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RATINGS: 1054   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   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 —the Firestone Walker Barrel aged program. Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
2012 vintage 22 oz. bottle fairly aggressively poured into Firestone Walker Proprietors Reserve snifters. Pours a viscous motor oil black with a one and a half finger tan head. Huge aroma of oak, bourbon, and roasted malt. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak with hints of chocolate joined by the dense flavor of black cherries, hints of plums, and rich fig. Finishes with bold espresso notes and roastiness and a comfortable alchohol warmth. Full bodied, smooth, and even a bit of creaminess. Incredibly complex and without a doubt one of the finest barrel aged Russian Imperial Stouts available.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
A - Pours a very dark brown-black with a half-finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, dark fruits, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, Bourbon, and a bit of booze. T - Starts off with dark chocolate and roasted malts with vanilla and some dark fruits. Through the middle, the Bourbon and oak comes through with some toasted coconut and molasses. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, molasses, tobacco, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, and dark fruit with a bit of booze. M - Medium-full bodied with light carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit creamy with a sweet and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. Amazingly smooth for how big and bold the flavors are. The balance is really spot on and the Bourbon comes through really nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1614) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2012
22 oz bottle, 2012 version. Pours dark brown black with a small light brown head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is grainy dark chocolate malts with some lactose and dark fruits and some sharp alcohol.

The flavor is sweet grainy chocolate malts, dark fruits with some roast and quite a bit of vinous alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it reminds me of Old Viscosity. I remember this being better than this sample. It’s in your face and not really well balanced. Too sweet and treacly at times, and the alcohol is too sharp for me. It’s still a good beer though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kryon (2533) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2012
Pours dark with low off white head Wonderful aromas of coffee, raisins, dark chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, molassess... Marvellous palate! Creamy, rich and full of espresso beans, chocolates and dark fruits. Sticky alcohol which lowers taste level. This one almost has it all! A complete masterpiece!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ktwse (3751) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Pours black with a reddish hue, minimal tan head that disappears fast. Aroma is vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, burnt sugar, melasses, prunes and raisins. The usual imperial stout stuff, done to perfection. Taste opens with a light but thick sweetness before turning into a very rich, long bitterness before a strong alcohol finish with all those barrels incredibly present. A lingering taste of dark chocolate and coffee. Body is full, creamy and very, very pleasant. One of the best imperial stouts I've had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (8442) - Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, char, dark chocolate, licorice, bourbon and what I thought was herbal hops. The flavor is big on bourbon, char, dark chocolates and licorice; additional notes of wood, vanilla and some herbal hops. Comes off a touch on the hot side, but still very tasty. Medium plus body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheHopHeadGirl (1) - Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2012 does not count
better than goose island without the brandy aftertaste. did a side by side comparison at churchkey in dc. i can’t believe whole foods had the beer for under $15. this is one of my top 3 beers for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abio (1831) - Waasland, BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2012
Really good beer to nip and enjoy slowly, even let it warming a bit. Black, a head that is ok, and even pretty big if compared with a lot of other BA beers. Good taste, but the slightly sourness is not my thing at the end, but it’s not overwhelming this one, specially when letting warming up a little. The dry eartyness you get then at the end is decent and very long holding. Got this one aged for a bit, doubt if it will get better much more with aging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kjbryan (8) - Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2012 does not count
chocolate, toast, alcohol, dark brown color, medium sweetness, sticky, full body, long finish, I loved having this on draft during a recent tap takeover. I drank half the snifter alone, then enjoyed the second half with some chocolate cake. Delicious both times - but I am a sucker for barrel aged beers. This is to be savored.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Keyes88 (60) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Side by side tasting of 2011 & 2012 release. Pouts pitch black with more of head in the 2012. Aroma in the 11 is more boozy with a strong vanilla/oak note. 12 is not as boozy, slightly smoked. Flavor on the 11 is more complex with 12 having more roasted flavor. Both are great to enjoy but the 11 is a more complex beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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