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RATINGS: 1048   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (6671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2011
1100th rating? Yes please! So glad I got to share this with 7 best friends at Jeff’s bachelor party. Ink black pour, with a head that starts thin and dark brown, leaves quickly. Smells of vanilla, coconut, oak, bourbon, and deep dark chocolate. Prickly light carbonation with a huge body and giant flavor. Taste is huge vanilla, lots of oaked bourbon, dark chocolate, lots of big stouty dark malt. Intensely delightful sipper. A little aftertaste of coffee, which is on the nose as well once it warms up. So amazing! Like cake in a glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachrymalisis (440) - Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2011
i was hesitant because of all the hype surrounding Parabola, but I stand corrected. incredible oaked vanilla and medium-bitter chocolate flavors. wood, raosted grains, almost no booze flavors. deep, rich mouthfeel, thick but not sticky. the sweetness is beautiful in the finish. exceptional stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2014 65cl, Vintage 2010, at 13%Vol, exclusive American brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex sweet Stout, roasted/alcoholic and slightly spicy, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet very expensive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (19887) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Bottle courtesy of GT@, thanks very much! Black, Dark brown head had to be coaxed, then settled to an edge. Aroma of vanilla, hazelnut Taste is rich and thick chocolate covered coffee. The whiskey enters late, slowly but surely, then builds. Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - OCT 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 sweet bourbon, caramel, super deep black with brown head settling to a creamy off white ring. some wood aroma and sour fruit? sticky sweet chocolate malt that fades to bourbon. oh fuck. beautiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wchesser (1807) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2013 This is a big, decadent beer. Chocolate on nose. Alchohol noticeable in aroma and back of throat but not offensive. Carries 13% well considering. Long deep dark chocolate flavor with bourbon very well integrated in a supporting role. Awesome. >>’12 rerate. Enjoyed after a year in the bottle. Just amazing. Decadent, a lot more coffee than I remember. Just a treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coldbrewky (1648) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2011
bomber via stefanje in double secret trade. Nose of wet wood and an empty glass of bourbon. first taste is rich and massive bodied creaminess. Bourbon slinks in second and sticks about circling. low repeated waves follow in succession with the waves of thick creamy darkness. Malt robustness does not come up as much as I thought it would as it warms. Yet, the whole package here in this 2010 bottle is still well presented and luscious. Thanks man, you are too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle, Batch #001, shared by badnewsbeers. Inky dark brown opaque body with reddish edges, thin tan head. Strong, inky nose with buttery oak, bourbon, bubblegum, molasses, grape, soy, and alcohol heat. Soft oaky body with bourbon (including vanilla and coconut), inky soy, molasses, and roasted malts. Chewy and rich, but not too decadent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6423) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle, thanks to bman1113vr, black pour with thin tan foam ring, aroma of oaky whiskey barrel sawdust and vanilla, great flavors of butterscotch, marshmallow creme, whiskey, coffee, roast nuts, great lasting finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thetmaxx (896) - West Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Poured from a bottle thats been sitting in its box, but I cannot properly cellar it so... Poured jet black, with a strong burbon aroma. Also chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. Flavor is also along these lines. Amazing! Has a little heat when you breath after a sip. Palate is nice, on the medium full body and finishes dry. Overall a great beer, and I look forward to more beers in the cardboard box!

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