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:
6,488
Reviews:
1,241
Avg:
4.54
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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3,145
Gots:
3,716
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Ratings: 6,488 |  Reviews: 1,241
Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whamola333
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TFB5
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandonwnw
4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of dmk82
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IBUQT
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of martinimike82
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

This is one that I will generally buy several bottles of each year, and it never disappoints. Rich with dark fruit fudge like characteristics with just enough bitter to balance everything out. I actually prefer this fresh, rather than with some age on it.

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Photo of mrtomatohead49
3.96/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of indybearsfan
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Prov144
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(2015) Good chocalate, raisin dried fruit coconut the finish has a very alchol flavor (this is the downer part) residual chocolate dry.

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

Photo of Johnhuis
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KBrady
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JimmyShaker1
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ha-sheem
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maplebaconassassin
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of barefoot71
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HarriAle
4.96/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

2011 vintage. Not much carbonation left. Still has tons of chocolate flavor and not very boozy anymore. Great beer.

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Photo of johnlatona
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ross84
4.98/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of HippieDave56
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paz8812
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CNoj012
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Been saving this beer for a special occasion. Beer #300 on BA qualifies right? This beer pours a beautiful jet black with slight highlights of amber when held up directly to the light. The head is a nice fluffy light brown that eventually disappears into just a ring around the outside of the glass. There are also nice sheets of lacing. Smell is fantasic and complex. Bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of vanilla are most prominent to me. Taste is the same, and although there is a good amount of bourbon flavor, it does not come across as too boozy. Feel is rich and full bodied, a bit slick. Overall this beer is outstanding, fantastic, amazing and any other synonym you can come up with. Need to trade for more ASAP.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 6,488 ratings.
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