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RATINGS: 1064   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle shared at the July Houston RB tasting-thank me! Color is dead black with a thick tan head. Nose is alcohol and chocolate-tons of aroma in this one. Taste has some subtle whiskey notes, chocolate, a bit hot but the alcohol seems to fit in with the flavors rather than distract from them. Very thick like a milkshake and way too easy to drink. Dangerous and delectable. This is a supreme beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Bottle from bleeng.
Pours a deep, thick onyx with an aroma of melted chocolate and coffee grounds after brewing a pot of joe. (Not Tucker) Flavor is chocolate malt ball candy soaked in wet coffee grounds and oaked bourbon chocolate syrup. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 Bottle. Poured black with a very thin dark brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of sweet toasted chocolate and with undertones of sweet bourbon and roasted malt. Flavor had an interesting french toast with bananas and chocolate flavor that was delicious. I would go in to more depth about the specific notes but I keep coming back to that flavor profile. Overall very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, well-tanned head. The aroma is a mélange of bourbon, oak, vanilla, red wine, mocha, blueberries and purple grapes. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and gentle, caressing carbonation. The flavor is a perfect marriage of bitter and burnt and sweet caramel, vanilla and milk chocolate. Bittersweet, chocolaty finish. Thanks to darkguardian for sharing this bottle of world class beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Thanks to JW77 for sharing this one. This is quite the "wow" beer. Pours obsidian black with a dark head. Nose is all manner of darkness: chocolate, roast, a bit of earth, more chocolate, some subtle wood and bourbon notes with bits of vanilla and hints of booze. Flavor is exactly the same with a very thick mouthfeel. An absolutely outstanding beer that I cannot help mourning the empty glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Big thanks to wavers1 for this bottle. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, toffee, with a hint of booze. Silky smooth on the tongue. Flavor is sweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, some raisin, and a slight hoppy and pleasant alcohol burn in the finish. Fuck yeah this is delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (14357) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2010
Bottle sampled at SIB, pours black with a tan head. Aroma of deep roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavour follows, with molasses and sweetness. Excellent stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2010
22oz. bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a large fluffy tan head. Aroma is milk chocolate, light and rich espresso, molasses, some ripe dark fruits, vanilla, oak, and light bourbon; wow lots going on, but gels well together. Flavor is more chocolate, molasses, espresso, nice notes of bourbon, oak and vanilla, and a little more overripe dark fruits. Very well put together from start to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Bottle. Gk b party. Black. Thin tan head. Light but complex aroma. Sweet. Choc, molasses, coffee rich malt. Smooth and easy. Nice. I can feel it in my plums. Bring them to the farmers market. Sell them two plums for the price of one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13229) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Shenandoah Throwdown, 22oz bottle, thanks kmweaver. Medium tan head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some smoke, alcohol, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, smoke, some alcohol, grapefruit. Smooth medium-full body.

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