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RATINGS: 905   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Parabola has been a major component of past anniversary blends and is one of our most aggressive offerings. This beer features bold bourbon and tobacco aromas and a rich dark chocolate, charred oak flavor. Parabola is best enjoyed in moderation and is a perfect beer to pair with those chocolate dessert favs.
An extension of Quercus Alba —the Firestone Walker Barrel aged program. Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.


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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - AUG 20, 2011
Bomber. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and tar. Flavor is all of this with a long finish. Very complex without being a mess. Damn near perfect RIS.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2065) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
Taster at Zeebra II. Pours totally black with a thin dark brown head on top. Good retention, renews itself with every swirl of the glass and leaves light lacing behind. Aroma of a good matured whiskey, burned wood, rye. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malts, light bourbon, wood, a touch of smoke, alcohol. Nice bitterness on the aftertaste, and coffee notes with a roasted character. Full body with a smooth texture, good levels of carbonation. Sticky palate. Great beer, hopefully I will soon have a whole bottle of this one.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2326) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
2014 vintage bomber. Pours black with a large light brown head. Aroma of bourbon, sweet dark malt, chocolate, tobacco and hints of molasses. Taste of dark chocolate, sweet malts, bourbon, molasses, tobacco and mild charr. Boozy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
M82 (268) - Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2014
2012 bottle aged at 55-60º

A mahogany pour leads to a black body with fiery auburn highlights, topped by a quickly fading half inch frothy dark khaki head creating extended thin horizontal peninsulas of lace, spots and thin peninsulas of alcohol decorate the snifter

Big, yet controlled notes of juicy bourbon and silky dark milk chocolate lead the way blending flawlessly into mingling, morphing layers of dates, cherry pie, cola, coffee, coconut, almond, toffee, toasted marshmallow, banana split... all on a slightly sticky, oily smooth, coating medium plus body, flavors evolving into treacle and vanilla on the finish with spirit warmth lightly drying and cleaning to reveal residuals echoing all the flavors and aromas, at this age the sweetness is perfectly articulated by all the drying, lean components, my brain is tingling, exceptional stout

Solid intensity, deep complexity, flawless transitions, everything a barrel aged stout should be, can the 2012 batch get any better?

22oz served at 55º and warming into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JanLaursen (3025) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2014
Flaske, købt for 250 kr i Mikkeler & Friends - og heldigvis god. Mørk, tæt, sort-brun, masser af tekstur og en flot, tyk, holdbar, cremet beige skum-krone. Rosiner i rom.. Sød wiener melange. Vanilie parfait. Let eg. Sveskemos. Kaffe. Choko. Balance. Zen.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BazookaJoe (232) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Pours jet black with a nice oaky aroma. The body is thick almost syrupy but the flavors are bold. Strong notes of chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Finishes very smooth with the flavors lingering for a while. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwmiller16 (93) - Delaware, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bomber aged since 2012. Pours a deep dark brown with minimal chestnut foam. Big bourbon notes with heavy vanilla and alcohol scent. Heavy vanilla and caramel at first, finishes sweet with plenty of alcohol burn. One word: Amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
e303 (52) - - JUN 27, 2014
2014 vintage to snifter. Holy shit! Loves up to the hype. Pour is black as night. Aroma is German chocolate cake and booze. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, coconut, oak, booze, and coffee. Finish is super slick and a bit warm. Incredible beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
falco242 (242) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Sounds weird, but it just smells smooth. Oak, roasted malt, coffee, tobacco, chocolate...it is all well balanced and definitely doesn?t some across hot considering the abv. Really impressive.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2191) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle. 2012. Soy sauce. Opaque black body. Tastes far better than it smells. Rich, milk chocolate with some malt in the finish. Really unbelievably outstanding and doesn’t taste as strong as it is.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gowdy (721) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JUN 22, 2014
Taste from a bottle at FyneFest. Very smooth. Caramel flavours. Really good one, like it.


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