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RATINGS: 1085   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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2011
Bomber, received in a recent trade with BelgianBeerGal. Thanks again Amy! Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger dark mocha head that quickly fades into a thick lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Complex aroma with a good balance of luscious roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee and bourbon. The barrel character is there without overpowering the other notes. Lots of earthy oak/dry wood in the nose along with sweet boozy bourbon as well as some hints of vanilla and toasted coconut. Lots of dark roasted malt giving off hints of dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, oatmeal and tobacco. Slightly smokey but not burnt or acrid smelling. Smells like there might even be some cedar in there. Surprisingly, underneath all of this, there is some very faint light fruit and licorice as well as a good bit of earthy, piny hops. This beer has 80 IBUs and it shows in the nose, even with all of the other intense aromas. Chewy full body with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that lingers thrughout the intense malt backbone into a nice warm fnish. Resinous, earthy pine flavor that holds its own against the more intense, robust flavors. This adds another dimension to this beer that I wasnt expecting. After the initial bitterness there is a strong barrel presence with a prominent dry oak/wood flavor. The bourbon and other spirits are there but they are well integrated into the beer withut turnng it into a hot, boozy mess. The smoother vanilla/marshmallow/coconut notes that were suggested in the aroma arent evident to my palate. Although there is a nice bourbon flavor, the robust, roasted malt flavors are very prominent. Lots of luscious dark chocolate, oatmeal and burnt toast as well as a very strong roasted coffee bean presence. The coffee/espresso flavor is deep and roasty but is not stale, burnt or acrid tastng at all and doesnt overpower the other flavors. Again, Im picking up a good amount of smokiness/tobacco flavor that Im really loving. All of these flavors are bouncing off of one another resulting in an incredibly complex, delicious beer. Each sip brings something new and although there is some nice heat and burn in the finish, the ABV at 13% is very well masked. Very quaffable and tackling the whole bomber was no problem for me. Maybe that says more about me than the beer but thats a discussion for another time.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Tasting with Agent Zero...I drank this from a 750ml bottle into my Rochefort glass...The beer pours jet oil black with a light tan head. Rises about two fingers but falls pretty quickly, light lacing...The aroma is nice medium strength, dominated by lots of really nice coffee not strong just yummy roastiness with a sweet cream finish....The first sip is lots of coffee nice like the aroma. As this warms it really starts to bring out the bourbon which is sweet and warming. Light coffee on the front, sweet in the middle, light bitter coffee finish. Not 50 ibus...The feel is nice, coats the palate nicely, very warm finsih. Pretty easy drinker. Overall, this is ok. Drink it quickly because as you drink it, its worse. It becomes flatter, less flavor and more alcoholic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2011
bottle poured a black in color with a one finger brown head. aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and dark sticky sweetness. mouth feel is hefty but rich and smooth and there is enough carbonation for such a hefty beer. flavor has plenty of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, vinous, molasses, and some dark fruit. love what the oats do to both the flavor and texture. the beer has little heat considering its size and there is a lot of complexities that come through as the glasses go on.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
Bottle at RBWG 2011 Grand Tasting. Pours opaque black, thin tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is sweet bourbon, vanilla, coconut, chocolate. Flavours of bourbon/coconut, chocolate, booze. Too big, too boozy, unwieldy...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2011
The Dan Journal #430. Tasted 11/20/10. 22oz bomber. Opaque with a dark brown hue. Bubbled ring of khaki head. Aromas of maple, anise and vanilla. Very sweet olfactory. Very full bodied with a rich and thick body. Big and sticky malts. A noticeable alcohol burn. This is a big beer with a pronounced dark chocolate malty flavor. Very nice use of the barrel aging that adds a nice vanilla creaminess. Undertones of mild cola and spicy anise. Solid!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (12002) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
2010 vintage. 650ml black foiled and boxed bottle. It pours a thick, viscous black with a large dark tan hea that slowly recedes. The smell is rich and chocolatey, chocolate seems to be the main smell my nostrils are picking up. It is big and luscious with a hint of roastiness. There are notes form the barrel aging with some vanilla and oak. The flavor is a bit boozier, but very nice. It is chocolate and caramel with a big dose of coffee, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and alcohol. It isnt ultra-complex at first, but then as you drink more and more of it subtle flavors come out. The mouthfeel and drinkability could be better, the alcohol is a bit cloying and sweet. A solid imperial stout from a fantastic brewery. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-06-2011 06:32:52

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2011
[22ozl bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Black with a frothy tan head. Boozy, sherry hit on the nose. Thick, chewy molasses on the palate, which is very rich you can definitely taste the barrel aging here. Its strong and sweet but crucially not too sweet as theres a decent amount of ashy bitterness to balance everything out. Im not a barrel fan by any means, but this one is very nice indeed [12032011]

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (22690) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2011
bottle at home tasting 12-March-11... deep black ... thin tan head ... light coffee and molasis ... roast malt nose ... huge molasis front ... light sweetness ... good solid roast but quite a dry chocolate malt linger ... sweet caramelly suger linger ...realy quite wonderful but its not quite as rich or sweet as darklord.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (4369) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 26 July 2013, tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buelton, CA. (2013 version) Dark brown/black. Nose is cocoa, tobacco, licorice. Thin body and fizzy. Really bitter chocolate, slightly meaty, molasses. Great! (Original rating 4 8 4 8 16 = 4.0) bottle at cgarvieuk - 12 Mar 2011 nice nose. its not aggressive for a stout but its fun. there is definitely a fresh cut chewing tobacco aroma that ive never smelled before med/full body, slightly syrupy and only faintly fizzy gorgeous beer! milk chocolate, molasses that isnt bitter, im really thinking of tootsie rolls. finish is very rich and thick this isnt bold or aggressive. its just perfect. my only complaint would be that it is a little rich. hardly a problem

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle. Poured an opaque black color. The head was thick and brown. Nice aroma that included the likes of whiskey, toffee, chocolate, and anise. Full bodied and sweet with a warming alcohol effect. Plenty of barrel imparted flavors like wood, bourbon, and vanilla. Additional dark fruit, roasty malt, dark chocolate and caramel notes.


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