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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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with an off-white head.

Nose is of caramel and bourbon.

Tobacco, raisin and molasses, then, of course, bourbon barrel. Prominent sweet, sharp chocolate and light tinges of cinnamon go very well with the high ABV, mixes instead of hiding it. Great roasted malt character, though can't pick out coffee specifically. A year old really is the way to go, I had a 3 year vertical. That gives it a mellow, cloudy base.

Dense, syrupy, delicious.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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

Poured a deep brown/black with a slight red tinge when held to light and a thin ring of off-white head. Not as pure black as some Imperial Stouts, but beautiful. Scents of oak, coconut, bourbon, faint coffee hints of alcohol and a bit of sweetness. Very nice, definitely an oak aged RIS, rich and boozy. I love it. Flavor starts with roast malt, black coffee, oak, bourbon and sweet malt, with very faint hints of alcohol. The finish brings forth bittersweet cocoa, sweet chocolate and alcohol that carry into the aftertaste. Very good. Deep and strong in flavor, with all the notes of barrel aging and a good RIS as well. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, a smooth feeling and a slight hint of alcohol burn. Very easy to drink, hiding the 13% ABV quite well. Overall this is an excellent RIS. It's got the nice barrel aged quality and the core strengths of the style to carry it and it is just plain wonderful to drink.

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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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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of SquidLTV
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%

Photo of Axnjxn
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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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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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%

Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,672 ratings