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RATINGS: 1060   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 —the 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
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2010
Shared this bottle I traded at In De Wildeman, Amsterdam. Black colored brew. Moderate bourbon notes in the nose, a good amount, not overwhelming. Some chocolate and coffee in the aroma too. Flavor is wonderfully silky. Nice blend of chocolate, some coffee, roast and bourbon. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Poured black with tan creamy head. Aromas of roast, vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee. (remeniscent of Bells Expedition Stout) Flavors much the same with a little bourbon sweetness. Very smooth With an almost thick mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. enjoyed this a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Big thanks to doodler for this one. Pours a completely black pour with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma holds huge amounts of toffee, caramel, and peanut brittle-- very sweet. Also some definite notes of char and vanilla. The bourbon barrel is certainly not as aggressive as many of this style, and the alcohol is very hidden. Flavor is also very sweet, but shifts to more a chocolate presence. Near the finish a wonderful charred bitterness takes over, and in the aftertaste a bit of heat from the bourbon comes through. Palate is thick, oily, and luscious, but still retains a really nice effervescence. Fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Pitch black pour with a large tan frothy head. The nose comes off as huge vanilla toffee sweetness with tar like bakers chocolate and caramel-molasses. The flavor is huge toffee-caramel with brown sugar, milk chocolate, oaky vanilla, with a cocoa nib bakers chocolate that drys out the mouthfeel near the finish. Huge thick oily mouthfeel with ample fine bubbled effervescence and a sweet, chalky finish. Yum yum yum. Thanks Carl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Sweet molasses and heavy dark fruit nose, lots of roasted coffee, and some chocolate. The taste is all sweetness, lots of molasses, maple syrup, lots of prunes and plums, and very sweet coffee. Really needs some hops and attenuation. Smelled nice though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Courtesy of rayl101. Black, minimal beige head, growing legs. Aroma is full of chocolate, mollasses, fiant hop character. Flavor is syruppy sweet, full of mollasses, chocolate, roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick, syrup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Courtesy of rayl101

Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and light alcohol. It a dark brown, with no transparency, and a minimal head. The flavor starts with chocolate and a hint of fruit. The finish has notes of bourbon, light oak, and a hint of maple syrup. Full bodied with slightly oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Another great stout. Poured black with a small head. Nose of oak, burnt sugar, chocolate. The encore tasting of a 10-12 bottle sharing party and it certainly lived up to its status.

   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 (3405) - 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.

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