Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by spoony:
4.64/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
From a 650 ml bottle (2012 batch, March 14, 2012 printed on the bottle) into a snifter.
A-The brew is nearly black with only a small glimmer of brown letting light through at the edges of the glass. The dark brown head drops from about a finger to a patchy cap of foam almost immediately, which is not surprising given the ABV. Some ultra-fine carbonation is visible against the glass.
S-This is a great smelling stout (if you like bourbon). I smell a lot of oak, vanilla, and boozy heat., with a touch of caramel in there, too. But the smell is also full of dark, sweet fruit (mostly raisins), herbal black licorice, and lightly bitter malts that give off a baker's chocolate smell. It is very complex and intense, but also quite balanced for being a big booze bomb.
T-The taste mostly follows the smell. This is a high-octane blend of vanilla and oaky bourbon flavors mixing with licorice, booze-soaked dark fruit, and dark chocolate malts. There is a little touch of oats in there that really seems to balance out the heat and character of the bourbon flavors.
M-The feel is medium to light for the style. I think the high ABV actually comes through here and gives it a somewhat thin feeling on the palate. The finish is warm to hot.
O-This beer mostly lived up to its reputation. I sipped it slowly over the course of the evening and enjoyed every drop. The complexity of flavors and mixture between the oaky bourbon and the more traditional RIS flavors like chocolatey malts are really fantastic. This is not a beer for the timid with its 12.5% ABV and prominent booze feel and taste, but for those who like that sort of thing, drink up.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2013 00:10:03 | More by spoony
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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 4,246 ratings.