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:
#27
Reviews:
1,310
Ratings:
6,803
pDev:
7.59%
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0
 
 
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Ratings: 6,803 |  Reviews: 1,310
Photo of rarigney
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hman43
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: It pours dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is low.

Smell: It has aromas of dark chocolate and bourbon. There is an oak aroma with a slight hint of vanilla.

Taste: There a many different flavors that hit all at once. The include bourbon and wood with chocolate a slight burnt flavor. There are plums and a hint of vanilla with alcohol.

Feel: It has a full body with smooth alcohol warming which is actually a surprise considering the alcohol content. It has a moderately high bitter finish.

Overall, the complex flavors and balances which allows them all to come through makes this an excellent beer.

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Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of silverblaze540
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Motor oil opaque black and thick with minimal head that is gone fast.
S - Sweet dark fruits; cherries.
T - Sweet cherries; malty and smokey with light carbonation.
F - Thick and somewhat crisp.
O - Sweet and fruity, full-bodied taste and smell. Very enjoyable.

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

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A solid black with an above average body, below average carbonation,overall a nice feel to it.
Aroma is bourbon,but not a heavy boozy bourbon. Roasted malt, milk chocolate,and a little dark chocolate and coffee.
Taste was awesome,all the flavors I described but not one was extremely forward. Really smooth and way to easy to get down despite abv. This is one that's worth the hype

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Photo of ejmontoy1
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeak81
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cristoph
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into an arome glass.
Look: Pure black without any significant head at all.
Smell: Awesome smell of molasses and bourbon.
Taste: Complex mixture of molasses, vanilla and bourbon. The extremely high alcohol content is definitely noticable, but this this beer is still extremely smooth going down in spite of its ABV of 12.7%. This is not a beer that you'd want to drink quickly.
Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation, full bodied beer that is very smooth.
Overall: It is definitely not difficult to understand why this is considered a world class beer.

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

Photo of floyd_pugman
4.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018 batch. Pours a deep chocolate fudge color with minimal head. Nose is chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and fig. Palate is caramel, fig, chocolate fudge, and roasted malt, with some rye spice, plum, and a smidge of coconut emerging. Not bad, but a little more body and sludginess would do it wonders. I’ve been blending last year’s version into other, heavier stouts that I feel would do better with these flavors, and will likely do the same with this year’s.

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

2018 Vintage No.009.Pours into a goblet jet black with a pretty thin tan colored head that is gone pretty quickly.The deep bourbon notes give off some caramel and vanilla,a bit dark chocolate comes thru as well but the bourbon steals the show.A thick chewy feel is just right for this beer,very decadent in the mouth.Flavors start out with dark fruits and caramel,I get a hint of roasted nuts as well,the full on bourbon never really takes over but it's obvious it's the main component of the beer.More tootsie roll-like flavors emerge as it warms giving some nice chocolate flavor to the profile.It's damn good,one of the better beers of 2018 for me but maybe not quite as good as the rating...for me.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious but very sweet, sugary

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got to try Parabola from Firestone Walker, and I was not disappointed. It really is a great stout. Wonderful flavor.

Look: dark brown almost black with a half inch fluffy mocca colored head

Aroma: bourbon, roasted malts, caramel

Taste: The flavor is roasted malts, caramel, dark fruit/figs, it is sweet and with significant bourbon, milk chocolate and vanilla, maybe some coffee. It's complex but it has a great flavor.

Feel: medium to full body, silky and smooth

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Photo of Negrelly
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AllOfTheCats
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ahypercube
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been looking forward to running into this for a few years now. Not disappointed whatsoever. This is hands down the best RIS I have had that did not include coffee as an ingredient. Just had a Sucaba, and I thought it could have used a little more bitterness of some sort, preferably roastiness. That is exactly what this beer delivers: an almost identical, but darker version of their barleywine.

L: Claims an srm of 99.0? Didn't think that was possible for a beer. Looks somewhere between 36-39 to me; a good source of light can penetrate through about an inch of liquid. Barely any head. Very low carbonation.

S: Divine. Molasses and dried dark fruits (mostly cherry and plum) are first again, with bourbon, vanilla and coconut filling out the middle and hints of leather and tobacco before a chocolate syrup and buttery toffee finish that has a satisfying charred oak note to cap it off.

T: Upon sipping, I find it uncanny how similar this is to Sucaba. It is literally the same beer with more bourbon barrel and more charcoal: which makes it a slightly better beer. I could still imagine this style done better. Molasses is too prominent in it, for my taste.

F: That little bit of extra bitter on the finish makes all the difference when sipping. I do not find this one at all cloying, while I thought the Sucaba was a touch too syrupy in the balance.

O: A fantastic Imperial Stout from a recipe that is tried and true. Hey guys, wanna try adding some coffee??

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

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

Photo of jhlosito75
4.77/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of JPeterson17
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,803 ratings