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): 12.70%

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 Buffalo Trace.

Added by largadeer on 03-26-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40
Reviews:
1,318
Ratings:
6,840
pDev:
7.59%
 
 
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3,148
Gots:
3,797
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4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peterpunk15
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RiverRick
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigMatt408
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of nater919
4.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

After wanting to try this for a long time and never catching it in TX, I finally found it while visiting family in NJ. Found a 2018 bottle in a box on the shelf. Pour is black, low head, great lacing, rich body.
Smell is dark fruit, dark chocolate plum and bourbon barrel.
Taste is full and has vanilla hints, roasted cocoa, creamy bourbon notes, coffee & molasses, very nice stuff. Everything you want in a BA Stout.
Feel is full, sticky, low carbonation.
Like others mention, there’s a tootsie roll aspect to the sweet notes. Just a hint of black licorice at the end burn. It nicely compliments the bourbon barrel flavors (and everything else). Outstanding and about as good as I was hoping.

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

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage 22oz bottle (opened 9-9-18)
1/2" tan head on top of a pitch black Imperial Stout. Head holds at a cap covering 7/8ths of the beer...light lacing.
Roasted malts and still plenty of booze 4 years on it. Strong chicory coffee, a creamy tone.
Rich malts, chocolate...caramel, coconut, cream, mellow roast. Delicious.
Amazing silky mouthfeel...velvet. The heat has subsided. LOOONG finish full of roasty malts and booze.
Wow, 4yrs feels right, so good. Layered and complex. Smooth.
Rated 4.38

2017 Vintage 12oz bottle (opened 7-23-18)
1/4" tan head, short retention on top of a black stout. Light lacing.
Dark chocolate, vanilla, sharp booziness.
Big boozy flavor and still hot at 14.5%, chewy fudge, coconut, dark fruit. Tootsie Roll. Wood and barrel age are the show here.
Woo-hoo big beer, lots of long lasting heat and warmth. Not quite full bodied, I'm going medium bodied but velvety smooth with low carbonation.
Enjoyed this, would be a good one to share even at 12oz.
Rated 4

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Photo of JN1
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A true classic and fits the style to the tee. There's good reason that this is the base of Firestone's finest.

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4.41/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.06/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Danmullens1
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chris7482
4.18/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucular
4.42/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours a dark brown (definitely not black) with a creamy head. Smells awesome - bourbon, vanilla, coffee, dark roasted malt, dark chocolate. Taste is similar but perhaps not complex as hoped for. Feel is pretty thin but not overly boozy at all. Overall, this is a great beer but for me didn't live up to the hype. I'd be curious to try it from a bottle.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,840 ratings