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): 12.70%

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26
Reviews:
1,303
Ratings:
6,777
pDev:
7.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 6,777 |  Reviews: 1,303
Photo of Zoomslowik
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Pitch black, not a lot of head or lacing. Some carb bubbles on initial poor.

S- Boozy sweet smell with dark fruit. Some vanilla.

T- A lot going on. Fruity on initial taste, plum and a little dark cherry. A little bitter-sweet with dark chocolate, coffee and caramel. Definitely some oaky booze and something else I can't quite place (coconut?). Well blended.

F- Luxurious feel that coats the mouth. I would like it to be slightly thicker though.

0- A lot of interesting flavors. Slightly boozy, but not overpowering.

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Photo of Reds76
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick, toasty malt with solid barrel backbone. Chewy with chocolate/molasses finish.

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Photo of Diglitt
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. When I finally got a bottle to open, I was nervous because I usually don't follow hype and it mostly disappoints if I do. This though.... Parabola really shot up to the top ranks of my list with every sip. I remember sharing with my roommate and we were both just amazed by it. Definitely try to get one of these if you haven't yet. Simply awesome.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BHansen214
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of xrusha
4.14/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of swierczt
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Isermaja
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of W_Des
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black from the body. Nice medium notes of bourbon, chocolate and roast. Nice viscous mouthfeel, almost chewy and drinks very smooth with a subdued heat and nice light sweetness.

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Photo of MizterJawsh
4.13/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage poured into a tulip glass after chilling and warming slightly. Black as the night sky in color, followed by a slight lacing on top. Fruit flavors abundant upfront, a blast of bourbon with chocolate undertones, and finishing off with a hint of coconut. Overall this a super quality beer, maybe not quite what I expected given the hype however I still extremely enjoyed it. Have another 2016 sitting on my shelf until 2017 so I can rotate, perhaps with age it will blow my mind.

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

Photo of OKFine
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spinrsx
4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage

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Photo of Diet-z
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Stolenface1
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 Vintage - No. 007 - 13.1% abv

Pours burgundy black with a creamy dark beige colored head. Smells really sweet and boozy, kind of like dark bread and fudge brownies with dried dark fruits, big bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, coconut, chocolate, coffee roast, charred oak, and mild earthy grass. Tastes very bittersweet with bourbon, toffee, caramel, mild coconut, vanilla, dark roast coffee, rich dark chocolate, fudge, some dried black cherries and fig, brown bread, some charred oak, with mild earthy grass. Feels thick, medium-full bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really great bourbon barrel aged imperial oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Perryhere
4.14/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

I had the 2014 and the 2015. Firestone makes a great stout. the 15 was a bit more boozy than the 14 but probably my favorite out of their stouts. Parabola is a really good beer for one that isn't impossible to find.

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

Photo of FifthPaw
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of swimdudemdr
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage
thin for a stout but nose and taste is spot on... a complex mix of dark fruit, raisins, and coconut... sweet but not cloyingly so, with a mildly bitter dry finish.... very pleasant.

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Photo of Jonesy1981
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,777 ratings