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

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Ratings:
6,488
Reviews:
1,241
Avg:
4.54
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Such a great stout! Coffee, chocolate, marshmallow, you can taste the alchohol but it's not to overboard at near 14 %, can't wait to try again. One of the best stouts I've had!

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Photo of Nace4
4.86/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of ProperGlassesNeeded
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L-Dark and toasty with very nice lacing
S- Just smells fantastic, one of those beers I would almost just sit and smell and not even drink
T- Barrel Aged Explosion. Near perfect, but a bit of a bite, expected at 14%
F- The feel on this is different, most stouts at 14% are very thick, but this is actually a bit thin, some people don't like that
but I really enjoy it, makes a high ABV stout more drinkable.
O- 3 thumbs up

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

Photo of Feldpausch
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of B302
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of varian7
4.27/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of shigg85
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle with box.
2017 vintage 14.5 % abv. No.008

Black as midnight. Decent carbonation, forms a mocha cream foam cap, quickly it fades away to some thin edging.

Spicy chocolate aroma, black liquorice, charred wheat, sweet dark fruits, marshmallows , oak cask, cherries and coffee round out the nose.

A big dark coffee with cherries flavor hits first, sweet dark berries, oakie cask vanilla, the malt complexity is massive, big boozy heat, 14.5 is no joke and boy to does it ever have a warming buzz. Dense chocolate and under currents of sweet fruits, oak and heat.

The mouthfeel is full but not super thick, rather oily, nice bite and a very warming, boozy heat tingle.

If your bottle comes from a cooler, don't forget to let it warm up a bit. Big, dense flavor's pop out more, later on. A sour, earthy, wet cardboard edge comes off from the house British ale yeast, the 69 ibu's bring in, semi-bitter, dry earthy tones which mingles well with the vast depth of malty and cask barrel complexities. My lips are sticky.

Reminds me very much a slightly hopped-up, boozy version of Courage RIS. This one would do very well laid down in a cellar for the next 10 years. I feel it might be a bit "green" at this point in it's life. Bottled on 1/16/17. Opened on 7/7/17. Makes it pretty young for a Stout this huge. Being as strong as almost any California Red Zinfandel wine, the complexities will mature with age in the bottle. The 2017 vintage is a real treat for any beer geek or RIS lover.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle of 2017 Parabola (packaged 01/16/17) poured into belgian tulip glass.

Beautiful dark dark brown-black body (103 SRM midnight black) with a thin tan head. Dissolves quickly into an everlasting thin ring of tan foam around the edge of the glass - moderate lacing. Smells of woody oakey vanilla sweetness and dark fruity chocolate along with hints of sweet bourbon. The taste is truly amazing. Such a fine balance of bourbon from the woodford reserve and four roses bourbon (amongst my affordable favorites) along with a couple others I have not tried. The oakey vanilla, fruity cherry-like sweetness and the lightly bitter cocoa followed by the smallest hint of coffee notes project the fine bourbon notes and generous heat with a pleasing intensity. This balance makes for an all-time favorite of mine. Truly a complex layering of flavor. (I'm not a huge fan off heavy coffee notes in my BA stouts so this is a gulp of fresh air). Mouthfeel is perfect, not even close too overly-syrupy yet plenty of thickness from the careful balance of malts. I am looking forward to my next purchase of this BA'ed russian imperial oatmeal stout, even at $10 a bottle.

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

Photo of carlso_aw
3.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cmoore32
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stanale
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of abagri
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Just-the-sip
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black but looks a bit cappuccino in the snifter. Smells of cherry licorice, booze that's really all I smell. Taste sweet but soon turns to woody oak mostly and then damn it's bitter on the back end. I'd prefer this to be a bit more full bodied but I'd say thin to medium mouth feel. Overall, a pretty good beer. Not Bourbon County Stout good but worth a go if you find it. Not sure I'd get it again though honestly. Just not as sweet as I'd prefer or had from other offerings.

After swishing it a bit I get this "corn" kind of flavor.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Budlum
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Snig623
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goalie35
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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