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Parabajava | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#95
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
773
pDev:
6.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Trade:
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4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +10.1%
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4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a tan head. Smells of bourbon, toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Tastes of bourbon, oak wood, toffee, caramel, roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, cream, cocoa, and blackstrap molasses. Medium-heavy creamy body with medium-light carbonation. Overall a stellar RIS.

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4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.89/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big hip-bump to ficklenicholas for this bottle, which arrived recently with 11 friends in the best BIF box I’ve received in a long & distinguished career. A long time want, 22 oz. 2016 bottle split with my wife.

The pour is Parabola black – the coffee beans do not seem to have lightened the brew into a blond barleywine or anything. My wife reports she can smell the coffee from several feet away; the rest of the smell is wild & I hope foreshadows how my tongue will be feeling shortly. Huge coffee, chocolate, vanilla, with the barrel a late, light entry.

I can’t imagine how coffee-forward Parabajava must have been 18 months ago. Even now it’s a java blast to the mouth-skin, but it’s of the smoother variety: less roast, smoothness, integrated tightly into the bourbon barrel, sanding all the rough edges off of both. Bourbon is a long, slow burn mid-palate. Vanilla, slightly scorched wood, soft chocolate & oh, there’s the roast! Not much, but right on the finish. Moderate body & zero alcohol, both of which seem less than likely. Drinkable. Wow. I’m sucking this like it’s coming off of nice teat.

Excellent beer, but next time I order, I’ll ask the house to hold the coffee & just bring me my Parabola black. Still. Not complaining.

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4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourbon, roasted nuts, cocoa, fudge, quite boozy.

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3.98/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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2016 Vintage on Draft

FW BEERS always look more like a porter than a stout. I tend to like the base beer more than this variant, but this is nothing to scoff at. A very tasty brew indeed!!

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
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Parabajava from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 773 ratings
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