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 (2339) - 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 isn’t 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.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2012 Pours black with half a finger of tan head. Smell is bourbon vanilla, chocolate, cherry, bit of tobacco. Very strong smell. Taste is rich and velvety, espresso, bit of booze, dark fruits. Very strong and potent, super rich, yet easy on the palate. It’s a good beer for sure.
Christian (12883) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a small off-white head. Malty aroma of biscuit and caramel, with plums and licorice notes and oak character of coconut and bourbon. Sweet and rich malty flavour with caramel and toffee, along with some licorice and bourbon
Dedollewaitor (15536) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Hallinghansens US Tasting, Odense. Pours black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Heavy roasted nose and flavor. A bit of soy, liquorice and fruit. Almost burnt roast. Ashy, vinous and slightly oxidized. Rather delicious!
hallinghansen (2841) - Odense SV, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black body with a small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, tobacco notes, bourbon. Flavor is bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.
Marheb (4916) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2014 Une vraie bombe que cette Parabola, rien de surprenant. Le nez est formidable, chocolat, bourbon, tabac, vanille dans un équilibre alléchant. En bouche c’est gracieux, riche, épais, collant et parfaitement effervescent. Le bourbon donne le chien nécessaire et prend la place qui lui revient, sans plus. Pas trop tiraillé entre les saveurs, balancé à la perfection.
kopher (593) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Parabola 02. Awesome aroma with tons of coffee, vanilla, alcohol, and charred oak, also dark fruit and some smoke. flavor is fairly sweet with roasty/burnt bitterness. Pours opaque brown with no head. Super thick and creamy and almost flat.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Parabola pours pitch black. Like engine oil. Black as night. You get the point. Very small tan head is poured. Once the head disappears it leaves a nice little lacing around the glass. Thick.
The smell on Parabola is world class. I could of just sat there all night long just smelling this beer. It’s a sweet molasses smell mixed in with charred wood. Espresso, vanilla, and chocolate round out the aroma. It’s a huge aroma. An aroma that you can smell as soon as you pop the cap.
When it came to the taste I picked up a hops that I didn’t notice in the smell. But other than that the taste mirrors the smell a lot with some of the ingredients making more of an appearance. The chocolate and vanilla I mentioned come through more. Burnt espresso also highlights the taste. Rounded out with the lovely taste of bourbon, roasted malt, molasses, and caramel. Just ridiculous. For 13% the alcohol is hidden really well.
Mouthfeel just adds to the greatness here. Full bodied and smooth.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to dudeabide. Thanks Nate! Mahogany body with no head. Smells of sweet caramel. Little bourbon and caramel on the tounge and oh so smooth