sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours a jet black color with no head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, bourbon. Heavy on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, roasted malt, a little alcohol, with a light bourbon finish. Very well balanced between the bourbon and the stout. Excellent.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft: Thick and chewy impy with lots going on. Rich dark chocolate, Sugardaddy-like caramel, toffee and black licorice with bold hops to boot. Strong alcohol was noticeable yet smooth. Delicious and savory beer. Would make a great cigar beer, too.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6536) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 I have become a huge fan of this brewer and this is one of their best. From the 11/2011 3R6P tasting.+++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized brown head that lingered and left some lacing. The aroma was sweet port wine, licorice, cocoa, vanilla and coconut. The flavor was sweet licorice, coconut, port wine and cocoa. The finish was long with coconut, licorice, vanilla and cocoa lingering. The body was thick, creamy and full. Wonderful.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to McGrupp612 for this 2011 bottle. Aroma has notes of bourbon, oak, smoke, chocolate, espresso, tobacco and roasted malts. Black hue with a small brown head that fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor is very sweet and mid bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Overall a very nice bourbon bomb. Complex nose and all around solid Impy. Really liked it.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle. Thanks for sharing, Sam. Monster cherry bourbon stout aroma. This is thick and impressive. Very tight and smooth, with no rough edges. The booze is present, warming, and appreciated, never harsh. The sugars are silky, creamy, and velvety. A well-married and impressive Imperial Stout. Will look forward to trying this one again.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 batch #1 parabola 6/2/11
Quite hot but not unwelcome...lots of caramel (fw14),black cherry fruit, whoppers, barrel galore, smoky, char, vanilla, coconut, choco, dark roast.
chewy and rich yet alcohol keeps it reasonable. 8/4/8/3/16
onceblind (6909) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1100th rating? Yes please! So glad I got to share this with 7 best friends at Jeff’s bachelor party. Ink black pour, with a head that starts thin and dark brown, leaves quickly. Smells of vanilla, coconut, oak, bourbon, and deep dark chocolate. Prickly light carbonation with a huge body and giant flavor. Taste is huge vanilla, lots of oaked bourbon, dark chocolate, lots of big stouty dark malt. Intensely delightful sipper. A little aftertaste of coffee, which is on the nose as well once it warms up. So amazing! Like cake in a glass.
lachrymalisis (440) - Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i was hesitant because of all the hype surrounding Parabola, but I stand corrected. incredible oaked vanilla and medium-bitter chocolate flavors. wood, raosted grains, almost no booze flavors. deep, rich mouthfeel, thick but not sticky. the sweetness is beautiful in the finish. exceptional stout.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2014 65cl, Vintage 2010, at 13%Vol, exclusive American brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex sweet Stout, roasted/alcoholic and slightly spicy, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet very expensive!
Travlr (20866) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of GT@, thanks very much! Black, Dark brown head had to be coaxed, then settled to an edge. Aroma of vanilla, hazelnut Taste is rich and thick chocolate covered coffee. The whiskey enters late, slowly but surely, then builds. Very nice stuff.