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Parabola | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

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.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a decent amount of brown head. I would say the color was around 167 srm's.

S - Booze, chocolate, coffee.

T - Good amount of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, buttery(?), very smooth, good amount of malt. Flavors blend very well.

M - On the thicker side of medium, right amount of carbonation for me, again very smooth.

O - Very good, one of my favorite bourbon aged imp stouts.

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Photo of mactrail
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vast, boozy, but pleasing black concoction. Maybe it's the color, but I think of tar and liquorice. Rather sweet, like whiskey, but more of a candy taste. Quite hot and tangy with alcohol, like a liqueur. Malt is a big wall of taste with that sweet Sugar Daddy flavor all the way to the aftertaste. Hops are robust enough to stand up to the sugar and barrel flavors. Intense is the word.

Sippibility is good, if you're in the mood for a strong dose of hootch. Label says this is 2011 batch.

June 15, 2012 update - tried the 2012 version. Lovely aroma of Yukon Jack, and that hot malt is endlessly tasty. But it still tastes like something that squirts in your mouth out of a liqueur chocolate.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter

A Pours a dark black color with a thin mocha head that dissipates quickly.

S The nose is strong with a lot going on. There are notes of bourbon, vanilla, licorice, oak, and booze. Quite nice and complex, I could spend a long time smelling this one.

T Equally as complex as the nose with each sip revealing something different. There are notes of chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla, a slight dark fruit note, a hint of smoke and a lot of alcohol.

M The mouthfeel is thick but not syrupy and is accompanied by a long lasting warming feeling.

Overall this might be the best Russian Imperial stout I have ever had. I am so glad I have another bottle of this one.

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Photo of meatyard
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque black with a short-lived tan head that falls to a sparse cover.

The smell is a spectacular roasted malt and bourbon aroma that improves as it warms.

The taste includes bourbon and cocoa and licorice and vanilla. It is in the complex area more so than adding up it's parts to make a great beer. Very, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is thicker at first then tends toward medium as it warms.

Overall: This is a really great beer especially at the high ABV that doesn't feel like 12%. Highly recommended and I wish I had more.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 bottle poured into Tulip.
A-Beer pours a very deep black with a finger tan head that eventually reduces to a lasting ring.
S-The smell is very strong and powerfull. Chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, bourbon, and a slight vanilla.
T- A sweet yet bitter start, lots of malts, lots of chocolate and coffee flavors oats, hint of vanilla, bourbon and a little bit of heat from the alcohol.
M- This is a big beer and you can feel it on your palate, its thick and creamy.
O- Amazing beer that is defenitly a big sipper, lives up to its rep and defenitly satisfying. Share this one.

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Photo of silentjay
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 release. luckily found this just sitting on a shelf. picked up 2 bottles, left a few for others.

pours jet black, as expected, with a sizable dark mocha head being the result of a rigorous pour. the head recedes semi-quickly and laces pretty well.

lots of molasses in the aroma with some vanilla, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, oak, and a touch of char.

boozy molasses flavor is most dominant, with vanilla, soy sauce, coffee, cocoa, oak, a bit of dark fruits, some dark rum, plenty of booze. sweet, roasty and boozy.

pretty full-bodied and syrupy with some prickly carbonation and a significant alcohol burn.

very good beer. doesn't quite meet the expectations I had, but one that I would drink again. Definite candidate for cellaring, and I put my other bottle away. Will revisit in a year or so. I think some time will put this beer into the upper echelon.


though there are people who say Firestone's barrel-aged beers don't age well... the alcohol burn in this one subsides significantly after just 6 months. I wouldn't age it for years though. 6-9 months seemesto be the sweet spot for this one.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.79/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-black with a creamy dark tan head. has a perfect lacing that coats the glass.

S-dark bittersweet chocolate. smells creamy. moderate strength

T-wow this is a beer that fights back! it comes in with a very strong taste of baking chocolate and alcohol with a bitterness that stings the tongue. its a sweet and powerful taste that lasts! it has a long lasting after-taste that is mostly made of dark bittersweet cocoa powder.

M-very smooth and creamy with a creamy finish. has some alcohol bite to it.

O-a very tasty and a very serious stout. its definitely something that will both wake you up and then put you to sleep. its not very drinkable, in any way. this is a sipper that i'm glad i tried, but i won't be craving this any time soon.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a SOLID black. A tan head at first but fades due to the high ABV.

