BVukelich (37) - Algona, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of a special "barrel" week at The Beer Junction. $3.60 for a 4oz pour, listed as 13.0% ABV. Opaque, black color with a tan head. Aroma was roasty (borderline burnt smell), picked up on the alcohol and bourbon. Flavor was really potent and bitter. It was thin and didnít leave any lace. Very strong bourbon aftertaste. This was part of a 4 beer sampler (all barrel aged) and I would say it came in 3rd. Definitely not bad and worth a try.
BenH (2012) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, batch one. Black woth tan head. Roasty licorice aroma woth chocolate and vanilla, oak. Taste has lots of cocobut and vanilla, chocklate and licorice. Sweet and clean. Excellent.
kbudd19 (391) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle from Tommy, thanks man! Black pour, not super thick and fudge like but pretty darn black once it hits the glass, some tan head but evaporates pretty quick and reappears everything time I give my glass a little swirl. Aroma - I want my baby back baby back ribs...loads of bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, oak. Taste - oh man this is rich...caramel, vanilla, brown sugar all meld together upfront, towards the middle the stout rears itís head, roasted malts, hops, finishes slightly boozy with a little bit of heat. Really great stuff!
pdx77 (1019) - Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Belmont Station for Bigger Badder Blacker Week. 2012 vintage. Deep black syrup in color with hints of amber. Aroma is bourbon, coconut, vanilla, and dark roasted malt. Taste is intense bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, toasted coconut, and oak. Pleasing syrupy mouthfeel and lingering full-spectrum aftertaste.
tectactoe (1165) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: many thanks to all whoíve sent me Parabola over the years. Extremely dark brown pour; black once it piles into the glass with a mocha head that plumes up & exhibits excellent retention, lasting for days. Aroma has lots & lots of mellow bourbon with a deep onset of oak, wood, & vanillin. Lots of sweet, creamy chocolate notes, more vanilla, mild roast, & warming booze in the finish... Smells like a molten mocha cake with bourbon. Taste is loaded with sweet bakers chocolate; dark, bittersweet, & backed with a creamy, fudge-like delicateness. Small pips of vanilla from the barrel hop in & out... Very dessert-y up front. Bourbon & oak move in softly but potently, warming the throat well into the finish. Aftertaste of bourbon, lots of wood, chocolate, faint roast, burnt-ass caramel, & even a hint of maple syrup. Cocoa & bourbon reign supreme, but this is still a super intricate beer. Amazing stuff. Blows Abyss out of the water, in my opinion.
beerfest5 (1059) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blind tasting between this and Alesmith Speedway. I donít think the barrel aging process goes particularly well with this one. The caramel sweetness that it imparts hinders, not helps, the inherent coffee and roasted nut flavor of an IS. Still fantastic and well made, compared to some of its contemporaries, this one is in the middle of the pack.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to pants678 for this one!
22oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip
A - Pours black with a thin mocha cap. The head settles down and vanishes while leaving thick legs down the glass.
S - Massive roasted malt aroma, rich bready malts, Amish chocolate bread, caramel/chocolate, big nutty yeast, toasted coconut, vanilla, toasted graham crackers, cherries and other dark fruits come out as it warms.
T - Roasted barley, sweetened espresso, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, nutty brown bread, strong coffee flavored with coconut syrup. The bourbon is light but rustic with a scorched butterscotch character. Dark fruit emerges as it warms. The alcohol
M - Medium full body when cold but once warm turns to light side of medium body, thin but silky feel, the consistency becomes more syrupy as it warms. Warming finish with some bite.
A big and bold flavored beer that is far from boring. The yeast was very strong and nutty creating a very bready flavor, which was a nice change for a RIS. I liked this one colder rather than warm. Once this warms up it becomes a thin syrupy alcohol bomb. The bourbon was there but delicate and didnít overpower the hefty malt bill. Nice fruit components but itís hard to distinguish the type of fruits. Glad I got to try this one.
Drink this big boy cold.
Serving type: bottle
BelgianBeerGal (3013) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, a touch moldy from the basement flood. Iíll be honest, my notes suck for this beer. We were just celebrating the fact that the basement was no longer flooded. It was a tasty reward and Iíve got more bottles to review later.
ChinoSkillzian (134) - The Hills, California, USA - JAN 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Have had maybe 15-20 times. Pours a very nice black coffee color with small head. Layered nose of sweet barrel, dark chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow cream, light Christmas spice. Deep, rich palate with flavors of mild heat, oak barrel, wet tobacco, dark chocolate, and spiced cookie. This is a beer that is sensitive to serving temperature, too cold and it shuts down. Also needs time in the glass to go from very good to great.
Gurthnar (1227) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle kindly shared by Cuso, thank you! 2013 edition. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate. Quite strong milky scent. Very dark brown colour. Taste is strong chocolate, milk. Roasted malt. Rather sweet, balanced in part by the alcohol sting. Toffee. Really smooth creamy mouthfeel, and easily drinkable. Alcohol showing, but pleasantly. Exceptional, very good. Rich and complex. Finish is long in duration, warm with woody notes.