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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
 
 
Wants:
3,145
Gots:
3,747
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,598 |  Reviews: 1,257
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4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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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4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JLS06
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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

Photo of wmartin
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I guess I should be glad they only put this out in 12 oz bottles now. If I had one of the older bombers, I'd probably drink too much of this 13.4% ABV brew.

Had a 2017 bottle, and was very much impressed. Dark, deep, and delicious pretty much sums it up.

If you want details, depth is bourbon barrel flavors, that amplifies a nice base IS. Excellent sweet maltiness and a great finish of brown sugar and malt. Nicely done!

I rate this above Narhwal, which is high praise. I note that Narwhal is not BA, and a I generally prefer non-BA IS. But Parabola challenges that order.

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

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4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Damn, when it comes to the high-ABV barrel-aged hooch, this guys are smooooove. Heard of Parobola for years as a sought-after brew, finally having my first one - lives up to the hype!

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4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've enjoyed Parabola a handful of times over the years, of various vintages and cellaring durations, but just found that I've never lodged a rating. I doubt there's much need to add another score to the database, but here goes--this is based on a 2016 bomber. Pours on the thin side, thin but dark. Half a finger of very light-colored head. Smells rich and malty, with some vinous notes more akin to an oloroso or PX sherry. Some vanilla and dark chocolate come in on the palate, leading to a finish that's moderately dry at first, but eventually produces an aftertaste of brown sugar and raisins mixed into oatmeal.

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4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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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4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage
Pours dark brown almost black with tan head.
Aroma has bourbon, dried dark fruits, oak, dusty cocoa,
Taste is so much bourbon, oak, chocolate cake, cocoa, vanilla, spices,

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4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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