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Parabajava - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 267
Avg: 4.62
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 298
Gots: 60 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rau71 on 04-13-2013

The espresso coffe lends roasty caramel, toffee, baker's chocolate and molasses to the big rich character of Parabola. The complementary flavors pair well with Parabola's rich malt and smokey oak bourbon notes. Complex, smooth and seamlessly integrated.
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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Photo of runninman
4.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely the best beer I've had to date! Never has a 14.0 been so complex and smooth. The oaky bourbon maintains a low bass profile throughout while the coffee, dark chocolate, sea salt, caramel, toffee, and molasses flavors take center stage. A true orchestra of flavors.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh (obviously) bomber into a Barrelworks Teku at cellar temp.

Look: noticeably lighter than Parabola (srm=117 rather than 167); small ring of tan foam.

Smell: straight fudge and coffee; almond extract.

Taste: hot damn, that's delicious. Chocolate truffle, coffee, vanilla, coconut, mild bourbon, mild oak, with hints of tobacco and molasses.

Feel: chewy, without being a chore. Slightly dry, and shockingly little alcohol heat/burn.

Overall: I think I've given maybe two other beers a 5 in taste before, but I had to do it here. This is just a magnificent beer. Given the utter lack of abrasive heat, and the coffee element, I don't think I'll wait longer than four months to finish my remaining bottles. Hard to imagine this getting better anyway.

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Photo of jacewg
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: (4.5) - Pours a jet black color with a light khaki head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing. Very viscous looking. Big beer

Aroma (4.25) - Lots of coffee roast on the first whiff. Underneath, some vanilla, cream, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of caramel. Just a hint of boozy bourbon.

Flavor (4.75) - Flavor is beautiful and hits all over the map. Big, nicely balanced flavor. Coffee is big but doesn't overshadow flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, cream, vanilla, dark fruit, and booze. Hint of booze on the finish with lingering coffee and chocolate. A subtle bitterness keeps tames the sweetness. Superb.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Rich, thick mouthfeel. Moderate bitterness helps balance the sweet components of the beer. Finish is long and a bit boozy with lots of coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel totally suits this beast of a beer.

Overall: Excellent beer. Maybe not an improvement upon regular Parabola, but a world-class BA coffee stout.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at hopodyssey's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, coffee bean, brewed coffee, and cream aromas. Taste is much the same with coffee bean, brewed coffee, cream, cocoa powder, caramel, and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a perfect creamy coffee smell and fantastic flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of emyers
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage. 22 oz. bottle poured into Firestone Walker teku glass.

Pours jet black with a thin medium brown head. Not much lacing.

Nose is led off by a phenomenal fresh-brewed coffee aroma, which transitions to bourbon and dark chocolate. Tons of depth here, yet stays very balanced.

Taste is just as good as the nose if not a bit better. Phenomenal mix of dark chocolate, bourbon, and coffee up front with hints of raisin, caramel, and oak. Between the base stout, barrel, and coffee, each component has a ton of depth but stays quite balanced. A bit too much alcohol heat on the finish is the only issue I can take with this beer - I'm guessing it will improve with age as the alcohol bite fades a bit.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth with low carbonation. Excellent.

Not that I expected anything less from the Barrelworks program, but this is truly a world-class beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Mikaveli
4.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JasonFromLA
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Reappropriated
3.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Shawner
4.48/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzword
3.75/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of AlexChillton
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Mshea805
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TheElbow
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Roguer
4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fairly clear black brew; modest head with OK retention.

Incredible aroma: coffee and bourbon, oak and chocolate, vanilla and ... more coffee.

Impressively smooth. This ranks amongst FW's most perfectly integrated and balanced brews. Chocolate, espresso, and smooth, sweet bourbon. Nutty and roasty. Almost wine-like finish from the barrel.

Mouthfeel is just as impressive. Way too drinkable for 14%. Just a touch of heat on the back end. Thick.

From the first sip, this is a BA brew that can truly rival GI's BC series. Superb; almost too rich.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaulFox
4.99/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a freakin treat....the added coffee boosts parabola to the next level. Dark chocolate covered coffee bean dipped in bourbon. Once it warmed up I also picked up some maple syrup....awesome!

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Parabajava from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.