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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
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 jaydoc
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage

Opaque black liquid and burnt orange head. The nose is predominantly coffee with a background of bourbon. The taste is boozy sweetness from ample malt character. Decadent coffee permeates the taste in addition. The mouthfeel is a combination of heat and smoothness. Overall this is an extraordinary ale.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from CollaBREWtive Father's Day Brunch event @ Tiatro.

A: Pours a clear golden with a thin (1/4-inch) white head which fades to the rim and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Roasted coffee, dark cocoa, hint of boozy bourbon,

T: Complex blending of softly mellow, low acidity, coffee with some fruity citrus and toffee. Slight molasses, smokey oak, bourbon.

M: Semi-full body and medium carbonation. Rich, lusciously smoot,h roasted coffee finish.

O: A delight. Keep it coming! Winner.

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Photo of stevoj
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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 dar482
4.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma hits of big espresso, oak, milk chocolate, malt powder, bourbon vanilla, chocolate cake.

The flavor offers bourbon up front, milk chocolate, a heavy cream flavor in coffee, coffee ice cream, latte, with a longing spicy oak finish and licorice.

Against BCBCS, this paled in comparison, although still being an wonderful extension of a wonderfully executed base bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with minimal head. Smell is of roasted coffee and oaky bourbon. Taste is oak barrels followed by coffee and finishes on the back of the palate with the bourbon. A really good beer.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
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 dwagner003
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a little thinner than I prefer from a stout, but the smell makes me forget about that. Tons of coffee immediately. Like, the smell of a coffee maker dripping into the pot. Taste is much of the same with a strong, rich coffee flavor, and that great vanilla barrel quality from the Parabola. Great beer.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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 cosmicevan
4.97/5  rDev +9%
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 rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -21.9%
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 KYGunner
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of toffee and caramel on the front end with brown sugar, hazelnut, maple and bourbonesque cream. The coffee is actually secondary to the much stronger Barleywine characters. Listed as an Imperial Stout I felt this tasted more like a barrel aged barleywine. Despite that this is delicious.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.46/5  rDev -24.1%
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 Hootie159
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Rollzroyce21
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
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 EyePeeAyBryan
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Keananmichael5
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really really great beer! I mean who could ask for anything more then adding coffee to Parabola!?!? If only there was a little more coffee taste this would be a close to perfect beer

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Photo of Roguer
4.79/5  rDev +5%
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 jacewg
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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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4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
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 SDRedDevil
5/5  rDev +9.6%
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 SaisonRichBiere
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark ebony brown with a light brown foamy head, that subsides into a soapy haze atop the glass. Smell is rich chocolate, caramel, toffee, toasted bread notes, and a hint of roast coffee. Taste is Devils food cake with nutty toffee glaze, and a rich roasty coffee finish that lingers in the throat. No Booze. Awesome flavors! Feel is silly smooth, a bit heavy, which suits the style quite well. Overall, an amazing beer start to finish.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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 mythaeus
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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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Photo of 1424IpA
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had this today at the parabola release and was flipping delicious. Right up there with bourbon county coffee. Pours real dark, smells great and let's just enough bourbon and coffee linger in your mouth. Awesome beer I hope to see in bottles one day.

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Parabajava from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.