Parabola | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,420
Reviews:
1,224
Avg:
4.54
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
Wants:
3,146
Gots:
3,691
For Trade:
273
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Ratings: 6,420 |  Reviews: 1,224
Photo of SGerrard
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed draft pour into an aluminum cup at the Brash Brewing opening party. My kind of stout - inky black, rich mouthfeel, balanced chocolate, touch of vanilla, and sweet but not cloying. Lovely!

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Photo of LFinCO
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Moshulu
4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TubaDan
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Greeny87
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachlyon
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schimschim
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MCMASTERSANCHEZ
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bkwhoppa66
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bustersuess
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaverCS
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage, split between 2 people for my graduation party.

Aroma is of strong molasses, tobacco, dark chocolate, and an alcohol heat.

Taste is very thick and rich. Beautiful molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, and pipe tobacco marry together initiatially. This lasts for half the sip, then a slight hop bitterness plays through. It's surprisingly bitter, but it isn't unwelcomed as it prevents the beer from being too sweet. It sucks the saliva right out of the mouth. The finale is a cumulation of the bitterness, molasses, and alcohol heat.

Overall, this is a great beer. I like bcbs a little better. I think the beer has a little too much bitterness, but it is still fantastic. I reccomend drinking this beer plain, as to prevent mixing of flavors; it deserves it. It gets a 96/100.

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Photo of caplone
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bennyman12
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle.

Appears and smells like it should: Black, bourbony, barrelly.
The taste: hot! Whoa! The bourbon is quality, though, and does that coconut to banana finish that pappy does that I just love. And there are stout flavors too, locked in carnal embrace with the bourbon. Downright pornograpic, this beer.
The body isn't super thick, but I don't mind that too much. The carb is fine enough to give it a creaminess.

Overall a very sexy beer. in fact, my favorite ba stout. Boom!

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

Photo of Thecasehead
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Redgoatman
4.86/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerando
3.82/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TK317
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Stefko
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WCKDVBZ
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewduder
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from a 2014 bottle into a tulip:

Appearance: Pours somewhere between black as hell and as black as it can get. Thin, dark-brown head that dissipates quickly into a ring around the edge of the glass. Small specks of lacing left behind.

Smell: TONS of bourbon, along with lots of roasty coffee and cocoa. Smell gets better and better as the beer warms. Incredibly decadent and pungent.

Taste: Layer upon layer of sweet chocolate and bitter nibs, along with lots of espresso-coffee flavors. Very little heat for a BBA stout at 14%. Smooth, complex, and delicious.

Feel: heavy-bodied, with a thick, fudgy mouthfeel. Taste leaves dark chocolate lingering for a LOOOOOONG time.

Overall: It's one of the best BA stouts on the market, and is worth seeking out/trading for if you haven't had it.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 6,420 ratings.
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