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RATINGS: 913   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, oak, and some residual sweetness. Taste is intensely bourbon, well carbonated, oak, chocolate, sweetness, hops, and more alcohol. Definitely hot, but not overwhelmingly so. Finish is sweet, slightly hot (bourbon), chocolate, and residual bitterness. Solid.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jercraigs (7744) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
2010-07-01. Black body with a nice brown head that fades. Rich flavour starts with rich dark malt, followed by a slow and steady bourbon invasion. Peaks with a good amount of bourbon in the middle, very mild wood accents, bourbon fades out graciously leaving a smaller amount to linger long into the finish. Moderate bitterness comes in waves, hints at buttery vanilla. Aroma is milder than expected, sweet dark malt, vanilla wood and mild bourbon. 7+ Very smooth full bodied palate is lightly carbonated. 4+ WOW. Richly flavoured, lightly warming it just brings everything together extremely well and is surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer. Excellent. Bottle at Seattle International Beer Festival

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10906) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Bomber from the Co-Op in Davis, CA (but they have run out). Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma is chocolate, dark chocolate over strong oak. Full bodied with foamy carbonation. Flavor is burnt wood, caramel, baking chocolate, bitterness. Bourbon? Maybe. Vanilla? I think so. Is this complex? No sh.. This is really good sippin. Finishes smoothly burnt and pretty bitter. Heat? Amazing. It’s hardly present. A really good drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilligoose (3244) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
bottle. dark brown with a sizeable tan frothy head. aroma of figs, sherry, dak chocolate. nice tobacco, vanilla, and oak layer as well. tasty tabacco, dark fruit, bourbon taste. a bita throat warming booze. soft. quaffable. enjoyed drinking this quite a bit. shared with my old man who was in town visiting. he seemed to like it as well. would drink again in a heart beat. awesome beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2010
bomer thanks to bleeng. Shared at July Houston RB Tasting. Pours black with a light-brown head. Nose is of ash and coffee. Taste is of ash, coffee and chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. This was the top brew of our tasting, IMO, and we had several top-100 brews. Had originally planned on trading my bottle, but may keep it now after tasting this, Wow!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
[3077-20100702] Sample. Dark fruity roast aroma has lots of wood and hints of banana. Brown black body with a quick foamy dark brown head. Flavour is like a creamy banana roast malt with light smoked wood and lots of wood afterward. Full body is very smooth. Great texture considering the alcohol it covers up.
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5792) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Black color/ light brown head. Mild aroma is dry wood, bourbon, earthy dark malts. medium bodied with soft co2. Mildly astringent tobacco flavor with dark malt, coffee, wet wood, bourbon, mineral.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2010
pitch black with dark tan head. strong bourbon and alcohol notes in the aroma. strong bourbon flavor and very smooth for the abv. nice vanilla finish with a oaky hint. amazing beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
icmac (33) - Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Pours jet black with a small tan head. The scent is heavy with alcohol and chocolate, along with notes of bourbon and malts. The taste is wonderful, heavy notes of bourbon and vanilla. A great beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bleeng (1510) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle shared at the July Houston RB tasting-thank me! Color is dead black with a thick tan head. Nose is alcohol and chocolate-tons of aroma in this one. Taste has some subtle whiskey notes, chocolate, a bit hot but the alcohol seems to fit in with the flavors rather than distract from them. Very thick like a milkshake and way too easy to drink. Dangerous and delectable. This is a supreme beer.


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