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RATINGS: 853   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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 óthe Firestone Walker Barrel aged program. Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.


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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wegro (330) - Fresno, California, USA - AUG 13, 2012
from notes: extremely well balanced while still being bold. love the smokey and bourbon-y flavor. dark malts dominate, the smoke and bourbon show up in the finish. finishes a little hot but itís welcomed, makes it fun, makes you know youíre drinking something thatís special. superb in every way, delicious, balanced, complex. the price tag is a little high but this is one where i felt like i got every pennyís worth and iíd pay it again in a heartbeat.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gmellison (369) - Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2014
2011 bottle at tap n handle. Pours a deep brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is oak, bourbon, molasses, chocolate, tobacco. Flavor is dark fruits, spices, bourbon, wood. Pretty boozy as well. Huge flavorful beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wade1point0 (68) - Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2014
4/20/2014 in fort Collins. Weed was legalized this year and for 420 I came put after eating some weed cookies and to cap off a day of drinking I found a parabola 2011 in bottle. Bought. Gets better with every sip. Nose is Bourbon and chocolate and booze. Mouth feel is smooth. Chocolate coffee taste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (263) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2014
Poured from tap to glass. Jet black hue with light brown creamy head that lingered. Aroma is huge with essences of roasted malt, caramel, plums, oak, cherries, chocolate, leather. Mouthfeel is fantastic with a full body and good carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a nice astringent following and smooth ethanol heat throughout the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic brew!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
devman171 (719) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2014
2013 bottle pours black with low tan head. Aroma is rich roast and bourbon chocolate, taste is similar with a great smooth roast and bourbon finish, no alcohol heat

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
UDBeernut (1480) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 16, 2014
2012 bottle. Roasty coffe nose, mile soy sauce. I need to get a fresh bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (1742) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - APR 16, 2014
2012 Bottling. Aroma: Boozy, Licorice, Bourbon Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Minimal Lacing Taste: Licorice, Boozy, Smoked Dark Malts Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Smokey, Mildly Boozy

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (936) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2014
Wow is this good. The word on the 2014 vintage is vanilla. Itís what Iím getting in spades. Nary a hint of booziness or alcohol heat, and yet weíre talking 14% ABV. Wow wow wow.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mrnoluv (120) - long beach, California, USA - APR 12, 2014
Alcohol, sweet, candy licorice, hint of chocolate smell, light brown head, dark as night look. There is a reason why this stout is rated so high, it seems like most of the stouts you try are too bitter or too sweet or too coffee based, but this one is a perfect blend of everything. It is so smooth going down, itís like drinking a soda. Incredible!!! I just drank the 2004 14% bottle and let me tell you something you wouldnít know it was 14%.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Whalermike (1) - USA - APR 12, 2014 does not count
Another release of one of the best bourbon imperial stout. Smooth, bourbon with a hint of licorice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lectvay (74) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2014
Got around to trying the 2014 tonight, and my first thought was that this is way better than I remember last yearís being. And I loved Parabola last year. Quite dark and opaque. The nose is surprisingly subdued for such a big beer, but butterscotch is mostly what comes to mind. Taste is exquisite. Seemed a little boozy my first few sips, but once my palette adjusted I didnít want to change a thing.


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