RATINGS: 1126   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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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beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2011 Good stuff! Bourbon with some chocolate nose. Great palate. Bitter chocolate some licorice, Very smooth. The best thing about this is, its not too over bourbony. Some of the bourbon barrel aged beers are too strong with the bourbon. This ale is better balanced than most. Some wood in the finish. This is as great as any of the best. They just don’t get any better than this

kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a one finger tight bubbled frothy brown head that retained as a thin film. The nose is quite rich and complex. Nicely light on the bourbon, allowing some interesting vinous, tobacco, oak, rich chocolate, roast, and even some light hops to shine as well. Much like I find their anniversary series, the nose is great, but the flavor is a little too bourbon heavy. It gets a little better the more you have, but it still takes me back a step. The chocolate, vinous, and oak notes are really nice though and overall outweigh the negative bourbon character. The alcohol is very well hidden for such a high ABV as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a touch clingy with all the residual sweetness, but overall it’s quite drinkable for being so hefty. Nice soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty damn good.

GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2010
OMG all the way on this one. Not much to say short of a novel. This brew is well balanced, strong, generous, complex and thought provoking. One of the best for sure. TRUMP!

potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2010
GABF. Black with nice tan head. Aroma has lots of roasted chocolates, raspberries dipped in chocolate, dark berries, light smoke, booze. Taste has sweet chocolates upfront, roasty in back. Oily texture.

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Draught at Brouwer’s Café:   Black, deep brown hues, moderate foamy brown head, spotty lacing.   Strong Bourbon on the nose, graham cracker and roasted marshmallows.   Strong Bourbon on the tongue, heavy graham cracker, smooth roasted malts, sweet, minor oak.   Good stuff.   A little hot, very warming going down.   Full bodied, silky smooth.   Some chocolate on the backside, cocoa.   So good.   Recommended!

Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Bomber, courtesy cquiroga. Pouring a dense, oily looking, glossy black color, the hefty body supports a small crown of ultra-smooth, creamy, light brown foam. Tapering off to a thin-walled ring with just a skin at the center, the head has a wet spotting and dense brown staining effect on the glass. Beautiful brew. The nose approaches mastery, layered with deep, rich, chocolate cake malts, fudge, biscuit, sweet tobacco, and vanilla. Charred oak lends just a touch of smoke character, as distinctly British style hops serve as the perfect counterpoint. Bourbon is persistently smooth throughout, serving an appropriate backup role, and creamy oats act as the glue that binds everything together. Flavors run along much the same lines. Fluffy chocolate cake with fudge icing comes to mind. Vanilla and creamed oats bring a softness that counters the dark roast and the barrel char beautifully. Bourbon is perhaps a little too assertive, but it’s a fact that is easily overlooked considering the near perfect malt billing. Big bodied, oily, and viscous, the palate just glides effortlessly as it rolls back and forth across the tongue. Well after the swallow, the mouth is coated in smooth, bourbon-kissed chocolate goodness. Warmth is certainly there, but it isn’t overly hot or anything. Overall, this is a wonderful slow sipper. It is straightforward, not overly complex, but it is masterful in its simplicity. I’d probably say that this surpasses most of the anniversary blends that I’ve had to date, for my tastes.

StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Little to no head. A little boozy. Thin for its style. Nice chocolate, toffee/caramel flavors, Could have a better finish, more bold flavors, and balance. Not bad though but would not seek out again.

TaktikMTL (7790) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Rastacouere. Arôme: Odeur de café avec une pointe de mélasse. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de petits fruits. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #3307)

Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle at a tasting
Appearance : Pitch black with a small head.
Aroma : Roasted malt and caramel. Some raisins. Some hops. Nice bourbon.
Taste : Fruity with roasted malt and some anice. Sharp and sweet. Very long finish with notes of roasted malt and vanilla.
Overall : Great bourbon aroma. Nice hops. Great balance between sweetness, hops and roasted malt on the nose. Very tasty finish. Great beer !!

50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Bottle. Pour was Joan Jett black with a small tan head. The aroma was coffee liquor and alcohol. The taste is unique with big but smooth bourbon notes, molasses, roasted malts, and backbeats of toffee, coffee, and charred oak. Clearly Parabola doesn’t give a damn about it’s bad reputation........

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