Parabola | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4.61 w/ 6,535 ratings

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

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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

2013 vintage bottle poured into a 5 oz snifter

A - pours a dark black with a slight off white head that disappated quickly

S - notes of chocolate similar to a tootsie roll, caramel, bourbon and a slight bit of heat hit the nose

T - very similar to the nose. Chocolate, caramel, boozey and with the barrel coming through on the backend

M - medium body with a slight amount of heat. Very well hidden for 13%

O - Big, beautiful, boozey,bangin' beer. #myfirstwhale

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

tap at Mekong. snifter.

pours a pitch black with a small beige head. big chocolatey nose...boozy too. you can tell this'll be a big beer. taste is a perfect blend of chocolate, malt, bourbon...just excellently blended together. just lovely. so smooth. full bodied with low carbonation.

overall, one of the best RIS in the world.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip
2013 Vintage
review #550

A- Pours pitch black in the glass. A rather large frothy brown head. Pretty impressive alcohol legs as well.

S- Strong bourbon nose. A hint of alcohol. A lot of bitter dark chocolate. Burnt sugar. Leather and a hint of oak.

T- A big dark chocolate flavor at first. A nice burnt sugar and caramel. Sticky molasses. A big bourbon character, lots of sour mash. A burnt oak flavor. Lots of wood flavor. Some alcohol, I did have this beer a few months ago and the alcohol has receded quite a bit.

M- Big and full bodied, some alcohol burn.

O- One of the best out there.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.21/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried this big beer recently and followed it up with TG's Assassin on a night of "Big Stout" tasting.

This beer would be a great candidate to age. I had the 2013 Vintage and although it was very good, it had a little too much of the roastiness that I don't love in fresh imperial stouts. With some time though, my guess is this taste would mellow out allowing some of the other flavors to come through. Overall though, this beer was fantastic as it has a great bourbon smell and taste to help compliment the imperial stout characteristics that are there behind the bourbon.

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

A standard BA stout that along with BCBS, all else is judged. Very tasty BA stout that smooth;s out with age. At 3 years, it get really fudgy and heart warming.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98.2% out of 100 with 6,535 ratings
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