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RATINGS: 1068   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
[3077-20100702] Sample. Dark fruity roast aroma has lots of wood and hints of banana. Brown black body with a quick foamy dark brown head. Flavour is like a creamy banana roast malt with light smoked wood and lots of wood afterward. Full body is very smooth. Great texture considering the alcohol it covers up.
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Black color/ light brown head. Mild aroma is dry wood, bourbon, earthy dark malts. medium bodied with soft co2. Mildly astringent tobacco flavor with dark malt, coffee, wet wood, bourbon, mineral.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2010
pitch black with dark tan head. strong bourbon and alcohol notes in the aroma. strong bourbon flavor and very smooth for the abv. nice vanilla finish with a oaky hint. amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
icmac (33) - Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Pours jet black with a small tan head. The scent is heavy with alcohol and chocolate, along with notes of bourbon and malts. The taste is wonderful, heavy notes of bourbon and vanilla. A great beer.

   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 (10213) - 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 (10642) - 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 (5195) - 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!

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