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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goodgrief (1992) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Pour is dark, dark. No lacing and smallish head. Super dark fruity nose, plumlike. Bourbon is strong, but a LOT more is going on. Chocolate, vanilla, tobacco and a lot of wood (ashy) is also present. No real roasty/coffee flavors, though. Some winelike tannins came out fairly strong as it warmed. Not sure i’ll drop another $22 for a bottle, bit worth it once.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
574deadzone (1370) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Holy crap what an amazing surprise. 2010 version, 13% ABV. Pours midnight black with the slightest ruby edges and a tiny chocolate head. Nose is massive: bourbon, vanilla, oak, smoke, roasted barley, and even some cherries in there. Taste is a big blast of sweetness, but also a punctuated bitterness to help try to balance it out. Palate is thick, oily, viscous, still somewhat hot after a couple years with a nice alcohol warmth going down. Thanks so much to Eric from Michiana Beer Nuts for sharing on the 3rd anniversary of his blog. I don’t know if I would have had a shot to try this otherwise. Very nice bourbon barrel impy stout. Delicious.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle from my secret source in Chicago. Pours a viscous black with a dissipating brown head. Bold aroma of roast, vanilla, oak, and plummy fruits. Full bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Flavor of dark roasted malts, coffee grounds, bakers chocolate, and vanilla countered by a nice balancing spicy bitterness. Oaky and dry finish. Great use of the barrel by not overdoing it. Stellar!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Very spicy roasty flavor and smell. Got ancho chili, cinnamon, nutmeg, smoked cheddar. Dark roasted malt, sweet.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Had at Belgian and it was epic. Pour was amazing darkness. Aroma and flavor were full of chocolate and dark malts

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 24, 2012
At HallingHansen Grand Tasting, thanks for sharing. Pours a pitch black beer with a beige head. The aroma is malt, roasted, licorice, fruit, alcohol, hops and chocolate. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness and roasted. Overall a really good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a thick layer of foamy head while the liquid appeared as though I struck black gold. My nose detects a heavy roast malt character in a style similar to the coffee beans I have had from Hawaii, but there is also an organic aroma cocoa beans used chocolate too. The flavor is rich and robust with a complex blend of dark roasted down malt that is both sweet with a touch of bitterness. The roast profile on this beer is overly dominant and has a strong delivery of alcohol that is close to a mocha flavored liqueur. Somehow the barrel aging isn’t as apparent as I would expect it to be since it is coming from Firestone, but there is a hint of wood in the distant background.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2012 Pours black with half a finger of tan head. Smell is bourbon vanilla, chocolate, cherry, bit of tobacco. Very strong smell. Taste is rich and velvety, espresso, bit of booze, dark fruits. Very strong and potent, super rich, yet easy on the palate. It’s a good beer for sure.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (12696) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2012
Black with a small off-white head. Malty aroma of biscuit and caramel, with plums and licorice notes and oak character of coconut and bourbon. Sweet and rich malty flavour with caramel and toffee, along with some licorice and bourbon

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15483) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
Bottle @ Hallinghansens US Tasting, Odense. Pours black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Heavy roasted nose and flavor. A bit of soy, liquorice and fruit. Almost burnt roast. Ashy, vinous and slightly oxidized. Rather delicious!


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