Abijen (1428) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown beer with a tan bubbling head. Smells rye, bourbon. Tastes bit spicey, bourbon, vanilla, roasted. Low carbo, medium body and a oily texture.
Bosbouw (1185) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Zwarte kleur met een goede lichtbruine kleur kraag. Ruikt vanille, crème en gebrand. Smaakt vol, vanille, gebrand en koffie. Iets creamy. Goede bittere en zware nasmaak.
gendv138 (1199) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle (2014, 14% ABV) poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours jet black with half a finger of tan head, more of a ring. Fades to a super thin ring around the glass. Aromas of bourbon, coconut, vanilla, dark fruit, caramel, milk chocolate. Really fantastic aroma. Tasting notes of bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, a bit of coconut, subtle dark fruit, roast, oak. Full body with a dry and slightly warm finish. Thick oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Definitely one of my favorite bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts.
Also popped my year old 2013 vintage (13% ABV) on 5/2/2014. More dark fruit, roast, licorice. Bourbon is subdued. Prefer this fresh.
Vestergaard (311) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours transparent reddish brown. Lovely thick light Brown head. Aroma has lots of licorice, chocolate and Grown ups candy. Really delicious and exclusive. Complex barrel notes, licorice, perfect roast. Extremely good beer!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
John25 (450) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black oil, heavy. Aroma is dark roast malt, bourbon, and brown sugar. The taste adds dark chocolate, oak, molasses, and spice. The palate is rich and heavy. The high abv of 14% is hidden very well in the complexity of this big brew but, it provides a perfect warm note on the finish. Overall, one of the best barrel aged imperial stouts. Full-bodied and balanced
HIGHB4LL (480) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Firestone. Appearance: light brown film of head, dark brown color, cloudy. Aroma: raisin, bourbon, oak, light roastiness. Palate: full body, smooth, alcoholic texture, oily. Taste: sweet throughout with a light bitter hoppiness at the end. Overall, very very smooth beer, hops are a nice contrast to the smooth malty sweetness. Very good.
stevoj (2079) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating.
cstuartj (963) - Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a tight tan head and laces slightly. Bold massive nose, dark fruits, figs, brown sugar, alcohol. Mind blowingly great mouth feel, sweet, warm, coats the mouth in total. Great flavors and massive long loving finish. Amazing beer.
GreatDane1632 (361) - Louisiana, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Out of the bottle at Bangers in Austin, TX -- I drank this, but cannot effectively rate this due to the fact that after the first two sips/gulps I don’t remember anything (due to Parabola’s inherent high ABV or my dehydrated, "I’m okay" state). Would like to try again but for what I can remember this was an impressive beer, including but despite it’s price tag.
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A - 4/5 - dark brown/black beer w a mocha head that fades quick due to the abv. Looks like motor oil.
S/aroma - 10/10 - bourbon, oak, smoke, dark chocolate, espresso
Taste - 10/10 - super smooth, chocolate, coffee, oak, bourbon, smokiness, roasted malts, nice barrel flavors, caramel. Coconut.
Palate - 5/5- super thick, alc covered, aftertaste - coffee, bourbon, roasted malts, smoke, oak/bourbon barrels.
O - 19/20 - the best BA imperial stout I’ve had. Supposedly the best of the batches so far. I don’t have a basis for comparison but I’d believe it.