Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ktrillionaire:
4.47/5 rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
Big thanks to Beerzebub for getting me this one, some time ago.
A - It pours a deep brown-black, and is capped with a tight tan head. It looks quite a bit like a FES; more so than RIS. Nice, regardless. Not so much lace, (or retention) but the brew shows legs to atone.
S - The nose is intially very basic heavily roasted stout character, with small hints of sweetish wood impartation. As it opens up I get wildly ranging notes including soy sauce, charcoal, cocoa, vanilla, caramel-toffee, and pipe tobacco.
T - The flavor is quite deep, favoring heavily roasted barley, coffee and chicory, and dry-drying oak notes (in contrast to the woody sweetness offered in the nose.) As it airs out, notes of vanilla, burnt sugar, dried medium- and stone- fruit, and booze are increasingly evident. I am left with the impression that this is intended to be a rather traditionalist take on the style (a la Stone IRS), as opposed to brews like BT, DL, Hunahpu, BCBS, et al. which eschew preconceived notions. As such, it is a resounding success.
M - The feel is kind of like a FES; it is somewhat too easy-drinking for the style?!
O - This is a rock-solid brew. Firestone Walker has impressed me with their steadfast grip on the fundamentals.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2011 05:27:12 | More by ktrillionaire
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5/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured my bottle of Firestone Walker Parabola 2014 into a snifter.
Appearance-Upon pouring Parabola into the snifter, I noticed the midnight black color. Extremely dark at first, but as it settled, a small amount of dark brown reddish foam stayed at the top of the pour.
Smell-Smelled a lot like the 2013 release with some additions. It had a boozy smell at first, with vanilla, bourbon, and the sweetness of chocolate.
Taste-Had a small amount of smoke. The more I drank, the more chocolate I got. A lot like the chocolate oak aged yeti but more complex.
Mouthfeel-Overall it was very smooth, not chalky like I had expected. It was a nice surprise, and very easy to drink even with the high alcohol content.
Overall-One of the best beers I've ever tasted. I have 3 more bottles of this years brew, and I'm very excited to see how this years vintage ages.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 18:14:24 | More by Larbear2497
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,244 ratings.