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RATINGS: 923   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.


4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Bought 2 bottles. 1 for now and 1 to age. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Faint aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Flavors of semi sweet dark chocolate, espresso coffee, roasted nuts, a little vanilla, a little bourbon and dark fruits. Lingers impressively on the palate with a mouth coating finish. Overall an outstanding imperial stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (6148) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle shared by Beerman6686 at RBSG. Pours near black with a beige head. I got smores in the nose for some reason, along with roasted malts and bourbon. The flavor has bourbon, dark fruit, light smoke, coffee, roasted malt, and vanilla. Good stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
illidurit (2157) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 4, 2011
2010 batch shared at the May Santa Cruz tasting. Pours darkest brown, nearly black, with a coffee colored head. Aromas of sugary coffee, dark chocolate, graham crackers, and roasted malt. Flavor is punishingly strong coffee, dark bitter chocolate, immense roastiness, eternal black coffee bitterness, smoldering oak. Just an obliterating beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (4970) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2011
4oz pour at Rustico. Oily, opaque black with a thin, beige head. Nice, chocolatey aroma, a little booze, cookies, malty, a little soy, brown sugar, molasses. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, soy, a little burnt toast, chocolate, cocoa powder, malty, a little maple. Full bodied, sweet, lightly hot finish. Pretty smooth. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4748) - 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 (1086) - 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 (5145) - 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 (4579) - 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 (20602) - 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.


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