The smell is oak, vanilla, and a ever so slight hint of alcohol.

The taste is bold. Lots going on here with mostly chocolate on the tongue with a lot of oak on the back. A dark chocolate flavor hangs around for awhile as well.

The body is one of the heaviest I've encountered. Almost desert like.

Damn fine beer!

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/2" head which falls quickly to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some fruit sweetness are up front. Some vanilla and alcohol round it out.

Taste: big roasted malt flavors, chocolate, vanilla, prunes, a bit of coffee , and alcohol. Very complex and flavors improve as it warms.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: very slow sipping but very flavorful. This would be better aged as it is a bit boozy now.

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Photo of bobhits
3.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium black, seemingly flat in the pour but eventually nice 2 finger head forms and seems to linger well. Not overly dense or motor oil like (shucks).

Black cherry, coffee, chocolate, and bourbon aromas.

What an interesting beer. It has notes of bourbon, but the fruit aromas are certainly in the flavor and rather strong. I believe they hinted at red wine barrel aging? I think that has to be this fruit flavor. Regardless of how they did it, they have crafted a full complex and rather interesting beer. This embodies those complex floral notes that Russian Imperial Stouts should have intermingled with the chocolate and coffee roasted flavors of a stout. Chocolate and roasted notes are the biggest show cases here though. That sweet floral flavor is a background note near the end as it warms, but up front it is pretty damn powerful.

Thick and creamy, yet not motor oil thick. I nice balance is struck here, but it lacks that perfect carbonation to round things out. Good but not great.

I’ve only had a few firestone walker beers, but all have been outstanding for their styles and simply showcase level beers. This one…well it is competing with perhaps my favorite beers so it is hard to compare. It isn’t the coffee forward beer I had been lead by reviews to believe I was about to enjoy. It has barrel aged but really it reminds me more of non-barrel aged Russian imperials. All that said for the 25th best beer in the world, I’m a bit unimpressed. A perfect 5 in complexity, but is complex enough? Very very good, but truly great? Maybe a hair short. e

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Photo of claspada
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 Version.

Pours almost black (darkest brown ever) with a nice tannish brown small foam head that sticks around with a bit of lacing.

Aromas begin with a ton of bakers cocoa powder. Dry, roasty bitter chocolate. Next I get a lot of the barrel; oak, vanilla, charred wood and some booze. As it opens up more I get some more of the sweeter dark caramels, nice sweet vanilla and surprising nuttiness in the background; really inviting.

The taste begins with a lot of dark and milk chocolate flavors; next I get the darker roasted malts, not coffee per say just like a roasted nuttiness mixed with caramelized, borderline burnt sugars. Vanilla and oakiness and more subtle barrel flavors emerge as it warms a little more. There is a solid toasted, graham cracker underlying toastiness which I really like. As it continues to warm the charred barrel and roasted flavors dominate the finish. No heat or alcohol flavors which is always appreciated for beers of this magnitude.

Mouthfeel is full bodied but not too thick, syrupy or cloying by any stretch. Adequate carbonation which helps to balance the heft in this delicious monster. Finish is nice and dry (for the style, not compared to normally crisp dry hoppy ales or pilsners). Not too boozy but the heft is evident as you slowly consume the 22 ounces.

Overall this beer is stellar. Firestone Walker is definitely winning with their barrel aging series of beer and I have loved Abacus, the anniversary series and now Parabola. Definitely recommended for fans of barrel aged beers and big boy stouts. I am going to call this a sessionable Barrel aged Imperial stout as it is really balanced and blended so well you almost don't recognize the boozy barrel flavors initially. Basically, yum.

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Photo of readbaron
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snifter served at local option.

I've had this one a few times now and it seems different each time - and for some reason that I can't quite identify it isn't a beer that does all that much for me.

Pours a dark, dark brown with a tiny bit of mocha foam.

Initially smells of a lot of espresso, some vanilla and bourbon sweetness, before finishing with anise and some hoppy/burnt bitterness. As it warms more bourbon sweetness and booze shows up.

Flavors follow the nose - coffee, vanilla, bourbon, anise and a hoppy bitter finish. A bit sweeter as it warms. There are also some tobacco and leathery qualities. It's pretty well balanced - flavors blend fairly nicely - but aren't quite as smooth and well integrated as they could be. Despite the different flavors, it doesn't quite feel complex. Maybe a little time will help.

