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RATINGS: 1080   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle Pours a good black with a decent tan head. The head lasts okay and laces fairly well. Aroma is good, roast, alcohol, sweet fruit, and some cookie. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is good. Has a nice alcohol burn. The sweetness is real good. Has a nice licorice ending. Has a full body. The texture is syrupy. Has a real good finish and a wonderful aftertaste. This is a real good beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2012 BCTC 2010, thanks to Rudolf. big black dark pour. boozy, chocolate, coffee, rich roasted malts. Full & lingering flavors. intense, very flavorful & very well made rerate: quite possibly the best beer ive had. tap at Blue Monk

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2416) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2010
650 ml bomber from Bev4less. Thanks for holding this for me Freddy. Pours and opaque black color with a medium tan head that fades to 1/4 inch and holds. The nose is earthy dark roasted grains, burnt toast, raisins and some hot alcohol. The flavor is earthy and roasty with well roasted grains, whiskey, prunes and dark biter chocolates. The palate is full smooth and creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Very tasty brew. I loved it.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2010
7/23/10. Huge thanks to mkade8883 for this awesome brew in my Secret Santa box!! Huge buttery, vanilla, and coconut aromas followed by obvious bourbon. Love it. The flavor doesnt deliver as much as I was hoping, but there is nice chocolate and coffee, buttery vanilla, a hint of coconut, and a nice warming feel. Very good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7092) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Chocolate. Vanilla. Roast. This is a dessert beer all the way. High quality. Very rich. Lovely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (9697) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2010
22 oz. bottle shared by xmarcnolanx- thanks again, Mark! Pours a super dark opaque brown, near black, with a small tan head that doesnt last long. Aroma of bourbon, oak, chocolate, mocha, tobacco and a little vanilla. Barrel notes lead the flavor- oak, bourbon, vanilla- along with notes of molasses, tobacco, leather, and ash. The notes of the aroma are a lot more subtle than in the flavor. The 13% ABV isnt overwhelming, though. Full-bodied, with minimal carbonation and a thick, smooth, heavy mouthfeel. Great imperial stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Pours pitch black. Great cocoa and cigar notes in the aroma. Flavor is like a liquid 90% cocoa chocolate bar with solid hop backing. Super rich. Less complex but more hedonistic than the anniversary series.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (930) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, oak, and some residual sweetness. Taste is intensely bourbon, well carbonated, oak, chocolate, sweetness, hops, and more alcohol. Definitely hot, but not overwhelmingly so. Finish is sweet, slightly hot (bourbon), chocolate, and residual bitterness. Solid.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jercraigs (10060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
2010-07-01. Black body with a nice brown head that fades. Rich flavour starts with rich dark malt, followed by a slow and steady bourbon invasion. Peaks with a good amount of bourbon in the middle, very mild wood accents, bourbon fades out graciously leaving a smaller amount to linger long into the finish. Moderate bitterness comes in waves, hints at buttery vanilla. Aroma is milder than expected, sweet dark malt, vanilla wood and mild bourbon. 7+ Very smooth full bodied palate is lightly carbonated. 4+ WOW. Richly flavoured, lightly warming it just brings everything together extremely well and is surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer. Excellent. Bottle at Seattle International Beer Festival

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14474) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Bomber from the Co-Op in Davis, CA (but they have run out). Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma is chocolate, dark chocolate over strong oak. Full bodied with foamy carbonation. Flavor is burnt wood, caramel, baking chocolate, bitterness. Bourbon? Maybe. Vanilla? I think so. Is this complex? No sh.. This is really good sippin. Finishes smoothly burnt and pretty bitter. Heat? Amazing. Its hardly present. A really good drink.


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