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RATINGS: 851   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle from KnB. Pours black as night, with a beautiful 1-finger of brown sugar-colored head. Aroma is blanketed in oatmeal, almost a chocolate-chip oatmeal cookie. The first sip is absolutely heavenly. Full, creamy mouthfeel with just the perfect little amount of carbonation is accompanied by silky smooth flavors of roasty oak, oatmeal and hints of chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Whereas so many of these newer BB-aged RIS are just bourbon bombs, this is a wonderful display of restraint and subtlety. Long afterfinish leaves me wanting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle shared by ewestern
A wonderful imperial stout that successfully throws in a perfect mix of bourbon flavor. Probably the best bourbon barrel aged beer I’ve ever had, just because it adds to the beer without masking any of the other great stout characteristics. Also one of the few beers that I can actually taste tobacco in. A well made stout that is strong in flavor but smooth and drinkable. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle purchased at Bev 4 Less. Nice aroma of coffee, charred wood, some chocolate on the nose. Flavors of toasted malts, chocolate, coffee and wood. Really good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Good God this beer is fucking amazing! From the moment you pour this black stallion into your glass you’ll notice it’s alluring aroma of chocolate, vanilla, oak, licorice, and bourbon. Upon tasting this full bodied beast, you’ll notice that as you practically chew the beer, the tastes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak transport you to a magical land... Well maybe that’s the 13% abv... but it goes down SMOOTH and is just absolutely fucking delicious. I only wish that I could get more of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (818) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle shared with bigmmartin & ericwestern. Aroma is bourbon, oak, burnt malts, and chocolate. Smooth/complex palate. Leaves a nice roasted malts/bourbon aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublea (27) - , California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Chocolate, vanilla, some oak, and a nice amount of bourbon. Not in your face bourbon, but enough to add to the complexity. Smooth considering the high ABV. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chubbz (3) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2010 does not count
Got this at the Monterey Deli in San Francisco. Pours like motor oil. Tastes like smokey chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, finishes with lots of alcohol. Amazing imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Back -N- Black – Brouwer’s Café – Seattle Beer Week 2010
Aroma – Dark malt roasty with tons of chocolate and coffee in the nose.
Appearance – Dark Black in color, Clear with a thin head.
Flavor – Thick rich flavors with that hint of tobacco along with bitter chocolate. Lots of spices. As this warmed up.
Palate – Dry Thick finish with a Nice Mouthfeel.
Overall – Big ole Impy Stout flavor with tons of flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Big thanks to rhertan for sharing this one. Pours pitch black out of the bottle with light mahogany around the edges. There is a small creamy tan head that recedes quickly to a thin collar and leaves no lacing but some sticky legs along the sides. The aroma is fantastic dark chocolate, coffee, lots of dark fruits including raisins and plums. There is also some tobacco, spicy oak and vanilla beans. The taste is wonderful as well. There is plenty of dark chocolate and tobacco. Also lots of dark fruits, vanilla and caramel. The finish leaves a slight alcohol burn though nothing to indicate the 13% abv. Super smooth mouthfeel, full bodied with soft carbonation. Spicy oak and tobacco in the finish. Decadent, complex, outstanding. There’s so much going on in this one and it all comes together in one fairly drinkable package.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 1, 2010
tap at Rose and Crown in My 2010. Pours with a dark brown almost black color, brownish thin head. Aromas of bourbon and chocolate and leather. Flavors exhibit mainly bourbon and alcohol not much else. Mouthfeel is good, finish has some hoppy bitterness. This is an alcohol bomb that is overrated.

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