2014 Parabola: A Russian Imperial Stout to Rule Them All

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“One of our most aggressive and sought-after offerings. Bold bourbon, tobacco and espresso aromas and a hint of American oak greet the nose. Rich, chewy roasted malts, charred oak and bourbon-like vanilla fill the palate and create a seamless finish. A remarkably complex brew that offers a transcendental drinking experience – enjoy with good company.”

Here’s my review from the 2013 vintage last year, this years was so good that I had to up the rating! Drink it fresh, this is amazing.

Final Rating: 4.64/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – pours a deep brown opaque body with a 2 finger mocha colored head that reduces to a brown ring.

Smell – soft yet pungent whiskey, dark fruits, french vanilla, chocolate, butterscotch, sugar cookie.

Taste – Sweet vanilla and caramel, whiskey upfront. Semisweet chocolate and roasted coffee is next, dark fruits an almost grassy citrus follow through. Nice toasty, burnt malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – smooth and silky, medium heavy body.

I really enjoyed this one – lives up to the hype and really impresses. Super complex and balanced, just the right amount of bourbon and a nice roasted flavor. Awesome

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Jester King’s Das Wunderkind!

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Made using the once commonplace, Old Word technique of bière de coupage, freshly hopped, young beer is blended with old, sour beer aged in oak barrels. Das Wunderkind is dry, highly attenuated, unspiced, tart, floral, and funky. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

 

Final Rating: 4.00/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bomber into a Jester King stemmed glass. Thanks nedvalton for this one!

Appearance – Pours a mellow, slightly hazy, orange body with a small white somewhat fizzy head that reduces pretty slowly to leave leggy lacing. Love the label (+.25)

Smell – The saison qualities are immediately apparent.. belgian spices, citrus, fruityness, bananas and tart apples. Funky yeast, barnyard, oak and some sour lactic.

Taste – The first thing to touch the tongue is tart citrus & apple, slightly sour lactic bacteria, on the follow through is a belgian spiciness, some funk, resinous hoppy notes, slight oakyness and caramel. The aftertaste is slightly bland.

Mouthfeel – Thin with medium-high carbonation.

I always love trying Jester King beers.. you never know what you’ll get. This one was definitely enjoyable, but I wish there was a little more flavor and/or body there. Given today’s sour market, I expect a little more funkyness/sourness in an American Wild Ale. Glad I got to try it though.

Prairie BOMB!

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Bomb! is an imperial stout aged on espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers. All the flavors meld to create a truly unique beer. The peppers add just the right amount of heat to compliment the intense coffee and chocolate flavors.

 

Final Rating: 4.51/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a trade from PA-Michigander.. thanks man!

Appearance – Pours a deep brown, nearly opaque body with a light coffee colored head that rises to an inch or so, and reduces slowly to leave some lacing and a thin layer of foam. Very nice.

Smell – Heavy coffee, marshmallow, dark chocolate, dark fruit, some vanilla and caramel. Coffee and roasty malt dominate the nose.

Taste – Yum yum.. first up is some very delicious vanilla beans, butterscotch, french vanilla, caramel. It’s unusual for a stout of this magnitude to be vanilla-forward but it’s been done, and in a very balanced, complex manner! On the follow through is coffee, milk chocolate, roasty malt, marshmallows, and some chilies. The aftertaste is charred and toasted.

Mouthfeel – Rich, velvety, heavy bodied, low carbonation. Very smooth for the ABV.

I’ve been looking forward to trying Bomb! and it did not disappoint. What we have here is a complex, balanced, sip demanding stout that rises above the rest. Seek it out!

The Ever Elusive Beatification

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This beer is very unique and inspired by breweries in the Lambic region of Belgium and, especially, our friends at Cantillon. It is 100% spontaneously fermented, meaning yeast is not added. Once the beer is brewed, it is transferred to a cool-ship or “horny” tank located in our barrel room at the pub. There it sits overnight and collects whatever funky wild yeast and bacteria may be living in the room. The next day it is transferred to oak wine barrels where it ferments wildly and ages for a few months. The end result is a wild, spontaneously fermented, sour, and tasty hand-crafted beer!

Final Rating: 4.51/5

look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Utopias sample glass. Acquired in a trade from hwy395.. thank you sir!

Appearance- Pours a slighthly hazy, super carbonated, pineapple coloorred body with a fizzy white 2 finger head that reduces to a white ring. Leaves no lacing.

Smell- The first thing I notice upon popping the cork is a strong champagne-like aroma, grapes and white wine. After pouring it and letting it sit, strong lactic tartness, leather, lemon juice, citrus zest, and a distinct earthiness.

Taste- BOOM! The mouth puckering sourness that kept me seeking this beer out hits you the second it touches your tongue. Straight lemon juice, vinegar, sour apple hit you in face, followed by a earthy, leathery notes complimented by oak and subtle Belgian spice.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, refreshing, highly carbonated. Dry finish.

I’ve been waiting to try this beer for almost 2 years now. What differentiates it from other Wild Ales I’ve tried is the mouth puckering sourness that it delivers. As with other RR sours, it was very well balanced and complex. This one’s a winner.