Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev -5.6%
7/23/10. Huge thanks to mkade8883 for this awesome brew in my Secret Santa box!! Huge buttery, vanilla, and coconut aromas followed by obvious bourbon. Love it. The flavor doesn’t deliver as much as I was hoping, but there is nice chocolate and coffee, buttery vanilla, a hint of coconut, and a nice warming feel. Very good!
02-05-2012 22:19:45 | More by drowland
4.4/5 rDev -4.6%
22oz bottle of the 2011 vintage, batch #2. Purchased at either Huckleberry's or JB's in Spokane about 6 months ago for $14.99.
Poured, with great viscosity, a dark brown color with a large bubbly and creamy mocha-colored head. Lots of lace. When held up directly to light, no light passes through.
At first, the nose is dominated by dark fruits. As it warms up, mollasses and sherry notes emerge in the background.
The taste is of figs, chocolate covered cherries, and prunes. It is then wrapped in a smoky, oaky flavor, imparted, no doubt, from the barrel aging. In the background is a sherry-like booziness, and it all ends with a moderately dry hop zap.
Mouthfeel is thick and silky, just what one would expect from an outstanding Impy Stout.
A trememdous beer, all around. I’d like to find another one and compare it to an Abyss. Would have been an excellent dessert to the rib-eye I had last night, except I was too full! I will buy this again, despite it’s $15 price.
02-05-2012 18:58:23 | More by woemad
4.55/5 rDev -1.3%
Big thanks goes out to Exiled who sent me this one in a trade LONG ago! Batch #1, 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger light tan head that subsided to basically none fairly quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol, wood, and greatness. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, sweet alcohol, milk chocolate, and dark fruit. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fantastic brew. How in the Hell have I never tried this before!? The aromas and flavors in this brew are ridiculously good and very well balanced. When I saw that it weighed in at 13% I was afraid this one would pound me in the face with alcohol, but that was not the case. Allowing this one to sit in my cellar all this time has definitely worked its magic to subdue the alcohol. Absolutely a must try if you have not done so before. Might have to crack my 2011 to compare in the near future…
02-05-2012 17:48:54 | More by thagr81us
4.5/5 rDev -2.4%
A - Pours pitch black with less than one finger of brown head. Looks thick and rich.
S - Big aromas of vanilla, chocolate and bourbon with moderate oak notes. All of the aromas seem well integrated, nothing seems to dominate. Some alcohol presence but not overwhelming.
T - Bourbon is even more noticeable in the taste than the aroma. Nice vanilla and oak with a bit of alcohol bite mixes with a thick chocolate taste, mostly semi-sweet. Nice bourbon finish.
M - Full mouthfeel that is somewhat viscous. A bit dry with an alcohol bite on the finish.
O - This is a very nice barrel-aged stout. The bourbon is a big component, but it works very well with the heavy chocolate base.
02-05-2012 03:22:14 | More by warnerry
4.68/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured into snifter from bottle. 2011 reserve.
Appearance: Thick black body with a beige head that quickly dissipates.
Smell: Vanilla, bourbon, some roasted coffee.
Taste: Vanilla, bourbon, coffee, slightest bit of caramel, and some chocolate too. Unbelievable taste. Bitterness in the finish. Great balance.
Mouthfeel: Thick, low carbonation. Definitely a sipper, but I want to another sip as soon as the first is gone. Really have to control myself.
Overall: Probably my second most favorite Russian Imperial Stout. Spectacular.
02-03-2012 00:11:24 | More by nmbr0ne
4.25/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured from a 22oz bottle, split into 2 snifters. Split with mrmarmot, thanks for the hookup man!
A: Deep, black, thick color. No light seeps through the edges. Aggressive pour leads to a 1-finger light tan head that sticks around in a ring on the outside. Lacing is spotty.
S: Holy bourbon batman. This one is full of barrel in the nose along with some roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and some dried bitter berry. Bourbon. Lots and lots of bourbon.
T: Bourbon is toned down, but it has been replaced by alcohol. It's a burner for sure but there's a lot of other flavors going on such as vanilla and coffee. But mostly alcohol.
M: Nice big feel to it with ample carbonation. The burn does not go away.
O: This is a huge mother-effing-stout. It's got a lot of bourbon and not a lot else. I'm hoping the alcohol backs down over time because there is a lot hiding underneath.
02-02-2012 02:35:27 | More by suspect
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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