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 (5085) - 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 (13755) - 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.
JohnnyJ (4988) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone Bistro Firestone Night. Pours a dark black with tan head. Sweet roasted malt, oak, bourbon, chocolate, plum, vanilla, smoke, and some peat moss. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Excellent Stout.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at GABF 2009. Pours a dark brown to black with tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, smoke, molasses, ripe dark fruits, light bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Flavor is about the same. Medium to full body with a pleasing malty and bourbon finish. Well done.
nickd717 (3713) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a bunch of this at GABF. All in all, it’s a pretty kick-ass imperial stout. Pitch black and viscous with no head to speak of. Aroma is roast, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Not too much bourbon. Flavor is intense, awesome, and fairly sweet, with roasted malt, coffee, rich chocolate cake, hints of dark fruit, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick, and viscous with low carbonation. Overall this is, as I would have said 10 years ago in my awkward youth, "the bomb diggity."
HonkeyBra (3826) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GABF. Got the last pour of this one from the keg. Looks like I lucked out a bit. Pours plack and oily, stains the glass. Aroma of oak, bourbon, chocolate and roast. Flavor is very roasty, with strong, dominant bourbon. Lesser chocolate and vanilla flavors scuttle about. Big and heavy, yet slick on the palate. This is a bad ass Imp. Stout. Would try again if I ever got the chance.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... pitch black pour with no head... slight bourbon nose... medium body with more bourbon notes over the mouth... very well balanced between the barrel aging and the roasted malt character. very nice BA Imperial Stout...