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Parabajava | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Parabajava ia an ongoing series exploring the infusion of coffee into our Parabola Barrel Aged Imperial Series. This first offering is a collaboration with the famed Intelligentsia Coffee Company, utilizing their El Diablo espresso blend. This beer was crated for our June 16th Father’s Day brunch at Lot 213 in L.A. The coffee brings intense coffee house espress aroma - roasty carmel, toffee, molasses and fresh ground coffee notes. The flavor melds well with the big rich character of the stout - complementary roasty flavors, dark baker’s chocolate, and more caramel which pairs well with Parabola’s rich malt and smokey oak bourbon notes. The finish is amazingly smooth and integrated.

Added by Rau71 on 04-13-2013

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 377
Photo of T_Hass
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle I brought from California into my Teku glass. Did a side by side with 2014 BCBCS. The beer is smooth as can be but I have to say I expected more coffee from this beer. The coffee is there but its subtle. The flavor and the scent come through a bit more as it warms up. Comparatively BCBCS was more slightly more viscous and was a bit more peppery. Both were fantastic brews and I'm not sure one beer was better than the other. Overall I wish I would have tried Parabajava sooner to see if more of the coffee came through. I hope FW makes this a regular release.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

A: coffee forward, with rich complex deep grain roast and malt. The roast is reminiscent of coffee and dark chocolate. With the addition of actual coffee, even more so than standard Parabola. There is a light malt sweetness and bourbon barrel presence.

A: Jet black color, totally opaque with a moderate tan mostly-smooth head that has adequate retention.

T: Moderate coffee flavor upfront that quickly moves into deep grain roast. The malt flavor is coffee/dark chocolate-like with a slight sweetness. The beer has a slight bourbon barrel character with a dry finish.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer has a luscious texture, slight alcoholic warmth, and is unbelievably smooth.

O: Delicious; Parabola is a world class Russian Imperial Stout and the coffee variant brings out even more coffee aroma and flavor. Another interesting aspect of this variant is that it’s smoother than standard Parabola. Slightly over-carbonated, but all in all the coffee really integrates well in this beer, highly drinkable and delicious!

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Photo of Skellbop
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - inky black with thin brown head
S - big chocolate scent upfront, with a bit of roastiness
T - sweet chocolate, slight booziness on the back
F - thin mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, creamy
O - parabola with a bit more coffee, delicious!

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Photo of eLeMeNOhPee1
4.31/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this beer out of the bottle. In to a tulip. Did not get as much coffee as I was hoping for, not sure if it fell off. Still a great beer, I prefer regular Parabola, again still great.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate color with a boozy coffee and chocolate aroma. Flavor is a boozy up front with some bitter coffee and chocolate. I had some higher expectations for this but all I get is flavors that needs to be more balanced. Overall this is still a really nice beer but I had hoped for better.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible beer. So big and yet so smooth with waves of flavors just like Parabola, but wonderfully integrated coffee and just what I was hoping.

Takes one of my favorite beers and improves with coffee while not taking away from the base. Hope they make this again

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Photo of Rothobinide
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First off, let me say that this beer is fabulous.

Smells like fresh coffee grounds, hints of wood and coca. Flavor is all coffee shop mocha lattes with some oak toast thrown in for depth of character. Mouthfeel and finish is typical of FW BA beers (Parabola, Sucaba, Stickee Monkee, Velvet Merkin, Helldorado, etc) I have come to expect a level of finesse in their execution of these beers.

Finally, let me say that, while this beer is fabulous, it is not worth the crazy hype. A tremendous beer that will definitely be brewed again, I shouldn't wonder.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.76/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had Parabola as beer #300, so couldn't think of a better beer to crack for #500. This beer looks very light when it is being poured, but looks almost black in the glass. Head is 1/4 inch and mocha colored. Retention is almost non existent and there is no lacing. Smell is very complex. Chocolate, oak, coffee, vanilla and bourbon are most apparent. Taste is very similar. Absolutely outstanding. Initially the beer is very very chocolatey and although not "hot," kind of heavy on the bourbon too. As it warms though the coffee really emerges and the bourbon takes a back seat. Feel is full and velvety. Slightly sticky on the back end. Overall just fantastic! Based on taste alone this is the best stout I've ever had. According to my BA ratings I like Parabajava .03 more than Parabola.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark black color with a light tan head that dissipates quickly. Smell is oak, bourbon, coffee, chocolate. Taste reflect much of the same - bitter chocolate and coffee shine through the heaviest. Very smooth, sticky mouthfeel. Excellent stuff

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Photo of Hootie159
4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. One finger reasonably dark head. Good edge ring and film. Strong barrel note and coffee smell. Taste picks it up a notch. Bit of bourbon heat with a sweet sting. Bitter coffee with some acidity. Some dark chocolate notes. Smooth for days. Good brew.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Firestone Walker Proprietors Vintage glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a light brown or dark tan head that reduces at a moderate rate, after 10 minutes it leaves a ring of retention and some spotty lacing.

On the nose is heavy bourbon and vanilla, much like Parabola. Milk chocolate and maybe a little coffee, but not too much coffee. A little boozy in this category as well.

So.. letting this warm up to almost room temperature makes it a totally different beer! Cold, it's very whiskey forward with vanilla and milk chocolate. As it warms up, the coffee really starts shining through, especially on the follow through and finish. Aftertaste is very roasty, toasty, charred. A little boozy, but that's expected. Mouthfeel is pretty rich and thick, medium-heavy body with low carbonation.

