Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BrownNut:
4.19/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 3/14/2012. Drunk almost a year later on 2/25/2013. Served just north of room temperature in a tulip.
A - 4.0 - Pours root beer brown. Black in the glass except at the edges. Finger of surprisingly fizzy tan head that dissipates in 30 seconds. Come back, head. Come back. Be creamy and enduring, why don't you.
S - 4.0 - Bready chocolate pastry. Somewhat worryingly, something approaching a hint of metal but not quite getting there. As it warms, more alcohol comes forward, in a good way.
T - 4.25 - Malty chocolate of moderate sweetness. Notes of chocolate covered cherry and that liquor/syrup you get in those. More complex than some, less complex than expected/desired. Round, not sharp, and seemingly a bit weak in terms of flavor intensity. Somewhat dry finish with a fairly sweet, slightly bitter chocolate syrup aftertaste. Very pleasantly warm booze fumes wafting up the throat after swallowing.
M - 4.25 - Not as thick as expected. Pleasantly heavy and creamy yet not somehow not dense, I suppose thanks to the carbonation. Manages to be velvety without being necessarily viscous. A little sticky after a while.
O - 4.25 - Very good, if overhyped. Whatever this overall flavor is, it's really very nice. There's more than one thing happening, but not much more. That's good but more would be better. A bit thicker, a bit richer, maybe some more black malt char to stiffen it. A bit of coffee or something else. Never had it fresh so not sure how it compares. I really like the alcohol level. Nice and warm. It's almost liqueur-like in sweetness and strength. I would definitely buy it again if I had local access but would not trade for it again. At the end of the bottle I'll say this is a beer that made me work and made me think and improved over the course of the bottle, which is saying something.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2013 03:42:42 | More by BrownNut
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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