Caskalefan (165) - 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 (2779) - 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 (11681) - 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.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really enjoyed this. Aroma is sweet, creamy, roasted malts, chocolate, hint of creamy coffee, wood and some light bourbon. Flavor is much the same. Not too complex overall just really tasty. Smooth, not over barrel aged. Great vanilla, wood and bourbon aspect. Finished smooth sweet, a touch hot at the end.
bytemesis (6979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2012 Bottle. Pours deep black/red, presumably clear, almost no head and thus no lacing. Aroma is wonderful - roasted malts with strong chocolate notes, warming alcohol. Almost a cognac aroma. Taste is heavily chocolate, with coffee, fruit and woody notes in the back. Alcohol is prominent in the taste, particularly in a warming finish. All in all this is more like a stout-liquor than a beer. Wonderful finisher in moderation as the description notes. This one was a unique bottle to me, and I really enjoyed it.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with small brown head. Slick and conentrated aroma of luxurious caramell and chocolate pralines alongside a prominent yet well integrated bourbon barrel character. Flavor is similar and very smooth, nicely balanced and highly drinkable for such high ABV. Big thanks to Todeon for this beauty.
barn0216 (537) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Up front, not the best review because I had it among several beers a couple hours ago. That said, aroma was delicious, sweet malty chocolate. Taste was also very chocolate. Had this with speedway stout and beer geek weasel something or other. This was the third best in my opinion, but certainly one of the best stouts I have had.
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recently did a vertical tasting of 10, 11 and 12. But have had 12 numerous times on tap and out of a bottle recently. Consider 12 to be the best. A beautiful aroma of chocolate, fudge, bourbon and some oak. Taste is just pure awesomeness with more bourbon, chocolate, and some roasted malts. One of my favorite imperial stouts.
cjtunes (6) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich aroma. Coffee, bourbon darker flavors richly blend together. A great beer.