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Firestone Walker Parabola Imperial Stout

Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Paso Robles, CA, United States of America


Vital Statistics

Release: Limited Rotating (vintaged)
ABV: 13%
Bitterness: 82 IBU
Original Gravity: 1.128 / 29.7° plato
Color: 167 SRM

Average Scores

Overall: 92 (logged 42 times)
Draft: 95 (logged 14 times)
Bottle: 90 (logged 28 times)

Who's been drinking this

2018 release
2012 release
Sploosh.
2012 release
Anise and cinnamon
2014 release
Thick, sweet and boozy. Not as purely enjoyable as I've remembered from the past, but the competition was decidedly strong.
2014 release
The Sure Thing, starring John Cusack.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
2015 release
2014 release
Strong molasses smell. Thick molasses, caramel and boozy flavors. The caramel flavor seems to be more dominant than the molasses. Also getting some nut aftertaste.
2014 release
2014 release
Basically, Parabola.
2013 release
Time has been good to that beer. It mellowed but kept all its character.
Bottle at Home
2011 release
Amazing! I think I prefer the Sticky Monkey though :/
2011 release
2014 release
Still needs some time to age, but especially in comparison it fares very well.
Bottle at Xbeer One
2013 release
Incredible beer.
2013 release
2013 release
Desert island beer.
2013 release
Tasted side by side with the 2014. The extra year of aging makes it much smoother, although both are excellent.
2014 release
Tasted side by side with the 2013. The extra year of aging makes the 2013 much smoother, although both are excellent.
2014 release
Suffers only because it was in a vertical tasting with the 2013. Amazing difference: much less aroma and sharper, rawer flavors - a little spikey sweet, a little fire. This would have been superb on its own but it gets knocked down because, like Matthew McConaughey, it's still chasing its future self.
2013 release
So, wow. About a year of aging brings this beer to pretty much perfect. Great Bourbon toffee nose, and soooo smooth.
2014 release
2013 release
2013 release
Buttery smooth with a fine roastiness. Pecan-like presence in middle and finish.
2013 release
As always - omg.
unknown release
2013 release
After four months of aging, considerably mellowed out. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
Bottle at A Friend's
2013 release
Full and just sublime.
Bottle at Tik's
2013 release
Bottle
2013 release
Bottle at Home
2013 release
Bottle at Home
2013 release
2013 release
2013 release
2013 release
2013 release
2013 release
Complex, strong toffee-caramel notes, alcohol forward. My memory of the 2012 on draft is rosier, but this is still great.
2012 release