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RATINGS: 948   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Extreme Beer Fest 2/15/08: I thought this was a very complex beer. Initial taste was of a stout, with notes of smoke, roast, bitterness. Then the bourbon started to kick in, followed by a sweet chocolate finish. I thought the bourbon complemented this beer very well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
EBF NOTB. Black pour with light brown head. Strong bourbon, roasted malt, and chalky chocolate in the aroma. The flavor is the same, but the alcohol seemed well hidden. The palate was a little thin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3349) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Sampled at the Night of the Barrels. Poured black with a light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, wood and bourbon. Flavor was a little disapoinintg. A litte chalky in the favor. Alcohol was well hidden. A little disappointing overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2008
sampled on tap at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival Nov 2008, an event shared with what seemed liked hundreds of ratebeerians and enjoyed mostly through a straw, since my face was a bloody mess of scabs and stitches. Solid black beer with a white head. malty aroma with hints of cofee an chocolate. flavor was strong with bitter choclate and cofee and some woods notes. finish strong with lots of alchol warming.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
2007 PP SAF. Deep black in color with a nice off white fluffy head. Deep caramel malty aroma. Vanilla, bourbon oak notes. Chocolatety notes. Chocolatety caramel toffee flavor. Sweet tasting. Finish is chocolatety. Full bodied. Well balanced. Great.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2014) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Sampled at the PP SAF. Lots of bourbon and wood on the aroma of this Black beer. Coffee aromas made it through as well. Flavors were more wood and bitter dark chocolate. Nice creamy finish with a lot of alcohol warming. Pretty darn good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5650) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2007
2007 PP SAF. Black black color. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, and black licorice? Flavor is pretty similar. Noticeable alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
On tap at PP Strong Ale Festival. Creamy dark tan head. Pitch black color. Smells great with lots of chocolate. Full flavor of the same. Mmmmmmm good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Rerate, 9th Beer of the Beer Spot Tasting Sunday March 30th, 2008. Growler from TheKegergator, poured me a way to big snifter of this big beer. Pours black with a light brown ring. Nose is big and malty and nose is sweet. Taste is sweet and chocolaty and very very nice. PP Strong Ale Fest 07. Probably the first pour off the keg when it finally arrived. Pours black with a 2 finger light brown head. Nose is malty chocolate and coffee. The taste is full of coffee, chocolate, sweet, big and very potent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Nose was creamy w/ silky notes of vanilla and bourbon. Beautiful creamy bourbon and vanilla flavors as well...nice silky thick & creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely killer at that alcohol level. Killer!


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