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RATINGS: 959   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zinvegas (10) - California, USA - JUL 3, 2012
My new favorite beer. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is very much bourbon with hints of chocolate. The beginning of the sip gives you a very hot, boozy flavor, but the oak, chocolate, vanilla, and even a bit of cherry flavors mask the high ABV after the initial taste. Aftertaste is lingering malt and a hint of vanilla, and the mouth feel is also very nice for a beer with such a high alcohol content.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
skmikeg (1077) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2015
On tap at the Blue Monkey Tavern. Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head with excellent lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits, bourbon, espresso, anise, bakers coco, pipe tobacco, coconut, sweet malts, molasses, and maybe just a little booze. Taste is bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruits, tobacco, coconut, molasses, anise, espresso, dark and milk coco, woody notes, and a little booze. Has a full body with a super creamy, slightly oily, velvety, semi bitter, warning, slightly hot, long, lingering finish. Overall, a incredibly complex, world class imperial stout, that hides its extreme abv very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Torrefacto (738) - Madrid, SPAIN - FEB 26, 2015
Negro opaco, espuma beis oscura. Aromas se burbon, maíz, chocolate y licor. Cuerpo denso. Sabor de bourbon y chocolate, melaza con final licoroso y trago cálido.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (806) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2015
22 oz bottle shared by Spencer. 2014 vintage. The pour is a solid black (not as dark on the pour as I'd like) there is just a thin ring of khaki colored head and no lacing to be found. The aroma is pretty solid. There is a lot of bourbon barrel character. A nice bourbon aroma and an oaky vanilla to go along with a nice dark fruit presence. The flavor is a lot boozier than I was expecting. The bourbon flavor is incredibly strong. There is a vanilla segment and then through a nice dark fruit and to the roasted malt. The mouthfeel isn't as good as I was hoping to see, but it does carry a good creaminess to it. The finish is dry, with a lingering licorice and some good bourbon tendencies to it. Very good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (12) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2015
I had the honor of experiencing this brew on tap at the New England Tap House Grill in Hooksett NH on 5/28/14. This was one of those ultra-surprising unexpected finds on their(or anyone’s) rotating beer list. The beer was poured into a snifter glass and the first glance offered up one dark beauty of a beer. Mostly black with hints of brown on the edge when hit by the right lighting. No head to speak of just a slight mocha ring around the top and virtually no lacing as well. Smells of, well, bourbon. Some vanilla, aged oak, dark coffee, and some espresso also join in with the abundance of bourbon. Taste is great with the hints of the above mentioned with bourbon being the most pronounced flavor for me. Very well done mouthfeel that coats the palate and is very smooth. I found Parabola to be moderately sweet and extremely easy to drink, but a sipper with that high abv. I really enjoyed this aged stout tremendously and it was amazing to get a hold of this masterpiece . Highly recommended!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (306) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Number 50 impy stout and 300 total rates! Bottle, opaque black, good walnut colored head, decent lace. Aroma plums, cherries, figs, vanilla, toasted barley, bourbon, anise, molases. Taste is molases, anise, plums, oak, vanilla, cherries, milk chocolate, little sweet, palate is thick and chewy, carbonation very subdued, finish is dry, and a little hot. This is 2014 vintage, and I feel like it could use another 6-12 mo. cellar. Still, this is exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fugitive (1491) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle. Color clear black with medium creamy head. Aroma malt, dark chocolate, coffee, wood, alcohol. Taste sweetbitter, alcohol, wood, chocolate, coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1178) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2015
22oz bottle pours A dark oily black with a tan head. Roasted malts chocolate and bourbon taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2015
[Bottle (650ml). Reserve Series No. 001] Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small diminishing frothy light-brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, leafy hops, alcohol, chocolate, wood and maple syrup. Flavour of roasted malt, leafy hops, alcohol, wood and brown sugar. Medium bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. At least a year old and still pretty boozy, still very good though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrew_drinks (196) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle from bier.de, 2014 vintage. Pours clear black with an thin white head. Smells like bourbon and oak and vanilla and chocolate and lots of good stuff. Light to medium carbonation, oily but ever so slightly thin compared to the big oaty beasts of the imperial stout world. Rich dark roast, milk chocolate, caamel, treacle, refined sugar, loads of vanilla and oak char. Sweet and smooth on the palate, slick and oily on the tongue. Finishes long and roasty. Smooth enough to make every sip a pleasure and yet enough heat to remind you that you’re drinking a 13% imperial stout that has enjoyed the benefit of plenty of barrel time. You can probably count the number of BA imperial stouts that are better than this on a single hand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Warped_Silver (105) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2015
2014. A worthy 100th rating. Pours "light" blackwith lasting tan head. Aroma of chocolate tobacco vanilla and mild bourbon. taste of chocolate forward followed by light vanilla cocoa powder and tobacco. Thick velvety mouth feel. The flavors are a little harsh at this point, would benefit significantly with age. Overall excellent Imperial Stout ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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