changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 bottle from a trade with BOLTZ7555 a while back. Black pour with dark brown edges. A thin mocha head develops on top that fleets off to the sides. Bourbon is certainly noticeable in the aroma but there’s plenty else going on with strong notes of licorice and molasses along with vanilla and dark chocolate. It does smell somewhat alcoholic but not in a bad way. Smooth mocha flavor with not nearly as much bourbon as the aroma suggests. But it’s still there. This is roasty and chewy in the mouth with other noted flavors of charred wood, dark chocolate, and caramel. The alcohol surfaces in the finish with some prickly bitterness. It’s a sipper for sure but a pretty good one. Although something just isn’t quite there to make this all that memorable for me.
anders37 (22242) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a sweetish roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor with hints of coffee. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.
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 (3508) - 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 (6458) - 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 (6741) - 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.