jar72404 (426) - USA - AUG 20, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and tar. Flavor is all of this with a long finish. Very complex without being a mess. Damn near perfect RIS.
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2011 Pours a black color with a caramel colored head that breaks down to an oily slick with a very thin soapy head. So much going on with the aroma. Aroma of dark fruit and chocolate with hints of coffee, cherry, earthiness, and bourbon. Wow. Has a silky, creamy sweet caramel, chocolate taste with a nice bitter, biting layer from the barrel. Perhaps some citrusy hops are coming through. Some notes of dark fruit, coffee, and bourbon on the finish. What a beer. FW is truly an excellent brewery.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. Bottle (at 13%ABV per the bottle): Aroma of malt, roasting, chocolate, oak, Bourbon, char, tobacco, light vanilla, and light coffee. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dark brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, light char, chocolate, cookies and cream, slight coffee, and a hint of alcohol. Medium to full body. Lightly thick, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, char, chocolate, cookies and cream, vanilla, oak, slight coffee, light Bourbon finish is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. 13%ABV is slightly noticeable in the flavor, but generally well hidden.
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to FooFaa for bringing this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. Bottle poured into a taster glass.
A - Pours pitch black with a small cap of half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving little to no lacing down the glass.
S - Plenty of dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, dulled bourbon heat, and some light charred wood. Good overall balance but nothing too over the top. Solid Stuff.
T - Flavors are similar to the nose. Lots of dark roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and charred oak. The booze is very well hidden, offering only short glimpses of the warming bourbon. Finish is a mix of sweetness and lightly warming heat. Damn, this is one good beer. I might need to get a few bottles of this for myself.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice full feel with some lingering sweet roast in the finish.
D - Very good. I have wanted to try this one for awhile now and now that I have I am impressed. I just wish I would have picked up a few bottles for myself.
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured pitch black with no head. Smelled of espresso, chocolate, and vanilla. The beer was incredibly sweet, like a dark chocolate milk shake. Surprisingly, there is very little bitterness, and unfortunately it needs it to balance the sweetness. Still, a great beer.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber poured into a snifter, a dark black with tan head. Aroma is a bit of licorice, booze, and roasted malt. Taste is booze, dark chocolate, smokiness, oak on the finish. I also get the sweet tobacco notes that they noted in the description. The finish is very long on the complex ABV bomb. Not too sweet and not bitter. Lacing is decent, body is full, lower carbonation. Overall, this is a terrific beer that has a lot going on. Would be great on a cool fall evening, or as a dessert any time.
dogfish120love (1117) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with lacing that dissipates swiftly. The aroma consists heavily of vanilla, coffee, toffee, chocolate and caramel. The flavor has a burnt profile and isn’t as sweet as anticipated. Alcohol dominates the finish and the palate is somewhat thin, but the beer overall is quite delicious.
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a good beer. Typical in terms of BB-Aged stouts go. Big, bourbon, sweet, malty, chocolate, etc. Pretty straightforward. Good beer, but not as good as other offerings in this style.
poisoneddwarf (2269) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle. 2011 vintage. Pours opaque black with a small dark tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a collar. Aroma consists of Whoppers, molasses, caramel, leather. Smells awesome. Taste has an intense malty sweetness but finishes bittersweet with a touch of sour. Has a strong black licorice flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is extremely oily and the carbonation is medium; body is way full. Amazing.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
’10 Vintage. Served at cellar temperature. A million thank you’s to the incredibly generous Ryan for this wonderful treat!
Pours thick black with a one finger brown head that leaves some spots of lacing and holds holds a small creamy cap all the way to the bottom of the glass. Very inviting.
The incredibly potent aroma features strong bourbon notes, deep dark roasted malts, premium dark chocolate, coffee beans & espresso, vanilla & oak, a touch of smoke and some alcohol. Like many top-tier bourbon barrel aged stouts, this is a great "sniffer" as I get just as much enjoyment from the aroma as I do the flavor. Wonderful.
Flavor is like bourbon-soaked chocolate-covered raisins, bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, premium coffee/espresso, some caramel, rich roasted malts, dark fruits, some molasses and anise, minimal hops, moderate alcohol but not bad at all for a 13% brew...well hidden for its size. Fairly sweet, one to sip and savor...a dessert in a glass! Super-tasty.
Mouthfeel is THICK and sticky, just the way I like it. I’ll put it this way...Ten FIDY is too thin for my tastes and Parabola is one of the heavier Imperial Stouts I’ve encountered. Soft carbonation. I’d score it a 6 if I could!
My goodness what a brew! I’m a sucker for bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts and this is top shelf stuff right here...right up there with KBS and BCBS. Saying this is amazing makes me feel like I’m selling it short...adjectives just cannot do it justice. Can’t thank Ryan enough for this one...wow!