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RATINGS: 1134   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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4.2
OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle dated 5/5/10 tasted 10/20/12 at near-to-room temperature

Dark, rich pour with a modest tan head. Cocoa, oak, and tobacco dominate the aroma which is excellent; beautiful, beautiful flavor surpasses it, gently bittersweet with chocolate, vanilla, baked apple skins, hops with backbone but never cutting to hard into the overall flavor. Warming mouthfeel, smooth with heavy viscosity. An excellent beer by any measure.

4
nyindiansfan (465) - rochester, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle pours a dark brown close to black bit of a red in light. Tan head maybe a 1/4" that fades fairy fast. Not much carb. Tastes and smells of toffee chocolate booze small bit hops. Bourbon. Creamy small amount sweetness really good beer not over top nice mix that you come to expect from Firestone.

4.1
smith4498 (3710) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. 2010 vintage. Pours dark brown/black color with light brown head. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate and some alcohol. Flavors of bourbon, bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, vanilla, oak. Moderately boozy. Full body with minimal carbonation. A very nice barrel aged beer. Thanks Craig.

4
abemorsten (3683) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2012
Big bottle kindly shared by Valeria at Galeria Kaufhof Berlin Alexanderplatz. Pitch black body with a short lived brown film. Inviting roasted notes, sweet liquorice and bourbon on the nose and in the mouth. Full bodied. Oily texture. Pungent beer.

4.4
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
From draft @ Burger. Rich and intense. Concentrated aromas and flavors of vanilla, toasted coconut, whiskey, chocolate syrup and everything dark. Smooth, thick, creamy mouthfeel, with lower carbonation. Definitely one to sip, or enjoy with chocolate desserts. Whiskey flavors dominate at first, then give way to more layered aromas and flavors as it warms. The alcohol is not shy, though seems appropriate given the flavors of whiskey are present. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

4.6
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.

4.3
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
2011 vintage. Batch 002. Poured from a bomber into my Founders snifter. A: Pours a jet black. There is no way light could even dream of entering this chamber of emptiness. A 2 finger dark brown head shines on the pour with a great liveliness. Frothy and bubbly, the head leaves some nice sticky lace and has some legs to boot. S: I pick up the bourbon right away with a the great oak barrel as well. Light vanilla with a light alcohol complimenting it as well. T: Incredible flavor combination. I get the bourbon right upfront which smooths out to a great woody barrel barrel and light hoppiness. The finish consists of some sweet vanilla, light chocolate and a warming alcohol with a touch of heat. Just really hits all the notes. M: Very smooth and incredibly warming down the throat. Heavy bodied with little carbonation, but just enough make it alive down your through. O: I thought this was a great barrel-aged RIS. The flavors all meshed wonderfully and I wonder how good this could be with a little bit of age on it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-27-2011

4.7
77ships (11482) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2012
Thx. to Jeff - bro - for this one. Sampled during RBBSG 2012. Black with a small mocha head. Smell is mellow toffee, which I wrote down like 3 times for some reason, brown sugar sweet with mocha, caramel and a sludge of bourbon, some head still coming off from this one. Taste is smooth creamy dark molasses, reasonable dark sugar, mocha, still some light bitter hops in the back, cocoa, bourbon sludge, it is rich stuff, lightly booze in the back - the good stuff, creamy bourbon-esque body - fine stuff - good swag

4.5
buttslamify (52) - - SEP 27, 2012
Aroma is strong of coffee, chocolate, cherries, tobacco, earthy notes and oak. Appearance is lame, no head but dark oily texture so that’s nice. Taste is off the charts, almost thick like a syrup with a sweet after taste. Palate is nice, nothing special. Overall the best Firestone beer you can buy.

4.6
scanovajr (731) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - SEP 22, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2017 Bottled. A dark brown beer with a medium sized creamy beige head. Aroma is malty, notes of dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol and tons of wood. Taste is malty and sweet, notes of dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate and wood. Winous texture. warming alcohol in the end. An amazing beer


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