Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mdvatab:
4.28/5 rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Received bottle in trade with a BA on the east coast. Having bought a bottle myself, I was surprised when it arrived without the box, and had sticky fingerprints on the outside of the bottle. Was concerned about possible handling issues, so with that in mind...
Poured from 22oz bottle into Bordeaux glass.
Bottled in 2011.
Aroma: Dark cherry (dark, fruity sweetness-not tart), anisette, vanilla, chocolate syrup, and a mild, boozy, bourbon note. I think I'm gonna like this one!
Appearance: Very dark brown/black with a brown halo around the outside where the liquid meets the glass. 1/2 finger head disappears to a ring of dark brown foam. Splotches of fine bubbles stick to the inside of the glass as it's tipped back with each sip.
Flavor: Smooth, rich dark chocolate. Dark cherry and fig. Toasted coconut, and sweet bourbon. A tad bit of an oxidized off-flavor, which may be coming from mis-handling of the bottle. Some enjoyable, mild peppery heat from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium-low, creamy carbonation. Medium body, and a bit of boozy heat.
Overall: Off-flavor aside, I'm really impressed with this one, and look forward to trying one that's been properly cellared. This beer reminded me of Ivan the Terrible, which is probably the best imperial stout I've had. Can't wait to try it again, and highly recommend it!
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2011 21:02:10 | More by mdvatab
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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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