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RATINGS: 948   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11292) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle, bought @ CITTI, Flensburg.
Pours completely black with a small, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma has lovely cocoa and vanilla, chocolate, mildly roasted, almonds, oak. Good general sweetness, light toffee. Medium carbonation, lovely creamy and quite dry mouthfeel. Flavour has deep, dark chocolate, mild viniousness, sweetness, lots of vanilla, but also oaky dryness. Mildly roasted, some liqourice, a bit of chestnuts and hazelnuts. Lingering dry malty bitterness. Yum.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoePeesie (886) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pours a deep viscos black with a tan head. Nose and taste are malty, coffee, chocolaty, very well balanced and smooth!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (3575) - Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a decent tan head. Rich, rather sweet aroma has notes of sweet chocolate, caramel and molasses. Mouth filling flavor has semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and molasses tones plus hints of honey and fresh-cut wood. Smooth, fizzy texture has plenty of body.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 19, 2012
From notes. Pours pitch black with less than a half finger of golden brown head which retreated to a small collar that leaves little lacing. Big aroma. Chocolate, dark malt, dark fruit, a bourbon-like boozeiness, lots of sweetness, oak, tobacco. Pretty creamy, I defiantly get Choclate, sweet espresso, tobacco, dark fruit and a big warm boozie finish. Medium body with a great feel, just a little sticky but creamy at the same time, lots of flavor hanging out on the back of the tung and roof of the mouth 3 or 4 minutes after the last sip.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4595) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with excellent retention recedes leaving sheet lacing to pancake. Sweet milk chocolate, oak and bourbon aromas. Thick with earthy toasted caramel, sweet milk chocolate and a hot, bourbon burn before the lasting charred resin finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kathouse (1139) - Nevada, USA - MAR 16, 2012
From the bottle. Pours black with a thin head noticeable just around the rim. Nice bourbon, oak, honey, and licorice. Full body with tiny bubbles. Dark malts mix nicely with the bourbon and oak. Dry with an alcohol presence. Licorice and molasses finish well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2012
From 1 year old archives. Pours black with rich tan head. Aroma of rich dark roast, alcohol, earth, minerals and things I can’t identify. Flavor is the same with smoky notes, tobacco, subtle oak, tar, licorice, malty sweet with aggressive dark roast bitter. Very heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, outstanding brew!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 10/16/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to goodstrongbeer for bringing this over. My glass is a thick looking mahogany color with a very thin brown head that reverts to a collar rather quickly. My nose is filled with notes of roasted malts and coffee, some tobacco, smoke, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. No one smell really dominates, making me think that I am in for a treat. Parabola is a demonstration of brewing excellence. There is a confidence that a nuance will be noticed and no flavor must bludgeon you with its strength. Up front, roasted malt takes on a lightly charred character, and semi-sweet dark chocolate and a bit of molasses add further flavor and sweetness. Roast coffee and vanilla add some more delicate flavor, with a bit of oak and bourbon hardly noticeable at the end. The full body of this beer works well with the light to medium carbonation to create a decadent and creamy feel. The thickness is necessary to provide a reasonable base for such a rich and complex beer. This is a beer that definitely lives up to the hype. A bourbon barrel stout that still manages to be delicate and complex is a rare find. I will definitely try to stock up on this beer and look forward to having it again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Pitch black. Head thin and choco colored. Aroma of licorice, ash, chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanila. Flavor all of that, tobacco, dark fruits too. Mouthfeel one of the more dry cocoa / tannin / ashy dryness. Full Mouthfeel. Faintly astringent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goodgrief (1819) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Pour is dark, dark. No lacing and smallish head. Super dark fruity nose, plumlike. Bourbon is strong, but a LOT more is going on. Chocolate, vanilla, tobacco and a lot of wood (ashy) is also present. No real roasty/coffee flavors, though. Some winelike tannins came out fairly strong as it warmed. Not sure i’ll drop another $22 for a bottle, bit worth it once.


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