Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
4.83/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2011 Reserve series No. 002, a 22oz. bottle that was poured into a Duvel Tulip style glabss. Liquid comes out a nice dark black; the bottle describes it as "midnight black," I'm not sure what that means. It's black with dark brown highlights and edges. There's a dark brown cap that erupts pretty nicely when I gave it a hard pour. The head doesn't stick around quite as long as I'd like, but there's still some very nice lacing to it. Nice coating along the edges when you sip the it, not quite the dymatap effect, but still some nice syrupy looks to it.
Smell i s quite good, up there with many of the top of the line barrel aged imperial stouts. Huge amounts of vanilla, oak, chocolate (almost fudge but not quite), raisons, with some other light aromas of dehydrated fruits and maybe some slight booze. Kinda surprised, I expected a little tickle in the nose, but I didn't, not necessarily a bad thing though.
Taste is as equally as excellent as the smell. Lots of big flavors, huge hints of vanilla and oak in the beginning. After that there's hints of chocolate, black licorice, raisons/dates and some other dehydrated fruits. Its really got a lot going on and incredibly well balanced even though it's extremely full of flavor.
Mouthfeel is as perfect as one can get for the style. It's full bodied but on the lighter end if that makes sense. Really good carbonation level and silky smooth with a nice sweet finish. Not really a burn from the alcohol but a slight warmth. The drinkability is insane. I can't believe how drinkable it is, it's like a regular year round beer. I really had to take time with this beer to savor it, one I want to have more and more.
I know it has a little bit of hype, but I still think this is an underrated beer, for something that is so well distributed, I can't believe how good it is. Firestone-Walker is really proving to be in the upper echelon of breweries by producing yet another elite beer for it's style. Really enjoyed this one.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2013 04:13:03 | More by AndyAvalanche
More User Reviews:
4.98/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is the one, the only, PARABOLA. I have had this 3 times before in the past 3 years. This is the biggest one yet at 14%, I am curious how it will end up.
Pours a very dark black with a brown edge to it, so its semi transparent. Not the darkest RIS I've seen, but its just fine. a small mocha head recedes fast to a ring and lacing.
Smell is perfect. Boozy bourbon and coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, you name it. anything dark like in the food chain lol, smokiness, toffee, caramel, figs, raisins, prunes, did I mention bourbon? Its all here.
Taste is similar. This huge wallop of chocolate and bourbon hits the tongue and stays there for days. All the aformentioned smells are there in the taste, plus I have to say theres a leather note as well. Vanilla too. Also, the alcohol gives a slight burn to the tongue but it's not harsh like a shot of whiskey.
Feel is nice, very slick and oily, this thing has legs on the side of the glass like motor oil. Carbonation is just right at about low to medium.
Overall I highly suggest people find this and try it, or trade for it if they can't get it back east. It's a sensation you will never forget, and I am glad that I bought 3 bottles of it. Worth every penny.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 22:41:11 | More by BastardKing24
4.81/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2014; Lagunitas Mason Jar.
A - Black with two finger mocha head.
S - Initial blast of cocoa from the bottle. In glass, bourbon vanilla, sweet vanilla, alcohol, coconut, roasted caramel. This should be a candle scent, jesus.
T - So I'm drinking some sort of Mocha bourbon liqueur, right? This is beer, you guys. Sweet mocha and smoke. I'm at a campfire drinking whiskey and eating s'mores. Gah, dark and sweet chocolates, vanilla, dark fruit character.
M- Very smooth upfront with lots of alcohol at the end. Spiciness because of it. Confusing at first, but surprisingly drinkable after the first 3 sips. It's not viscous or syrupy like I've experienced with other stouts in this realm.
O - Very pleased with this beer after all the buzz from my coworkers and the price. IMHO, as much I revere high alcohol content, and Parabola does a great job at dancing with its %14, I feel the flavours could ring a little stronger around %10.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 05:50:21 | More by samtrillo
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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