toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - JUN 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Oak, bourbon, dark fruits, acohol, hint of mollasses and vanilla. T: Dark fruits, bourbon, oak, chocolate, bitter coffee. M: Thick and chewy, finishes warm. O: Delicious of course but I remember batch 2 being much more flavorful with lots of sweet vanilla which wasnt present in this new batch so that was a bit of bummer.
arkurzynski (2196) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 1. Bottle thanks to bauermj! Deep black with yellow-tan head. Light vanilla bourbon and dark fruit, light roasted malt and faint booze. Flavor is bakers chocolate, vanilla creme, mild dark fruit, and roast malt. Silky roasted malt finish.
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Smells nutty, roasty, definitely has a bourbon aroma to it. Heavy, rich, sweet chocolate, oaky, nice bourbon flavor to it. Just right, well-balanced. Very excellent beer!
reggiedunlop (3636) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with a medium creamy tan/mocha head. Aroma has notable bourbon, creamy vanilla, dark fruits, and bold roastiness. Flavor has tobacco, dark chocolate, sweet burnt toffee, charred wood, vanilla, bourbon...slightly boozy. Mouthfeel is full and silky with a warming bourbony charred wood finish. Complex and amazing!
BVery (9412) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Tap at Pinocchios in Media, PA. Rich dark pour with a nice frothy tan head. Huge notes of wood, dark fruit, and chocolate. Amazing.
Lubiere (12689) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, an intense powdery coffee malt with meaty metallic notes, grassy catnip hops, very nice. In mouth, an intense sweet chocolate with licorice notes, molasses, alcohol warmth, piney hops, vanilla beans, very nice. On tap at Mash Tun Festival, May 19 2011.
Caskalefan (163) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 Midnight black pour with two finger tan head.
Nose of dark chocolate, cherries, rum, coffee, graham cracker, sandalwood, toffee, and bourbon.
Flavor is similar, but there’s a good deal of plum, and nougat, as well.
Mouthfeel is silky, and rich without being too thick.
The finish is pretty balanced, and absurdly lengthy, but there is tobacco, vanilla, char, and a hint of bitter coffee grounds which I happen to think only adds to this big boy’s character.
In the same league with The Abyss, but more complex, and even better.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok, so I drank half a Parabola the other night and I have to say that the alcohol was well hidden for 13% abv. It was a little chalky but it was also quite well done. I will say that I think this beer does work better as a blend for their anniversary beers but it was still cool. The barrel is not as easy to notice as in the anniversary beers.
This was a little better this time, very rich and had a strong barrel/spirit flavor going on. Nice. Its probably way to much to drink a whole bomber by yourself.
2011 vintage. Fantastic smell like coconut and cake, wonderful overall. Need more.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-03-2010 06:27:11
NikkTwist (2614) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2015 Draft at Eulogy. June 12th, 2012. Pitch black pour. Sits heavy and still with a very thin ring. Dark rich syrupy Russian Imperial. Vanilla bourbon. Unsweetened cocoa. Toasted coconut. Turkish coffee. Charcoal. High ABV is noticeable, but still finishes rather smooth. Pretty damn good! UPDATE: Had this multiple times in bottles late 2012 to summer 2013 (to wonderful reviews) but have not had it on draft again before now (April 2015) at a Good Dog. So ... opaque black pour with a tight tan head. Nice Sanskrit lace. Flavors thankfully similar to before. Sensing a bit more molasses this time. Big but creamy and smooth. Remains my favorite FW along with the Anniversary Beers (which include Parabola in them!) Rich, deep, dark extraordinary stuff!
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a thin size off white head.Aromas of wood, Aromas of wood, roasty, chocolate, oak, some bourbon and some smoke. Tastes of wood/oak, roast, bourbon, caramel, chocolate, and some dark fruits. Smooth body with the alcohol content overall well hidden.