Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,164
Ranked #3,714
4.19 | pDev: 5.97%
Jan 07, 2024
Sep 18, 2022
To create this first-ever canned Vintage beer, we aged a selection of Parabola for one year in premium bourbon barrels, then blended it with a complement of Velvet Merlin milk stout to create a silky mouthfeel and a more approachable ABV of 9.2 percent. Finally, we infused the beer with Madagascar vanilla beans, cocoa nibs and sea salt to achieve a full Salted Caramel-style drinking experience.
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Rated: 4.19 by heymikew from California

Jan 07, 2024
Rated: 4.74 by Lilyops from California

Jan 06, 2024
Rated: 4.18 by alexsergio from New York

Dec 31, 2023
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 8/8/23

I’ve had the OG Parabola and Parabajava so far, and I think that adding salted caramel to that is a great idea. It’s not the most common adjunct in Stouts so it’s nice to see it. Let’s crack this one open and find out what’s going on

Pours a very dark brown with 2 fingers of creamy tan head that slowly fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

I’m definitely getting salted caramel in the nose, but something about it feels just a touch artificial. I’m picking up on aromas of salted caramel, milk chocolate, medium roast coffee, vanilla bean, brown sugar, raisin, earthy bourbon, light molasses, and smoky tobacco

It’s more of the same in taste but the slight artificial vibe is no longer. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting milk chocolate, toasted oak, earthy bourbon, sweet caramel, raisin, vanilla bean, light marshmallow, and tobacco. The swallow brings notes of salted caramel, toasted oak, milk chocolate, earthy bourbon, charred oak, tobacco, vanilla bean, espresso, and light molasses

A medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a slick beer. Finishes mostly dry and nicely balanced

It’s not my favorite in the Parabola series, but it is very fun and damn good
Dec 30, 2023
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that haw short retention

S- smells of chewy caramel candy, vanilla, chocolate, char, with bourbon barrel undertones that enhances the caramel & vanilla

T- sweet salty caramel and chocolate up front, followed by creamy milk sugars and vanilla. Mid-palate brings out some barrel character, adding bourbon, oak and an enhancing vanilla note. The finish gives salted caramel and chocolate with a bit of bourbon lingering

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish
Dec 28, 2023
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Reviewed by HipCzech from California

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Serving: 16 oz can poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, rich mahogany brown with a thick head of tan foam and ring of lace.

Smell: Aromas from the chocolate shop: cocoa nibs, caramel, vanilla, roasted coffee and chocolate ganache.

Taste: Dessert continues with vanilla, subtly salty caramel, coffee beans and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, silky smooth and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: A decadent sipper full of rich and satisfying dessert notes.
Dec 27, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by oberon from North Carolina

Dec 25, 2023
Rated: 4.26 by SFNC from North Carolina

Dec 23, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by cp45 from New Jersey

Dec 21, 2023
Rated: 3.99 by 22Blue from Kansas

Dec 21, 2023
Rated: 4.36 by Dgman8053 from New York

Dec 16, 2023
Rated: 4.07 by hophugger from Virginia

Dec 14, 2023
Rated: 4 by GClarkage from California

Dec 14, 2023
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
De en copa Teku. Con almendras. Viendo daredevil 2x08-09. Suaves notas a barrica de bourbon bastante bien integradas con notas acarameladas y avainilladas junto con un reconfortante calor alcohólico
Dec 13, 2023
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Had this from tap poured into a small snifter. Rich dar brown color with a creamy beige head and excellent curtain lacing. Smell and taste of milk chocolate fudge. Comforting. Vanilla, dark coffee, chocolate cake. Enjoyed it very much.
Dec 09, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Dec 06, 2023
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
poured from a 16oz can into a SP BBT21 light bulb snifter. pours dark brown like coca cola but gathers in the glass a shiny black with a finger of khaki colored foam head. roasted malts, light chocolate and oak, even lighter bourbon and vanilla in the nose. taste follows with a hint of the sea salt and quite lovely notes of chocolate. bourbon barrel is light. velvety smooth mouthfeel. moderate carbonation. this is interesting. not nearly as intense as parabola or paraboloid but definitely a little better than velvet merkin.
Nov 28, 2023
Rated: 4.53 by festizio from California

Nov 19, 2023
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
There is what looks to be a stamp directly into the aluminum on the bottom of the can: "CANNED ON 080823 08:54"

Appearance: It is a black bodied beer with a light tan colored head. The head is creamy textured and a bit lumpy with ruffles of lacing and bubbles of various sizes. It has pretty good head retention. The can states that this is "ALC 9.2% VOL" and for an ABV that high it has better than average head formation and retention. It has some splotches of lacing on the glass but nothing significant.

Aroma: A chocolate aroma comes through up front. It smells a bit like a Tootsie Roll. After the beer lingers under the nose a bit more it picks up more of a brownie batter aroma rather than a candy-like one. There is a bit of a milk sugar scent to the beer.

Taste: Up front it has a big dark chocolate flavor. It tastes a lot like a Mounds candy bar. The flavor stays consistent with a dominating dark chocolate flavor. There is a light touch of alcohol that comes through but it is swiftly annexed by the dark chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It is on the upper edge of medium bodied. There is a medium strength dark chocolate bitterness which is pleasant.

Overall: The text on the can states that this is a "BOURBON BARREL-AGED STOUT WITH VANILLA BEANS, COCOA NIBS & SEA SALT" and the text under the name of the beer says "SALTED CARAMEL." There is no bourbon or barrel aged character to the beer. It can be difficult for vanilla to shine sometimes alongside cocoa because together they form what is typically perceived as chocolate. This beer has a ton of dark chocolate flavor which is great but the vanilla doesn't come through on its own. I am not sure why they decided to call this "SALTED CARAMEL" because it tastes nothing like caramel. The beer is really good but it isn't anything like what is advertised. It's good enough that I would absolutely drink it again but I wouldn't buy it again. It drinks a lot like a standard Imperial Milk Stout and it has a lot of the same flavors and aromas. I wouldn't recommend it based on how it is advertised as a bourbon barrel-aged beer but it's still enjoyable.
Nov 18, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by TCMike from Minnesota

Nov 13, 2023
Parabolita from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 126 ratings