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RATINGS: 992   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 Tap @ AnniBrew 2 Barrel Aged Beer Festival... Poured black with no head. Aroma was hot with alcohol and bourbon. Thick, syrupy palate. Coffee and chocolate flavors with roasted malts, earthy hops and a bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2009
On tap. Dark brown, borderline opaque black colored body with a thin head of creamy tan. A fudgey, caramelly malt aroma is softened by some pleasing notes of vanilla and bourbon. The barrel character is prominent, but integrated well into the beer and maintains a soft, rounded profile. Notes of chocolate, but light on the roast. Full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a rich, silky texture. Sweet malt flavors of chocolate fudge, treacle, and vanilla flood the palate with a tasty dessert-like treat. It kindly refrains from contributing any unpleasant cloying qualities. Light on the roast qualities, with a dark, riesen candy flavor contributing the majority of the malt profile. Some roasted prunes. As in the nose, the barrel qualities are strong, but weave nicely into the malt characters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29992) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2009
Draft. A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has notes of sweet malt, alcohol, roasted malt, fruits, prunes, and chocolate. The flavor is powerful with notes of prunes, over ripe fruits, alcohol, roasted malt, and chocolate, leading to adry roasted finish, where the alcohol tickles the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Poured @ NHC pro brewer night. Pours black. Nose is wood, some vanilla, BOOZE, bourbon, some cocoa. Flavor is chocolately, boozey, dark fruits, vanilla, wood and earthiness. Great offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2009
6/18/09 on draft at the nhc. Aroma is highly alcoholic and very woody. Appearance is dark, dark brown with a low tan head. Flavor is toasty, highly sour, with moderate sweetness and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is full bodied with slight astringency and almost no carb texture. Overall, quite complex with sourness that makes it tough too have very much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2009
9 oz draft courtesy of the TB Hop Juice release (Warrenville, IL). Pours a pitch black opaque pour, a little brown around the edges, thick, good brown head that laces well. Aromas are a nice bourbon goodness, oak and vailla mixing with light booziness, roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate. There is a lot in there. Body is decent, not too thick, possibly a little thin. Bourbon comes through a little less full, roasted malts and smokey ash, a motuh coater with vanilla and caramel, coffee and some good vibes. The flavors are good, but could be more pronounced. Boozy and bourbon sticks to the palate for sure. Pretty damn good overall, but not the best of the genre. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Draught at The Blue Palms. Black with a small tan head. Smooth deeply roasted malt and bourbon aroma. The flavor is an integrated blend of dark chocolate cake, caramel, vanilla, and light bourbon. The wood shows lightly but the overall barrel character is very integrated into the whole presentation of the beer, and the heat from the bourbon doesn’t approach the richness of the malt. Thick with a silky texture. Probably the best bourbon-aged stout that I’ve had. The aging adds lots of complexity without drowning out the base beer. Firestone Walker needs to quite wasting all of this in the anniversary blends and bottle it as a separate release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2009
sampled at 2008 FOBAB... poured black with reddish brown endges. thin tan head and decent lacing on the glass... aroma of chocolate and caramel malt, a little woody but could have used a little more bourbon... sweet chocolate flavors with light roastiness and a moderate bourbon component. lingering sweetness is a little off. would like a larger sample of this in the future...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Very boozy, bourbon quality, this beer is warm and almost more barleywine like. At %14, this is a bomb, and the alcohol overcomes. Notes of chocolate, coffee, but really sweet, caramelly, and estery from the heat. Traces of vanilla, toast and dried fruits underneath all of this somewhere. Lay these in a cellar for a few years and try, they’ll probably be amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2148) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 6, 2009
yep, it’s an imppy, so it is black with a dark head. booze vanilla and chocolate with a strong roast presence. . hwew, this is hot. rummy cocoa. interesting, a slow sipper for sure nice and thick, a great motuthfeel, but this is one that is just a touch too boozey. good flavors underneath the stomping foot of alcohol, chocolate cookie, vanilla, sweet caramel and a nice coffee bitter. 4 8 6 2 13

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