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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3,144
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3,722
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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

Photo of Daveshek28
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | 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
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | 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

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