Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Reagan1984:
4.88/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Special Thanks to Abecall98 for sending me this bottle of Parabola. Abel is a great guy and BA... Trade with him if you have the chance.
Sorry, I love the bottle. Classy, just love it.
Pours with a tan head that stays just for a short visit then vanishes.
Deep dark brown, but not black. Slight light in at the edges. Not much in the lacing department.
Aroma is really nice and thick in your nostrils. Dark chocolate, like brownies... (we'll come back to that), vanilla a bit of alcohol and vanilla. Great aroma.
In the end, here's how I describe the flavor. Rich caramel sauce drizzled over a warm undercooked brownie with a touch of vanilla ice cream. I know that's weird, but those are the flavors I get in the end. Deep rich chocolate, thick caramel and then some vanilla. In fact, some vanilla extract. Only after reading the box do I think I can detect what they mean by cherry, but I would have never picked that up. Very deep and inviting...
My God, this is a thick, full bodied beer. Lays thick on your tongue, slightly oily and with little carbonation. Wonderful and rich.
I loved this. I had a feeling I would and I did. This is the base for the Firestone Anniversary beers and those are among my favorite ever. Now I see why... Just awesome.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2010 04:29:30 | More by Reagan1984
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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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