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RATINGS: 1009   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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
On tap at Oakquinox..dark dark brown, almost black with a thin ring head...aroma is bourbon and alcohol..flavor is dark chocolate and bourbon..so tasty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - APR 6, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Black with a thick, dense tan head. Aroma-bourbon and wood mostly, with underlying sweet vegetal notes. Taste- sweet, roasted malts, bourbon. Finishes well rounded and lingering bitterness. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (5085) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2010
Rating #700. Draft. Black pour with brown lacing head. Huge chocolate roasty notes and bourbon notes from aging. Wow super drinkable with 13% and just a light warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2010
Now this is a beer that stands up to the barrel. Incredibly heavy bourbon flavors balance by a HUGE malty imperial/roasted stout backbone. So many whiskey/bourbon barrel beers are over powered by the wood & whiskey -- but my goodness does the Parabola ever buck that trend. Sampled at GABF and SF beer week.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brokensail (13755) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
A: Dark as night and wonderful viscosity to it. No head and no visible carbonation. S: Vanilla, chocolate, licorice, some graham cracker, and slight booze. T: A truly amazing beer. Very smooth vanilla flavor from the barrel, lots of chocolate, and some graham cracker. The booze is very well hidden in this monster, as well. M: Huge body, velvety smooth. D: I was expecting this one to be really overwhelming, but it wasn’t at all. A fantastic beer, one that I wish I could have more often, and I actually ended up buying two glasses of it today.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4988) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
On tap at Stone Bistro Firestone Night. Pours a dark black with tan head. Sweet roasted malt, oak, bourbon, chocolate, plum, vanilla, smoke, and some peat moss. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Excellent Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Sample at GABF 2009. Pours a dark brown to black with tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, smoke, molasses, ripe dark fruits, light bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Flavor is about the same. Medium to full body with a pleasing malty and bourbon finish. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3713) - 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 (3826) - 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 (2254) - 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...

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