Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
4.63/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to piclee for this.
4.0 A: I had to make an aggressive pour to coax one finger of creamy light brown head. Average retention and not really any lacing.
4.5 S: Aroma is just what I like from a -bal brew. The stout shines while the bourbon takes a complementary role. A decent amount of semisweet chocolate in this one. Indeed, the sweet character outweighs the roasty but not by a whole lot. Roasted barley makes an appearance next with a touch, and only a touch, of coffee. Finally, the bourbon comes in completing the very nice nose. As it warms, the bourbon comes through stronger.
4.5 T: Taste is just as good as the nose. Sweet chocolate stands out first, with roastiness next, and bourbon on the finish. There a bit of fruitiness in the taste that wasn't in the nose: plum and raisin. Alcohol is apparent, but at an acceptable rate given 13%. It's really hard to figure out how complex this is. The chocolate, roasted barley, and bourbon dominate, but it seems like there is more beneath. Bourbon, booziness, and a roasty bitterness lingers on aftertaste.
5.0 M: Thick, syruppy body. Good moderate carbonation. This is how I like my imperial stouts. Rich and creamy or bust. Relatively smooth with a warming finish.
5.0 D: Excellent brew. Great aroma, great taste, awesome mouthfeel, but the alcohol is a bit of an ass kicker and moreso than comparable brews (BCBCS, for example). Still, solid brew overall. I'm glad I have another one. I think some age will do wonders with this one.
Edit: This gets much better as it warms up. Drinkability score adjusted.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2010 03:45:19 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.51/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Any time I get to use the phrase 'light-swallowing black' I'm a happy man. I feel that phrase is appropriate here. And now I'm happy. Pours slick, thick and dark into my snifter.
S - Booming bourbon notes lead the chorus. Agitating my snifter releases powerful wafts of booze, and to a lesser extent maple and apple brandy. Bourbon slightly edges out the subtler aromas.
T - The barrel-aging process has certainly left its mark. Bourbon flavours are massive and tempered by sweet vanilla notes. Charred oak kneads the tongue, accompanied by mellowed-out espresso and bittersweet cocoa powder. All these flavours are supported by a solid base of roasted malt. This is not a smokey or peaty stout. Vanilla, bourbon booze and maple syrup are strongest here; followed by the cocoa and coffee. Dark cherry is faint but existent as are rum-infused chocolate truffles if my senses do not deceive me. As in the nose, bourbon character is somewhat at the expense of subtler notes.
M - The flavours in this beer are not playing any games, and the mouthfeel isn't either. As the eyes intimate, this beer is thick and slick. Satisfying viscosity should be easy to achieve for a beer at 14% abv., and in this instance it is. It drinks smoothly, although it is more at the syrupy than the creamy end of the spectrum
O - A sipper through and through, this beer was a journey, a genuine undertaking at over two hours of drinking. I normally drink pretty quickly, so this was unprecedented. I'll be aging my remaining bottles to see if time can mellow the booziness and the bourbon, allowing the subtler elements and deeply buried characteristics to shine. Nonetheless this was a highly impressive beer which is either a little rough around the ages or as yet still raw. Time will tell.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2014 06:09:27 | More by abeeronthebeach
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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