Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #8
Ranked #137
4.53 | pDev: 6.18%
Mar 25, 2022
Apr 13, 2013
Notes: 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.
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4.1 by BarrelAgedG from California on Mar 25, 2022
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4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Served from tap in a flared pokal at Consume.

Pours a deep onyx topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises sweet coffee, roasted malts, cocoa, and a twinge of whiskey barrel. The taste brings in more of the same, the coffee attempting to crowd out all else, though mostly in vain. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. A very nice bit of coffee-centric impy goodness.

Mar 17, 2022
4.14 by rab53 from Washington on Jan 24, 2022
4.54 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 18, 2022
4.35 by Taenim from New Jersey on Jan 08, 2022
4.73 by beermanben from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours black with a finger of tan-khaki foam. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty, and caramely malts with some mild coffee mixed into the nose. Dark chocolate and molasses mingle for a little sweetness and complexity. Flavor profile is heavy stout, with roasty, toasty, caramely, nutty, and bready malts. Coffee comes in just after the start and lingers to the end. Mild coffee notes. Dark chocolate and molasses add a little further sweetness. Some bourbon and alcohol heat on the backend. Mouth feel is thick and heavy with a surprisingly still texture. Overall, heavy stout with some great coffee notes and some boozy heat too. Good blend of each, allowing the base stout to shine through the mix.


Sep 19, 2021
4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio on Aug 24, 2021
4.58 by SpdKilz from Illinois on Aug 23, 2021
4.83 by CAcker from California on Aug 09, 2021
4.25 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by puck1225 from Texas

Extraordinarily rich and flavorful stout. Smell and taste of stewed, sweetened dark berries. Intense dark chocolate. Subtle licorice and dark coffee. Bourbon whiskey background that is more pronounced as it warms - boozy. Excellent head and lacing atop a rich dark brown. Glad to have found it on tap.

May 03, 2021
4.25 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Mar 06, 2021
4.5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 03, 2021
4.44 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
5 by Ziosa from Missouri on Jan 06, 2021
4.06 by Hopelessly0 from California on Nov 10, 2020
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4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by BillAfromSoCal from California

2019 vintage, 13.2% ABV, 56 IBU, purchased form the cooler at Firestone in September and refrigerated until now (about 5-6 weeks later) poured into 2 snifters from a 12 oz bottle. Off-black color, about 1/8 inch or less of head. virtually no lacing. Wonderful roasted grain and coffee smell, but not as intense as some others like this style. Taste follows the brewer's description quite well. Most excellent mouthfeel; very smooth and viscous. Overall one excellent beer marred only by the hefty pricetag of $10/12oz and I prefer a little more head retention and a little more coffee-forward smell, which I admit is totally subjective.

Oct 25, 2020
4.54 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Sep 17, 2020
4.58 by Dadthew from New York on Jul 28, 2020
4.85 by Spartie05 from Michigan on Jul 20, 2020
4.45 by clay23 from New York on Jun 30, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

Look: very dark brown, nearly opaque. Some cola highlights when held to light. Nice frothy mocha head.
Smell: big roasty semi sweet chocolate and coffee.
Taste: much like the nose. A slight bitterness in the finish, but very balanced by semi sweet chocolate.

Jun 07, 2020
4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida on May 25, 2020
4.53 by MJSFS from Florida on May 13, 2020
4.14 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on May 09, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
4.5 by Nedster10 from Michigan on Apr 13, 2020
4.5 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Mar 10, 2020
4.72 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Mar 10, 2020
4.46 by user785335 from Florida on Mar 06, 2020
4.55 by jvillefan from California on Feb 25, 2020
4.62 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Feb 20, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BillRoth from Maryland

Had on tap at FW Propagator.

Feb 06, 2020
4.28 by socon67 from New York on Jan 24, 2020
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4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by jakecattleco from California

12oz bottle of 2019.

Coffee so well done as complimentary accent. Nose was far more dynamic on the bottle, and the taste was exquisite. More coffee presence than the previous batch. Loved it!

Jan 22, 2020
4.54 by MeLoynes from Missouri on Jan 12, 2020
4.56 by Kmkapalka from Delaware on Jan 12, 2020
4.25 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Dec 29, 2019
4.5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Dec 29, 2019
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