Mouthfeel is good - a bit creamy - but a bit thin (I like my stouts hicghly viscous).

A tasty beer that doesn't quite live up to the hype (for me).

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (batch 2) poured into a snifter:

A: Pours pitch black with about 1 finger of frothy mocha brown head that fairly quickly dissipates to a thin film with espresso-like bubbles. Decent lacing and alcohol legs.

S: Oh what have I gotten myself into! Bourbon soaked chocolate fudge cake, vanilla, coconut, toffee maybe a touch of espresso, a hint of dark fruit, bourbon-like alcohol notes. A little on the boozy side.

T: The bourbon is right up front and a little hotter than I expected, but not overpowering. Tons of chocolate flow right behind the bourbon with all the nuances of the barrel aging. Vanilla, oak, coconut, molasses, hints of char and dark fruit. Finish is warm with just a touch of bitterness, the alcohol has a little drying effect though there does seem to be plenty of residual sweetness left. Charred wood and bitterness come through stronger in the finish.

M: Full body, Moderate to slightly light carbonation. Extremely smooth and velvety texture. It is still a bit hot though.

O: A solid BA RIS that might be amazing with a little more time. It's a bit hot and bourbon forward right now, but otherwise a really solid RIS with a good bit of complexity.

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

Pours super thick black i mean black! Carmel color lacing wrapping the sides of the glass which diss very quickly.
Aroma strikes totally boozey but nicely with a sweet toffee smell.
Taste tingles the tongue and hits hard with bourbon. I get more toffee some vanilla and chocolate, mixing perfectly with the bourbon maltiness of the beer
aftertaste is quite nice linguring on my tongue for a while
overall an amazing ba russian imp, you can pretty much gurentee any of the firestone brews are gonna be solid!
Im looking forward to ageing this beast for a couple yrs and trying again, i can only imagine it will get better

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Photo of justintcoons
4.97/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours an impenetrable pitch black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. A layer of film clings to the side of the glass along with sparse lacing.

N: Highly aromatic nose. Huge, sweet bourbon, very fine dark chocolate, sweet toffee, coconut, vanilla and hints of oak.

T: Oh my God! Rich, chalky dark chocolate, toffee, bourbon, creamy vanilla and coffee grounds upfront. This is followed by liquid dark chocolate, espresso, truffle and notes of cherry. Finishes with lingering vanilla, bourbon, oak, toffee, dark chocolate and a hint of coconut.

M: Medium-full bodied, chewy, soft, silky, creamy, sticky, warming and dry.

O: Absolutely phenomenal! Just the right amount of bourbon. Not too overpowering with fantastic vanilla and oak flavors. Complex, rich, thick and deep in flavor. Almost no alcohol presence. Makes an excellent desert beer. Save this one for a special occasion.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown and tight brown head with good retention. Chocolate alcohol and oak. Rich chocolate and roasted balance with alcohol. Finishes with barrel aged rum, vanilla, and light peat with a rather high hop content. Thick robust and smooth.

Good balanced flavor with alcohol enhancing it. Roasted a little high and there are some nice notes but they are more at the end rather than throughout the beer. It’s extremely easy considering the beer with a great smooth flavor but, honestly, somewhat disappointing. My expectations were unfortunately high.

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

Poured into a Smuttynose Big Beer tulip

A: Beautiful brown two fingered head with a creamy black body. This is exactly how I want my stouts to look.

S: OH MY GOD. I can't stop smelling this beer. Chocolate, sweet tobacco, coffee and a slight smokiness. If they made air fresheners that could copy this, I'd buy them out. As the beer warms, the chocolate really comes out as the forward aroma.

T: As the beer warms, the taste gets better. Alcohol is very well hidden by the chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee flavors. As it warms the chocolate goes from sweet to bitter. I'm also getting some cherry that I assume is from the barrels.

M: Good body and carbonation considering the ABV. Nice and creamy.

O: This beer has ruined other Imperial Stouts for me. This is probably one of THE best stouts I've had. I can't wait to see how this beer develops over time.

