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RATINGS: 1081   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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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
b79turner (255) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2012
2012 batch 3 bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours black with a slight brown tint. Thinner pour than some imperial stouts, not the motor oil consistency that some have. Small white head with nice lacing around the glass. The aroma is fantastic! Rich bourbon, caramel, creamy, toasty. Slight citrus notes. Rich sums it up. Taste is wonderful, lively carbonation, mouthfeel is not too thick, not too thin. I cant say enough great things about this beer. Hands down, the best stout Ive ever tasted. Quite possibly one of the most enjoyable beer Ive had to date. Thank you Firestone!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Macegan75 (827) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2012
2011 Bottle from Capones (I think). Pours black as night, with ssome head that fades except for a small ring around the edge. nose is mild with vanilla, leather and whisky. first sip is nice with coffee, black strap molasses, candi sugar, black malt and bourbon, finish is dried fruit and boozy burn in the mouth feel but in a good way. very great stuff.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
danger (2) - - JUL 22, 2012 does not count
The intensity and amazingness of this beer starts at the nose. Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak and roastiness. Am I smelling a beer or some cookies coming out of the oven? Taste follows the smell nearly exactly. Crazy intensity, and really full flavor. Thick texture and just an absolute pleasure to drink.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2012 Viscous black pour with a thin ring of head. Slightly boozy aroma with a definite bourbon presence. Oaky, roast, chocolate and coffee aromas are all quite pleasing to my olfactory as I swirl my shifter. Taste is sweet, yet bitter, with heavily roasted malts. Some notes of coffee, tobacco, leather, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. I dont think Ive ever tasted that many things. Palate is thick and chewy, yet surprisingly carbonated for its heft. Finishes with a long bitter roastiness. Wait, theres HOW MUCH alcohol in this? No way! I dont believe it. The quintessential bourbon barrel stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2012 On tap at Maple Tree Inn in Illinois. Pours a viscous black with a small dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Very dark and ominous looking. Lots of roasted flavors in the aroma: dark chocolate, some coffee, lots of charred oak, and some tobacco. Also get some boozy notes. Great complex smell. Tastes very much like it smells. Many of the flavors are roasted and charred. Some smoky dark chocolate and oak at first and then finishes with some black coffee and roasted oaky vanilla notes. Great boozy finish from the bourbon barrels that lasts and warms you up. Definitely an oily full body with minimal carbonation. Just a wonderful, complex imperial stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 **2014 Release More caramel and toffee in this release. Almost butterscotch at first. Big intense malt flavors. Mouthfeel is almost creamy. Absolutely excellent! ** Original review : Poured dark almost black, minimal dark brown foam and lacing. At first the smell was almost fruity with caramel. Then I get more bourbon. Taste is deep roasty malt, caramel/vanilla and some chocolate with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Also a bit of smoke in there too. As it warms it sweetens some and the caramel, vanilla and bourbon becomes more prominent. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy bit not thick, light carbonation. Overall an excellent beer. Highly recommended. Wish I had a few more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (5267) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Draft at The Pine Box. Blackest brown, full head. pretty. Rich maple, coffee malt, oaky aromas. Lactic and maple syrup, this is a quite thick beer, but balances the alc and the sweetness. Clean, chocolate, oak. Very very nice.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jiminjingu (6) - New York, USA - JUL 15, 2012 does not count
Thanks to Gordon I was able to try this beautiful beer. After coaxing a little out of the bottle, the rest of it seemed to flow. Its not a beer to be taken lightly and if I was going to get anthropomorphic I would say it is a living, breathing animal of a beer. The mouth-feel is incredible with layers of earthy tastes including coffee, nuts, chocolate. What a beer?

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VsXsV (4034) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2012
Bottle at Blue Palms. 2011 vintage. Opaque black liquid with brown hue and a small to medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, biscuit, bourbon, dark chocolate, coconut, cereal and caramel. Reminds me a lot of "Vaniljrn". Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of vanilla, oak, dark chocolate and bourbon. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation and a really smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Great beer. Absolutely delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1285) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2012
[Bottle, thanks Guerde!] Pours dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma is big on maple syrup and deeply roasted malt. The taste has some alcohol, coconut, and roasted malt. Thick mouthfeel, smooth, and has a long finish. Overall, a really solid barrel aged beer, and one that Im glad I had a chance to try. Thanks again, Andy!


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