Firestone Walker – Parabola 2014 Review

ParabolaAll You Need to Know

Brewery: Firestone Walker
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 13%
Cost: ???? (24oz)
Glassware: Snifter, Teku
Temp: 55°F
Availability: March
Purchased@: Beer Trade

Quick Take: While 2014 Parabola is not the pinnacle of the Parabola series (that goes to the boozy complex and black cherry undercurrent having Parabola of 2012), it is an improvement over 2013, being smoother and less boozy. Warm, sensuous, delicious…Parabola is as close to bourbon-aged perfection that I’ve come across. Firestone has crafted and continues to craft one of my favorite liquids of all time.

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LoverBeer – Marche ‘L Re 2011 Review

LoverBeerAll You Need to Know

Brewery: LoverBeer
Style: Sour RIS
ABV: 8.5%
Cost: $18 (12oz)
Glassware: Snifter
Temp: 50°F
Availability: Year Round
Purchased@: Hunger N Thirst

Quick Take: This is the KFC bowl of beers. A mish mash of flavors and aromas, one has to wonder if this was brewed from the runoff from other beers along with a pot of day old coffee and the leavings of a tossed salad. Glad to try it, but a beer for the adventurous only as the cost vs risk is far too financially weighted for what you get.

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Jackie O’s Brewery – Dark Apparition Review

Dark ApparitionAll You Need to Know

Brewery: Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery
Style: Russian Imperial Stout (RIS)
ABV: 10.5%
Cost: ???? (12oz)
Glassware: Snifter
Temp: 55°F
Availability: Various Times
Purchased@: Beer Trade Extra

Quick Take: Dark Apparition is in a different class of RIS, being a drinker instead of an intense sipper. It isn’t battling for the top spot in my RIS-loving heart, but I would gladly buy a case to get me through those fall evenings without hesitation. Dark Apparition is simply delicious and another reminder of why I love dark beers.

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