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RATINGS: 1064   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Thick tan head. Great lacing. Aroma is S’Mores sprinkled with cinnamon: y chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker. Makes me miss my childhood. Taste is much of the same but with some silky dark chocolate in there. Mouthfeel is fluffy and rich. Not at all sticky. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 8, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 Bottled 65cl. It pours a very dark beer with a small bubbly beige head. The aroma is reminiscent of Hershey’s kisses, niaouli honey, oak, raisin, vanilla, plum and cherry. A lot of chocolate powder, plum and vanilla in the taste. Good bitterness. Full bodied. Warming on the swallow. Remarkably smooth. Great malt profile. Complex. Decent lacework. The hops practically only contribute to bitterness. Dry minty finish with lingering vanilla. Complex and delicious but far from being fantastic in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poibag808 (14) - Hawaii, USA - DEC 2, 2011
poured from bottle into a snifter. A: Poured black almost oily with very little head. Some lacing on the glass. S: sweet with hints of oak and coffee. T: Initially strong dark fruit/raisin flavors. As the beer warmed up a bit I got dark chocolate, roasted coffee and hints of vanilla. Amazing complexity and drinkability as the beer opened up. M: The colder it was the more syrupy sweet it stuck in my mouth, almost cloying. As the beer warmed up it become much smoother. Overall great beer, wish I could get my hands on another bottle. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3123) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Let this bottle warm some out of the fridge. Poured with a tan, smallish head and a little lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is mild, malt, roast, wine, yeast, dates, figs. Flavor’s like nose, bittersweet up front, enough carbonic tang to balance. Finish is boozy and the alcohol is striking. killer brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Dark black pour with a dark tan head. Aroma is tobacco burnt cocoa and milk chocolate. Taste is mild bourbon, espresso beans, earthy charred barrel. Great brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2011
2011 bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a tan head. Aroma is super complex, filled with roasted malt, oak, bourbon, vinous notes, vanilla, toasted coconut, liquorice, chocolate, dark fruits and syrupy sweet notes. The flavor follows the nose and is super complex and very sweet, I get bourbon, oak, syrupy notes, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vinous notes, toasted coconut, dark fruits and a sugary notes. The body is full with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall one hell of an Imperial Stout and probably the best I have ever had! GET IT!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4598) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Pours inky black with 1-2 fingers of brown head. Rich nose, lots of molasses and bitter chocolate with a hint of bourbon. Slight burnt grain character and notes of alcohol, super rich mouthfeel and flavor, lots of molasses and burnt sugar with tannic oak and hints of vanilla. Chocolaty with a light medium bitterness. Full bodied and velvety finish. Warming alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2011
22oz bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Black brew with a good amount of tan head. Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, graham cracker, and oak. Lots of bourbon in the flavor, almost vinous with lots of roast and chocolate. Vanilla and oak from the barrel aging. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2011
2010 bottle from a trade with BOLTZ7555 a while back. Black pour with dark brown edges. A thin mocha head develops on top that fleets off to the sides. Bourbon is certainly noticeable in the aroma but there’s plenty else going on with strong notes of licorice and molasses along with vanilla and dark chocolate. It does smell somewhat alcoholic but not in a bad way. Smooth mocha flavor with not nearly as much bourbon as the aroma suggests. But it’s still there. This is roasty and chewy in the mouth with other noted flavors of charred wood, dark chocolate, and caramel. The alcohol surfaces in the finish with some prickly bitterness. It’s a sipper for sure but a pretty good one. Although something just isn’t quite there to make this all that memorable for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a sweetish roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor with hints of coffee. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.

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