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RATINGS: 1087   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6321) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, smoke, roasted malts, and alcohol. Taste of roast, smoke, char, vanilla, dark chocolate, and bourbony alcohol in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RoyalFlushing (326) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2012
On tap @ Capones. Poured a deep black with a medium sized creamy tan head and notable lacing. Aroma of vanilla oak, toasted bread, coffee, plum, licorice, and cocoa. Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, plum, roasted malt, and oak. Nice mouthfeel and smooth finish with chocolate and slight alcohol warmth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14114) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Bottle. Poured black color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Aroma was a heavy toasted malt, strong coffee and dark chocolate. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy complex toasted malt, wood and chocolate flavor and a heavy complex dark chocolate finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - JUN 5, 2012
A: Oak, bourbon, dark fruits, acohol, hint of mollasses and vanilla. T: Dark fruits, bourbon, oak, chocolate, bitter coffee. M: Thick and chewy, finishes warm. O: Delicious of course but I remember batch 2 being much more flavorful with lots of sweet vanilla which wasnt present in this new batch so that was a bit of bummer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arkurzynski (2368) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Batch 1. Bottle thanks to bauermj! Deep black with yellow-tan head. Light vanilla bourbon and dark fruit, light roasted malt and faint booze. Flavor is bakers chocolate, vanilla creme, mild dark fruit, and roast malt. Silky roasted malt finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle. Smells nutty, roasty, definitely has a bourbon aroma to it. Heavy, rich, sweet chocolate, oaky, nice bourbon flavor to it. Just right, well-balanced. Very excellent beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
reggiedunlop (3698) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Pours black with a medium creamy tan/mocha head. Aroma has notable bourbon, creamy vanilla, dark fruits, and bold roastiness. Flavor has tobacco, dark chocolate, sweet burnt toffee, charred wood, vanilla, bourbon...slightly boozy. Mouthfeel is full and silky with a warming bourbony charred wood finish. Complex and amazing!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BVery (10050) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Tap at Pinocchios in Media, PA. Rich dark pour with a nice frothy tan head. Huge notes of wood, dark fruit, and chocolate. Amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13428) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, an intense powdery coffee malt with meaty metallic notes, grassy catnip hops, very nice. In mouth, an intense sweet chocolate with licorice notes, molasses, alcohol warmth, piney hops, vanilla beans, very nice. On tap at Mash Tun Festival, May 19 2011.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (167) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 Midnight black pour with two finger tan head. Nose of dark chocolate, cherries, rum, coffee, graham cracker, sandalwood, toffee, and bourbon. Flavor is similar, but theres a good deal of plum, and nougat, as well. Mouthfeel is silky, and rich without being too thick. The finish is pretty balanced, and absurdly lengthy, but there is tobacco, vanilla, char, and a hint of bitter coffee grounds which I happen to think only adds to this big boys character. In the same league with The Abyss, but more complex, and even better.


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