daleharshman (856) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone’s Oakquinox 2010. Pours black with a very thin head. Aroma of grainy roasted malts and barrel. Flavor of very rich dark chocolate with notes of bourbon and tobacco. More lovely dark chocolate in the finish with some light booziness (the 13% starting to show through). Quite good stuff on tap, but I would love to get my hands on a bottle to rate. (105, 298)
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Impressive thick head of brown foam over jet black beer. Thick chocoloate, coffee, and sweets in the aroma. Excellent heavy stout flavor backed up by strong ABV. Near barley wine flavors. Seems a touch too sweet right now and I wonder if a year of storage may improve the beer even more. Definitely worth a buy and it’s going fast (only ten cases remaining at the brewery as of 5 11 10).
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Papago (for about 5 minutes). Pour is black, head was..... well I didn’t get a chance to see because I was late and thankfully someone was nice enough to save me a glass. Aroma is chocolate, molasses, cigar tobacco, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of plum, oak, trace amounts of smokey ash and a marshmallow from time to time. Overall body was big and slick with a nice lasting finish. Alcohol is very nicely integrated. I really like the tobacco depth of this imp, and can honestly say it’s one of the best that I’ve had in a while. I will definately be squirreling away a few bottles for myself, I suggest you do the same.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at papago pours a. Deep black with a small brown head. Aroma is dark malts roast oak bourbon alcohol cocoa. Flavor is bourbon tannins oak chocolate roast. Bitter bourbon finish. Good stuff.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Stone Oakquinox. Pours black with almost zero head and light carbonation. Bittersweet cocoa with some bourbon and vanilla notes, a little underwhelmed by this brew, will try the bottle and re rate.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Oakquinox..dark dark brown, almost black with a thin ring head...aroma is bourbon and alcohol..flavor is dark chocolate and bourbon..so tasty!
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Black with a thick, dense tan head. Aroma-bourbon and wood mostly, with underlying sweet vegetal notes. Taste- sweet, roasted malts, bourbon. Finishes well rounded and lingering bitterness. Alcohol well hidden.
vtafro (2465) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #700. Draft. Black pour with brown lacing head. Huge chocolate roasty notes and bourbon notes from aging. Wow super drinkable with 13% and just a light warming.
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now this is a beer that stands up to the barrel. Incredibly heavy bourbon flavors balance by a HUGE malty imperial/roasted stout backbone. So many whiskey/bourbon barrel beers are over powered by the wood & whiskey -- but my goodness does the Parabola ever buck that trend. Sampled at GABF and SF beer week.
brokensail (9948) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Dark as night and wonderful viscosity to it. No head and no visible carbonation.
S: Vanilla, chocolate, licorice, some graham cracker, and slight booze.
T: A truly amazing beer. Very smooth vanilla flavor from the barrel, lots of chocolate, and some graham cracker. The booze is very well hidden in this monster, as well.
M: Huge body, velvety smooth.
D: I was expecting this one to be really overwhelming, but it wasn’t at all. A fantastic beer, one that I wish I could have more often, and I actually ended up buying two glasses of it today.