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RATINGS: 944   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1763) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Damn stoked to find this for less than $14 in Medford. Pours black as night with a lovely tanned head on top. Aroma has a beautiful blast of vanilla’d oak, hints of bourbon, chocolate malts, and light hints at roasted coffee. Flavors bring out a lot of the nose, especially with the hints at coffee, vanilla’d oak, and chocolate malts. The bourbon kicks in more towards the finish, and is pleasantly blended well with all the other flavors. Truly appreciate a beer of this nature these days that doesn’t over do it, but blends it well (not saying I don’t mind a beer that overdoes it either hehe). Danksauce right here folks.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmoreau (2576) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2011
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and 8 ozs. served to a snifter with a darkest brown color, brownish tan cream & bubbles head foam, and streaks and spots of clingy lacing. The aroma presented rich, roasty malt, baker’s chocolate, woodiness, caramel, with hints of aromatic and sweet pipe tobacco. The flavor added strong hop bitterness, maybe some mocha notes, big bourbon with compatible warmth, and a dry & bitter finish that evoked some astringency. The body was full, and the texture was a tad syrupy. Still an impressive brew to sip and enjoy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9478) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle @ home. Deep black appearance with a brown head. Tobacco, bourbon, slightly charred, oaky, fig aroma. Sweet caramel, bourbon, tobacco, fig, dark toffee, dark chocolate flavor. Some booze and warming on the finish. Slightly charred, oaky, dark chocolate aftertaste. Pretty complex brew but it falls short of being legendary while still being a great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Arayaga2 (1813) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Oily opaque brown/black with a thin cocoa colored head. Aroma is cocoa and marshmallow, even when it’s cold, and taste is the same, and perhaps the richest I have ever experienced, with mild bourbon and burnt wood throughout and into the finish. Just amazing. $16/22oz

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
italianjohn (2375) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Black pour light tan head ... aroma of tobacco, vanilla, chocolate and oak ... taste is oaky and vanilla, with bourbon and dark chocolate with a roasted and caramel malty taste ..... dry tobacco, roasted malt and chocolatey finish .... smooth awesome and perfectly balanced brew abv hidden masterfully

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - AUG 20, 2011
Bomber. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and tar. Flavor is all of this with a long finish. Very complex without being a mess. Damn near perfect RIS.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chalsk (1087) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2011 Pours a black color with a caramel colored head that breaks down to an oily slick with a very thin soapy head. So much going on with the aroma. Aroma of dark fruit and chocolate with hints of coffee, cherry, earthiness, and bourbon. Wow. Has a silky, creamy sweet caramel, chocolate taste with a nice bitter, biting layer from the barrel. Perhaps some citrusy hops are coming through. Some notes of dark fruit, coffee, and bourbon on the finish. What a beer. FW is truly an excellent brewery.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
22oz. Bottle (at 13%ABV per the bottle): Aroma of malt, roasting, chocolate, oak, Bourbon, char, tobacco, light vanilla, and light coffee. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dark brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, light char, chocolate, cookies and cream, slight coffee, and a hint of alcohol. Medium to full body. Lightly thick, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, char, chocolate, cookies and cream, vanilla, oak, slight coffee, light Bourbon finish is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. 13%ABV is slightly noticeable in the flavor, but generally well hidden.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (918) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Thanks to FooFaa for bringing this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. Bottle poured into a taster glass. A - Pours pitch black with a small cap of half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving little to no lacing down the glass. S - Plenty of dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, dulled bourbon heat, and some light charred wood. Good overall balance but nothing too over the top. Solid Stuff. T - Flavors are similar to the nose. Lots of dark roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and charred oak. The booze is very well hidden, offering only short glimpses of the warming bourbon. Finish is a mix of sweetness and lightly warming heat. Damn, this is one good beer. I might need to get a few bottles of this for myself. M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice full feel with some lingering sweet roast in the finish. D - Very good. I have wanted to try this one for awhile now and now that I have I am impressed. I just wish I would have picked up a few bottles for myself.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Poured pitch black with no head. Smelled of espresso, chocolate, and vanilla. The beer was incredibly sweet, like a dark chocolate milk shake. Surprisingly, there is very little bitterness, and unfortunately it needs it to balance the sweetness. Still, a great beer.


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