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 Buffalo Trace.

Added by largadeer on 03-26-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27
Reviews:
1,284
Ratings:
6,709
pDev:
7.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of KidSalami
4.77/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of LloydDobler
4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of clvand0
4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bonesaw1127
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jakethesnake503
4.87/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MacMalt
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter glass. It pours a dark mahogany - nearly black, with a very thin khaki colored head and virtually no lacing. The smell is of rich, dark chocolate, coffee, oak, and, of course, bourbon. The taste is absolutely amazing; one of very few "5's" I've ever given. All the flavors are evident and they blend exquisitely: dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, molasses, and black cherry. I'm not sure I can even discern all the wonderful flavors. You really taste the bourbon at the end but considering the ABV is 14%, there really isn't a strong alcohol burn, which is amazing to me. This stout is moderately thick, not nearly as chewy as some, and it is lightly carbonated. While it is absolutely a sipper, it is an easy one. Overall, Parabola actually exceeds its hype. It is positively decadent. Russian Imperial Stout is my favorite style and I simply haven't had one better than this. I just wish I could find more of it!

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Photo of WontontoIsDrinking
4.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spacecake9
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade and saved for Christmas.
A - Pours a brown black with very little head.
S - The aroma is first dark chocolate and then booze.
T - The flavor follows the nose. And this is without a doubt the best tasting dark chocolate in beer I have ever had. The alcohol comes in at the very end and finishes perfectly.
M - Not as thick and chewy as you might expect. Low carbonation.
O - My latest WOW beer. Perfectly balanced, perfectly done. Just outstanding. Wish I had more.

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Photo of Johncnh
4.87/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrob21
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of cajzr8
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewjoel
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.87/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Nose is all bourbon. First sip unveils tons of chocolate, sweet vanilla and oak notes, and smooth bourbon. A second wave of flavors comes on with dark fruits, some fantastic coconut notes, and a tasty roasted coffee finish

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Photo of blowpez
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of JB62
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Whatup14
4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gcasher
4.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at buellton barrel works. No bottles available. Bourbon dominates with oak over stout flavors, but very tasty and viscous mouthfeel is great. Pitch black, strong alcohol, a great sipper.

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

Photo of whamola333
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandonwnw
4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 6,709 ratings