brenn79 (1669) - Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle, 2011 vintage- Pours black as black with a thin brown tan head. Aroma is wood, bourbon, chocolate. The flavor is so smooth, it just coats your mouth, chocolate, oak, mild bitterness from the hops, bourbon. Body is huge and as I said before, it just coats your whole mouth, carbonation is low to medium. Overall I loved this beer, almost a perfect imperial stout, awesome!
davey101 (738) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 2 - June 2011.
A - Pitch black body with a dark khaki head that didnít stick around too long. Excellent lacing and retention.
S - Loads of bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. Roasted malts, and some slight alcohol.
T - Bourbon. Extremely smooth and buttery. The usual RIS chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee are here as well. Just amazingly smooth and well balanced. Its warming but the alcohol isnít dominant at all. The mouth feel is really velvety and smooth.
O - A delicious barrel aged RIS. I prefer bourbon county stout over this, but then again Iíve only had the 2009 vintage. This beer is already crazy smooth and delicious at a few months old, Iím sure with some age this will become incredible.
brystmar (1306) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2013 Batch 4 (2013), consumed pretty fresh -- the way Parabola should be enjoyed. Big roasty malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toffee candy, charcoal aroma. Deep and black appearance, yet somehow tastes the same too. Booze presence cannot be understated, as itís a vital component of this brew. All components of the aroma are here but even more concentrated. Viscous body, hearty and delicious. One of the best shelf beers out there.
jstraw (1943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Jerryís. Black with modest brown head / Medium to full body, acidic and chewy, good balance with dry, lightly hot, finish / Flavors of dark roast coffee, caramel, unsweetened chocolate, plum, oak, and restrained bourbon/coconut / Very good but didnít compare to Founders Breakfast Stout tried the same night.
sloth (2600) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium sized brown head with fair retention and minimal lace. Yup, its black. Nose of booze, chocolate, light coffee, hint of vanilla and cherries. Booze dominants. Body is full, oily on the palate, smothering. Booze flavors, not whisky of any type, booze, up front and big. Chocolate, caramel, mushrooms, earth, dirt and some coffeeish notes. Boozyness is a bit much. Sweet finish, bit acidic. Lasting but not in a good way. Was looking forward to this but not surprised to be somewhat let down by it either. FW is a fairly overated brewery, imho any ways. Meh, no biggy. Still enjoyed it, in a weird sort of way. Props to GMCC2181 for the bomber! Gabe rocks!
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012 Iím usually pretty skeptical about beers that receive as much hype as this one has. That said, this beer is phenomenal. Pours solid black with a thin brown head. Aroma of wood, molasses, maduro tobacco, chocolate, some soy, leather, fig and date. Taste has lots of sweetness but also a sharp earthy bitterness, lots of burnt ashy malt flavor, alcohol is fairly noticeable but not too hot.
Doodler (314) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber cracked with Mark. Pours a serious black with a small brown head. Nice nose of bourbon, sweet chocolate, toffee and burnt malts. Flavor is huge - brown sugar, vanilla, loads of bourbon. Some heat and caramel on the finish. Oily body with a bitter aftertaste.. 2011 version, so could use some age to mellow a bit
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle. Pours a nice and dark with loads of head and lacing. Bourbon on the nose, but so smooth to taste. Chocolate, licorice, and bourbon on the taste. Some nice warming heat on the way down.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Papago. Thick black pour with a dense creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, toasted marshmallows, wood, fruit and coffee. All of this and more comes out in the flavor. Really good stuff!
bierkoning (10864) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barrel Aged, 2011. Bottle. Almost black and opague. Roasted malt, raisin and dried red fruit in the aroma. malty sweet, roasty, oaky flavor with dried red fruit and citrus. vanilla. Silky smooth. Tart. Drinks away amazingly easy. Well hidden alcohol. Excellent!