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RATINGS: 899   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2011
From a bottle at SAVOR. Poured a pitch black color with a small but thick tan head. Aroma was coffee, roasted malts, alcohol, but a lot less harsh than I expected from 13% ABV. Flavor was Bourbon, roasted malts, molasses, dried fruits, rounded off with a touch of coffee. Pretty freaking fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2011
22 ounce boxed bomber. Pitch black and light tan head. Nice bourbon aroma. Bourbon and licorice taste. Very smooth for how strong it is.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Bottle shared at a recent small tasting. Split between three people. Beer served in a snifter. Beer is dark black and forms a one fingered head of small brown bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Nice. Aroma is bourbony and nice. Its a little hot in the nose, much hotter in the nose than in the mouth. This is close to the perfect tasting beer. Its creamy and smooth, mildly sweet up front, not hot in the mouth. A subtle and well balanced liquor flavors, nice bourbon character. Its mildly dry but not harsh or acrid. Good roast in the back, some almost coffee like flavors. Very wonderful beer. I would drink this again if given the opportunity. Serving type: bottle

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (4851) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Brown/red pour with creamy tan head and lace. Chocolate and coffee on the nose. Flavor mirrors the aroma with a just right warmth. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2011
This is a really good imperial stout. Thickish but not overboard, just a tad sweet. Really really good. If I could afford it, I’d drink this all the time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2011
Bottled (thanks mjs!). Pitch black colourr, small brown head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, some alcohol, mild sweet malts, vanilla and some dark dry fruityness. Flavour is bourbon, vanilla, wood, mild roasted notes, liquorice and some black chocolate. Rather pleasant.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2011
Black pour with a rich brown head. Oak, bourbon, and malt in the aroma. Big bourbon flavor with chocolate, slight oatmeal flavor with a vanilla cherry fruitiness. Slight alcohol presence abv is well masked. Lingering bourbon and oak. Rich smooth body.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marsiblursi (2989) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2011
(Bottle) pours black with creamy brown head. Amazing aroma of vanilla (marshmallows and vanilla ice cream) oak, creamy chocolate/chocolate cake, roasted nuts/Swedish mandelkubb, cherry candy, sweet tobacco, creamy fudge and dry, dusty roast. Some spicy alcohol, grainy dark bread, dark fruits/raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar, sweet liquorice and blueberries/blackberries. Touch of hops. The nose is round and the maltiness just fantastic/flawless. The flavour is near medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic. Tones of creamy vanilla-ish wood, creamy caramelized nuts, dark bread, sweet black cherries, berry jam, sweet liquorice and light smoky tar. The mouthfeel is round, silky and wonderful with a perfect, soft carbonation. Best finish ever - creamy (not bitter) chocolate, smooth wood and creamy vanilla. Bit earthy. Near full-bodied. Wow, just wow!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DubC5000 (304) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
Intensely sweet, yet smooth and not sticky or burning like the Tokyo* (my point of comparison from last year’s Oakquinox). Dark chocolate predominates with some coffee and leather. This is probably one of my favorite RIS now.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2011
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, hints of fruit, bourbon and a few hints of vanilla. Taste is true to the aroma. extremely smooth and not very hot.


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