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:
6,513
Reviews:
1,247
Avg:
4.54
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hophazzard
4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trmiller24
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

I get the hype, and can't help but give it all 5s. I found out that it was available at my local Total Wine and More, and bumped it right to the top of my list. I bought 2 -twelve ounce bottles at $8.99 a piece. My investment was worth every penny.

Look- The body is a deep, dark, almost- black brown. The head consisted of just the tiniest of tan around the rim, likely due the heavy gravity. The beer is very syrupy looking, and there was no detectable lacing. If there was such a thing as Black Port Wine, this is how I would envision it.

Smell- A blend of licorice, molasses , a little vanilla, and alcohol.

Taste- The licorice and molasses are noted in roughly equal amounts. It is fairly sweet, and I only detected the alcohol at the end. The power of the taste is very robust.

Mouthfeel- Very, very smooth. The body is very heavy and a bit syrupy. There is a little bit of a licorice aftertaste on the tongue and back of the throat, and the 14.5% alchohol numbs the side of the tongue just a bit.

Overall - I love Stouts of all kinds. I have had a few barrel aged, but have found them all lacking in one aspect or another. This one delivers in all aspects. I was genuinely amazed.

I would recommend drinking this one by itself rather than pairing it. It stands alone in a wonderful way. I would also suggest it as a nightcap, as it will be hard to top,and is super potent. I have given other beers perfect 5s, but this one might be king of the hill for me.

P.S.- My rating is for the 2017 vintage, specifically. I don't know how it compares to its counterparts from prior years.

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Photo of HungarianCount
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of beerbones
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mpwiemann
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage. 22 oz. bottle picked up from brewery.

L: Pitch black all around. Small light tan head with no lacing, but does leave a thin ring.

S: When you can smell the barrel from four feet away, you know its powerful. Lots of dark dried fruits and roasted malts as well. A very very small amount of alcohol does waft in.

T: Bourbon barrel, but more restrained than you would get from nose. Lots of dark fruit and sweetness, like molasses. Malt, flaked oats, and bourbon heat on back end. Heat pretty well managed.

F: More medium than full-bodied, which surprised me. Might do well with more aging. Not much in the way of carbonation. Construction is fantastic, balance very strong..

O: Fantastic RIS.

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Photo of jooler
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 from keg
Look is amazing
Smell is of figs and nuts
Taste is amazing!!!! Figs, tart, coco, nuts, bourbon oakiness
Feel is velvet.
Overall amazing beer!!

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Photo of monty79_1997
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phineasco
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown with big 4 inch head that recedes quickly.
Smell: Bourbon, black cherry, vanilla, and coconut.
Taste: Strong barrel presence, Bourbon heat, vanilla, oak, and charcoal.
Mouthfeel: Complex, boozy when fresh, but goes down smoothly.
Overall: When this settles down this is a top 5 Bourbon barrel aged stout, very complex.

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Photo of JJuva13
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewsOverHoes
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 OZ bottle poured into a snifter:

Pours a deep brown, light mocha head. Smells of huge bourbon, roasted coffee, deep bakers chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes follows with the same bourbon heat on the back end, preceded by dark roast coffee, chocolate; deep dark fruit flavors; licorice. A seriously delicious beer, glad I had a bottle, even at $12 an ounce it's worth a grab if available. Wish I would have grabbed more bottles.

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Photo of mad3air
4.14/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 8444dodgers01
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color. Got very little head on a vigorous pour. No lacing. Aroma is black licorice, vanilla, cherries, oakey and chocolate. Mouthfeel is very creamy and fizzy. The finish leaves a slight burning in the back of your throat. Reminds me of drinking a port wine. Taste like the candy bar Caramello. It is very sweet. Firestone knows how to barrel age thats for sure. The only thing i wish is that the bottles were still 750's instead of 12oz. because this is a great beer.

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Photo of Mrnickatnite
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mikey2333
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Datdubj1988
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TGlaz
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brenn79
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle - Pours black with a small mocha colored head that reduces to a blanket. Aroma is vanilla, toffee, oak, caramel, very typical FW barrel aroma, smooth, creamy, unlike most anything else out there. The taste is chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak barrel, creamy and decadent, imperial stout, delicious.

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

Photo of festizio
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 6,513 ratings.
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