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RATINGS: 1054   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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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.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ADfan (815) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 26, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2012 Huge beer. Pours almost black with a medium head. It pours with a thicknessin to the glass. The nose is big with alcohol and a sweetness that is hard to describe. There is also some vanilla. The taste is great. Again the beer has a uniqueness that probably comes from the barrel aging. Almost a cough drop taste. Chocolate and some licorice also are blended in. Long finish, I’m glad i have 3 bottles left. Re-tasted on 9/5/12 - The beer has changed since my last taste. This one almost had a Mounds candy bar taste, like it was melted into the glass. I really enjoyed it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (3405) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 A: Pitch black. Opaque. Big beige head that has the look of wet sand on the beach. An ideal appearance. S: Huge roasted malt presence with very prominent bourbon aroma. T: Absolutely fabulous. Everything I love about barrel-aged beers is embodied in this beer. M: Rich and full-bodied with a great, warming lingering finish. D: An awesome beer that I highly recommend. One of the best barrel-aged imperial stouts I have ever had. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-31-2010

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (7960) - Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Batch 2 bottle to oversized snifter (thanks Daknole). Looks good; pitch black with low carbonation and boozy-tinted lacing. Smells good too; BB! Tastes Great! Wonderful balance of everything! Good on the palate too. Yes!

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MadDogMD (215) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Black as night pour. Nose of chocolate, plums, coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Slick, oily mouthfeel- love it! Flavors follow the nose, but more intense. Caramel, more vanilla & chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, toffee. Coats the mouth & lingers in the palette. One of the great examples of the style. Really glad I can get my hands on this beer every year!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2012
2012 pours black with little tan head. Aroma of sweet syrup and grain. The taste is unbelievably smooth. A sweet marshmallow syrupy rich chocolate hits first with a softly roasted grain that lingers behind it and a bit of alcohol. The hops balance to perfection and mellow the heat. The oak is more in the noise but softens the blow and rounds the grain out to crate a super smooth beverage. There is nothing real crazy here but it is just super easy to drink and velvety, just about at perfection.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tia (1664) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Growler @ 18th RG. Very dark with thin mocha head. Reminds me of warm maple syrup on pancakes with light roast coffee-maybe sausage. Tastes sweet, roasty, and bitter. Slick.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2798) - California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Deep black in color... Aroma of licorice, oak, bourbon, roasted malts... Flavor is exceedingly complex, notes of vanilla, roasted malts, and dark chocolate... Delicious

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
From the first bottling. Pours thick and black with a small brown head. Looks rich. Nose is big vanilla, oak, light smoke, chocolate and toffee. Dessert. Taste is sweet with great bitter balance. Decadent. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy yet lively with magnificent alcohol warming. Incredibly heavy with a big aftertaste. This beer is amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5475) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Bottle. Pitch pour, leggy with a swirling light brown head. Heavy licorice and fruit, dark roast, above all, dominating whisky notes. Sweet and incredibly smooth in the mouth, choco picking up, slightly oily medium body with some burn and a warming mocha aftertaste. Really does the alcohol right!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Finally decided to open the base beer from my very first trade - thanks bpgpitt10! 2011 vintage (batch 002) poured from 22oz bomber to brandy snifter: Pours an imposing pitch black with barely an edge of deep red clarity. A finger of medium brown head sinks down to a stubborn collar, a swirling island of tan retains in the center of the glass. Thin lacing and obvious alcohol legs. Big, beautiful bourbon character strikes the nose. Milk chocolate and vanilla, boozy raisin bits, a touch of caramel, soft wood character - such a complex smelling beer. Incredible balance and depth. Holy fuck this is tasty. That great bourbon profile bites the tongue immediately... the flavors exist in complete harmony with one another. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, heavy wood, cocoa nibs, dark burnt chocolate, a bit of dark fruit far and away. Divine. I’m glad I finally grew the balls to crack this open. What a great beer.


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