SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 1 year old archives. Pours black with rich tan head. Aroma of rich dark roast, alcohol, earth, minerals and things I canít identify. Flavor is the same with smoky notes, tobacco, subtle oak, tar, licorice, malty sweet with aggressive dark roast bitter. Very heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, outstanding brew!!
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. First reviewed 10/16/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to goodstrongbeer for bringing this over.
My glass is a thick looking mahogany color with a very thin brown head that reverts to a collar rather quickly.
My nose is filled with notes of roasted malts and coffee, some tobacco, smoke, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. No one smell really dominates, making me think that I am in for a treat.
Parabola is a demonstration of brewing excellence. There is a confidence that a nuance will be noticed and no flavor must bludgeon you with its strength. Up front, roasted malt takes on a lightly charred character, and semi-sweet dark chocolate and a bit of molasses add further flavor and sweetness. Roast coffee and vanilla add some more delicate flavor, with a bit of oak and bourbon hardly noticeable at the end.
The full body of this beer works well with the light to medium carbonation to create a decadent and creamy feel. The thickness is necessary to provide a reasonable base for such a rich and complex beer.
This is a beer that definitely lives up to the hype. A bourbon barrel stout that still manages to be delicate and complex is a rare find. I will definitely try to stock up on this beer and look forward to having it again.
eaglefan538 (2939) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black. Head thin and choco colored. Aroma of licorice, ash, chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanila. Flavor all of that, tobacco, dark fruits too. Mouthfeel one of the more dry cocoa / tannin / ashy dryness. Full Mouthfeel. Faintly astringent.
Goodgrief (1869) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is dark, dark. No lacing and smallish head. Super dark fruity nose, plumlike. Bourbon is strong, but a LOT more is going on. Chocolate, vanilla, tobacco and a lot of wood (ashy) is also present. No real roasty/coffee flavors, though. Some winelike tannins came out fairly strong as it warmed. Not sure iíll drop another $22 for a bottle, bit worth it once.
574deadzone (1208) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy crap what an amazing surprise. 2010 version, 13% ABV. Pours midnight black with the slightest ruby edges and a tiny chocolate head. Nose is massive: bourbon, vanilla, oak, smoke, roasted barley, and even some cherries in there. Taste is a big blast of sweetness, but also a punctuated bitterness to help try to balance it out. Palate is thick, oily, viscous, still somewhat hot after a couple years with a nice alcohol warmth going down. Thanks so much to Eric from Michiana Beer Nuts for sharing on the 3rd anniversary of his blog. I donít know if I would have had a shot to try this otherwise. Very nice bourbon barrel impy stout. Delicious.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from my secret source in Chicago. Pours a viscous black with a dissipating brown head. Bold aroma of roast, vanilla, oak, and plummy fruits. Full bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Flavor of dark roasted malts, coffee grounds, bakers chocolate, and vanilla countered by a nice balancing spicy bitterness. Oaky and dry finish. Great use of the barrel by not overdoing it. Stellar!
Rustyham (1798) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very spicy roasty flavor and smell. Got ancho chili, cinnamon, nutmeg, smoked cheddar. Dark roasted malt, sweet.
TonyDiUlio (655) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had at Belgian and it was epic. Pour was amazing darkness. Aroma and flavor were full of chocolate and dark malts
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At HallingHansen Grand Tasting, thanks for sharing. Pours a pitch black beer with a beige head. The aroma is malt, roasted, licorice, fruit, alcohol, hops and chocolate. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness and roasted. Overall a really good beer.
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a thick layer of foamy head while the liquid appeared as though I struck black gold. My nose detects a heavy roast malt character in a style similar to the coffee beans I have had from Hawaii, but there is also an organic aroma cocoa beans used chocolate too. The flavor is rich and robust with a complex blend of dark roasted down malt that is both sweet with a touch of bitterness. The roast profile on this beer is overly dominant and has a strong delivery of alcohol that is close to a mocha flavored liqueur. Somehow the barrel aging isnít as apparent as I would expect it to be since it is coming from Firestone, but there is a hint of wood in the distant background.