Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.71/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A: this pours a thick muddy black with a nice dark tan head. Lacing is beautiful, I've never seen anything quite like this.
S: bitter dark chocolate, minor notes of espresso, dark fruit and oak with a slight alcohol finish.
T: wow, lots dark chocolate and vanilla upfront that fades into the rich charred malt that is highlighted by the oak and hints of dark fruit. Bourbon is subtle, not over powering and very well balanced. Alcohol is there but well hidden.
M: thick in the best way possible, coats the mouth entirely and great small bubble carbonation, has the velvety feel of a nitro, really nice.
O: best beer I have had in a long time. Perfectly balanced and very complex. I can't wait to re-review the one I'm putting away for next year.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2013 02:05:03 | More by Fcolle2
4.99/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Been anticipating trying this beer for so long. Batch 004 poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a pitch, murky black. There was a small dark khaki colored head that eventual gave way to nothing.
S: Upon first smell, I get huge notes of coconut and vanilla with some wood character. Some oats and deep chocolate also fill my nostrils with glee. What a fantastic smell. Some dark fruits also come through, though muted.
T: Holy god! This is fantastic. Huge vanilla and coconut flavors start this out and chocolate comes through as well. The bourbon character is tremendous. It's not overpowering at all. Roasted coffee comes in for the finish, and what a finish it is.
M: An incredibly smooth brew this is. Medium mouthfeel
Overall: This is a treat for me to even have this considering how long I've been waiting to try this. The chocolate and coffee flavors mesh so well with the coconut and vanilla that come from the barrel aging. The 13% is virtually non existent so far. This is a well constructed beer and I'm definitely glad I got to enjoy this. This is one of the best beers I've ever had and Firestone Walker may have the best barrel aging programs in the world and this is a clear indicated of it.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2013 00:46:25 | More by RichD
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,254 ratings.