Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.83/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Black in appearance and poured out with a good, heavy viscousity, forming a short (~1/4 inch) but long lasting creamy head.
Aromas of chocolate, coffee, figs, whiskey or Cognac/wine, and vanilla. High ABV so alcohol was very pronounced but hightened the whisky/cognac aroma rather than detracted from it.
Wonderful. My wife commented it tasted like a fine wine. We're not sure whether it was a whiskey or cognac barrel but we'll put our money on cognac because of the smooth, not burning sensation with some grape-like qualities to it. Dark, moderately bitter chocolate and coffee flavors stand out with some vanilla in the middle and lingering chocolate at the end. Great example of an imperial stout with alot of complexity to each flavor. A real sipping beer.
smooth mouth feel with medium/high viscousity. Coats the tongue nicely.
If not for the high price ($18) for one beer, I'd buy this more often. As is, it's a definite must-have for special occasions.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2011 12:56:05 | More by bugaboo416
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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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