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RATINGS: 1127   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3696) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a finger of tan head. Aroma is mostly the bourbon barrel with light bittersweetness and some roast. Flavor is cocoa, roast, bittersweet, florals, and bourbon barrel. Credit is due here to the overall amount and balance of the barrel aging. Enough of the barrel aging is present, yet not overwhelming on the beer itself.


3.2
malrubius (2901) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 25, 2017
Bottle from Brewtopia. Black with no head or lace. Boozy chocolate woody aroma. Very sweet boozy chocolate with some plum bittersweet coffee chocolate ashy finish. Almost no carbo slick oily. Mouthfeel ruins it. It’s almost still. Like drinking boozy dark chocolate syrup. What a waste of money. I’m gonna keep drinking it as long as I can and update my rating when I’m finished. .................................................. it was a pretty good sipper and I finished it, so it must be better than a 3.

4.2
john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2017
Keg at The White Horse, Parson’s Green, London in July 2017 - Opaque jet black in colour. Good creamy tan head. Very Malty; roast malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, sugars, liquorice, coffee. Fruity; dark fruit, plums, raisins. Hoppy; balancing hop bitterness. Warming alcohol. Thick, smooth, rich. Great depth of flavour. Sweet-bitter roast malty with chocolate and bourbon. Lasting roast malty finish. Great stuff. Really enjoyed this. Terrific Impy Stout! (2017-07)

4.1
rob19a (353) - - JUL 10, 2017
20/20 it’s lovely, massive flavour, chocolate, coffee, raisins, liquorice, slight alcohol burn but this is an equal to KBS.

4.1
artemb (1012) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUL 9, 2017
Look: pitch black, sparkling head. Aroma: tar, tobacco, charcoal, vanilla. Taste: moderate bitterness, moderate swetness, moderate burned acididty, Flavour: mature cheese, soy sauce, ash, eleutherococcus. Spicy hoppy finish.

4
beskid (135) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUL 8, 2017
Bottle share at Mon Petit, Stuttgart. 2017 edition. Rich aroma of dark chocolate, roast, sweetness. Balanced taste. A little too boozy, worth waiting longer.

4.2
evergreen0199 (3369) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2017
Keg at The White Horse, Parsons Green, London. A black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Roasty, malty, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla on the nose. Tastes lovely and rich, roasty, malty, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. An exquisite complex Imperial Stout from Firestone Walker.

4.2
Stoned99 (1554) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2017
375ml bottle shared with brother. Aroma: toffee, caramel, boozy bourbon even some whiskey aroma, really really subtle tobacco. App: black with monorail mocha frothy head leaving good lacing. Taste and palate: full body, creamy, velvety, light body and big alcohol finish. Overall: first time I’ve had Parabola, I’ve had a few Firestone including Parabajava and this one is definitely something I’d like to have more in my beer cellar. I really enjoy the alcohol finish. Love the mouthfeel. Pretty good.

4.1
WingmanWillis (333) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2017
Keg at White Horse on Parsons Green. Pours jet black with dirty tan head that dissipates time lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, liquorice, marshmallow and molasses. Taste is a boozy hit of chocolate and liquorice that mellows out with a nice boozy sweetness with just a hint of burn. Really nice and drinkable.

4.4
MrTipple (4968) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2017
Intense bourbon, oak barrels, sweet grain malts, caramel, toffee, dark, candied fruits, raisins, plums. Clear, very dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Heavy sweet. More dark, sweet fruits, cashier plum and raisins, chocolate, dark molasses, sweet coffee, soft carbonation, full bodied. Beautiful Impy, great complexity, intense but well-balanced. Keg at The White Horse, Parsons Green.

3.9
The_Osprey (7998) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2017
Keg at The White Horse Parsons Green, with huge thanks to scopey for the gen. As Firestone Walker Parabola, 14%. Opaque black, foamy light brown head diminishes slowly. Aroma is molasses, meaty sugars, dark truffles and vanilla. Body is fairly big I think but the carbonation really cuts through it. The flavour is huge with lots of milk chocolate, bourbon and chocolate fudge, eggnog with brandy with a salty, woody spicy alcoholic absinthe finish. A bit hot but it has huge flavours. Would be better not dispensed from keg for the usual reasons that I will not reiterate but at £3.75 a half there can be no arguments. (8-4-8-3-16=3.9)


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