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Parabola, the flagship in Firestone Walker’s Proprietor’s Classic Sequence, is altering issues up as soon as once more for 2022. Whereas last year’s release noticed ageing, for the primary time ever, in a mixture of bourbon, rye, and wheat whiskey barrels, the newest version is a a lot less complicated, all ex-bourbon-aged creation with one catch; the barrels used had been all older inventory, beforehand holding 12-year-old bourbon from Heaven Hill (presumable Elijah Craig). In accordance with Barrel Program Supervisor Eric Ponce, that’s a major tweak, as traditionally Parabola has aged in bourbon barrels solely six- to eight-years-old. What has that older bourbon barrel completed for this 12 months’s Parabola launch?
It pours as pitch black as ever with only a slight sizzle of cocoa-tinged carbonation that rapidly retreats to the perimeters of a pint glass. The aroma is decadent with darkish, creamy gianduja chocolate, toasted malts, and chilly brew espresso. The barrel is expertly built-in, as typical with these releases, exhibiting notes of marshmallow fluff, butterscotch pudding, and delicate baking spice. The palate is solely large, with thick notes of chewy fudge and juicy black cherry, all of which noticeably softens the chicory chew of the darkish malts making for an much more quaffable brew. The end, lengthy and syrupy, showcases a traditional darkish chocolate bitterness however with the addition of slightly pipe smoke and extra darkish stone fruit. There’s undoubtedly one thing larger and richer about this 12 months’s Parabola launch. Whether or not or not it’s because of the older bourbon barrels, it’s the most effective I’ve tasted but from the brewing wizards at Firestone Walker.
14.1 % abv.
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