Much, much better than the Museum Dose. Tamarind is clear on the start and in the aftertaste, dry and tart. The late middle is tea-like and mellow, probably from a combination of the lapsang and the cocoa (but the latter is not really distinguishable). Still weird, but actually enjoyable.
Can at Odin Lounge
Smells woody/birchy, with maybe a hint of smokiness. The flavor is... really weird. Fruity sourness and the sarsaparilla and birch clash in a way that creates odd illusions of mint and herbal medicine on the tongue. If you squint this is interesting. If you don't it's just almost nasty.
Can at Odin Lounge
Like all of Bellevue's other barrel-aged beers, this is almost winey. More than a little tart and dry, leading into a medium-thick but smooth porter. Finish is slightly sweet but mellow, and the barrel comes in with some caramel on the finish. Tastes stronger than listed.
Draft at Bellevue Brewing Company, Bellevue
Probably only in a flight like this would this beer seem light and uncomplicated, but it did that and nicely. Caramel with sweet, light helles notes. I think I could tell it was slightly on the stronger side but after a series of 9+ ABV beers who can even tell?
Definitely the strongest of the bunch. Strong booze, thick, complex stouty flavors and a general overtone of cherry and wood. That said, this didn't punch me in the face, it was overall still very nice and managed to be the least sweet of the bunch.
Breakside Grandpappy (2019)
Compared to the Parabola, this is lighter, cleaner, more clearly and brightly bourbon. Clean finish. Maple is very subtle and blends into the caramel of the bourbon, which may be why... I think this is finally a maple stout that I really can say I unequivocally loved.
So, I realized recently I haven't liked any maple stouts, and this one edges toward the same faults, but - it's just barely not too sweet, and underneath it's still Parabola, dark and complex and a bit dry, balancing it out. That said, the maple still floats a little separately, and while it's still great, it's maybe my least favorite Parabola so far.
Tastes like the imperial coconut base, thick and coconut, maybe a tinge sweeter with a milky but only slightly coffee flavor. Not sure how they nitro'd this but it doesn't have that weird dishwatery character, instead it's just smooth, creamy and still a little bubbly.
Nitro Draft at Maui Brewing Company, Kihei