Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.55/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
I've been sitting on this one for just over 2 years, and I'm really excited to crack it. Review is from notes taken on 9/15/2012 and poured from the bottle (2010 batch) to a snifter.
Appearance: Pours exactly as I would hope and expect - it looks thick, viscous, a little goopy; body is of course nearly black and it starts with a short 1/4 finger, dark brown head that fades quickly to nothing than a fairly thin circle at the surface along with a thin, wispy skim; thick and opaque, there's no chance light is sneaking through this one; can't get a read on any kind of carbonation, so the thin head is my only tell so far...;
Smell: Again, pretty much exactly what I would hope for and expect - plenty of big, rich, sweet syrupy malts; some vanilla and some sweet cherry; touch of earthy roastiness, but really more on the sweeter side of the stout world; no sense of alcohol in the nose, so that's a little scary since it's a 13% beer... it must be well masked.
Taste: Wow. This is a fantastic beer. Easily a top 5 stout for me. Lots of the sweet chocolates up front, but I'm surprised by a strong presence of bitter, roast espresso grounds blending in with it; the bitterness overpowers a bit and it hides the vanilla, largely, which is a bit of a shame, but it's early in the beer and it might make more of an appearance later; definite presence of alcohol in the mouth, especially at the back of it -- really, I would have to say it's a bit like a jamocha shake from Arby's with bourbon in it. Pretty excellent.
Mouthfeel: Body is heavy, thick, viscous and a little syrupy; carbonation struggles through the heavy body, but it is there, keeping it soft, smooth and almost velvety; a thick, sticky coating is left all over the palate and the teeth are left with a gritty film as well; belly is left quite warm from the alcohol. I love a beer that makes its presence known.
Overall: This beer has just about everything going for it -- looks good, smells better, tastes great, thick and chewy body... what else could you want? This is a great beer for dessert, wouldn't want to drink too much on a full stomach though. The alcohol and weight will indeed slow you down a bit.
Serving type: bottle
09-16-2012 01:07:01 | More by bamadog
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