall a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Benji88
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dave2234
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of matcris
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Black with a small tan head. Good looking carbonation when I rock the glass.
AROMA: Big dark chocolate, bourbon, oatmeal, vanilla, and molasses.
TASTE: All of the above, in spades.
FEEL: Plenty of carbonation, smooth and pretty viscous.
OVERALL: Reminds me of BCBS, so, this is great stuff.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of msscott1973
4.06/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goodbeergoodfood
4.41/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look is that of a cola not very thick will some light penetrating the edges. Can't generate much head small creamy bubbles modest carbonation.
Smell is coconut ,brown sugar, cherry ,small amount of bourbon.
Sweetness followed by some hoppy undertones. Nothing really seems to dominate the flavor profile it all Blends together perfectly. There's cherry, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, Hops and maybe like a caramel malt.
The feel is a bit then to be honest there's more carbonation than you might expect but it's disappointingly thin.
Overall this is a very well-crafted beer period thinner than you might expect and more carbonated than you might expect but with an amazingly Blended profile drinking this pretty fresh so it may be a bit hot Pierce to see how it ages

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Photo of Slack
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Much better on draft than in the bottle and having had multiple years, 2016 stands out in my mind as an exceptional year.

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

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

On draft at Brawley's, once again proving to be a key point to bringing delicious beers to my taste buds. This beer is one of the best barrel aged RISs I have ever tried, if not the best. The barrels come through, blends well between the sweet and the dark chocolate.

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Photo of Brew-Knows
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Madbum101214
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Graciously sent to me by Hinda65.

2017 version, collab with Boulevard, 14.5% ABV

This beer pours a "darker than some, but not all" black body with chocolate edging. The head starts off at 1/2 finger and recedes to a thin ring of beige.

Aroma slaps you in the face immediately with sappy, rich caramel; piping hot fudge; bourbon; vanilla; with faint dark fruits and tobacco lingering in the far background. It invokes a saliva pool in the mouth. I'm just spending minutes smelling it. It's so great.

The flavor does not live up to the nose. I get a lot of cardboard/oak to start, a huge wave of antiseptic whiskey, ghost notes of black cherry, tobacco, and vanilla. The bourbon heat practically wells up and burns the nostrils as the beer is swallowed. A bit too hot for me.

Feel is slightly thinner than I'd like but not terrible. The whiskey really thins the beer out. It's got a subtle roasty character with lots of heat, some slight parch.

Overall, not as great as I thought it'd be. I'd be willing to try ONE bottle when it comes out this year (2018) to see if they were able to dial down the alcohol a touch. This was like drinking straight whiskey. Very potent.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,706 ratings