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RATINGS: 1108   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Bottle, courtesy GT2. Pour is pitch black ink with a nice tan head which leaves good lacing/retention. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, tobacco, roast, oak, vanilla. Flavor is rich, roasty, espresso, chocolate, tobacco, some ash. Palate is full-bodied, oily, light bitterness, no chalk or brine. Just an all around great imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Bomber at Justins house. Pours dark stout black. Light brown sugar foam. Taste is strong, sweet, dark bourbon, fruit, and leather. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2011
22oz. bottle, purchased at Total Wine, Gilbert, AZ. Pretty complex ale, pours an oily black, with substantial tan/brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar, some bourbon and wood. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, just a bit of expresso coffee, dark fruit, molasses and bourbon. Full bodied, with a smooth, somewhat bitter finish. High abv is well hidden, but bourbon flavor was not as pronounced as I expected. Dont get me wrong; this is a wonderful ale, but for me, it just didnt quite live up to the hype.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2011 651mL 2011 ed. Pours a clear mahogany with a gigantic, sheen, coffee brown head. Very nice retention; little lace. Nose is obviously bourbon barrel but soft and well integrated: coffee, bakers chocolate, present bourbon "heat" and alcohol but not overpowering, As it opens up the nose gains some rich "meat" and "fat". Very nice. Taste up front is very silky with evident oats, spicy cedar, evident wood, very bitter dark chocolate, spicy bourbon. Gets a little ashy and very bitter on the palate. 6/11/2011 8/4/7/4/15=3.8

651mL 2011 ed. Having this beer for the fourth or fifth time. Parabola is really growing on me and having this alongside other Imperial Stouts, you can really appreciate Parabolas immensely silky palate, rich marshmallow and smores character. Lots of coffee cake and dessert richness/softness. What a beautiful beer. Upping the score. 9/15/2011 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2011
This poured a very dark brown with a large beige head considering the ABV. Aroma was of chocolate, marshmellow and vanillay bourbon. Flavor was just as impressive as the aroma, lots of dark sugars, and chocolate sweetness. Alcohol is hidden very well here too.

4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Bought 2 bottles. 1 for now and 1 to age. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Faint aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Flavors of semi sweet dark chocolate, espresso coffee, roasted nuts, a little vanilla, a little bourbon and dark fruits. Lingers impressively on the palate with a mouth coating finish. Overall an outstanding imperial stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (9032) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle shared by Beerman6686 at RBSG. Pours near black with a beige head. I got smores in the nose for some reason, along with roasted malts and bourbon. The flavor has bourbon, dark fruit, light smoke, coffee, roasted malt, and vanilla. Good stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
illidurit (2327) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 4, 2011
2010 batch shared at the May Santa Cruz tasting. Pours darkest brown, nearly black, with a coffee colored head. Aromas of sugary coffee, dark chocolate, graham crackers, and roasted malt. Flavor is punishingly strong coffee, dark bitter chocolate, immense roastiness, eternal black coffee bitterness, smoldering oak. Just an obliterating beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (8218) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2011
4oz pour at Rustico. Oily, opaque black with a thin, beige head. Nice, chocolatey aroma, a little booze, cookies, malty, a little soy, brown sugar, molasses. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, soy, a little burnt toast, chocolate, cocoa powder, malty, a little maple. Full bodied, sweet, lightly hot finish. Pretty smooth. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7907) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2011
From a bottle at SAVOR. Poured a pitch black color with a small but thick tan head. Aroma was coffee, roasted malts, alcohol, but a lot less harsh than I expected from 13% ABV. Flavor was Bourbon, roasted malts, molasses, dried fruits, rounded off with a touch of coffee. Pretty freaking fantastic.


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