Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by russwbeck:
4.68/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A: Very dark black pour with about a pinky of light brown head. Not a lot of retention and minimal lacing here.
S: Bourbon, oak, and vanilla noticed first and foremost. A bit of roastiness and other characteristics of a stout. Not a lot of the booze noted at all. The smell seems to be right on par with the other good Bourbon Barrel aged stouts.
T: The taste is everything I hoped it would be. Big bourbon and vanilla flavor, aided by some chocolate and hints of coffe, starts it off with some warming booziness following. This RIS has been aged on so many barrels I can't say much of a stout flavor remains, but the coffee finish is really very good. If only it retained some original hoppiness or stout flavors, this would be one of the best beers crafted today.
MF: Velvety smooth; creamy, and thick body. Plenty of carbonation and a flavor that keeps you coming back for more. The 13% ABV is essentially non-existant, which for a beer this good is nothing short of dangerous.
O: This was $15 per bomber and really hard to get. Every place I found it they had one case and was hidden in the back. Considering the amount of work Firestone Walker puts into this beer, I'm quite happy to taste the result. They really must know what they're doing. Probably the best barrel aged RIS I've had, but I'll review it below Kate the Great simply because Kate has a better RIS taste without the Bourbon, this is good, but I'm missing the stout characteristics mainly. Truly lives up to the hype.
A Black pour with a finger of dark brown head. The retention is great, lacing could be better. 4.5
S Big hit of bourbon with equally large dark fruits, molasses with an impressive chocolate body. Just a huge smell that is unlike any we've had so far. 5
T My word I forgot how good this beer was. Beautifully integrated bourbon, chocolate, roast, and molasses. The bourbon and chocolate is just outstanding. This is one of the best bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts on the market. 5
MF Thick, heavy body with a low carbonation. Hits of alcohol throughout. The drinkability is high because it's so delicious. 4.5
Pairing: This smokey cheese was actually quite good. It paired perfectly with the bourbon in the beer. Sweet, smokey,l cheese with wheat bread and this stout is very good. 5
O The highlight of the night. Delicious in every way. Balanced, delicious, and paired well. 4.5
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2011 20:49:11 | More by russwbeck
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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
4.83/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Acquired via trade. Very excited.
A. Poured black, with some dark amber tint around the edges, with a 2 finger slightly amber head. fine bubbles. Head retreats to a film and rim. Low viscosity.
S. Moderate fragrance. Starts off with major notes of bourbon and dark roasted malts. Minor notes of vanilla, toffee, oak, dust, and marshmallow.
T. Starts off very similar to the nose with dark roasted malts, bourbon-soaked oak, some hops, and caramel. Minor notes of marshmallow, toffee, nuts, and a moderate booze that builds as it opens.
M. Kind of thin - not necessarily a bad thing.
O. This beer lives up to the reputation and is certainly worth the hype and rating. One can defiantly tell this has aged 12 months. This is not my favorite BA stout, but is certainly up there.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 23:25:33 | More by macher0
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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