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RATINGS: 1002   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 —the Firestone Walker Barrel aged program. Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2010
A bottle of Batch 1 from OTM. The appearance is a midnight black with a small brown head. The aromas are rich dark chocolate, oak barrels, bourbon galore. Great nose. Wow and the flavors are there to fully back it up. Loads of well rounded and balanced bourbon upon entry that gives way to a rich dark chocolate truffle, the oak flavors really last on the finish with a mild alcohol kiss. Some fine tobacco/smokiness notes, vanilla and coconut in there as well. The mouth is rich, full bodied, and smooth. Wow just a delectable treat!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Now this is delicious. Thanksgiving desert beer with pumpkin cheesecake. What a combo. Well balanced with just the right amount of sweetness and vanilla bourbon flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (7999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle, shared with TylerDurden and Parksy at Mandalay Bay Burger Bar. Dark hearty pour, viscous and lush looking, with a slow-to-rise finely bubbled brown head. Crazy complexity in the aroma! Initially the bourbon is obvious but not the solo player. There is tons of burnt malt, chocolate, prunes, fig jam, vanilla, and cigar box. Palate is the same: yes there is bourbon and barrel here, but the beer more than holds up against it. Hard roast, chocolate, oaky vanilla, porty fruits (cherries, raisins), cigar box, aniseed. I could drink this for hours. No sign of the ABV either, crazy smooth and rich. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Rating from old notes. Pours black as night, with a beautiful light brown head. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, tobacco, and plenty of wood. Wonderful mouth feel. Amazing stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Tap at firestone’s tasting room in paso robles. Pours motor oil brown/ black with a little cocoa head. Nose is roasted malt, toffee, and espresso, touch of oak. Taste is roasted caramel malt, espresso, chocolate, bourbon, finishing with a nice medium bitter hop note. Super big, super complex, super delicious beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Big thanks to Skuter for getting this out to me. A: Pours near-black with a nice tan head that sticks around with a bit of lacing. S: Very, very nice. The first thing I notice is quite a bit of oak alongside some vanilla and bits of char. In the background there are notes of chocolate and roasted coffee. T: Much the same as the nose, but the roasted malt and oak take over a little bit, not allowing many of the subtle complexities to come through. It is very clear that this played a big role in the final FW13 blend. M: Nice and creamy. Medium to full body. D: Quite drinkable, although I really wish that the flavor profile was as well-integrated and complex as the nose. I’m definitely looking forward to trying this with a bit of age on it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-18-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
I have had this a couple of times, and it always impresses me. Rich dark and complex. not much head, thin but VERY dark ring around the glass. Nice rich chocolaty and a bit of leather in the aroma. YUM this tastes great with a deep rich full mouth-feel. Too bad the alcohol is up and the bottles are big, i’d get this again

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fcjack1 (243) - Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2010
On tap at Red Hot. Very syrupy. Smell is strong but not overbearing alcohol. Taste chocolate, coffee, good burn. Very tasty brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Pours deep thick black with caramel/tan head. Aroma has roast, chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Taste is thick, with almost no alcohol. Nice and roasted, leather, with bitter coffee and chocolate, sweet caramel and molasses finishing with a bitter finish. Very delicious stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3095) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours black with a small tan head. Butterscotch, dark roast, and caramel on the nose, with a decent amount of heat and a touch of soy sauce and dark chocolate. Yum. Taste is bourbony with caramel and dark roast, dark chocolate. Nice, but pretty damn sweet--and a little too hot. Would like to try this with some age on it.

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