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RATINGS: 914   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Thanks to JaBier for bringing this out and sharing! Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, some dark fruit/tobacco. Flavor is a little sweet at first with chocolate and vanilla notes, followed by a toasty, slightly bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle purchased at the Co-op in Arcata, CA. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma is bourbony, but not too much so. Also contains dark fruit, chocolate and roast. Flavor starts with vanilla and turns to sweet chocolate and has a bitter roasty finish. At the nose, I was confused why this beer is held in such high regard. Smells very good, but not outstanding. Then I tasted it and it all made sense. Very good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Had this at BCTC after the fest, back at the campsite, courtesy of Rudy. Pours a deep chocolate brown with a thin to medium bodied tanned beige head. Sweet plum and prune, chocolate and vanilla. Big sweet chocolate cake and pudding flavors. Lots of chocolate, toast. More pudding under a super hoppy ending.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2010

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ Papsoes blindtasting. [ Bottle #20. ]

Clear dark black brown color with a average, creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is heavy malty, dark chocolate, coffee, wood, cask wood, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, alcohol burn finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20100821]

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2010
# 20 Papsoe Blind tasting 21-08-2010. Small light bubbly beige head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma of roasted malt, dried fruit, mild vanilla, coffee, alcohol, liquorish. Full bodied with a soft carbonation with a thick texture. Heavy sweet flavor with good counter bitterness. Lingering alcoholic liquorish finish. 7/4/8/4/ 15 = 3.8

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black with a small chocolate head leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is molasses, licorice, bourbon, and alcohol. Initial taste is sweet molasses and chocolate with light carbonation on the tongue. Finish is strong of warm alcohol. Medium bodied. Good beer, but the alcohol is very strong.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Just when I think that I’ve had my favorite Imperial Stout I get something else that changes my mind, and this one did just that. I’m gonna go out on a limb again and make this one of my top 10 beers thus far. The pour with thick and syrupy. The carbonation wasn’t really big, and neither was the head, which was actually pretty sparse. The aroma was big with hints of coffee, chocolate, and maple. The ABV was actually hidden very well by the flavors which made for a great tasting, easy sipping beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Bomber; enjoyed this while some weak fireworks crackled in the night in central wa; light black pour with creamy chocolate head fading quickly to the edges; aromas of molasses travel away from the glass; delicate aromas of chocolate, red wine, oak, coffee; very light and delicate for an impy stout; definitely rich though and dull bodied; plenty of bourbony sweetness and zero brunt malt or astringency; well crafted and well blended without a doubt; like vinnie, matt is a master blender; the more I drink, the stronger the bourbon and I find myself wishing for a little more stouty astringency; ridiculously rich, creamy and smooth though; delicate creamy sweetness: enjoyed much more via bottle than on draft; not quite in the league of ones like berserker though

Original Rating 6/3/10 (Overall score - 3.7) - Draft @ Browuer’s Stout Fest; dense black with thick tan head; chocolate, candy malts, cherries and oats; perfumy nose with booze, bourbon and brown sugar; sticky oatmeal with smooth blend of coffee and chocolate; clean, roasty mouthfeel with candy sweetness; not overpowering in any way and a nicely, crafted imperial stout; need to get a bottle to revisit

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plovmand (6483) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2010
Bottle at Papsø Blindtasting # 20. Pitch black pour with a creamy tan head. Bourbon, coffee, dark fruits, liquorice and roasted malt in the aroma. The flavour is sweet ripe fruity and roasted with notes of liquorice, coffee and chocolate. Nice and complex. Long roasted sweet bourbon finish. Wow!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bomber courtesy of wavers1, thanks a ton for this one. Poured jet black with a small tan head that faded to just about nothing in rapid fashion, viscous consistency. Aroma was ridiculously intense and pleasant. Lots of dark roasted malts, bourbon, some woody notes and a tiny bit of heat from the alcohol. Flavors turned out being much like the aromas, lots of bourbon up front, some oak, tons of roastiness, nothing sweet happening here. A decent coffee like bitterness in the finish but nothing overpowering. Perfectly carbonated, thick and oily mouthfeel. This is a world class stout.


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