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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2012
I really enjoyed this. Aroma is sweet, creamy, roasted malts, chocolate, hint of creamy coffee, wood and some light bourbon. Flavor is much the same. Not too complex overall just really tasty. Smooth, not over barrel aged. Great vanilla, wood and bourbon aspect. Finished smooth sweet, a touch hot at the end.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bytemesis (6446) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2012 Bottle. Pours deep black/red, presumably clear, almost no head and thus no lacing. Aroma is wonderful - roasted malts with strong chocolate notes, warming alcohol. Almost a cognac aroma. Taste is heavily chocolate, with coffee, fruit and woody notes in the back. Alcohol is prominent in the taste, particularly in a warming finish. All in all this is more like a stout-liquor than a beer. Wonderful finisher in moderation as the description notes. This one was a unique bottle to me, and I really enjoyed it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2012
Black with small brown head. Slick and conentrated aroma of luxurious caramell and chocolate pralines alongside a prominent yet well integrated bourbon barrel character. Flavor is similar and very smooth, nicely balanced and highly drinkable for such high ABV. Big thanks to Todeon for this beauty.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (537) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Up front, not the best review because I had it among several beers a couple hours ago. That said, aroma was delicious, sweet malty chocolate. Taste was also very chocolate. Had this with speedway stout and beer geek weasel something or other. This was the third best in my opinion, but certainly one of the best stouts I have had.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Recently did a vertical tasting of 10, 11 and 12. But have had 12 numerous times on tap and out of a bottle recently. Consider 12 to be the best. A beautiful aroma of chocolate, fudge, bourbon and some oak. Taste is just pure awesomeness with more bourbon, chocolate, and some roasted malts. One of my favorite imperial stouts.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cjtunes (6) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2012 does not count
Rich aroma. Coffee, bourbon darker flavors richly blend together. A great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Courtre (3) - - MAY 26, 2012 does not count
Long story short, I wish I didn’t share it. It was very smooth and had a great after taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
A - pours deep dark brown with no head. S - bourbon and oak up front. notes of coffee, vanilla, smoke. Hints of sweeter fruits. M - nice strong bodied beer with nice rich oak aged imperial stout. Lighter than the big boys. Flatter and lightly hoppy end. T - bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses, toffee, on the nose and palate. Nice rich barrel stout that fades to a grassy bitter end with lingering quiet toffee and brown sugar malt. O - very good imperial stout. If it was richer through out it would be great. 8

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MacBoost (1735) - Penfield, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Shared by someone at the Monte’s Krown tasting yesterday. Pours a jet black with a tan head. Liquorish in the nose. Roasty flavor, with chocolate. Very deep and complex. Low carbonation. Very decent.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012 Black pour, low head, sweet aroma of malt, fruit, roasted grain, chocolate. Taste is intense, of chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla. Very complex, deep and interesting. Thick. Sweet but not overly so. Finishes with linger notes of the flavor, alcohol burn, and moderate bitterness. This is a huge, flavorful beer. Almost too much, but not too much if you know what awaits you. Nice. Definite cellar material.


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