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RATINGS: 851   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Bomber, courtesy cquiroga. Pouring a dense, oily looking, glossy black color, the hefty body supports a small crown of ultra-smooth, creamy, light brown foam. Tapering off to a thin-walled ring with just a skin at the center, the head has a wet spotting and dense brown staining effect on the glass. Beautiful brew. The nose approaches mastery, layered with deep, rich, chocolate cake malts, fudge, biscuit, sweet tobacco, and vanilla. Charred oak lends just a touch of smoke character, as distinctly British style hops serve as the perfect counterpoint. Bourbon is persistently smooth throughout, serving an appropriate backup role, and creamy oats act as the glue that binds everything together. Flavors run along much the same lines. Fluffy chocolate cake with fudge icing comes to mind. Vanilla and creamed oats bring a softness that counters the dark roast and the barrel char beautifully. Bourbon is perhaps a little too assertive, but it’s a fact that is easily overlooked considering the near perfect malt billing. Big bodied, oily, and viscous, the palate just glides effortlessly as it rolls back and forth across the tongue. Well after the swallow, the mouth is coated in smooth, bourbon-kissed chocolate goodness. Warmth is certainly there, but it isn’t overly hot or anything. Overall, this is a wonderful slow sipper. It is straightforward, not overly complex, but it is masterful in its simplicity. I’d probably say that this surpasses most of the anniversary blends that I’ve had to date, for my tastes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Little to no head. A little boozy. Thin for its style. Nice chocolate, toffee/caramel flavors, Could have a better finish, more bold flavors, and balance. Not bad though but would not seek out again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5546) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Rastacouere. Arôme: Odeur de café avec une pointe de mélasse. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de petits fruits. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #3307)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle at a tasting
Appearance : Pitch black with a small head.
Aroma : Roasted malt and caramel. Some raisins. Some hops. Nice bourbon.
Taste : Fruity with roasted malt and some anice. Sharp and sweet. Very long finish with notes of roasted malt and vanilla.
Overall : Great bourbon aroma. Nice hops. Great balance between sweetness, hops and roasted malt on the nose. Very tasty finish. Great beer !!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (1850) - Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Bottle. Pour was Joan Jett black with a small tan head. The aroma was coffee liquor and alcohol. The taste is unique with big but smooth bourbon notes, molasses, roasted malts, and backbeats of toffee, coffee, and charred oak. Clearly Parabola doesn’t give a damn about it’s bad reputation........

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2010
23rd September 2010. Bottle shared with Mes&Sim.
Opaque black beer - thick oaty brown head. Chocolate oak nose. Soft silky palate, dry. Slightly woody unsweet chocolate and a little minerals. Subtle coffee and a whisper of dark fruits. Bourbon was there but not aggressive. Finishes dry and woody. Pretty sumptuous!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Getbetter (722) - Cucamonga, California, USA - SEP 26, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2010 From a bottle,black in color,strong chocolate flavor,this is a great beer and would go out of my way to drink this beer again.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Inky black pour with a small, off-white head. Intense black coffee aroma, with lots of dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and smoky, heavily charred oak. Heavy, bitter black coffee falvor with dark chocolate, lots of charred oak, and lots of dark fruit. Chalky assertive hops on the finish. Creamy, full body with soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3177) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2010
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Nose is cocoa, caramel, grass and coffee. Medium body with a tingle ending with airy alcohol. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, molasses, lemon zest, dark roast and a touch of bourbon. Hints of blackberry and black olive. A bit much char for me but the barrel notes are well integrated.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks muchly to our Ken.
Black brown with an attractive thin tan head. Well, this is a cheeky little minx isn’t it? Inky blackness, rubber, tar, oil, oh and bourbon. It’s a beast, Slight cardboard, actually no, slight paper. Mildly thin on the palate too. Ok, it has just followed a batch zero Black Albert, which let’s face it, knocks pretty much everything into a cocked hat palate-wise. But yeah, it’s just not quite got the body I feel like it needs. Whatever, it’s a bloody good beer. The bourbon is huge but somehow it sits really well and is really nicely integrated. There is a distinct hit of coal, partly spent coal, which I love to bits. Superb caramel and leather and charred wood. Massive malt all round. Not getting much from the hops, as expected, which is a shame as I’m really interested in these U.S. grown Fuggles but whatever. Good beer indeed.


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