Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dope:
4.53/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours 5000 mile motor oil black. Small, dense medium brown head. Fades pretty slowly, leaving some traces of lacing on the glass.
S: Big and boozy aroma. Huge bourbon notes, lots of oaky vanilla with caramel, molasses and toffee. Hints of dark fruit like cherries, fig and raisin. Roasted malt notes poke through just a bit.
T: Thick and creamy roasted malt character right up front. Loads of roasty char, chocolate and a little coffee. Mixes almost instantly with surprisingly dulled (compared to the aroma anyway) bourbon notes. Burnt caramel, molasses, toffee, vanilla and oak. The bourbon and roasted malt balance with each other quite nicely. There are hints of dark fruit as the two flavors fade away into the aftertaste. As it warms, maybe a hint of black licorice and perhaps even leather?
M: Thick. Creamy. Like melted chocolate rolling over your tongue.
O: One hell of a barrel aged RIS. It smells bourbon-heavy but luckily it didn't taste overpowering. Just a touch boozy which suits the style nicely. Great balance between all the roasted malt flavors and the bourbon flavors. Melds better than almost all other similar beers (just short of a KBS-class beer).
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2012 03:31:41 | More by Dope
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4.63/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2013 Parabola with my FW snifter glass only to fulfill its one true destiny
Notes transcribed on 02/22/14
A: Dark chocolate brown and completely opaque in the glass. Looks a little thin on the pour but collects fairly dark. Thin brim of light brown sugar on top with only some minimal stay. Settles out to a swirl rather quickly and not much stick other than a few alcohol legs. A little as to be expected with a high ABV barrel aged brew.
S: Coconut and chocolate crème meets with brown sugars and maple soaked oak timbers. Vanilla emerges in waves along with a distinct earthy hop presence. There is a bit of a boozy sting on the nostrils however it does not detract from all the dessert aromatics. Smells quite incredible with tons of coconut.
T: Milk chocolate and lightly charred wood with vanilla crème and toasted coconut are all seamlessly layered over a dark charred roast malt base. Comes together like a crème brulee really. So good. Not incredibly strong on the spirits but man dat coconut is so prominent. There is an upper level of bitter hoppiness to the beer that brings in an earthy mineral likeness as well. The alcohol is a bit sharp still however I find it very manageable overall.
M: The beer is full bodied however it has a much thinner feel than expected. Stays very light and frothy on the palate with a nice prickly bitterness and bit of drying at the finish. Some warming alcohol is evident and there is a light oily coat left over.
D: Firestone Walker Parabola is a sure thing. A magnificent blend of in depth stout flavors and barrel character. World class and always recommended. You can’t go wrong here with the lovely dessert flavors and sipping nature of this brew.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 21:27:51 | More by Nugganooch
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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