Parabola | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

6,556 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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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip

A - poured a deep black with a tinge of amber. Light lacing to what very little head it poured.

S - immediately got the bourbon, but not overpowering. Also hints of baker's chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and some black licorice. Anticipation was at it's peak!

T - Again, not as heavy on the whisky as I was expecting, (to my liking). Great complexity! Choc, oaky wood, malty, coffee, a spice or two (i kept saying cinnamon), a little booze, licorice.

M - Just WOW was the first word after my initial taste. So well balanced. Had a buttery velvet-like finish.

O - This was well worth the wait! I liked that it was not as heavy on the "bourbon barrel" taste as others in this style. Overall, one of the best beers I've tasted. EVER!

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4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review of the 2013 Vintage

A: Pours a jet black, with a thin head that dissipates almost immediately. Holding up to the light, a faint ruby light emanates from the beer.

S: Chocolate, coffee, dark sticky fruit and quite a bit of booze.

T: Like a chocolate covered coffee candy. The booze present in the nose is not present in the taste.

M: A wonderful thick body, just thin enough to make it easily drinkable.

O: An amazing vintage, a perfect marriage of flavors and barrel aging. Ignore the comments on that it's too hot, it's perfect.

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3.83/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I had it with a bottle share with the Art and Craft Brews club. I knew what to expect from a bourbon barrel aged oatmeal stout. I was a bit disappointed at how unfriendly this beer drank. Everyone I spoke to about it says that it gets better with time. Shouldn't it be outstanding now and extraordinary later?
It poured dark like oil with very minimal head and very sexually. I wish these guys could figure out a natural additive that would make the head hang out a bit longer in these high ABV barrel aged stouts. The aromas were intense which is always a good thing but along with the rich bourbon, chocolate, slight vanilla, smoked caramel, berry medley and oak was the very apparent scent of alcohol. A renowned beer is great because the alcohol is invisible and you can really get into it. This one it is dead center and you enter with a state of mind that speaks moderation which is not good. The flavor was an alcoholic punch to the mouth that left a very nutty aftertaste that coated my mouth for a long time afterwards which was very good. Awesome in fact. I wish the dynamic of flavor profiles was a smooth transition. All the greatness is there but it should be a bit friendlier. The chocolate, vanilla, roasty, dark fruit notes are very distinguishable and enjoyable once you jump the alcohol hurdle.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber of 2013 Parabola poured into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip

Appearance: Pours a deep black with just a hint of brown on the edges when the glass is tilted.

Smell: Everything good about a barrel aged stout is present. Chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, some dark fruits. Excellent balance of aromas.

Taste: The taste follows the smell. It is a bit hot at the moment but I believe that will go away with time. Vanilla, chocolate, and a little smoky. I don't really pick up any of the roasted malt notes, except maybe on a little on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Excellent mouthfeel, this is one area where this barrel aged stout shines! Many I have had lately are undercarbonated and become unpleasant after a while. This beer however has a superb mouthfeel with great, fine carbonation.

Overall: This is drinking excellent for how young it is. I believe that with 6 months to a year the alcohol will be smoothed out and it will be the best vintage of Parabola yet. Excellent release!

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,556 ratings
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