Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev -11.5%
A- Black with a dark brown head.
S- Wood, coffee, dark fruits.
T - Wood, vanilla, coffee, raisins, plums, alcohol, dark chocolate, and some flavors reminiscent of coca-cola.
M - Syrupy, oily/greasy with low carbonation.
O - The are a lot of really nice flavors and aromas, but the mouthfeel is not very pleasant. The alcohol really comes through as well, which takes away from the drinkability.
12-28-2011 00:12:38 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
4.59/5 rDev -0.4%
Had this on 2011-12-24 in Lititz, PA. Had this again on 2012-07-25 in Columbia, PA with no change to the review. Had a 2012 bottle on 2013-06-19 (as a celebration of the end of a vacation trip to Duluth, MN and the Superior National Forest) with tweaks to the review and ratings (increased taste).
A - Dark brown/black with a slight tan head. Plenty of alcohol legs but little lacing.
S - Bourbon, peaty malt, chocolate, coffee and lots of alcohol.
T - Some bourbon, roasted coffee, toasted cocoanut, vanilla, sweet/dark chocolate, nutty, oak, light anise, deep-dark fruit, alcohol. Mostly roasted bitterness. Aftertaste is more of the same with lots of lingering deliciousness. A great big barrel of tasting fun!
M - Syrupy, thick body and very light carbonation.
O - A brilliant and complex beer. It made the perfect finish to our family Christmas celebration and vacation celebration.
12-25-2011 18:17:34 | More by Tucquan
4.47/5 rDev -3%
Picked this one up at the brewery, on its release date. The 2011 version.
Pouring into a Fifty Fifty Eclipse snifter. Black in color with a 1 finger medium-tan foam that retains partially. Strength evidenced by the sticky legs.
Toasted oak, dark bittersweet chocolate. Booziness is present and a bourbon-character is also notable but not overly harsh.
Beautiful marriage of dark, bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel, charcoal, and espresso. Touch of vanilla. Medium-high/high bitterness level stemming from hops and the dark roasted malts. Lingering dark chocolate and earthiness in the toasted oak finish.
Medium-full in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Fantastic warming sensation, ultra-smooth on the heat.
Overall this is an absolutely wonderful choice to pop open on Christmas Eve Eve. Deliciously dangerous complexity, excellent marriage of roasty/barrel aged flavors. Firestone knocked it out of the park here and I can only wonder what additional age might do to enhance/detract from a stellar beer today.
12-24-2011 04:30:28 | More by BrewerB
Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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