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 Buļ¬€alo Trace.

Added by largadeer on 03-26-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29
Reviews:
1,257
Ratings:
6,598
pDev:
7.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Shout2001
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Looks a bit thin on the pour but mouthfeel is a lot creamier tjan it appears. The usual suspects are all in play, vanilla, wood, bourbon and caramel, but this is a far more polished version than other ba stouts, sweet with slight booze heat on the backend. A benchmark.

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

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4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.21/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Zbeattie6
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 bomber

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

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

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4.41/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle 2017 vintage; shared, split b/w two 5 oz snifters)

L: cap came off easily w/o much of a hiss, beer was carefully poured but nearly no foam formed

S: mostly the stout malts come through, with a dense essence of fresh oak, charred oak, hint of vanilla extract... not sure what the draw from then blend of multiple branded barrels adds besides perhaps a more layered depth to the bourbon character... alcohol pretty well tamed

T: thick, luscious concentrate of caramel and delicately roasty malt; notes of licorice and hints of high cacao chocolate and smoky coffee... not an over-present barrel character, its nuances nicely interwoven with its stalwart stout backbone...while its taste is rich and satisfying, I can't help but wonder about the flavors of the base beer, un-barrel aged, because it seems any more subtle, gritty grain character may have been lost to the aging and bourbon-y intrusion

F: delicately-carbonated, dry malt liqueur... smooth, quiet, polished edges, little residual sugary slickness... alcohol is relatively mellow - little heat, no burn - comes across as having 2/3 the abv

O: fantastic, a standout in their barrel-aged program... it doesn't hurt when executing a beer like this to push elements to the extreme (abv, variety of barrel sources), makes for a fuller flavor one would assume, but for me it results in some perceived static, redundant layering

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4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,598 ratings
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