Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ManuelHerrera:
4.73/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Ah, to go back to the days when Firestone's Double-Barrel could blow my mind. But as Firestone has grown in popularity on the west coast, it's clear that they've needed to step up their game substantially to make a mark on the craft beer culture. And with Parabola they've done just that.
Appearance - Midnight black with a heavy head retention and consistent lacing.
Smell - Perhaps this beer is the distinct bourbon and sherry aromas that hit the nose instantly. Extremely complex
Taste - The complexity in this beer is matched only with it's distinct balance. Sweet tobacco flavors fill the palate as well as bourbon and red wine flavors. It's like a dark, beautiful explosion in your mouth.
Mouthfeel - Light carbonation with a thick, chewy movement.
Drinkability - This one's for sharing if you get the bomber. Thick and strong, don't try to chug this.
Two Years Later:
I'm coming back to Parabola two years after my first encounter with the beautiful beast. Still packaged in noble condition in a box with the insignia and a bottle to rival the finest wines, this beer is an experience to cherish.
Served just under room temperature really brings out all of the complexities of this brew. The midnight black body and ominous burnt head make this beer incredibly intimidating. The lacing and thick presentation add to the appeal. The aroma is heavily sweet with dark malt wafting in a big way. Bourbon, a bit of booziness, chocolate, carmel, and coffee notes all layer on thick on the nose.
The flavor profile is something that the written word can't even really harness, but here's a shot: Thick carmel and chocolate notes load the front end, yet flavors open brilliantly as you chew Parabola on the palate. Dark cherry and oat flavors come into play, smokiness comes in waves and the touch of bourbon at the back end plays with a hop bite to remind you that yes, they do still love their hops in California. Thick and chewy all over, this beer is not to be taken lightly.
No beer is perfect, but it's hard to find fault in Parabola. The far end of the aftertaste ends up with a lingering sugar taste that can be irksome, but I'll enjoy this beer for years to come.
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2012 04:01:57 | More by ManuelHerrera
More User Reviews:
4.61/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip glass. 2014 vintage.
A: At first glance, this is pitch black with absolutely no light penetrator. On closer examination, I swear there is a bit of deep mahogany brown lurking. One finger mocha colored head that settled quickly to a thin ring leaving very little lacing.
S: A wonderful bouquet of sweet bourbon, fresh picked cherries, vanilla, and good chocolate. Maybe a little hint of coconut and espresso.
T: Lots of bourbon bursts on the tongue from the first sip. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, espresso, and vanilla. The flavors remind me quite a bit of BCBS.
M: Full body coating the tongue nicely. Just a little alcohol burn at the end but not unexpected considering the 14% ABV.
O: Completely and utterly fantastic stout. One of my top three for sure. I really wish this was available in 12 oz bottles and distributed in my area.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 23:50:46 | More by richj1970
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,363 ratings.