Brew Review: Firestone Walker Parabola

by Kelli H. on June 26, 2013

Brew Review: Firestone Walker Parabola
Date: 6-23-13
Location: Paso Robles, CA
Type: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Price: Was a gift from my bridal shower! How cool is that?!
Alcohol: 13%
IBU: 82
Aroma: Chocolate & vanilla with hints of oak
Appearance: Black, thin tan head, lots of tiny bubbles
Body & Texture: Full Bodied, intense up front
Aftertaste: Caramel, coffee, tiny bit of bitterness

Overall Impression:
I can’t believe the last brew review I did was May 7th. I guess I’ve really been trying to scale back my beer drinking before the wedding. Also, to be fair, I just haven’t been drinking that many new beers. I’ve been sticking to Mirror Pond & my all time favorite summer beer Bitter American. One of David’s aunt’s Suzi bought me 2 bottles of Parabola & a porter I’ve never heard of (brew review soon!) for my bridal shower a couple weeks back. David’s been itching to try this one, so last Sunday we finally opened it up.

It feels a little funny for me to be reviewing a stout, because to be honest, I really don’t have much experience. Then again, I’m just filling you in on my personal thoughts about this beer. I really appreciate the craft of how this beer was made. The box it comes is give a nice description of what to expect. The label on the beer gives you lots of details about the beer, too. The flavors in this beer seemed to be well layered. The high alcohol makes it hard for me to enjoy too much of this beer. I think I probably had about 5 oz, while David drank that whole glass over the period of 1.5 hours. We then used a cool wine cork my friend had given me for my birthday and put it in the top of this bottle. It actually worked! David was able to have another glass the next day.

I think that any stout lover would enjoy this beer. It’s a beautiful gift, and I would totally give it to someone, like my Uncle Steve who loves stouts. Since I’m not a huge stout fan, I don’t think I’d buy it for myself, but David really liked it. I think with our second bottle of it, we’ll probably age it for about 6-12 months and see how it is then. I think maybe I should bring it to Christmas dinner and let everyone have a few tastes of it.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Shannon June 26, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I LOVE stouts, so I have no doubt I would love this beer. I am a Firestone fan in general, but haven’t seen this one on my coast…


Made in Sonoma June 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm

It’s too bad that some beer’s aren’t distributed, but that’s part of the fun of traveling to new places. You get to try regional beers. 🙂


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