dogfish120love (937) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with lacing that dissipates swiftly. The aroma consists heavily of vanilla, coffee, toffee, chocolate and caramel. The flavor has a burnt profile and isnít as sweet as anticipated. Alcohol dominates the finish and the palate is somewhat thin, but the beer overall is quite delicious.
tool2scream (187) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a good beer. Typical in terms of BB-Aged stouts go. Big, bourbon, sweet, malty, chocolate, etc. Pretty straightforward. Good beer, but not as good as other offerings in this style.
poisoneddwarf (1707) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle. 2011 vintage. Pours opaque black with a small dark tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a collar. Aroma consists of Whoppers, molasses, caramel, leather. Smells awesome. Taste has an intense malty sweetness but finishes bittersweet with a touch of sour. Has a strong black licorice flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is extremely oily and the carbonation is medium; body is way full. Amazing.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
í10 Vintage. Served at cellar temperature. A million thank youís to the incredibly generous Ryan for this wonderful treat!
Pours thick black with a one finger brown head that leaves some spots of lacing and holds holds a small creamy cap all the way to the bottom of the glass. Very inviting.
The incredibly potent aroma features strong bourbon notes, deep dark roasted malts, premium dark chocolate, coffee beans & espresso, vanilla & oak, a touch of smoke and some alcohol. Like many top-tier bourbon barrel aged stouts, this is a great "sniffer" as I get just as much enjoyment from the aroma as I do the flavor. Wonderful.
Flavor is like bourbon-soaked chocolate-covered raisins, bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, premium coffee/espresso, some caramel, rich roasted malts, dark fruits, some molasses and anise, minimal hops, moderate alcohol but not bad at all for a 13% brew...well hidden for its size. Fairly sweet, one to sip and savor...a dessert in a glass! Super-tasty.
Mouthfeel is THICK and sticky, just the way I like it. Iíll put it this way...Ten FIDY is too thin for my tastes and Parabola is one of the heavier Imperial Stouts Iíve encountered. Soft carbonation. Iíd score it a 6 if I could!
My goodness what a brew! Iím a sucker for bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts and this is top shelf stuff right here...right up there with KBS and BCBS. Saying this is amazing makes me feel like Iím selling it short...adjectives just cannot do it justice. Canít thank Ryan enough for this one...wow!
Drake (8322) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared at the 15th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 7/16/11. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, bitter hops and wood notes. A bit of a chalky note. Full bodied. Nice beer.
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle.... Jet black pour , thin light brown head , some lacing . Aroma of bourbon , dark roasted malt ,chocolate and alcohol .Sweet malty flavor with notes of liquorice , bourbon , wood and dark chocolate . Full bodied , low carbonation , excellent balance . Warming alcohol and lingering roastiness in the finish . Amazing
RoscoeJackson (378) - Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with dark tan head. A beautiful stout. Nose is strong bourbon, alcohol, and carmel/chocolate malts. Taste is bourbon, alcohol, carmel, ane chocolate. Big bodied, thick, and full. An exceptional imp stout.
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recently I had the pleasure of tasting a 2010 vintage next to this yearís bottle (thanks Dmac). The beers both pour out a very dark brown, bordering on pitch-black color with a small to moderate tan head. The aroma was superior on the 2010, as the 2011 had a little more alcohol on it. Comparisons aside, the aroma was extremely complex. Lots of chocolate, some molasses, oak, dried fruits and a very light tell of the 13% ABV. The taste stands up to the complexity of the aroma, once again the 2010 bottle showing more complexities and subtleness. Taste was of rich chocolate cake, molasses, oak, vanilla,bourbon, dried plum, light cherry, roast and some light coffee notes, with only a very slight tell of the high ABV on the finish, o and with a silky smooth body. This was truly an epic beer
Sean9689 (272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2010 vintage, split amongst "the crew".
A - Pours black, light tan-colored head, nice thick collar, bubbles around the sides of the glass, no lacing or retention.
S - Dark fruity sweetness, chocolate, oak, honey, with a nice smooth boozy alcohol heat. Very sweet, but the alcohol helps maintain some level of balance without being too hot.
T - Smooth boozy chocolate, dark fruits, honey, oak, some vanilla. Nice level of sweetness and booze. Very rich and dessert-like. A nice dose of booze, but thereís no way I would be able to guess itís 13%.
M - Full, rich and smooth, nice light carbonation, creamy finish.
O - An excellent BA stout. Itís truthfully hard to find something wrong with this beer, besides the looks. Some of those who had this fresh said itís really settled down over the year (or so) itís been aging. Recommend, the 2010 vintage is drinking wonderfully now.
Rando7 (734) - Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black with medium-thin tan head. Pleasant aroma of bourbon, cocoa and roast.. Taste bourbon, charcoal, slight coffee, licorice, vanilla, oak. Finish mainly a prolonged bitter charcoal with alcohol burn and some bourbon. Palate thick and creamy, not syrupy or sticky.
Great imperial stout, maybe just a touch too bitter and boozy. Might be better with some age.