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RATINGS: 913   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 óthe Firestone Walker Barrel aged program. Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7875) - 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 (1236) - 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. Itís 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 (2604) - 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 donít 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!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Jet black with very little head. Aroma fantastic right off. Contains elements of bourbon(obviously) currants, heavy sweet chocolate, nuts, toffee, coffee, sweet bread, and burnt malts. Flavor is huge sweet vanilla bourbon notes with caramel and very bitter chocolate in the finish. Just some carbonation in the finish and very heavy bodied and oily on the palate. Some boozey notes in the aftertaste and very very bitter. Nice one. doesnít lace too well.

3.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Highly overrated beer, as it seems most of Firestone Walker beers are. Yes, it is strong. The most potent aroma of any beer Iíve tried. If you buy beer to sniff, this would be the one. But as for taste, it is thin and metallic. It doesnít linger much and the after taste adds nothing to the depth. No complexity, just hit-you-over-the-head stout flavor, a bit like drinking beer concentrate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle, hopefully my local watering hole will get a keg! Pours pitch black with a thin tan head which disappears quickly as it warms. Nose is fairly what would be expected, roasty dark malts with an deep undertone of vanilla and oak. Very complex flavor, it starts out with everything you would expect from a RIS, but it unfolds beyond the roasted malt to unveil some nice vanilla notes, it has a certain maple syrup sweetness to it which really rounds it out nicely, I also get a certain bit of coconut. It finishes nice and dry with an alcohol burn. Thick, sticky, and viscous mouthfeel, definitely a sipper. Take your time with this one, the characted defiintely changes as it warms. Good stuff.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2011
2011 bottle - It is certainly the midnight black they say on the label and itís got a wonderful brown and creamy foam. A beautiful, almost oath vanilla nose, all sweetness and light. Maybe there is a hint of boozy burn underneath. Possibly the thickest beer Iíve ever had. Itís like drinking a cloud of malted milkshake. Amazing vanilla character dominates everything. For itís darkness itís remarkably unroasty and has no burnt bitterness for itís color. There is some whiskey-esque heat in the throat. Actually a lot of stone-fruit character appears as it opens up, especially nectarines and maybe some plum. A light tannic hint in that hot finish too. There is slot there, this lady is deep.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JUN 24, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Aroma is full of bourbon and tobacco notes, with a sweeter dark chocolate coming through when you get a good smell. Appearance is very black. The head was small id say less than a finger and went away quickly. The taste is very smooth. Well carbonated for the style of beer and full om complex leathery flavors that continue to tingle the senses with each taste. Overall great beer, cant find much, if anything wrong with it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - JUN 23, 2011
a very well done imperial stout. pitch black with dark brown head, it has a massive aroma of coffee and chocolate. the flavor is sweet dark chocolate, but not cloying at all.


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