Friday, June 21, 2013

Review: Firestone Walker Parabola

Firestone Walker Parabola (2013)
13.0% ABV
Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
22 oz bottle
Served in Dogfish Head Signature Glass

Reviewed on 6/16/13

This imperial stout pours a dark brown color with a nice toasty beige head.  Solid lacing.

Smell has smooth chocolate, vanilla, cherry, malt, slight coffee, slight caramel, mild hops, slight alcohol, slight spice.

Taste has smooth, velvety chocolate complemented with cherry, which comes across as almost like a cherry cordial, some coffee, vanilla, alcohol, mild hops, malt, slight caramel.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth on the palate.  Very easy to drink despite the alcohol content as there is moderate to slight amounts of bitterness and dryness.

Overall, a superior tasting stout with a complex taste profile and very little with which to find fault.  The chocolate, vanilla, and cherry flavors come together perfectly, with nice hints of coffee, caramel, and hops coming through.  There are some good bourbon aspects coming through as the temperature rises.  There's no surprise that this is so highly regarded and sought after.

My score: 99

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