Don’t pout that you missed Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Parabola stout

Firestone Walker Brewing Company's Parabola

So, you missed out on Parabola, the überpopular special-release Russian imperial stout by Central California's Firestone Walker Brewing Company? Bummer. But hold your head high: One, there may still be bottles floating around (I snagged mine at the West Sacramento Nugget Market—thanks, Curtis!); and two, I hear a few places (read: Pangaea Two Brews Cafe, 2743 Franklin Boulevard) have kegs on standby. It's worth the hunt: a balanced bourbon, vanilla and coffee nose gives way to an earthy, malty, licorice-esque and mildly boozy, 13 percent ABV stout. I don't mean to rub it in, and there are other totally decent imperial stouts easier to locate: Dieu du Ciel's Aphrodisiaque (Aphrodite), De Struise Brouwers' Black Albert and AleSmith Brewing Company's Speedway Stout.