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RATINGS: 1047   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 óthe Firestone Walker Barrel aged program. Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle, hopefully my local watering hole will get a keg! Pours pitch black with a thin tan head which disappears quickly as it warms. Nose is fairly what would be expected, roasty dark malts with an deep undertone of vanilla and oak. Very complex flavor, it starts out with everything you would expect from a RIS, but it unfolds beyond the roasted malt to unveil some nice vanilla notes, it has a certain maple syrup sweetness to it which really rounds it out nicely, I also get a certain bit of coconut. It finishes nice and dry with an alcohol burn. Thick, sticky, and viscous mouthfeel, definitely a sipper. Take your time with this one, the characted defiintely changes as it warms. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alphadelic (2078) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2011
2011 bottle - It is certainly the midnight black they say on the label and itís got a wonderful brown and creamy foam. A beautiful, almost oath vanilla nose, all sweetness and light. Maybe there is a hint of boozy burn underneath. Possibly the thickest beer Iíve ever had. Itís like drinking a cloud of malted milkshake. Amazing vanilla character dominates everything. For itís darkness itís remarkably unroasty and has no burnt bitterness for itís color. There is some whiskey-esque heat in the throat. Actually a lot of stone-fruit character appears as it opens up, especially nectarines and maybe some plum. A light tannic hint in that hot finish too. There is slot there, this lady is deep.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JUN 24, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Aroma is full of bourbon and tobacco notes, with a sweeter dark chocolate coming through when you get a good smell. Appearance is very black. The head was small id say less than a finger and went away quickly. The taste is very smooth. Well carbonated for the style of beer and full om complex leathery flavors that continue to tingle the senses with each taste. Overall great beer, cant find much, if anything wrong with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1284) - TAIWAN - JUN 23, 2011
a very well done imperial stout. pitch black with dark brown head, it has a massive aroma of coffee and chocolate. the flavor is sweet dark chocolate, but not cloying at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1749) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet (Batch 002, 2011 bottle). Pours black with the thickness of used motor oil with a thin khaki head. Aroma of dark chocolate, light vanilla, oak, and smoke. The flavor is bold coffee, dark chocolate, light coconut, vanilla, and bourbon. The warmth from the alcohol is detectible. An odd release for summer, but this is an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (5304) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Rating 2000! 2011 bottle labeled No. 002: Espresso, molasses, oak, pecan, and blackberry nose. Viscous, used motor oil pour with a thin brown head. First impression is that itís hot from start to finish with a brief reprieve at midpalate. Drinks like the ABV is much higher. Full body and viscous. The flavor is molasses, vanilla, chocolate, and figs. Finishes with whiskey and oak. Does not have a bourbon character that I recognize, which is nice, but it does have a whiskey component which I dislike as much, if not moreso. Would prefer this aged in SS, but I can easily see why others love it. The whiskey is palatable to me though. Itís a sipper. Certainly a lot of care, expertise, and imagination went into crafting this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5870) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle - Reserve Series No. 002. Vintage 2011 with 12.5% ABV. Black pour with dark brown, foamy froth atop it. Aroma is dark chocolate, chocolate mousse, roasted malt, light coffee, dark fruit, vanilla, oak and brownies. Taste is roasted malt with chocolate covered coffee beans, brownies, vanilla, molasses, oak, light tobacco, faint dark fruit and dark chocolate. Full bodied with a dense, creamy carbonation. Finishes with more roasted malt, burnt brownies, burnt caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and molasses. Delicious stuff here, folks!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle. Not sure what to think of this beer. Right out of the gate I wanted to give it about a 3.0. It had a lot of soy character and a lot of what I can only describe as that "over the top" or "over done character. Letting this beer breathe has definitely improved my opinion, but I this beer really seals in my mind American beers nerdsí infatuation with extreme beers. Sure there are a lot of great flavors going on here-vanilla, bourbon, coffee, cherry, roasted malt, hops, and plenty more Iím having a tough time discerning under it all-but I have really come to believe that perfecting one of these characters is vastly superior than cramming 15+ potent flavors together in one beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Batch No. 1 Bottle Iíve been cellaring at 50 degrees until now and served in a snifter. Beautiful pour: black body with a very dark brown head. Minimally carbonated as expected due to the barrel aging. Nose is black licorice, anise, toasted sugar, and oak. Taste is cacao, vanilla bean, and sweet like a Vietnamese coffee. Thereís roast but it complements the sweet flavors and doesnít overpower. Delicious. Very full mouthfeel and alcohol warmth along the gumline. A real beauty of a beer and one Iím glad I forgot I had until today!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Bottle, courtesy GT2. Pour is pitch black ink with a nice tan head which leaves good lacing/retention. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, tobacco, roast, oak, vanilla. Flavor is rich, roasty, espresso, chocolate, tobacco, some ash. Palate is full-bodied, oily, light bitterness, no chalk or brine. Just an all around great imperial stout.

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