Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2012 vintage. Tasted 16 July 2012, reviewed from notes.
Pours a deep chocolatey brown color, not as dark as many big stouts. Reddish tones at the edges. Medium coffee-tan head, about 1 finger, with good retention and lacing.
Smell is very rich and sweet, with a tobacco layer, and a fruit layer with plums and candi sugar. Really rich, chocolate roasted malts.
Taste has a rich toffee-like flavor, kinda like candy sweetness. Slightly sugar, reminding me of hard sugar candy. Rich flavors, heavy on the chocolate, without the coffee or roasty bitterness. Finish is lasting, and I mostly taste the bourbon in it (but in a very good way). I'm impressed with how smoothly everything melds together, both here and in the smell.
Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, chewy. Fairly low carbonation, but for a -bal stout, that's okay with me.
Tasty stuff. Very smooth, with excellent melding of the barrel and the beer. The richness of the barrel combines really well with the sweetness of the stout. Probably not the best barrel-aged stout that I've had, but definitely up there. Has the same sweet-rich barrel aromas and flavor that Abacus has, and it's interesting to encounter those same characteristics in a stout vs. a barleywine. And now that I'm thinking about it, where's the alcohol in this beer? It's going to my head, but I barely taste it.
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2012 08:12:08 | More by zeledonia
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