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Photo of Ralphs66
4.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Candied bourbon...this is a great boozy RIS. Normally I struggle with an alcohol as apparent as this, but for some reason this works for me. The bourbon is prominent, but there are many other complexities here. Vanilla and some barleywine on the nose. Caramel and molasses on the palate. Sticky and sweet, and of course the booze. Very warming and a true pleasure to drink. This is a really fine liqueur, riding incognito as a beer.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark and deep brown, black appearance. Short dark tan head with some nice lacing on the finish of the pour.

S: Thick chocolate and coffee malts, molasses, bourbon and alcohol. Hints of coconut, vanilla bean and some more subtle notes of caramel and sugared fruits are present.

T/M: Big creamy mouthfeel with heavy and rich notes of chocolate and espresso on the initial sip. The coconut flavor is a beautiful touch. Bready malts and sweet vanilla go really well with the rest of the body. Maple and caramel sweetness are also some nice features. Burn of alcohol is not necessarily hidden, but not as intense as i would expect. Exceptionally smooth, rich and full overall body. Mild carbonation.

D: Fantastic. One of the most well-crafted beers i've had in a while. Easy drinkability for a very full bodied brew.

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Photo of chumba526
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears pitch black with a small light brown head.

Smells strongly of caramel and toffee flavored malts, toasted bread and coconut. There is also a mild vanilla oak like element to the smell.

The beer has a strong delightful toasted coconut flavor to it. The coconut flavor adds a smoothness to the beer. I get undertones of coffee, chocolate and caramel to the beer as well. There is a mild vanilla like flavor as well. The beer is very smooth. It is sweet but it is not too sweet and it has a nice amount of balance to it.

There is a low carbonation and it has a smooth mouthfeel to it.

Overall a fantastically smooth Barrel aged imperial stout. It is not hot like many barrel age stouts yet it has a nice oaky and mild bourbon flavor.

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

2011 vintage. After lots of seeking, sleuthing, battling, and waiting, I'm finally gonna crack this one. It better be worth the hype and wait. Also gotta thank Visionaries and womencantsail for last year's vintage that I never ended up cracking.

Pours a fairly thick oil level viscosity midnight black syrupy looking beer, with a smaller 1/2 finger fizzy black head that fades fairly quickly, not one photon of light getting through.

Nose erupts with chocolate, baker's, dark, cocoa, hot chocolate, milk chocolate, etc. Some roast, light coffee, but not a ton of roasted malts, dark malts, fairly malty but lots of dark malt aromas, hints of caramel and dark crystal malts, hint of licorice and some oats. Then a light bourbon touch, some sweet candy bourbon, as well as a bit of a wood and barrel, with quite a bit of vanilla as well. Hints of booze waft out, and bring a very slight earthy hop kick.

taste starts creamy and luscious, dark malts just sit. It's fairly sweet from the loads of malts, balancing out the booze a bit that doesn't come on as strong as 12.5%, but you can tell is there with a bit of tingle and lots of warmth. Again loads of chocolate, some dark chocolate, baker's, hot cocoa and almost cocoa nib like addition, and creamy chocolate milk almost. Lots of oats as well bring a nice creamy thick almost gooey feel. The bourbon is there too, but not dominant, it plays a role in helping to round the heavy beer off, bringing more of the oak and wood, especially vanilla, but just a bit of the sweet molasses like bourbon. Then come the hops, it starts slightly bitter but gets more so the longer the sip goes and fades, bringing some big earthy hops, light spicy and chewy hops, a slight salty bitter hop quality. There is a slight touch of brine between the charred malts and earthy hops. As it fades, some caramel comes out with the vanilla, and a bit more of the bourbon, a big mouth coating that just blankets the mouth for minutes after, and still a bit sweet. But that all gives way fairly quickly to the bitterness and earthy hops that bring a bit more salty and earthy bitter tastes long after the sip is gone.

Mouth is big bodied, very big, thick and luscious, creamy, a bit velvety, and slightly syrupy and mouth coating, lower but decent for the style carbonation, and some hot booze.

Overall great, worthy the hype I think. not the best of the big Imperial Stouts around, but definitely a great Imperial Stout. Big and bold, great stout flavors, doesn't overpower with roasted malts or briny scorched malts, and doesn't overpower with booze or sweetness but definitely lets you know it has both. The oak, wood, and vanilla help round it some, but the bourbon is just an afterthought compared to the big malts, chocolate, and other big flavors. The nice creamy and lucious feel are great. And then when the big earthy spicy hops kick in it really brings it up to hype level of awesomeness. Can't wait to see how it ages.

