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RATINGS: 1013   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Samichlaus83 (6) - - APR 2, 2012 does not count
Bottle: Desperately wanted to enjoy this Stout. This Stout attempts to compete with the big boys (Surly Darkness, Founders CBS/KBS, Darklord, Southampton Imperial Stout, etc...), but doesn’t cut the mustard. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet, roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, and lactose. Initially the bourbon notes were light with more emphasis on the roasted, sweet malt. The bourbon built up over time, which was overwelming. The earthiness of the Stout reminds me of my travels through England, but consequently this beer misses the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9998) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2012
Bottle at Leighton’s Birthday celebrations, many thanks to Bruce (deeblo). It pours jet black, with a thin tan head. The nose is toasted coconut, cocoa, vanilla, alcohol, toffee, oak and bourbon. The taste is toasted coconut, cocoa, bourbon, obvious alcohol, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruit and medicinal aspect, with a long warming finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Some good flavours, but a bit too boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle share ---> OmegaX
Appearance - Deep brown body, thin off-white lacing
Aroma - Wood, bourbon, raisins, chocolate, vanilla
Taste - Roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla and oak

This stout was thick, heavy and sweet but settled into a calm, dry finish. The mouth feel was sticky and left the mouth craving more of this fantastic liquid. Simply another great beer from Firestone Walker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OmegaX (1353) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2012
Thanks, Eric, for this awesome brew!! Nose is a good amount of caramel, some vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, a hint of oak, and some slight booze. I love these BA Impy stouts... Pour is what you would expect - jet black with a thin tan head. Flavors were dense and enjoyable. Light boozey notes with some bourbon, lots of vanilla, some molasses, a bit of oak, chocolate, some dark fruits and a lot of goodness. Awesome stuff. Firestone Walker never disappoints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle at Craft Leighton birthday. Black lasting tan head. Some bourbon some cheeseroasted coffee and bitter dark choc aroma. Its decent a bit boozy yes quite harsh on finish. Biscuit. Likeable but a touch too boozy. Not in your face bourbon but still i am not a fan of the vanilla. Good but not great

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11643) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoePeesie (919) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (4271) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5012) - 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.

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