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RATINGS: 1126   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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kjbryan (8) - Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2012 does not count
chocolate, toast, alcohol, dark brown color, medium sweetness, sticky, full body, long finish, I loved having this on draft during a recent tap takeover. I drank half the snifter alone, then enjoyed the second half with some chocolate cake. Delicious both times - but I am a sucker for barrel aged beers. This is to be savored.

4.6
Keyes88 (60) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Side by side tasting of 2011 & 2012 release. Pouts pitch black with more of head in the 2012. Aroma in the 11 is more boozy with a strong vanilla/oak note. 12 is not as boozy, slightly smoked. Flavor on the 11 is more complex with 12 having more roasted flavor. Both are great to enjoy but the 11 is a more complex beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
prosper0 (15) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Had the 2012 version on-tap and 2011 from a bottle tasted in 3/12 after some age, this review is for the on-tap as I found it more enjoyable. Appearance is midnight black. If light passed through it, I didn’t see it. Great 1-2 finger dark tan head that shows off it’s barrel-aging. The aroma is strong of oak, bourbon, some vanilla and nice roasted coffee. It just smells rich and complex. The taste follows the aroma nicely as it tastes as rich as it smells. Lots of roasted coffee and chocolate flavors mixed with the oaky vanilla complexity that makes this a great savoring beer. I feel like I need a cigar to pair with this beer. Some bitterness, but not overwhelming, I feel like some age could smooth it out some. Some bourbon, but blended well with the malt bill. In terms of mouthfell it’s a rich, robust, full bodied beer. Medium to low carbonation, but still retains a smooth feel. It may be like motor oil to some, but delicious for me! Have 3 bottles of 2012 I’m looking forward to aging to see if it balances out even more.

2.1
AdamChandler (5051) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Picked this up at the local Co-Op in Lebanon NH. Paid $13.99 a bottle and got two so I can save one for later this year! Enjoyed in a wine glass at about 50 Degrees F.

A - Poured a very light brown out of the bottle. In the glass, it’s a dark brown to black with light brown edges. No head at all.

S - Lots of toffee and coffee on the nose. Hint of charred oak and molasses.

T - Hmm. Very boozy up front. I’m getting some caramel and chocolate candies. Espresso beans and vanilla. Hint of campfire smoke taste and finish is very much this high alcohol boozy burn.

M - Thick and viscous. 25% carbonation on the mouth swish. Heavy body. Doesn’t’ do a good job of coating the mouth.

O - I’m bummed I bought two of these. Hopefully this beer grows more balanced over time. Right now, it’s too hot, too boozy and the coffee is overpowering.


4.3
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Boxed bomber, shared in celebration of completing my doctorate. Pours totally black, fairly thick, with a small and short-lived toffee-colored head. Aromas of bourbon and toasted oak, buttered oak, honey, rich chocolate, toffee, leather, and ash. Really inviting. The flavor is rich, bourbon-kissed oak and chocolate, toffee and buttered candies; light rum-soaked citrus (orange, grapefruit) notes build gradually, slightly bitter, mingling with cocoa and bourbon; the finish is both bitter and sweet, with bourbon and ash, and lingers for some time. Beautiful palate; low carbonation, medium-bodied, rich and creamy, and lightly dry. Very drinkable, and an absolute treat. Much love to all the friends and family who supported this journey. [1100]

4.8
b79turner (260) - 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 can’t say enough great things about this beer. Hands down, the best stout I’ve ever tasted. Quite possibly one of the most enjoyable beer I’ve had to date. Thank you Firestone!

4.2
Macegan75 (845) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2012
2011 Bottle from Capone’s (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
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
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 don’t think I’ve ever tasted that many things. Palate is thick and chewy, yet surprisingly carbonated for its heft. Finishes with a long bitter roastiness. Wait, there’s HOW MUCH alcohol in this? No way! I don’t believe it. The quintessential bourbon barrel stout.

4.4
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.


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