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RATINGS: 1002   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3653) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Had a bunch of this at GABF. All in all, it’s a pretty kick-ass imperial stout. Pitch black and viscous with no head to speak of. Aroma is roast, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Not too much bourbon. Flavor is intense, awesome, and fairly sweet, with roasted malt, coffee, rich chocolate cake, hints of dark fruit, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick, and viscous with low carbonation. Overall this is, as I would have said 10 years ago in my awkward youth, "the bomb diggity."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3725) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Sampled at GABF. Got the last pour of this one from the keg. Looks like I lucked out a bit. Pours plack and oily, stains the glass. Aroma of oak, bourbon, chocolate and roast. Flavor is very roasty, with strong, dominant bourbon. Lesser chocolate and vanilla flavors scuttle about. Big and heavy, yet slick on the palate. This is a bad ass Imp. Stout. Would try again if I ever got the chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2249) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... pitch black pour with no head... slight bourbon nose... medium body with more bourbon notes over the mouth... very well balanced between the barrel aging and the roasted malt character. very nice BA Imperial Stout...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RSRIZZO (1899) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Had this brew at GABF on 9/24/09. Color is black with mellow carbonation and a small tight tan head. Aroma is deeply roasted with a sweet note and oak. This is a big rich brew with nice oak flavors, vanilla and a rich roasted taste. After taste is dry with the roasted flavors hanging on. Overall its a nice Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5358) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2009
GABF2009 - reminds me very much of FW10 and 11 - tons of toasted oak and coconut notes - however, where those beers were smooth and warming, this rough, and the alcohol simply burns - there is also a lot of charred wood character, which combines with some bitter black malt in ways I didn’t find entirely pleasant - thick and heavy in the mouth - lacks balance - there are things about it that are quite tasty, but it’s just a little too much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2009
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 09/10/2008 Bourbon aroma. Beige head. Black strong in alcohol fruity and hoppy with a crisp dry and bitter coffee roast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1372) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Had this on tap at the 2nd anniv. of Bailey’s Taproom in Portland, OR. Colour... black with a thin maduro edge around the rim. Nose... toffee, bourbon, dark sweet chocolate and coffee. Palate... not much carbonation but viscous, heady, boozy, sweet-dark chocolate, cold coffee, treacle and a looooong, smooth finish with hints of lust, greed and treachery (in a good way!).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - AUG 10, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2010 A big-ass RIS -- that I hyped considerably -- poured into a snifter at Blue Palms. Aroma was quite woody, with peat, dark chocolate and noticeable booze. Flavor had strong bourbon components, to go along with musty wood, licorice, soft roasts and firm booziness. Finish is very warming, with vanilla-sweetness. Palate is syrupy-thick throughout, verging on oily. And it lasts a long, long time in your mouth. There is much complexity here, but I think Firestone may have overdone this one. The sweet-booziness is quite high, overriding other (perhaps more interesting) flavors. Or am I just over the mystique of the “barrel-aged”? 3.8. update, 2010 bottling: sampled 6/25/10: aged only a couple months. Pours pitch black, viscous, dark brown wispy head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, hint of chocolate and cigar, espresso. Mouthfeel is extremely creamy and full, slides across your tongue like liquid marshmellow. Flavor begins with almond-vanilla (barrel), bourbon, brown sugar. This is soon layered with creamy chocolate and more malt. The 80 IBUs is positively buried underneath all that malt! Finish is long, warming. Obviously a great beer, though to me doesn’t quite reach the intensity of flavors – or any one shining note, for that matter – that I find in world-class RIS. I’ll be happy to age a couple of these. 4.0.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
I preface this with the fact that bourbon/whiskey beers are not my favorite. The bourbon smell is clear and upfront. Not much head on this but it is a well balanced beer. It does not go to the spirits side. Bit of a sugary aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
On tap at Blue Palms. Black body, thick and glass coating. No head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oatmeal. Taste is nearly fruity up front with dates and plums, dark chocolate decadent brownie, and bourbon cake. Vanilla and lightly toasted coconut. Super thick mouthfeel, rich. Light carbonation. Reminds me a lot of Firestone Walker 12 (which is a good thing)!

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