Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zhanson88:
4.38/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Batch 1, bottled in 2010. Split two ways with Rbald42, my half into a Fantôme tulip.
Appearance: Pours pitch black in the glass, with about an inch of dark khaki head. Retention is decent, lacing reduces down to a ring around the edge of the glass. Legs are good, to be expected from a 12.5% beer.
Smell: Smells of roasted malts, some char, light coffee, and baker's chocolate. Lots of vanilla, woodiness, and bourbon notes as well. Bourbon heat isn't overly prevalent with this beer being around a year old now, but I still get a bit.
Taste: Bitter dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, some roast and char in there as well. Some woodiness emerges. Nice linger of bourbon and vanilla on the finish. Again, not too much bourbon heat. A year old is a good age to drink this one.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is just over medium, with a fair amount of carbonation. This was the weak point of the beer for me. Would prefer to see little more body, maybe a touch less carbonation. Overall though, a very nice barrel aged stout. Again, the barrel qualities were excellent, and the base was more than enough to hang with the barrels.
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2011 04:10:32 | More by zhanson88
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4.51/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Any time I get to use the phrase 'light-swallowing black' I'm a happy man. I feel that phrase is appropriate here. And now I'm happy. Pours slick, thick and dark into my snifter.
S - Booming bourbon notes lead the chorus. Agitating my snifter releases powerful wafts of booze, and to a lesser extent maple and apple brandy. Bourbon slightly edges out the subtler aromas.
T - The barrel-aging process has certainly left its mark. Bourbon flavours are massive and tempered by sweet vanilla notes. Charred oak kneads the tongue, accompanied by mellowed-out espresso and bittersweet cocoa powder. All these flavours are supported by a solid base of roasted malt. This is not a smokey or peaty stout. Vanilla, bourbon booze and maple syrup are strongest here; followed by the cocoa and coffee. Dark cherry is faint but existent as are rum-infused chocolate truffles if my senses do not deceive me. As in the nose, bourbon character is somewhat at the expense of subtler notes.
M - The flavours in this beer are not playing any games, and the mouthfeel isn't either. As the eyes intimate, this beer is thick and slick. Satisfying viscosity should be easy to achieve for a beer at 14% abv., and in this instance it is. It drinks smoothly, although it is more at the syrupy than the creamy end of the spectrum
O - A sipper through and through, this beer was a journey, a genuine undertaking at over two hours of drinking. I normally drink pretty quickly, so this was unprecedented. I'll be aging my remaining bottles to see if time can mellow the booziness and the bourbon, allowing the subtler elements and deeply buried characteristics to shine. Nonetheless this was a highly impressive beer which is either a little rough around the ages or as yet still raw. Time will tell.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2014 06:09:27 | More by abeeronthebeach
4.84/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This is my very first review, so I am very excited to start off with the infamous, highly rated BA stout in the planet! Firestone Walker Parabola! My only few BA stouts that i've had, so I cant make this a perfect score becuz there is so much beers and I have so much catching up to do.(Late bloomer drinker). Let's begin.
A- Stouts are usually dark, so I cant think of any beer styles that could be darker.
S- Licorice, sweet, caramel, oakiness from the barrels, faint alcohol but very faint from the well balanced aromas
T- Rich chocolate and vanilla. I'm ready to add milk and sugar to make this an outstanding beer a true dessert. Its a beer you just have to try.
Overall, its an excellent BA stout. Still looking for that perfect beer for my own taste buds, but this beer is in my top 5.. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 09:04:36 | More by Flip4beers
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,703 ratings.