BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with less than a half finger of golden brown head which retreated to a small collar that leaves little lacing. Big aroma. Chocolate, dark malt, dark fruit, a bourbon-like boozeiness, lots of sweetness, oak, tobacco.
Pretty creamy, I defiantly get Choclate, sweet espresso, tobacco, dark fruit and a big warm boozie finish. Medium body with a great feel, just a little sticky but creamy at the same time, lots of flavor hanging out on the back of the tung and roof of the mouth 3 or 4 minutes after the last sip.
thornecb (5368) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with excellent retention recedes leaving sheet lacing to pancake. Sweet milk chocolate, oak and bourbon aromas. Thick with earthy toasted caramel, sweet milk chocolate and a hot, bourbon burn before the lasting charred resin finish.
kathouse (1525) - Nevada, USA - MAR 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From the bottle. Pours black with a thin head noticeable just around the rim. Nice bourbon, oak, honey, and licorice. Full body with tiny bubbles. Dark malts mix nicely with the bourbon and oak. Dry with an alcohol presence. Licorice and molasses finish well.
SphinxTX (2875) - 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 can’t 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 (3017) - 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 (1973) - 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 i’ll drop another $22 for a bottle, bit worth it once.
574deadzone (1352) - 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 don’t 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 (1835) - 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.