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RATINGS: 1059   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2012
Pours dark black with mocha head. Wonderful roasted aromas with notes of brown sugar and vanilla. Flavor is rich and deep. Lots of chocolate with toasty notes. Hints of vanilla and oak. Thick and rich. Tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
Bottle shared at my birthday at CBC, London. Many thanks to Bruce for bringing this! Pours thick black with a creamy, beige head. Light roast to the nose with some dark bread and dark, heavy sugar. Big sweet flavor, lots of dark and toasted sugars, mild licorice, dark chocolate syrup, some alcohol and wood. Full bodied, chewy, with fine carbonation. Hot finish with lots of dark chocolate syrup, burnt wood, cocoa. This is a huge beer. It took several sips to acclimate my palette, but once my mouth was conditioned this beer was very enjoyable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2012
Aroma- huge barrel qualities, whiskey, red wine, peat, molasses, tobacco Appearance- dark brown/black with a thin white head Taste- incredible barrel qualities, oak, smooth bourbon, wine, roasted qualities Palate- super full-bodied, unreal mouthfeel Overall- Just sensational. One of the most well-blended, complex, and special beers that I’ve ever had. Mild and potent at the same time. Insanely good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rogee64 (21) - Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma was chocolate, caramel, coffee malt, and oak. I was enjoying this at a bonfire and lit a cigar while the beer warmed, once I took another sip with the cigar taste still lingering in my palate, I became infatuated with this brew. It appeared the cigar taste enhanced the flavors, I started tasting a more prominent taste of vanilla caramel and chocolate. One of my all time favorites, can’t wait to have this again!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - APR 9, 2012
@HallingHansen tasting, thanks for sharing. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, ash, coffee and liquorish. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, ash, soy, coffee, liquorish and alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7011) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Massive thanks (again) to Deeblo for the generous pour. Deep brown color with a small tan head. The nose is charred wood, dark chocolate. The taste is very hot and sweet bourbon. Boozy. More wood, dark malt flavors. Tobacco and sharp dark chocolate. Full body. Overall, interesting though a bit too hot for my taste!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Samichlaus83 (6) - - APR 2, 2012 does not count
Bottle: Desperately wanted to enjoy this Stout. This Stout attempts to compete with the big boys (Surly Darkness, Founders CBS/KBS, Darklord, Southampton Imperial Stout, etc...), but doesn’t cut the mustard. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet, roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, and lactose. Initially the bourbon notes were light with more emphasis on the roasted, sweet malt. The bourbon built up over time, which was overwelming. The earthiness of the Stout reminds me of my travels through England, but consequently this beer misses the mark.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12230) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2012
Bottle at Leighton’s Birthday celebrations, many thanks to Bruce (deeblo). It pours jet black, with a thin tan head. The nose is toasted coconut, cocoa, vanilla, alcohol, toffee, oak and bourbon. The taste is toasted coconut, cocoa, bourbon, obvious alcohol, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruit and medicinal aspect, with a long warming finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Some good flavours, but a bit too boozy.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle share ---> OmegaX
Appearance - Deep brown body, thin off-white lacing
Aroma - Wood, bourbon, raisins, chocolate, vanilla
Taste - Roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla and oak

This stout was thick, heavy and sweet but settled into a calm, dry finish. The mouth feel was sticky and left the mouth craving more of this fantastic liquid. Simply another great beer from Firestone Walker.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2012
Thanks, Eric, for this awesome brew!! Nose is a good amount of caramel, some vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, a hint of oak, and some slight booze. I love these BA Impy stouts... Pour is what you would expect - jet black with a thin tan head. Flavors were dense and enjoyable. Light boozey notes with some bourbon, lots of vanilla, some molasses, a bit of oak, chocolate, some dark fruits and a lot of goodness. Awesome stuff. Firestone Walker never disappoints.


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