Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample. Rating #225. Clear dark brown pour with a thin head. Sweet caramel aroma, light hop aroma. Dark fruits, light bitterness and full on joy, real freaking nice. (2025)
Arayaga2 (1747) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 Cola brown with minimal tan head, and a bit of yeasty sediment Aroma is. marshmallowy, chocolatey and bourbony in the most devine sense of the word. Taste is the same, and finishes in cherry cordial notes, with boozy warming. I could drink this at room temperature, and be quite happy. $15/220z (celebratory: "Modernist Cuisine" arrived)
Edit: Now that itís called Sucaba, it seems a bit hot and harsh in the alcohol department, without the mellow refinement I recall from before. Still very good, but just not great. Rating stays, along with my fond memory. (celebratory: Rammstein Concert!)
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear brown pour with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and booze. Flavor starts with English toffee and cherry, then moves to sweet caramel and bourbon before a malty chocolate finish.
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured 22 oz into a sniffer glass. The Abacus has a burnt caramel color. Oak favors with a hint of coconut, which goes well with this big boozy beer.
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
651mL thanks to peteinsd. Pours a flattish clear deep mahogany. Yellow bubbles. Looks like FW10, FW11. Nose is big maple, toasted coconut, toffee maltiness. As it warms it exhibits more savoriness/umami with rich coconut. Taste is rich, big coconut bourbon, lovely dessert profile with mild heat. Not too much sugar, beautiful coconut. Very beautiful palate- not too sticky with a nice fruit juicy character and mild sugar. Super yummy dessert beer. Similar to FW11. Shame it doesnít pour with a head. Moderate alcohol heat is not distracting at all. Still, Parabola is the Cuvee de Firestone.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Depp and clear ruby color, small beige edge head. Aroma is boozy vanilla and pancake syrup. Taste is carbonated tawny port, whiskey, dark fruits. Very nice.
Dogbrick (7144) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer pours a hazy ruby-brown color with a medium beige head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of oaky vanilla, dark fruit and brown sugar. Rich body with flavors of chocolate malt, vanilla, booze-infused fruit and a little smoke. The finish is ripe fruits and dark chocolate. Good beer all around.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle pour. I really enjoyed this one. Dark amber color with a nice head. The sweetness goes well with the bourbon. Very smooth.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber, small frothy tan head. Aroma of light bourbon, soy, molasses, leather, nutty toffee, rum soaked fruit, woody bitterness. Taste is mostly sweet with some woody earthy bitterness, light cola flavor and a light alcohol taste. Really silky texture, not much carbonation. One of those beers that has an aroma that is so good that I donít even want to drink it. This beer seriously reminds me of a really complex Belgian Quad like Rochefort 10 or a Belgian Strong like Pannepot without the Belgian yeast and with Bourbon barrel instead, The aroma is very complex and the flavor is very strong yet filled with nuance.
NielsenRatings (8119) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2012 2011 vintage. Bottle @ home, courtesy of foppa78 into my new Cigar City snifter, courtesy of markwise. Thanks guys! Very deep brown/ruby appearance with a tiny tan head that dissipates in no time. Really a nice, smooth, tobacco, fig, plum, caramel-toffee malty, somewhat sweet aroma thatís exquisite. Tobacco, date, plum, fig, dark fruity, moderate toffee, lighter caramel, fairly malty, bourbon, somewhat woody flavor. Dark fruity, cherry, plum, toffee aftertaste. No hint of the 13% booze- are you kidding me??? In a way, it kind of reminds me of HOTD Matt in its complexity. Simply unbelievable.
2012 vintage. Bottle @ home. Last time around I was blown away by this baby, so Iím really looking forward to trying it again. Dark reddish brown appearance with a brown head without much lasting power. Thereís initially some notes of booze in the nose which isnít all that unpleasant. Besides that, rich toffee, thick caramel malts, vanilla, oak, mild to moderate bourbon, and dark fruits (fig, plum) are also noticeable in the aroma. Creamy, nutty, rich caramel/chocolate malty flavor initially that is like tasting a liquid turtle chocolate candy. More vanilla, oak, and bourbon towards the back of the mouth and despite the overall sweetness of the beer, itís balanced incredibly well. Thereís also notes of tobacco, fig, and vanilla with a warming, dessert-like finish. Simply unbelievable. Easily one of the five best beers Iíve ever had.