Very good.. I found this VERY similar to Parabola until it warmed up, at which time the coffee really started shining.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.46/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from vanlingleipa a while back. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2015
Imperial Coffee Stout

APPEARANCE: A very transparent dark brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, creamy, light brown head with good retention. Clear bistre brown body with and absolute shit ton of carbonation. Bubbles all over this place. Absurd for the style, really. Head fades to a thick cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving traces of lacing down the glass. Really light in color for an imperial stout and way over carbonated.

SMELL: Raw coffee beans, oak, some light bourbon, and traces of sweet cream and roasted notes. Definitely raw bean forward. Very heavy on the coffee beans.

TASTE: Lots of raw coffee beans a gain, with notes of oak and bourbon up front. Some alcohol with more wood and bourbon at the swallow, then a bold and lingering finish of oak, sweet cream, some bourbon and toffee sweetness, and lots of raw, bitter and burnt coffee beans. Pretty outspoken.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine with a burn at the swallow and finishes a bit sticky. Some heat definitely lingers as well.

OVERALL: This was good stuff. Not as mind numbing as everyone says it is, but it's certainly high quality. The coffee is very forward and rather raw, for lack of a better word, though the barrel still pokes through here and there. The one real knock I'd give it is that the color is simply too light and transparent for the style. I don't remember earlier batches of Parabola being like this. It's also insanely carbonated, which is odd. Anyways, a solid beer that was fun to drink, though I'm not sure I'd pick it over the regular Parabola, as I found the coffee addition a little too beany, if that makes any sense. Give it a try if you see it though. Definitely worth checking out and FW never disappoints. Cheers vanlingleipa!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.97/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

yip yip yip...thank you beersloth for the amazing extra surprise. been dying to try this. some ppl are saying that this is starting to fall off and if that's the case then damn...this must've been unreal cause right now, I find it fairly mindblowing. I equate it to that first sip of one of those legendary batches of bcbcs (like fresh 13 and 11). Firestone walker really owns barrel aging beer in my mind and the addition of the selected coffee to parabola is simply magic. looking forward to this being an annual release and hopefully getting a little easier to get. homerun!

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap in Buellton and what a friggin' treat. 3oz pour (times about 6-7) and looked a bit thin, aroma was that fudge and coffee, some bourbon and chocolate. All the flavors mended together so well and this is such an incredible beer that I personally didn't think I'd enjoy so much. DESTROYS BCBCS and certainly (IMO) better than regular Parabola by a mile. For a 14% monster stout, this is near the top of the list and happy some were just put on the shelf as we were leaving.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the barrelhouse. Pours out looking a little lighter than Parabola, but still ultra dark. Head isn't as luxurious either. Aroma was a big disappointment, I expected way more coffee, this was one I was kind of thinking maybe my nose wasn't working, but the hoppy stuff smelled hoppy, so i didn't think it was on me.

Taste, the bitterness is higher and the barrel notes are lower, the coffee flavor is just not jumping for me. Still thick, good viscosity, roast, but at the expense of the oak, bourbon and whatnot.

I dunno, this was one I thought that was clearly a lesser compared to the base version.

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Photo of W_Des
4.11/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black from the bottle. The nose is very weak with coffee with more of a sweet chocolate being a more dominant note. The taste is bitter sweet chocolate with very light coffee notes here and there and some bourbon and oak notes fading in and out. Overall very underwhelming.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown with a quick fading head. Nose is full of barrel, chocolate, and wood.....but the coffee is minimal. Taste is well balanced, but once again the coffee is light. Feel is terrific.....medium heavy with medium low carbonation. Overall, a great beer....but was expecting more coffee presence.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.26/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Uppers & Downers Festival of Coffee Beers in Chicago - February 2016. Fluffy off-white head. I found the coffee aroma and taste to be pretty subtle. Nice barrel characteristics as always from FW. Mouthfeel was super-creamy, which was the standout for me.

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Photo of stevoj
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Saturday night bottle share. Bottle share courtesy of Darrel. Incredibly smooth, silky. Best of the best. Absolutely sublime.cFW scores again. I’m not worthy.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Transparent black color with lingering head. Nose is roasty with a hint of coffee. Taste is a bitter coffee with a hint of barrel. Finish is slightly bitter and medium thickness. Overall a solid beer, but nowhere near expectations.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good lord, the hype on this one is justified. This is probably one of the top 3 coffee beers I have ever had. It has all the great flavors of a Parabola with toffee, burnt sugar, chocolate, etc with the adding addition of delicious bitter coffee. Such a great beer.

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Photo of jtirpak22
4.08/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a standard IS, thick brown and dark, thinnish brown head.

Smell is coffee and a little roasty, some chocolate.

Taste is coffee, moderate, not overwhelming or strong.

Mouthfeel is moderate, thinner than expected.

Overall I'm not sold. The hype train left the station before I tried this and I don't see it. It's a solid if unspectacular beer. I get to drink Fremont Coffee KDS on the regular and there is NO comparison. FW is good but can't stand up. Nice beer though. 4.25/5 for me.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

- 4oz. pour off tap into flight glass at Haven Gastropub (Orange, CA) on 11-Feb-16

This is really nice. A bit of bourbon barrel heat that muddles the flavors a bit, but probably the only flaw I noticed. It's very smooth considering it's at 14% abv. Overall, doesn't beat my personal best barrel-aged coffee stout (BA Vietnamese Speedway), but better than BCBCS and Eclipse Vanilla Java, which is pretty damn impressive.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 bomber, amazing coffee and bourbon aroma. Great balance of dark chocolate, coffee, and barrel character. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, pleasantly sweet finish that hides its abv well. Not hot or overly boozy, amazing well crafted.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the thickest Firestone Walker BA beer I've ever had...and I've had them all! Great overall beer, but the coffee was rather subdued. My friend who doesn't like coffee loved it. I personally prefer much more coffee.

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