Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kevanb:
4.73/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The first year Parabola was ever bottled, this 2010 bottle came to me as part of a share and I could not be more grateful. It pours a really sexy jet black color, thick viscous motor oil like texture as it fills the glass with a nice thick foamy caramel colored head on top which dissipates rather quickly leaving a nice ring of caramel color along the rim of the glass and a slight film at the top of the glass. The aroma is great, mild bourbon, definitely cut down from aging, strong tobacco and chocolate are big players with faint bitter coffee at the end. The flavors are superb, bourbon up front with smooth creamy chocolate right at the front, coffee is in there but muted as a result of aging, with tobacco playing a major role but definitely at the back end with some vanilla and toffee flavors as well. The body is unreal, silky, creamy, full and chewy, bold and viscous, perfect for the style and takes this to another level.
Verdict: Easily one of the best stouts I've ever had, and one of the best barrel aged beers of any style I've had. If you are fortunate enough to come across this vintage or the 2011 vintage, make a point to try this, you won't be let down.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2012 07:40:51 | More by kevanb
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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 4,362 ratings.