Thursday, July 21, 2011
Firestone Walker Parabola
I ordered a bottle of Firestone Walker Parabola from Northwest Liquid Gold, and I anxiously awaited it to arrive from the FedEx delivery person. The beer pours a thick black color with a thin bubbly tan head. The aroma consists of licorice, tobacco, chocolate, oak, bourbon, and vanilla, all coming together to be reminiscent of cookie dough. The mouth feel is smooth like silk with milk chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, and toasted malts coming out on the front end. The finish warms with a sweet bourbon and also drives out with oak flavors. The after taste sweetens again with licorice and leaves a chocolate chip cookie flavor that lingers for a while. The alcohol content is 13.0% ABV. The Parabola was smooth, wonderful, and full of flavors, worthy of its massive hype each year. The beer itself has enough brawn to stand up against the bourbon flavors, rather than the bourbon overtaking the beer, which was much appreciated. It is also difficult to discern that it is a 13% beer, so beware or the alcohol may sneak up on you.