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RATINGS: 1123   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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4.4
wheresyourball (575) - El Cajon, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2013 22oz bottle, shared with my wife. What more can be said about this, that hasn’t already been said? Nice aromas and flavors of bourbon, chocolate and oak. A bit hot, probably since we drank a 12. Awesome beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
tderoeck (10195) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2012
11/VIII/2012 bomber bottle @ RBBSG - BB: n/a (2012-916) Thanks to Jeff (Beerdrifter) for sharing the bottle!

Clear very dark brown beer, no head. Aroma: mocha, caramel, dark chocolate, bit alcoholic, sweet sugary. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: quite sugary, sweet malts, honey, very noticeable hop touch, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Aftertaste: sweet caramel, bitter hops, cocoa powder, lots of dark chocolate, some alcohol.

4.4
Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Aroma of vanilla, butterscotch, bourbon, and wood. Pours black and viscous with brown head. Taste is caramel, coffee, vanilla, toffee and oak. Delicious.

4.4
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2014 Brief re-re-review of the 2014 vintage. Now, I can safely say, Parabola finally lives up to the hype. All the best qualities of the ’13 vintage (the depth, the richness, the bourbon character) was here in full force, but - despite being 14% - it wasn’t that harsh. The oak was prevalent, but the fusel-y abrasiveness of the ’13 was almost perfectly muted this time around. I was really shocked how well balanced this was (especially taking the last 2 vintages into account). Only thing I can really nitpick now is that it was rather sweet - hell, so is BCBS, and look at the score I still gave it! This is everything I hoped Parabola would be ever since I moronically spent $40 for a bottle at a DC bar 2 years ago.

4.4
djd07 (15544) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a small beige head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel with a strong vanilla roast and chocolate. Smooth finish hiding alcohol very well. Easy to drink, really enjoyed this one. An impressive Imperial stout from Firestone.

3.5
Bebum (1085) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2012
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4.3
MotherBrother (945) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2012
Pour black, with a small and quickly diminishing mocha-brown head. Aroma is very complex, and a whole lot is going on here. Chocolate, coffee, brownie dough, vanilla, sweet licorice, roasted malts, dates, figs, raisins, bourbon, wood, toffee, caramel, slight tobacco. The bourbon really does its thing here. Present, but not too dominating. Quite delicious. Taste is a little sweet, with a nice roasted and bitter aftertaste. Very balanced. Semi-full bodied, with a semi-flat carbonation. Very subtle heat in the throat. Thanks to Tom for sending me this.

4.2
BelgBeerGeek (1307) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2012
at RBBSG thx to whoever(thirstybird?) for sharing !!

Head: espresso , medium
Colour: black
Smell: Mocha, quite roasted, malts, coffee, chocolate, bitter , booze
Taste: wow ! taste is semi sweet with nice dark fruity notes , chocolate, roasted malts and coffee, some vanilla / Bourbon , bit boozey, dry earthy end , sweet after, now this is what i call a nice Impy !!!

2.9
fletchfighters (1578) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2012
A-- Poured black, one finger light brown/ sugar cane colored head. Decent retention. Little bit of spotty lacing, visible alcohol legs and bits of spotty lacing. S-- Sugar. Lots of sugar. Very little barrel notes, what was there was faint and short lived. Vanilla and coconut were faint and fleeting. More coffee and roasted malts mixed with lots of sugar. T-- Sweet dairy milk, sugar, more sugar. Somewhat thick and smooth. M-- Feel and carbonation are perfect. Good body. Sugar is much more toned down in the feel and more about chocolate and malts. Have to note had BA Yeti before having this and the barrel notes in BA Yeti were much more obvious in every respect. O-- Decent sweet beer. was it really aged in a barrel?? That was my biggest question. Bottle says so, so I have to concur. Really disappointed but as a straight RIS it was OK.

4.2
jeff789 (1423) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Black with small tan head some lacing... Huge coconut aroma, toasty roasty, big warming body, flavorful, Lively, vanilla, oaky, some vanilla, some chocolate... Lightly dry bitter finish.


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