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RATINGS: 1009   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle. Poured an opaque black color. The head was thick and brown. Nice aroma that included the likes of whiskey, toffee, chocolate, and anise. Full bodied and sweet with a warming alcohol effect. Plenty of barrel imparted flavors like wood, bourbon, and vanilla. Additional dark fruit, roasty malt, dark chocolate and caramel notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Tap at PIB. Oily black pour with a thick tan head and some nice spotty lacing. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, booze, honey, plums and other dark fruit, more chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, maple, vanilla, booze, light leather, dark fruit. Incredibly complex and delicious beer. Will have to pick some up next time itís released.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 20, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a great looking thick, creamy mocha, long lasting head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, dry charred oak, vanilla, tobacco and some alcohol. The flavor is more semi-sweet chocolate with a leathery, tobacco, oaky presence and light boozy alcohol. Full body with mild carbonation and a smooth, silky soft mouth feel. This is a great Imp Stout, the barrels worked some serious magic on this beer. Although you donít want to know what I paid for this one, ouch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2011
0.66 l bottle, 5thanks vode! Pitch black color. Sweet and roasty aroma strong on coffee, raisins, oak and vanilla. Thick sweet and roasty flavor with coffee, oak, vanilla, licorice and raisins. Full soft body, very warming palate with woody tannins in finish. Strong long oaky finish. Too oaky for me, but still a tasty sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
barleybrave (8) - USA - FEB 1, 2011 does not count
really impressive, a meditative beer to share with friends, altough so strong iíll never stop drink it to dip in his great complexity

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2011
[22ozl bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Black with a frothy tan head. Boozy, sherry hit on the nose. Thick, chewy molasses on the palate, which is very rich Ė you can definitely taste the barrel aging here. Itís strong and sweet Ė but crucially not too sweet as thereís a decent amount of ashy bitterness to balance everything out. Iím not a barrel fan by any means, but this one is very nice indeed [12032011]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (18091) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2011
bottle at home tasting 12-March-11... deep black ... thin tan head ... light coffee and molasis ... roast malt nose ... huge molasis front ... light sweetness ... good solid roast but quite a dry chocolate malt linger ... sweet caramelly suger linger ...realy quite wonderful but its not quite as rich or sweet as darklord.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1793) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2011
This beer derives great things from the barrels, the nose having notes of bourbon, tons of cocoa, a bit of vanilla, tobacco, and rich sweet dark fruits. Not a 10 because thereís a slightly soy sauce characteristic peaking through. Taste is great, rich melange of everything in the nose, everything you ask for out of a stout. I donít really know what to say. Great, thick, warming and filling stout. One of the best barrel-aged beers Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3474) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 26 July 2013, tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buelton, CA. (2013 version) Dark brown/black. Nose is cocoa, tobacco, licorice. Thin body and fizzy. Really bitter chocolate, slightly meaty, molasses. Great! (Original rating 4 8 4 8 16 = 4.0) bottle at cgarvieuk - 12 Mar 2011 nice nose. itís not aggressive for a stout but itís fun. there is definitely a fresh cut chewing tobacco aroma that iíve never smelled before med/full body, slightly syrupy and only faintly fizzy gorgeous beer! milk chocolate, molasses that isnít bitter, iím really thinking of tootsie rolls. finish is very rich and thick this isnít bold or aggressive. itís just perfect. my only complaint would be that it is a little rich. hardly a problem

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2011
22oz, boxed, black-foiled bomber, dated 5/5/10 courtest of Sparky. thanks, Eric! pours a silky, jet black with a smooth, one-finger, dark cocoa head with solid retention and great lacing. aroma is wonderful, complex as expected from FW, with heavy, raw, dark chocolate, toffee, and dense dark fruit notes of black cherry, prune, and dates backed by subtle espresso, cigar wrapper, and wood with spicy, rich bourbon, vanilla, and oak emerging as it warms. flavor is fantastic as well with a wonderfully rich, sweet, toffee presence emerging behind the dark chocolate, roasted malts, and oaked vanilla that blend seamlessly with the woody, spiced bourbon, molasses, and dark fruits with hints of char and licorice on the back end. palate is nothing short of elegant with perfect carbonation and richness rendering it smooth as silk but it still retains a subtle warmth and spice from the barrels that lead into a long, bittersweet, roasty finish. overall, an absolute world class barrel aged imperial stout from the guys who know a bit about barrel aging. well done, FW.

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