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RATINGS: 1009   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjay44 (3042) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2015
651 ml. bottle. Vintage 2015. Pours a medium, gradually diminishing, beige head, with minimal lacing over a black (SRM 50) body.......nose is tobacco, Bourbon, fruits including raisin, plum, cocoa, chocolate from the roasted malts, minimal hops, boveril, balance to the malts.......taste is sweet with dried fruits including plum, raising, cherry, fig, brown sugar notes, mild cocoa, chocolate, with slight coffee from the roasted malts, Bourbon, vanilla, tobacco, finishing with a light hop/roasted malt bitterness, balance to the malts.......mouth feel, thick chewy body, alcohol burn slightly present, carbonation makes a creamy mouthful. This is a rich, thick, heavy, sweet, complex beer. It is more on the sweet/desert end of the style, with minimal umami notes. The alcohol is almost, but not quite, hidden by the heavy sweetness. The sweetness is almost too dominant. BJCP 9/3/16/4/8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (1029) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2015
Sample at cbc. Dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol bourbon, wood. red brown color nice foam, full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleksander9 (899) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2015
-short review cbc- molasses, cherry, chocolate, spicy alcohol. Super slick. Well refined imperial stout

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WABeerFiend (332) - - APR 27, 2015
2015 edition. Poured from a bomber into a chalice on 03.25.15. A: Bourbon, chocolate, fig, vanilla, raisin oatmeal, dark fruit, allspice, and molasses. Amazing smell. Bourbon dominant, but balanced. A: 1/2 finger off-white head, which recedes quickly to a ring with spots of foam. Black body with lots of see through brown and red in the glass. T: Bourbon, raisin oatmeal, cherry, and molasses dominate. Oak woodiness, nuttiness, vanilla, and allspice are subtle. P: Silky smooth. Itís on the lighter side, but still somewhat syrupy. O: Itís amazingly complex. The alcohol is hidden for 14% ABV, though it does warm nicely. Bourbon dominates, but all of the flavors are balanced. Itís a world class beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (707) - Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2015
On tap a Frisco, Columbia. Dark brown black with thin tan head. Aroma is oaky, boozy, molasses, vanilla and Cuban cigars. Starts of with alcohol warmth and dark chocolate, molasses and vanilla. Finish is roasty dark chocolate and vanilla. It is a sipper, but I had trouble sipping it because it was just so tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dlovell2 (1315) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2015
On tap at Frisco with Maxbier for a rare weeknight outing. Poured dark brown with amber tint and tan colored head. Aroma is molasses, caramel, bourbon, and oak. Flavor is sweet caramel, raisins, brown sugar, molasses bourbon oak and bittersweet chocolate. Finishes with lingering dark chocolate. Another amazing Firestone Walker offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koskela (409) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 18, 2015
This is the 2015 parabola. Amazing the aromas. There is choc cherry and vanilla in this dark brown brew with no head. A choc cherry cordial. The taste is choc sweet woody as the after taste comes the wood comes out along with cherry and a warming taste from the 14%. It's full bodied and low carb. A great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1187) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - APR 18, 2015
650 ml bottle, 2014 edition at 14% ABV, shared with Werckmeister.
Almost black body, with a medium, creamy, beige, yellowish head.
Very complex, perfectly balanced, smooth aroma of bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, just the right amount of booze, various barrel notes, dark and dried fruits.
Taste is also wonderfully big, more boozy than the nose, but also greatly balanced, with bourbon, smooth coffee, caramel, melting chocolate, dried and dark fruits, liquorice and so much more...
Full, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes roasty, alcoholic, a bit astringent, but very smooth, complex, with coffe, dark chocolate, barrel notes, some liquorice, cocoa.

Wow! Heavy and smooth at the same time. Alcohol is present, but surprisingly well balanced for the ABV. A wonderful, very complex, comfortable sipper. One of the best Imperial Stouts Iíve had so far!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werckmeister (1080) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - APR 18, 2015
bottle kindly shared by Saeglopur, many thanks :) very nice oily texture, black color, small coffee-colored head. smells very liqueurish, some wooden notes, some malty sweetness, coffee, caramel, some alcohol, light dried fruits, dried boletus, some alcohol, molasses. full body, full mouthfeel, very slick, soft carbonation. tastes liqueurish, some sweetness, alocoholic, wooden notes again, some light roasty notes, brown sugar, coffee, caramel. malty sweet / liqueurish finish. wow. strong and sweet and alcoholic (for the high ABV quite hidden though), but I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Couch0508 (119) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
At 14 percent you are always going taste the alcohol but this is pretty smooth at the end of day.

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