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Photo of trixdout
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having another 8 bottles sitting around makes me feel extra special.

Appearance - It pours a very dark liquid, almost black with a very dark brown color noticeable on the edge. Very minimal head that dissipated quickly. Lacing was similar to a web of tree branches down the glass.

Aroma - Bourbon oak at first, then quickly came roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, toasted malts, and finally molasses.

Taste - This is by far the best RIS I have ever had. Now on to the taste, roasted coffee, chocolate as well as molasses and eve some caramel. Just as the aroma implies. The bourbon barrel aging is clear in the finish of this lovely stout. The finish had me wanting for more and more.

Mouthfeel - Rich, somewhat oily, full-bodied, viscous and awesome. No other like it.

Overall - Complexity in a beer is always welcomed here. The first sip showed how complex and rich this one is. In that respect it wanted to let you know that you should savor this beast. The finish did not linger for long, so I was caught taking quicker sips than I should of to savor it.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a thick viscuous black with a whispy-thin brown head that quickly bubbles away, leaves some legs and dabs of lacing but not much. Looks good.

Aroma-Powerful but not overwhelming, I could smell it the instant I opened the bottle. Woodsy oak soaked in bourbon is the first and dominant scent to assail the nostrils, other aromas include black molasses, unsweetened chocolate, dark cherries and the faintest hint of smokey charcoal. The smell is warm and 'inviting' to say the least.

Taste-The flavor begins with the aforementioned black molasses noted in the aroma mingling with light charcoal before being joined by the bourbon. The bourbon, rather than dominating or obliterating the other flavors, mingles with the other flavors as an equal adding its own unique brand of sweetness as it in turn is joined by the woodsiness of the oak barrel itself. The flavors of bourbon and oak persist towards the end before being joined by semi-sweet chocolate and black earthy coffee. The flavor lingers for at least half a minute, gradually losing sweetness until fading into a final dry and palette cleansing note. Phenominal.

Mouthfeel-Rich, thick, viscuous; hits every note that a big barrel aged RIS should hit in terms of mouthfeel.

Overall/Drinkability-The complexity and strength demand this beer be sipped and savored but it's so addictively delicious and drinkable for its ABV that you may find yourself taking sips in rapid succession.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark brown; almost black. Poured a 2 finger creamy mocha colored head that dissipated to a thick skim. Laced the glass in sheets than ran down to the surface.

S: Rich toasted malts; chocolate, coffee. A little bourbon and wet oak. Caramel and vanilla came out as the beer warmed and the significant alcohol aroma cleared.

T: Just like the nose. Mellow and flavorful up to a warming, dry finish. Malt characters evolved as the beer warmed. Delightful malt complexity.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth, rich and creamy up to a warming dry finish.

O: Very good for the style. Lots of malt character. No session beer here; daunting ABV.

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

Beautiful barrel-aged RIS, extraordinary blend from Firestone Walker that makes quite the sipper.

Presentation: 22 oz boxed brown capped bottle. Exposed cardboard box with the seal of the brewery presiding it and highlighting the name. Back box label notes history of the brewery, expertise aging brews in barrels, intent of ales and blending process, and Parabola overall release. Bottle offers a simple Firestone paper label with brewery branding and brew details, noting 2011 Reserve Series, O.G. 29.5, IBU 82, British Ale yeast, 167 SRM, a production of 3000 cases, and 12.5% Alc. by Vol. Served on a snifter.

A - Black pour with a short-lived creamy head, small surface memory and a couple of shy touches of lacing.

S - Nice nose that while never as long as expected is good and emerges nicely after a while with vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt and bourbon notes.

T - Long malty flavor, plenty of bourbon takes a front seat as the brew sit for a bit, bitter coffee touches coating a long chocolate range, vanilla, caramel, touches of dark fruits under the bourbon, charred touches with a hint of tobacco and oak.

M - Full body, with low and smooth carbonation, creamy stickiness with a nicely woven boozy touch that shines slowly as the brew makes its way.

O - Beautiful sipper, comes through perfectly as it settles in the mouth.

Notes: All hype is deserved. So far all the barrel aging, blending, and more I've been fortunate enough to try from Firestone Walker has been extraordinary and this one is right there. This might age beautifully, that is if one can resist keeping one set aside.

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Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 6,199 ratings.
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