Parabola | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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 Buffalo Trace.

Added by largadeer on 03-26-2008

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.97/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I broke out a 2013 Parabola for the kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII. The Parabola poured a dark brown/black with a thin off-white head. The smell was simply tremendous. I picked up lots of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon on the nose. It was one of those beers that I just couldn't stop smelling it between sips. The flavor of the beer lived up to and perhaps even exceeded its incredible scent. The taste made me think of a slightly undercooked dark chocolate fudge caramel brownie a la mode with vanilla bean bourbon ice cream. There were also some notes of roasted coffee beans. Its rich and decadent flavors were a perfect match for its smooth, velvety, creamy mouthfeel. I thought that the 13% ABV was rather well-disguised for the style. An absolute pleasure to drink in every way possible. Insanely delicious. 2013 Parabola is definitely an all-timer for me. Firestone Walker has blown me away yet again with their barrel-aged releases.

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4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage purchased by A&I in Las Vegas.

Appearance - Dark brown with slightly ruby tint

Smell - Sweet bourbon, chocolate, ginger bread, cinnamon, coffee

Mouth Feel - Extremely, velvety smooth. Best that I have had even though I could do without the carbonation.

Taste - Follows the smell. Balanced, but more prominent bourbon taste than KBS.

Overall- As the label says, "a one-of-a-kind sipping beer".

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I wish it was not a limited release so I wouldn't have to drop $$$ to get a good supply of it. Firestone is the reason I started to get involved with the whole beer advocacy. This beer was so smooth with the hints of coffee and the barrel aged. It was beautifully crafted almost being able to take the strands of oak that caressed the individual molecules it touched. Ok maybe that's taking it a little far, but it made me fall in love with beer all over again.

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4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had a 2012 version on draft at Belmont Station during the Bigger Badder Blacker fest.

12 oz pour

Black with minimal lacing and head. you know the deal

Slight carbonation

smell is out of this world. Sweet, chocolate, oak, bourbon, malty, and probably 20 other smells that combine into something great.

mouthfeel is thick buy not to the BCBS level thickness. They got it just right.

taste/overall - this takes the cake for me. there are many others right behind. But the year and a half of aging on this keg did wonders. Cannot reccomend an aged Parabola enough. so many flavors going on that all work in harmony with a perfect touch of barrel aging. you can taste the alcohol, but it is not hot at all. molasses, burnt sugar, malt, chocolate, dark figs. I have had most of the Firestone offerings and knew it would be good, but this aged version I could have drank for hours. bravo.

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 6,513 ratings.
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