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RATINGS: 1114   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   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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3.4
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Mostly opaque and chestnut brown in color with some amber accents at the edges. An icy tan head mostly covers the top. Aroma reeks of lactic milk chocolate and gritty brownies. Black currant elicits an acidic shine while discretionary blueberry coffee grinds are aided by minty dark chocolate. It’s somewhat at a loss for beneficials. Cool and harshly unsweetened chocolate rings prominently dry. Milk duds hit extremely hot on the palate with dark chocolate slabs converging on brownie mix while the cake batter elicits fewer moments of appreciation. The hotness is almost revolting and is mutinously destructive, especially when looked at from the scorched brownie crumb point of view.

3.5
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2006
This poured a black body with a slight tan head. The Bourbon dominated nose and taste as if they’d left some liquor in the barrel before adding the ale. Dark, sweet chcococalte covered caramel and hints of vanilla, oak, and a light nutty bitterness were also present but were getting beat up by the Bourbon and the alcohol. This one was a bit over the top for my tastes.

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goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2006
GABF 2006: Opaque black with a brown head. Great aroma of vanilla and chocolate. The aroma had some sweetness but not too much of that or the bourbon. Nice balanced amount. The flavor was sweet and roasty. Some more chocolate but not as much as the aroma. Bourbon and vanilla but again a nice balance. Pretty warming but not much alcohol in the taste. I am sure the bourbon aspect helps hide it.

3.7
bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Called Rarabola. Draft. Black beer with a rich brown head. Oak, bourbon, and malt in the aroma. Big bourbon flavor with chocolate, slight oatmeal flavor with a vanilla cherry fruitiness. Slight alcohol presence (13% is hidden). Lingering bourbon and oak. Rich smooth body.

3.3
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Cask sample at the ’06 Real Ale Fest. Alcohol, chocolate, rum in teh aroma. Foamy tan head. The flavo ris a bit high in fusel alcohols but otherwise has enjoyable rum, hershey’s syrup, stron gcaramel malt. Finishes with dry chocolate bean and sweet caramel malt and alcohol.

3.8
jennajlover (135) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Cask at real ale fest. Jet black with a nice rcih thick foamey head, vanilla sweet chocolate. It ends with a crisp coffee flavor

4.2
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
On cask at PP Real Ale Festival 2006. Pours a dark black color with a pretty nice looking (about a finger) sized tan head with a decent amount of lasting lacing. Aroma is delicious with strong bourbon, roasted nuts and malt presence. Flavor is even more delicious than the aroma with strong bourbon (slightly warming, but no over-powering), malts, roastiness and coffee through-out. Big beer on the palate, but maintains a good balance with the warmth of the beer and the flavors.

4.1
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
(On cask at the PP Real Ale Fest 2006) This brew pours with a black body topped by a medium thick, brown head with a little lacing left on the glass. The aroma is sweet and malty with nice vanilla and chocolate notes and a hint of coffee. The flavor is full of Bourbon notes with hints of vanilla and nice malty chocolate undertones. Full bodied and warming.

4.6
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 10, 2006
WOW! I dont know if i was drunk or if this brew is for real. But i will definitly grant it first place on my list until i can sample it again someday. From what i remember, It was silky smooth with a nose of vanilla and coffe. It reminded me very much of the Alesmith Speedway Stout, except it had less coffee and some more complexity to it. Vanilla, Anis, hops, raisins, Lots of coffee and a dense rich body. Nice slightly sweet roasted finish.


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