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RATINGS: 944   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2010
2010 Bottle - Thanks inflatablehair!!! - Pours a thick and almost black with a medium sized tan head...aroma is plummy with cocoa, light soy, carob...flavour is similar, great chocolate presence, alcohol, vanilla and light caramel, old red fruit...not sure if my description accurate portrays how I felt, but this definitely exceeded expectations...really f’ing tasty~!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5945) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2010
time for the bookends of death!! .. . Pours a black hole black .. lots of roasted cocoa and dark roast .. . very smooth and drinkable for 14% .. a very well made beer that really seems to have its ducks in a row .. a cllass act all the way .. . Don’t juckopose anything in a macroscope in this universe.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2944) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle courtesy of drowland at Proof tasting - 7/23/10. Black pour. Aroma of cocoa and oak. Creamy, chocolate, warm, wood, cocoa, bourbon and vanilla. Good balance. Desert beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle from BevMo -

Aroma - the nose erupts with loads of dark chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, molasses with a strong oak/bourbon note.

Appearance - black thick body, creamy light tan head, long lasting...perfect.

Taste - near perfect balance between sweet and bitter for an impy. Caramel, scorched marshmallows, burnt wood/ashy, dark chocolate, bourbon and wood. Neither base overpowers the other. Really nice.

Palate - creamy, velvety smooth, long lingering finish

Overall - could not have picked a better beer for my 1800 rating here on RB. Paired the 2nd half with some homemade brownies w/ Guittard chocolate chunks and it was quite exquisite. Defintely a momentous beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle Pours a good black with a decent tan head. The head lasts okay and laces fairly well. Aroma is good, roast, alcohol, sweet fruit, and some cookie. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is good. Has a nice alcohol burn. The sweetness is real good. Has a nice licorice ending. Has a full body. The texture is syrupy. Has a real good finish and a wonderful aftertaste. This is a real good beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
swoopjones (6227) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2012 BCTC 2010, thanks to Rudolf. big black dark pour. boozy, chocolate, coffee, rich roasted malts. Full & lingering flavors. intense, very flavorful & very well made rerate: quite possibly the best beer ive had. tap at Blue Monk

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2194) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
650 ml bomber from Bev4less. Thanks for holding this for me Freddy. Pours and opaque black color with a medium tan head that fades to 1/4 inch and holds. The nose is earthy dark roasted grains, burnt toast, raisins and some hot alcohol. The flavor is earthy and roasty with well roasted grains, whiskey, prunes and dark biter chocolates. The palate is full smooth and creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Very tasty brew. I loved it.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (6174) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2010
7/23/10. Huge thanks to mkade8883 for this awesome brew in my Secret Santa box!! Huge buttery, vanilla, and coconut aromas followed by obvious bourbon. Love it. The flavor doesn’t deliver as much as I was hoping, but there is nice chocolate and coffee, buttery vanilla, a hint of coconut, and a nice warming feel. Very good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4196) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Chocolate. Vanilla. Roast. This is a dessert beer all the way. High quality. Very rich. Lovely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2010
22 oz. bottle shared by xmarcnolanx- thanks again, Mark! Pours a super dark opaque brown, near black, with a small tan head that doesn’t last long. Aroma of bourbon, oak, chocolate, mocha, tobacco and a little vanilla. Barrel notes lead the flavor- oak, bourbon, vanilla- along with notes of molasses, tobacco, leather, and ash. The notes of the aroma are a lot more subtle than in the flavor. The 13% ABV isn’t overwhelming, though. Full-bodied, with minimal carbonation and a thick, smooth, heavy mouthfeel. Great imperial stout.


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