mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JUN 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
a very well done imperial stout. pitch black with dark brown head, it has a massive aroma of coffee and chocolate. the flavor is sweet dark chocolate, but not cloying at all.
zizzybalubba (1793) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet (Batch 002, 2011 bottle). Pours black with the thickness of used motor oil with a thin khaki head. Aroma of dark chocolate, light vanilla, oak, and smoke. The flavor is bold coffee, dark chocolate, light coconut, vanilla, and bourbon. The warmth from the alcohol is detectible. An odd release for summer, but this is an outstanding beer.
obguthr (5646) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating 2000! 2011 bottle labeled No. 002: Espresso, molasses, oak, pecan, and blackberry nose. Viscous, used motor oil pour with a thin brown head. First impression is that itís hot from start to finish with a brief reprieve at midpalate. Drinks like the ABV is much higher. Full body and viscous. The flavor is molasses, vanilla, chocolate, and figs. Finishes with whiskey and oak. Does not have a bourbon character that I recognize, which is nice, but it does have a whiskey component which I dislike as much, if not moreso. Would prefer this aged in SS, but I can easily see why others love it. The whiskey is palatable to me though. Itís a sipper. Certainly a lot of care, expertise, and imagination went into crafting this one.
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Reserve Series No. 002. Vintage 2011 with 12.5% ABV. Black pour with dark brown, foamy froth atop it. Aroma is dark chocolate, chocolate mousse, roasted malt, light coffee, dark fruit, vanilla, oak and brownies. Taste is roasted malt with chocolate covered coffee beans, brownies, vanilla, molasses, oak, light tobacco, faint dark fruit and dark chocolate. Full bodied with a dense, creamy carbonation. Finishes with more roasted malt, burnt brownies, burnt caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and molasses. Delicious stuff here, folks!
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 (959) - 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 (1853) - 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 (634) - 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.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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