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:
6,467
Reviews:
1,235
Avg:
4.54
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Ratings: 6,467 |  Reviews: 1,235
Photo of LeftHanded666
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brenn79
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle - Pours black with a small mocha colored head that reduces to a blanket. Aroma is vanilla, toffee, oak, caramel, very typical FW barrel aroma, smooth, creamy, unlike most anything else out there. The taste is chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak barrel, creamy and decadent, imperial stout, delicious.

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

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

Photo of AirBob
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OldTownBeerGeek
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Atodd21
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cmukid87
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of WunderLlama
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle poured into a Teku glass

Dark brown liquid, brown ring of foam, some lacings

Aroma of bourbon, tobacco, brown sugar, raisins, toffee

Taste of gentle sipping bourbon, raisins, dark fruit, chocolate

Velvety smooth, alcohol present but doesn't burn. This is 14% abv??!! Very well blended

I now what all of the fuss is about. repeatable beer


Good beer!

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

Photo of BarrelAgedDiogenes
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bobrking
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of DrederickTatum
4.11/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Toasted oak, flaked coconut, toffee, roasted malt. Epic beer. Worthy of the praise, price and the effort to track it down. The smoothness and roastiness of an excellently crafted imperial stout with the flavor complexity as a result of being mellowed in a blend of barrels formely holding world class bourbon. Oak, toffee, toasted coconut, earthy spice combines with bitter chocolate, coffee (from the roasted malt), charred grains with a little molasses on the backend. Bitter, sweet, roasty, oaky all at once - this is one to behold. Silky smooth with a creamy mouthfeel throughout. Warmth not heat from the ABV. World class.

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Photo of bauers
4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Eman17
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Reviewing 2017 vintage.

Pours with all the standard features of a BA imperial stout. Nose features coffee, caramel, hints of vanilla. Taste is rich, deep, complex. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon are all there and are well balanced against one another. Mouth feel is smooth. Overall another outstanding addition to the Parabola lineage.

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Photo of cshafer7
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of phizzle
4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 6,467 ratings.
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