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RATINGS: 1108   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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4.3
CapFlu (5128) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
(22oz bomber bottle) Thanks Barley Mowat. Pours a creamy yellow brown head atop an opaque body. Very vanilla and wooden nose. Chalky front with a smooth vanilla oil and gritty cocoa. So subtly balanced, good alcohol but not hot or sweet. Wonderful.

3.4
JStax (6920) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Pours a near black with a khaki colored ring of foam around the edge of the glass. The aroma is a little more boozy and sock-like than I like of my barrel aged beers. Taste is very roasty and has lots of cacao nib and whiskey burn. Hefty beer. The 12.5% abv really isn’t covered well.

4.5
Nisse666 (7531) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2012
Bomber many thx to adnielsen cons 2012-12-31 Göteborg Perfect finale to finish the Hogmanny dinner! Starter: Cantarell soup, Main: Sole Walewska och pommes duchesse, Desert: Milk chocolate Pannacotte mmmmm AR: vanilla bourbone, daim, chocolate pudding AP: thick dark brown fluid, wee heavy dark brown stouthy quickly disapperaring head, no lacings F: fizzy, dark truffel chocolate, scottish butter fudge, daim, bourbon vanilla, warming smooth feeling, sugary/grainy feeling, finish is loaded with bourbon vanilla and that thick devine chocolate

4
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown/almost black with minimal head. Aroma is caramel, mocha, dark chocolate, sweetness, : mocha, caramel, dark chocolate, bit alcoholic, sweet sugary, vanilla. Taste is sweet bourbon (vanilla, caramel, slight oak), sweet dark malts, almost hints of smoke, dark chocolate. Medium/soft carbonation, and medium to full mouthfeel. SOme booze does come out. Very nice.

4.5
tiong (7342) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 650ml bottle from a trade, thanks stawn!

2011 vintage - Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Lovely aroma of sweet syrup, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and wood. Taste is sweetish (but not over the top) with nice wooden oaky notes, vanilla, licorice, dark chocolate and hints of syrup. Smooth, slightly roasty finish with sweetish syrupy notes and a lot of vanilla, oak, smoky wood, dark chocolate and warming alcohol. Almost perfectly balanced, simply awesome barrel aged IS. Nom nom. 9-4-9-4-18 = 4.4

Re-rated on 29.11.2013. 2013 vintage from Bier-deluxe. Stingy vanilla bourbon notes are much more aggressive on a fresh bottle, and also some hoppiness is notable. Still extremely well balanced. Damn, this is tasty.

4.4
lusikka (7814) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2014 650 ml bottle, thanks tiong. Pours a pitch black colour with a small beigeish head. Aroma of rich dry wood, vanilla and strong dark chocolate. Flavor is very rich with roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, raisins, tar and dry apples. Full bodied, rich mouthfeel and oily, smoky, sweet, woody finish. Lovely.

650 ml bottle. 2011 vintage.
Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, wood and strong wet earthiness. Very rich flavour of roasted malts, vanilla, ice cream, wooden notes, caramel, tart-ish cherries and chocolate biscuit. Full bodied, long warming finish. Great stuff. Pretty much the same as last time. 8-4-9-5-17 4.3

650 ml bottle. Vertical tasting with 2012 and 2014 vintages.
More of the differences in this rating. 2012 is a bit too tart now. The wooden notes have taken over, and there’s very little sweetness left. This rating is more abou the 2014 vintage. The 2014 version is very, very sweet with rich English toffee notes, rich roastiness, coffee and mudcake. Vanilla notes are very subtle but noticeable. Reminds me of a vanilla shake a bit. Bourbon smoothens the flavour nicely. A fresh version rocks the world. 9-4-9-5-17 4.4

4.3
RasmusOtt (2794) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2014 Bottle shared by Phredrik. Pours pitch black. Aroma of roasted coffee, soy sauce, liquorice, rich chocolate, raw cocoa beans, kinda meaty and savory with a bit of a perfumish touch of vanilla. Taste of soy sauce,rich chocolate, bitter coffee, dark cherry, cocoa beans, some warm alcohol, molasses and vanilla. Very very nice! Re rate 2014. This goes 0,1 up ! Really gewd and just amazingly complex!

3.9
RamyG4 (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is bourbon, coffee, strong oak, a little alcohol. Taste is very sweet, dominated by bourbon, some vanilla, chocolate, with a roasted background. Finish is roasty and a little alcoholic. Very full bodied, syrupy, soft carbonation. Big big beer.

4
conway (2210) - - DEC 24, 2012
Pours black with little head. Chocolate, smoke and biscuity malt on the nose and tongue. Well balanced and great palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
RobertDale (6576) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2012
22 ounce bottle. 2011. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and wood. Interesting, complex, and excellent.


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