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RATINGS: 1060   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Bottle, bottled on 3/14/12. Poured into a chalice. This beer pours a tinge lighter than black. An inch worth of mocha head rests atop. Light lace left behind. The nose is sweet with vanilla, maple, gingerbread, chocolate, oak. The bourbon isn’t as strong in the nose as I’d expected. Moderate mouthfeel, with decent carbonation presence. Slight oily feel on the back end, but drinks nicely. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Again, the bourbon is underplayed, but its subtlety is what I like about this. Rounds out a nice roasted brew, giving a welcome sweet balance. I usually like to split my bombers with someone, but this one was a treat to drink on my own. Loved it.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JDBaker11058 (1908) - Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2016
appearance: viscous, inky black pour with a creamy tan head; syrupy legs. aroma: amazing smell--full of chocolate, molasses, coffee, vanilla, some dark stewed fruits (plum & cherry), with raisin, pipe smoke, and a hint of leather. taste: sweet molasses, bitter dark chocolate, smooth vanilla-bourbon notes, with roasty espresso, burnt wood, tobacco, leather, a hint of madeira. finish: smooth, lingering sweetness, taste of bourbon (but no boozy heat), chocolate, vanilla, and molasses; chewy, slick, full palate. notes: Superlative impy stout. Absolutely can’t believe the abv is 14. Big and rich and flavorful, but alcohol well-hidden. 2011 vintage, aged for five years and shared at Beerble Study with the boys. Well worth the wait. Wowser.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (1227) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Coffee roasted malt aroma and flavor with a nice whiskey oaky finish. Dry finish. Well balanced. Nice whiskey oaky in the aroma. So full flavored and smooth. Slight boozy finish. Very tasty. Maybe slight bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PugUglyBrewer (70) - - AUG 17, 2016
Easily my second favorite stout of all time behind Alesmith’s Speedway Stout. Thick, chewy body that is the consistency and inky black color of used motor oil. Bourbon barrel character rounds out the rich dark chocolate, dark fruit, and burnt sugar flavors.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdolfoCC (153) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - AUG 14, 2016
Vintage 2016. APARIENCIA: de color negro con algunos destellos marrones y rojizos a contraluz; corona de espuma color beige de baja retención, con burbujas compactas. AROMA: licorosa y dulce con muchísimo carácter de la barrica; las notas a coco tostado y vainilla son dominantes, además de bourbon y muy ligeramente la madera. Notas a caramelo, toffee, cerezas negras, tabaco, muy ligeramente otros frutos oscuros como dátiles e higos caramelizados, además de chocolate dulce y café pero todo queda opacado por las características de la barrica. SABOR: muy dulce de inicio, muy marcadas las notas a coco tostado y vainilla, en menor medida el bourbon, ligeramente la madera, caramelo, toffee, cerezas negras, algo de tabaco y cuero, pasado el trago continúan las notas características de la barrica, ligeramente algo de chocolate dulce, café, otros frutos oscuros como dátiles, higos, pasas pero muy ligeros, quedan totalmente opacados por el carácter que aporta la barrica; el retrogusto queda un amargor medio con notas dulces y bien presente las notas a coco tostado y bourbon. SENSACIÓN: cuerpo medio alto con sensación untuosa en boca, baja carbonatación. El alcohol ligeramente presente en boca y en garganta al pasar el líquido sólo deja una sensación cálida no agresiva. RESUMEN: una excelente cerveza, aunque el carácter de la barrica es predominante y la base se pierde un poco.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daje (3982) - NORWAY - AUG 5, 2016
CBC 2016 Blue session. Thick black body with a brown head. Aroma of bourbon, dark malt, roast, bitter chocolate. Taste of dark fruits, roast, sweet dark chocolate, mild boozy, pleasant sweet chocolate bourbon finish. Perfectly balanced, extremely nice!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PMgep (247) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2016
Bottle and tap. Dark colour, aroma of chocolate, bourbon and tobacco. Taste is ful and sweet

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (3304) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2016
On tap @ CBC-16. Very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, coffee, fruit and hops. Full body with a long bitter sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
growler6 (123) - Pocasset, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Chocolate, brandy (grapy) and vanilla aromas dominate. Boozy and smoky. Sticky and syrupy texture lingers on the pallet. Lots of depth and complex but a bit too sweet for me.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjogro (2501) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2016
Sampled from bottle at THT May. Black with light tan head. Big sweet roasted chocolate malts, coffee, toffee. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Full body, smooth, great.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (5686) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Draught at Hugh O’Neill’s 5/16/16.
Inky black body has dark mahogany tints on the edges suggesting there may be some clarity to it, but it’s difficult to determine. Tan head atop is large and slowly falls to cover.
Oh boy. Did I just get served a pina colada?? Seems they could not have possibly got more pineapple coconut character in to this thing....Just all bourbon and oak with caramel/toffee, raisin and rich chocolate lingering behind it, somewhat menacingly. It’s certainly intense...and the alcohol is pretty well concealed, I suppose.
Wow, this is quite the beer....Rich, sweet, full of fruity raisin and milk chocolate but completely dominated by the rich coconut and pineapple character from the oak. At least there’s plenty of sugar left behind to help soak it up, but that of course creates the problem of leaving a VERY sweet, sugary, syrupy beer. At 14% it’s pretty tough to have anything but that, I guess. Carbonation is low and engaging and helps to some degree, but this is still a monstrosity. Well if you like to be beaten over the head with intense flavors, this is probably your cup of syrup. To its credit the flavors are all clean and enjoyable.


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