Parabajava | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
736
Reviews:
91
Avg:
4.55
pDev:
6.37%
 
 
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Despite the unsavory rumors that had been circulating about this vintage, Parabajava was picture-perfect both in terms of its strengths and its flaws:

Dark chocolate, sweet figs, and jammy dates dominate the initial impression on the nose. The coffee note on this brew reminds me of sniffing cold espresso stains; there's unmistakably a hint of intensity at first, but it doesn't linger long enough to leave a clear impression. Unlike previous iterations of FW's barrel-aged offerings, the bourbon is more of a pleasant accentuation rather than an all-enveloping force majeur.

The nose is well-matched on the palate, with sweet notes of chocolate, figs, and a hint of molasses leading the initial flavor advance. The coffee intervenes forcefully yet briefly toward the end to neutralize some of the sugar overload, before the oaky bourbon steps in to sprinkle the finishing touches.

The biggest surprise for me was the mouthfeel; unlike its non-coffee infused cousin, Parabajava sports a respectable body, imparting a tiny hint of stickiness on the lips between sips. There's little-to-no carbonation, as expected from the style, and the 14% ABV is hidden very dangerously without a trace of heat / booze burn.

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l: jet black - thick khaki head
s: smooth blend of bourbon and coffee - notes of chocolate and roasted malts
t: right in line with nose - the only coffee BA stout i have had where the taste is actually more smooth than the original beer.
f: again, incredibly smooth and full bodied. i generally feel adding coffee gives BA stouts a thinner mouthfeel but not the case here
o: without a doubt the best coffee BA stout I have ever tasted and among the best beers i have ever had

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Parabajava from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.55 out of 5 based on 736 ratings.
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