Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.83/5 rDev +4.8%
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
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