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RATINGS: 899   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 Richmond Gathering, 2011 bottling. Black. Chocolate and booze aroma. Flavors of bread, chocolate, booze, and vanilla. Touch of cherry. This was excellent, really liked this one. RERATE from draft at Mekong. Similar notes, just hit me as a touch better.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2011
on tap at Maria’s. Pours pitch black small tan head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavors of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, burnt malts, and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky for such a big brew. Really nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2011
UPDATED: APR 21, 2012 Very dark near black pour with garnet highlights and light brown head ring. Boozy nose and flavor. Flavor is roasty, some coffee, lots of bourbon. Sweet vanilla, and roast. Probably be better with a little age, burning me on the way down with all the alcohol and bourbon. Sampled at Slutfest 3. Now that the alcohol has cooled, this is simply amazing.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Pours jet black with mahogany edges, minimal tan head and not much lacing. The first whiff of this divine liquid yields rich notes of vanilla bourbon, dark chocolate, mocha, marshmallow, with hints of dried fruits, smoke, and earth. Even as I opened the bottle (beautiful presentation what with the box and all), I thought to myself "oh yes, this is as good as I think it’s going to be!" Taste is slightly smoky (salty) with aggressive notes of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon; not quite as refined as the aroma would lead one to believe. Body is full, sticky, low carbonation, finishes dry, very bitter, stings the mouth with high abv. Overall, this is a fantastic brew, extremely rich and complex but definetly needs one to two years in the cellar before it becomes more approachable, i.e. the bitterness from the roast will subside, abv will become less apparent as complex sugars come to the forefront, etc.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
highibus (706) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2011
On tap at 1702. Hugh aroma of alcohol and roasted malt. Flavor is big roasted malt and some lcohol. Bu very complex. It is so velvety smmoth and a nice balance. Wow, unbelievable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2627) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Even in the heat of July, this is a damn good beer. The aroma of chocolate, coffee and booze from a dark brown pour with a small tan head. The flavor has a lot of chocolate and coffee as well as some vanilla and roast malt. The finish is very warm and boozy on the throat. Nice one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7773) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
Pours like motor oil, totally headless initially (later rising to a dark brown presence), and black as sin. Sweet, very dark liquorice, like zoete drop , a bit of soy sauce, dark malts with chocolate touches. Sweet, Bourbon, vanilla beans and rather ZOUTE drop (meaning salty, mineral touch) as main features. Very thick, viscous, alcoholwarming backthroat - well, call it alcoholHEATING. Very original, but way less subtle than the Abacus. Many thanks to Evan & Matt!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1235) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle. 22 oz. Split with Vinnie. Pours deep cola black with a tall, amber fluffed head which slowly recedes to a sticky ring of bubbles. Aroma of black licorice. Coca-Cola, soft malted barley, dark bittersweet chocolate, bloody cherries, vanilla, oak, rich gooey honey, and soft marshmallow pussy juice. Smooth, rich, crisp slippery palate with a surprisingly mild body. Flavors of rich chocolate, oak, soft tobacco, bitter coffee and some toasty, roasty, tasty malts, man. Finishes with a fucking soft ass whisper, like a ghost stout. It’s mad creepy, tastes like marshmallow pussy juice, and fucking, fucking, yaahhhh mean!? Wu-Tang killah bees. Duddah duddah duddah.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
[Draft] Black opaque body, burnt foam. Burnt toffee, caramel and molasses in the aroma. Malty, slight thick palate. Vanilla, licorice and charred chocolate with a warming bourbon alcohol finish. Bitterness tempered by the weight of the malt and dark chocolate lingers well into the aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2011
22oz. bottle. Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasty, dark malts, faint bourbon, plum and raisin, overall fairly complex and interesting. Solid ebony color, with a very slight but lasting brown head, and I feel I should mention this stuff has legs that you typically don’t see, even in other examples of the style. Flavor profile is very nicely balanced and even possesses some subtlety despite its enormity, with dark malt sweetness, strong, dark chocolate, bourbon, old wood, toffee and vanilla, really only faintly alcoholic at the finish which is amazing considering the strength. Full, smooth, silky, warming palate, body is, of course, massive. Very nice indeed. Thanks and cheers to JB!


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