502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Not sure what to think of this beer. Right out of the gate I wanted to give it about a 3.0. It had a lot of soy character and a lot of what I can only describe as that "over the top" or "over done character. Letting this beer breathe has definitely improved my opinion, but I this beer really seals in my mind American beers nerdsí infatuation with extreme beers. Sure there are a lot of great flavors going on here-vanilla, bourbon, coffee, cherry, roasted malt, hops, and plenty more Iím having a tough time discerning under it all-but I have really come to believe that perfecting one of these characters is vastly superior than cramming 15+ potent flavors together in one beverage.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Batch No. 1 Bottle Iíve been cellaring at 50 degrees until now and served in a snifter. Beautiful pour: black body with a very dark brown head. Minimally carbonated as expected due to the barrel aging. Nose is black licorice, anise, toasted sugar, and oak. Taste is cacao, vanilla bean, and sweet like a Vietnamese coffee. Thereís roast but it complements the sweet flavors and doesnít overpower. Delicious. Very full mouthfeel and alcohol warmth along the gumline. A real beauty of a beer and one Iím glad I forgot I had until today!
tastybeer (1826) - Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy GT2. Pour is pitch black ink with a nice tan head which leaves good lacing/retention. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, tobacco, roast, oak, vanilla. Flavor is rich, roasty, espresso, chocolate, tobacco, some ash. Palate is full-bodied, oily, light bitterness, no chalk or brine. Just an all around great imperial stout.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber at Justinís house. Pours dark stout black. Light brown sugar foam. Taste is strong, sweet, dark bourbon, fruit, and leather. Good stuff.
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle, purchased at Total Wine, Gilbert, AZ. Pretty complex ale, pours an oily black, with substantial tan/brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar, some bourbon and wood. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, just a bit of expresso coffee, dark fruit, molasses and bourbon. Full bodied, with a smooth, somewhat bitter finish. High abv is well hidden, but bourbon flavor was not as pronounced as I expected. Donít get me wrong; this is a wonderful ale, but for me, it just didnít quite live up to the hype.
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2011 651mL 2011 ed. Pours a clear mahogany with a gigantic, sheen, coffee brown head. Very nice retention; little lace. Nose is obviously bourbon barrel but soft and well integrated: coffee, bakerís chocolate, present bourbon "heat" and alcohol but not overpowering, As it opens up the nose gains some rich "meat" and "fat". Very nice. Taste up front is very silky with evident oats, spicy cedar, evident wood, very bitter dark chocolate, spicy bourbon. Gets a little ashy and very bitter on the palate. 6/11/2011 8/4/7/4/15=3.8
651mL 2011 ed. Having this beer for the fourth or fifth time. Parabola is really growing on me and having this alongside other Imperial Stouts, you can really appreciate Parabolaís immensely silky palate, rich marshmallow and símores character. Lots of coffee cake and dessert richness/softness. What a beautiful beer. Upping the score. 9/15/2011 8/4/8/5/16=4.1
Beerman6686 (5047) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a very dark brown with a large beige head considering the ABV. Aroma was of chocolate, marshmellow and vanillay bourbon. Flavor was just as impressive as the aroma, lots of dark sugars, and chocolate sweetness. Alcohol is hidden very well here too.
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought 2 bottles. 1 for now and 1 to age. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Faint aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Flavors of semi sweet dark chocolate, espresso coffee, roasted nuts, a little vanilla, a little bourbon and dark fruits. Lingers impressively on the palate with a mouth coating finish. Overall an outstanding imperial stout.
blipp (6615) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Beerman6686 at RBSG. Pours near black with a beige head. I got smores in the nose for some reason, along with roasted malts and bourbon. The flavor has bourbon, dark fruit, light smoke, coffee, roasted malt, and vanilla. Good stuff.
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 batch shared at the May Santa Cruz tasting. Pours darkest brown, nearly black, with a coffee colored head. Aromas of sugary coffee, dark chocolate, graham crackers, and roasted malt. Flavor is punishingly strong coffee, dark bitter chocolate, immense roastiness, eternal black coffee bitterness, smoldering oak. Just an obliterating beer.