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RATINGS: 975   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerm719 (128) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Almost no head. Beautiful jet black color. Excellent nose. Tabacco, dark cacao, anise. Mild bourbon, charred oak. Great balance. Excellent!! One of my favs so far this year... Will buy another and cellar it for next year!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (589) - Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2015
On tap a Frisco, Columbia. Dark brown black with thin tan head. Aroma is oaky, boozy, molasses, vanilla and Cuban cigars. Starts of with alcohol warmth and dark chocolate, molasses and vanilla. Finish is roasty dark chocolate and vanilla. It is a sipper, but I had trouble sipping it because it was just so tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dlovell2 (1061) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2015
On tap at Frisco with Maxbier for a rare weeknight outing. Poured dark brown with amber tint and tan colored head. Aroma is molasses, caramel, bourbon, and oak. Flavor is sweet caramel, raisins, brown sugar, molasses bourbon oak and bittersweet chocolate. Finishes with lingering dark chocolate. Another amazing Firestone Walker offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koskela (363) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 18, 2015
This is the 2015 parabola. Amazing the aromas. There is choc cherry and vanilla in this dark brown brew with no head. A choc cherry cordial. The taste is choc sweet woody as the after taste comes the wood comes out along with cherry and a warming taste from the 14%. It's full bodied and low carb. A great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (698) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - APR 18, 2015
650 ml bottle, 2014 edition at 14% ABV, shared with Werckmeister.
Almost black body, with a medium, creamy, beige, yellowish head.
Very complex, perfectly balanced, smooth aroma of bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, just the right amount of booze, various barrel notes, dark and dried fruits.
Taste is also wonderfully big, more boozy than the nose, but also greatly balanced, with bourbon, smooth coffee, caramel, melting chocolate, dried and dark fruits, liquorice and so much more...
Full, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes roasty, alcoholic, a bit astringent, but very smooth, complex, with coffe, dark chocolate, barrel notes, some liquorice, cocoa.

Wow! Heavy and smooth at the same time. Alcohol is present, but surprisingly well balanced for the ABV. A wonderful, very complex, comfortable sipper. One of the best Imperial Stouts I’ve had so far!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werckmeister (532) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - APR 18, 2015
bottle kindly shared by Saeglopur, many thanks :) very nice oily texture, black color, small coffee-colored head. smells very liqueurish, some wooden notes, some malty sweetness, coffee, caramel, some alcohol, light dried fruits, dried boletus, some alcohol, molasses. full body, full mouthfeel, very slick, soft carbonation. tastes liqueurish, some sweetness, alocoholic, wooden notes again, some light roasty notes, brown sugar, coffee, caramel. malty sweet / liqueurish finish. wow. strong and sweet and alcoholic (for the high ABV quite hidden though), but I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Couch0508 (44) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
At 14 percent you are always going taste the alcohol but this is pretty smooth at the end of day.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
McCarty23 (53) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
Licorice and Spanish cedar aroma. Taste like French roast coffee mildly carbonated with a touch of bourbon as the alcohol heats up mouthfeel .

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (365) - GERMANY - APR 13, 2015
Parabola ’12 vintage Many thanks to Kevin for the bottle. Pours a black color, with a decent, bubbly head. Aromas reveal a rich Bourbon note among chocolate, coffee and wood. The Bourbon is very well pronounced, hovering on top of sweet, toffeeish malts, bakers chocolate and molasses, well balanced between sweet, earthy and bitter aromas. Toffee and hot Bourbon blend outstandingly well into each other, with coffee playing a balancing role, bittering the nose. Drinks incredibly smooth, revealing the rich, decadent body of the beer, with almost no carbonation necessary to showcase its complexity. While the Bourbon is very prominent on the nose, it is well integrated into the beers taste, due to earthy malts, wood and creamy milk chocolate, balancing the bourbonic impact. It tastes quite hot though, with coffee blending into the oak incredibly well, exhibiting a slightly dry quality, absorbed by sweeter chocolate with lots of cream. The bitternes turns quite prominent, due to the wooden, hot bite, inviting matured hops and coffee to the tongue. Until the very end, coffee and chocolate are on par, leading to a semi-dry, slightly burning finish. Fantastic brew, outstandingly balanced, while providing an amazing depth. Wooden coffee and creamy milk chocolate are balancing the Bourbon artfully, both staying recognizable until the finish, while their taste gets gently transformed due to luscious, slightly dry, warming Bourbon and notes of coconut, as well as vanilla.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - APR 9, 2015
Black with dark red/brown head. Lots of bourbon, chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Same characteristics follow in the flavor along with dark dried fruit and vanilla. Expected some soy or fish sauce notes which seems typical of the style, but they never appeared - this is not a bad thing. Full bodied, rich and very satisfying.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PartyFowle (299) - - APR 8, 2015
The liquid is a deep, impenetrable, inescapable black that pours thick and viscous with a small, sudsy head the color of cinnamon. Some thin spots of lace pepper the glass as the liquid recedes while you drink. Take a whiff and you’ll pick up tons of toasted coconut, some vanilla, charred oak, and maybe even a little tobacco. Your next sniff might reveal espresso, high-cacao-percentage dark chocolate, or the subtle zing of spicy Hallertau hops. A night spent pondering Parabola is a lesson in the merits of restraint. A problem rampant among barrel-aged stouts is that they often let one flavor (whiskey, usually) take the reins and overwhelm the beer. Here, individual flavors are there if you’re willing to look for them, but there’s also a nice synthesis -- like a rainbow, with each flavor fading softly into the other. And what flavors are discernible are mighty fine: first is the darker, bitter stuff like cocoa nibs and espresso powder. Sweeter notes soon emerge, reminding of vanilla beans, toasted coconut, dark plums and cherry syrup. A gentle amount of bitterness (delivered by citrusy/woody Zeus hops) keeps this sweeter stout from becoming cloying. The mouthfeel is blissful, with a velvety smoothness not unlike a milkshake. I want to make a bed and sleep in it. Bubbles massage the tongue lightly and the beer fizzes up only very slightly as it moves. The brewers must also be commended for their skill in covering up the alcohol burn. This is 13 percent alcohol -- nearly liqueur-strength -- and I don’t pick up a hint of it. The drinkability of this boozy stout is downright dangerous. World-class.


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