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Parabola

May, 2016
Judges Rating: 
97
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
39 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

The beer pours midnight black with a thick, tan, creamy head that seems to last forever. The aroma is an intense, rich and complex blend of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, dark roast coffee, black cherries, raisins and a light spicy alcohol character that contributes to a multi-layered bouquet. The flavor follows the aroma with prominent chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon and mixed dark and dried fruit characters. The solid spicy alcohol warming and prominent hop bitterness helps to dry out and balance the moderate residual sweetness that develops mid-palate and lingers through the aftertaste. The full body and creamy, velvety mouthfeel rounds out a very complex beer. Overall, this is an impressive, near-perfect Barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Don’t miss out on trying this one now, but grab a few extra to cellar, as this beer should only get better with age. 

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