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RATINGS: 1009   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2436) - Odense S, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle. Black body with a small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, tobacco notes, bourbon. Flavor is bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (3377) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2012
UPDATED: APR 1, 2014 Une vraie bombe que cette Parabola, rien de surprenant. Le nez est formidable, chocolat, bourbon, tabac, vanille dans un équilibre alléchant. En bouche c’est gracieux, riche, épais, collant et parfaitement effervescent. Le bourbon donne le chien nécessaire et prend la place qui lui revient, sans plus. Pas trop tiraillé entre les saveurs, balancé à la perfection.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Parabola 02. Awesome aroma with tons of coffee, vanilla, alcohol, and charred oak, also dark fruit and some smoke. flavor is fairly sweet with roasty/burnt bitterness. Pours opaque brown with no head. Super thick and creamy and almost flat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Parabola pours pitch black. Like engine oil. Black as night. You get the point. Very small tan head is poured. Once the head disappears it leaves a nice little lacing around the glass. Thick. The smell on Parabola is world class. I could of just sat there all night long just smelling this beer. It’s a sweet molasses smell mixed in with charred wood. Espresso, vanilla, and chocolate round out the aroma. It’s a huge aroma. An aroma that you can smell as soon as you pop the cap. When it came to the taste I picked up a hops that I didn’t notice in the smell. But other than that the taste mirrors the smell a lot with some of the ingredients making more of an appearance. The chocolate and vanilla I mentioned come through more. Burnt espresso also highlights the taste. Rounded out with the lovely taste of bourbon, roasted malt, molasses, and caramel. Just ridiculous. For 13% the alcohol is hidden really well. Mouthfeel just adds to the greatness here. Full bodied and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle thanks to dudeabide. Thanks Nate! Mahogany body with no head. Smells of sweet caramel. Little bourbon and caramel on the tounge and oh so smooth

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle@Home. Complex aroma of wood, bourbon and vanilla. Black, light brown head, good lace. Sweetish, light bitter, woody, hint of smoke, fruity. Full, light burn. Flavourful, powerful and balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zymurgeist2 (1356) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
On draught at a beer dinner at Monk’s Kettle. This beer explodes in the aroma with everything but the kitchen sink - cocoa, espresso, coffee, leather...you name it! Taste holds up to the aroma with all of the same complex flavors. A joy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joes (91) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2012
bottle @ "Fiona’s Tasting". Brown small head, almost black beer. And what an aroma !!! Lots of bourbon and vanilla, roasted malt, sweet coffee/mocca/choclate. Lovely. And it tastes even better: very smooth, well balanced, quite sweet with bourbon, burned malts, a hint of red fruit, vanilla and sweet alcohol. Loved it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (4199) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2012 Bottle @ home, tfs vaiz! Aroma is huge vanilla, wood, roasted malt, liquorice, some spices. Very nice balance, nothing overpowers. Flavour is deep liquorice, woody vanilla, molasses, slight alcohol, some spice, coffee and much more. Quite sweet and bitter at the same time. Lingering for ever. Very good and heavy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2012
batch 001. bottle. black pour with small brown head. aroma is big and sweet, full of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate brownie, butterscotch, and some coffee. big, bold flavor brings a huge wave of caramel and butterscotch, chocolate frosting, roasted coffee beans, and huge lactose. very similar to gi bcbs...excellent!

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