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RATINGS: 935   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
On draft at the Bistro’s BA Fest 07. Murky brown pour with very active carbonation and a tan head. Sharp bourbon aroma with sweet, sugary notes. Somewhat thin mouth feel. Bourbon and oak flavors. Sweet and malty and pretty hot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2007
On tap at FoBAB ’07. Dark black/brown, syrupy, no head. Roasted malt aroma with slight borubon. Bourbon flavor with dark fruit and roasted malt. Medium to full body and creamy. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
(on tap @ the ba bistro fest)black body with a nice thick dark brown head.i grabbed marshmellows,chocolate,bourbon,and vanilla in the aroma.the flavor was much f the same.although the bourbon was a bit heavy,for some reason it didnt bother me in this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
On tap at the FoBAB 2007. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is sugary, vanilla, fruity and chocolaty. Sugary bourbon and fruit with the roasted chocolate flavors with a little oak. Decent but overshadowed by so many great beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
On tap at FoBAB 5. Poured black with darker brown highlights and a creamy deep brown head. The aroma picked up sweet bourbon (and perhaps some brandy) sugars with dark chocolate beneath (the bourbon stuck out more).. vanilla and toasted oak rounded it out. The flavor had deep, rich dark chocolate and bourbon sugars with tart oak and some alcohol warmth especially around the finish.. bit of molasses and some brown sugar added sweet malty complexity.. sweet finish with a kick and a nice oaky tartness. Medium-ish bodied, and perhaps a touch lighter than it would have been due to the barrel aging.. nice and warm. Good one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
FoBAB 2007. Pours a darkish brown to black with a little ring of a tan head. Subtle nose (Relatively). Oaky sweet malt. Vanilla and some bourbon soaked chocolate. Small roast. Substantial body. Not watery or syrupy with low carbonation. Big alcohol!! There’s a balance of alcoholic bourbon with vanilla, some chocolate, but mostly straight oaky alcoholic bourbon. The roast comes on late. This is a sipper. Not too cloying. Lingering tannins some roast, a dry booze finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2007
on tap at FoBAB V: pours black with no head. nose of coffee, dark chocolate. flavor of soy, chocolate, and nutty. not much bourbon here. no heat. decent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2007
(Draught) Pours dark brown body with a thick beige head. Aroma of oak, sweet raisins, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor of oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and nuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Date: October 11, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, GABF
Appearance: black, frothy beige head
Aroma: sweet rum raison and dark chocolate aroma with dark chocolate enhanced by vanilla and oak for balance
Flavor: hot dark chocolate flavor, bourbon and vanilla for sweetness, lasting bitterness mixed with oak

Date: November 30, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: strong ale fest
Score: 4.0 to 4.3
Body: creamy body
Flavor: little alcohol in the flavor allows the rich chocolate and fruity character more soom to shine

Date: June 03, 2012
Mode: bottle
Words: first sunday
I love bourbon, rich chocolate, sweet caramel, hot alcohol in the finish,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Sampled @ GABF 2007. Best beer @ the festival IMHO, and the best beer I’ve rated. Pours black w/ a small head w/ good retention. Alcohol, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and coconut w/ a long after taste. A light mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Similar to Dark Lord, but much more complex.

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