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RATINGS: 1080   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Aroma is licorice, bourbon, molasses, alcohol.....and homemade apple pie. You can just feel the weight of it as you pour the oil-like substance into a glass. Small brown head that lines the glass throughout. When I first smelled it, all I could do was hope that it tasted the same...and it does. Only difference being a hint of hops up front before the tidal wave of complex dark flavors crushes them...followed by your taste buds. One of the richest, most intense beers I've had...yet entirely drinkable. Going back for more tomorrow.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourilevesque (1602) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2017
Many thanks to Brian for this outstanding brew! Vintage 2016. Robe noire dans mon verre alors que le liquide que jy verrais affichait les teintes ambres et rousses dun vieux Scotch. La mousse a beau tre moyennement tenace, le liquide est ce point superbe et noble que 5/5 est une note encore trop basse pour le visuel. Bourbon outrageusement chocolat, chaud, malt, sirupeux, dense, riche, mielleux. Cest tout simplement superbe. Un chocolat mi-amer fourr au massepain arros dun alcool cuit. Jamais je ne ressens le got de lalcool dans cette concoction parfaitement quilibre, mais ses parfums de sicre vanill sont prcis et nets.un sucre rsiduel dos me colle aux lvres alors que je ne note aicun arrire-got prcis, si ce nest quune incroyable sensation de bien-tre. Une importante question perdure : comment peut-on arriver produire une aussi grande bire en aussi grande quantit? Une bire massivement distribue devant laquelle doivent sincliner bien des bires rares qui schangent gros prix.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rguty84 (4) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JAN 6, 2017 does not count
Great paired with a cigar after dinner. Aroma sits long with the palate for a very very good beer

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
rami_pl (2416) - Warszawa, POLAND - DEC 29, 2016
Rami Rami is drinking a Parabola (2015) by Firestone Walker Brewing Company at Chmielarnia Marszałkowska Lyczek od P. Korcz - i kilka niuchow. Wystarczylo do wzwodu. Od cholery bombonierki, wanili, kokosa tez, na bardzo bogato

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (3640) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2016 2016 bottle, thanks ciocanelu! Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, chocolate, tobacco. Taste is tobacco, chocolate, vanilla and oak sugars again, quite balanced though. Slightly warming finish. Velvety mouthfeel. Very good, but not totally over the top.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (689) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2016
2016 aged at 33 degrees shortly after bottling. Pours dark as a starless night. One finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing. At 13.1% ABV, head characteristics are difficult to produce so an allowance shall be made and an outstanding score awarded. World class complex nose of dark fruit (plum, raisin), bourbon, caramel, vanilla, molasses and subtle chocolate over a background of tobacco and oak. The nose is a rich mixture than blends exceptionally well then fades into the bold tobacco and charred oak background. Light full body that is substantial and almost achieves creamy. The high alcohol content produces a rich velvety smoothness that coats and flows across the tongue. Carbonation is light due to barrel aging, yet produces a noticeable effervescence in the middle and a slightly prickly finish. All things considered, the palate characteristics are quite outstanding. The flavor profile is world class and quite worthy of this beers reputation. At first chocolate is light but gains in prominence through the experience. It never achieves dominance but lets its presence always be known - especially from about three quarters through. Bourbon is similar except that it peaks during the first quarter. In the middle lies the true richness of this beer. Dark fruits explode and then succumb to caramel and molasses bringing with it a solid sweetness as a contrast to the bold elements of this beer. These, in turn, fall to the bold tobacco and charred oak notes which are preceded slightly by a vanilla burst. The finish is a slow fade of blended flavor with tobacco, oak and vanilla lingering. Alcohol remains covered until a nice burn at the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scotty001 (559) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2016
Poured a very dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, dark berry fruit and dark chocolate with some lit cigar. Full. creamy body, flavour of the aroma, some wooden notes in the background. Dry, bitter end.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Korcz (1598) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 11, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Genialna, kokosowo-waniliowa beczka, niezwykle bogate i złożone, a zarazem bardzo klasyczne piwo. Zdecydowanie warto leżakować 2-3 lata.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tightslice (1115) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 10, 2016
On tap at Harrys Hofbrau in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is cherry liqueur, dark chocolate. Taste is boozy and sticky (but not cloying) sweet cherry / herbal liqueur. Almost creamy. Some herbal bitterness on the finish but very balanced and terribly drinkable for 14%. Reminded me of a Barleywine meets Imperial Stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StevieT (1868) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2016
On tap at Cannery Row Brewing Co. Oh wow, this this a beast, so smooth and no hint of the mega ABV, lots of dried fruit flavours, delicious and dangerous.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerMuse10 (53) - SPAIN - DEC 4, 2016
Muy compleja. No hay un predominio claro en el aroma de nada. Es una multitud de especias, madera, caramelos y torrefacto. Casi como un tabaco de pipa aromatizado. En la boca es muy dulce y largusima. Melosa. De lo mejor que he probado nunca


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