Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, California, crafts around fifty beers; Parabola is their Russian Imperial Stout. At 12.50% ABV, this is a beer to be enjoyed in moderation; it's available on a rotating schedule in bottles, growlers, and on-tap. Firestone Walker has a bourbon and tobacco profile-this comes from the 8 months it ages in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Parabola pours out a deep brown, with a foamy tan head that laces well. The nose of this Russian Imperial is of chocolate and bread malts, with hints of tobacco. Parabola's taste opens with chocolate and cherry liquor, with a dry sugar finish, and gently warming alcohol. Its body is heavy and creamy, with perky carbonation; try this ale in in a pint glass or tumbler at 50-55�F. Firestone Walker Parabola is the perfect dessert beer; it pairs well with chocolate and/or cake.