Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bamadog:
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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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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