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 Buffalo Trace.

Added by largadeer on 03-26-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27
Reviews:
1,282
Ratings:
6,702
pDev:
7.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 6,702 |  Reviews: 1,282
Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Speiglau BA glass.

Look is a pitch black with little to no head.

Aroma is roast chocolate malt vanilla and barrel.

Taste is delicious roast malt and barrel. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of Sonray61
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of LA_Hue24
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of grapeshops
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nage37
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ArtAttackEd
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jacobdunne
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of greinert21
4.14/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knickfan3
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Tobin776
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of byronic
4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night and completely opaque with very minimal lacing. Amazing nose with loads of barrel including hints of chocolate and coffee.

Up first is the sweetness from the bourbon barrels followed by coffee and a hint of vanilla. A bit later the chocolate appears and gives way to black cherry.

Velvety smooth yet mouth coating which leads to a obscenely long finish balanced between flavour and warmth.

It's a sipper but I'm struggling to put it down.

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

New favorite excellent on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Johng19751
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of jason_nwx
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Samdaddy
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mlaty
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had several of these each with 2 years age. Very consistent and pours like motor oil. So good and a real joy to sip. MUST ALLOW TO WARM, serving right out of the fridge is a mistake.

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

Photo of sunnovgoat
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Jakepeterson
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Harrison8
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with two fingers of khaki head. Head retention is good. Aroma is bourbon, barrel, oak, oats, caramel, and toffee with roasted and toasted malts. It's hearty and filling, just after taking a whiff. There is a kiss of heat at the back from the bourbon. Flavor profile is caramel, toffee, molasses, oak, with bourbon becoming more apparent at the finish. It's never boozy, nor hot despite have a hearty dose of bourbon in each sip. Toasted and roasted malts form a firm and strong base for this hearty beer. Mouth feel is thick, with a velvety, creamy texture that provides and expansive, filling experience. Overall, a hearty stout with lots of depth and a good level of bourbon without being overly powering or heavy. In fact, the only indicator that this beer is 14% ABV is the label, otherwise it is smooth.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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

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

Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,702 ratings