Parabola | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

6,487 Ratings
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 6,487 |  Reviews: 1,240
Photo of StoutChaser7D
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Jonathan2291
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of HoppyMcStout
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of cheah
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Jdotswizz
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Nightwish1094
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of KevMo84
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Broom
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Moheban
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Birmz
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of NRo
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of D-18V
4.82/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm hard pressed to say this isn't the best beer i've ever had. in my opinion the only beer I enjoy entering my chambers as much is Bourbon County Coffee, Cherry Rye, or Proprietors. I'm speaking about a cold night on a porch. This isn't fair because I drank this 2014 Parabola on the edge of a wall next to a beautiful girl, feet in the bay, 7 beers deep (and then remembered I brought Parabola). Set and Setting, this was the best beer I've ever had. It is unreal. Its like this elixir, it has the same mouthfeel as homegrown mountain Dew. It is unbelievable, unbeatable, and it is firestone walker.

 601 characters

Photo of fourZero
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good God!! This is as close to a meal in a bottle as you will find, ANYWHERE. If you taste this without food on the palate, it comes across as deceptively minorly-boozy. Once any type of food hits the palate, the booziness comes through in a BIG way and this will kick your ass. For SURE a sipping beer, not just for the $/mL but for the mouthfeel if nothing else. A meal in a bottle and hard to match anywhere..

 412 characters

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.98/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I had the honor of experiencing this brew on tap at the New England Tap House Grill in Hooksett NH on 5/28/14. This was one of those ultra-surprising unexpected finds on their(or anyone's) rotating beer list.

The beer was poured into a snifter glass and the first glance offered up one dark beauty of a beer. Mostly black with hints of brown on the edge when hit by the right lighting. No head to speak of just a slight mocha ring around the top and virtually no lacing as well. Smells of, well, bourbon. Some vanilla, aged oak, dark coffee, and some espresso also join in with the abundance of bourbon. Taste is great with the hints of the above mentioned with bourbon being the most pronounced flavor for me. Very well done mouthfeel that coats the palate and is very smooth. I found Parabola to be moderately sweet and extremely easy to drink, but a sipper with that high abv. I really enjoyed this aged stout tremendously and it was amazing to get a hold of this masterpiece . Highly recommended!

 1,002 characters

Photo of Jmitchell3
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of tjmackie
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of prock180
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of The_Drunken_Sniper
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Metllica97
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jdorlicz
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of BRYeleJR
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jamesar
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Rogorama
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of BEERschlitz
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Lance87
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 6,487 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.