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
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
672
Avg:
4.55
pDev:
6.15%
 
 
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Photo of Gambyt20
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Only beer I went in line twice to get a second pour at FoBAB, even more complex and balanced than Parabola with the coffee element. I love coffee beers and Parabola being probably my favorite BA stout this just goes over the top. This beer need nationwide distro!

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good lord, the hype on this one is justified. This is probably one of the top 3 coffee beers I have ever had. It has all the great flavors of a Parabola with toffee, burnt sugar, chocolate, etc with the adding addition of delicious bitter coffee. Such a great beer.

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Photo of Redgoatman
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this gem on the release day at Barrel Works.

This beer is exactly what you would expect, black as night, this is a straight coffee bomb. Nice roasted coffee with subtle vanilla, bourbon, and other barrel goodness. Coffee is by far the star of the show and is up front and in your face. Very balanced but a coffee bomb, awesome stuff.

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Photo of Blahstarr
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Coffee ridiculous, great bourbon and chocolate notes and Not so hot it is in drinkable. Mouthfeel is just right and not thin by any means. Drink now, save, whatever your preference will not take away from this amazing beer.

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Photo of South2NW
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first 5 beer! Absolutely phenomenal. Everything you want from a coffee beer. Huge coffee aroma, and taste. Perfectly full body. Nicely balanced and just the right amount of barrel character. I wish I had more.
It's like I dunked a chocolate biscotti into my espresso and chased it with a shot of bourbon. Marvelous.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
5/5  rDev +9.9%
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 SaulFox
4.99/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of crob3888
4.99/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Parabola's equal in every way. Super chocolatey, some espresso content (which seems to have faded a bit with age), and a good amount of vanilla/marshmallow sweetness and wonderful dark fruit/leather bourbon and oak qualities. Boozy but not super hot. Just outstanding. Let it warm and drink it slow! Savor it.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.97/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - nice dark brown/black beer with some head that leaves reasonable lacing
S - big coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, toasted coconut, chocolate (dark and milk), cocoa, amazing
T - also big coffee, bourbon, oak up front, vanilla, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, then molasses, caramel, wholesome/umami flavor, toasted coconut
M - big thick, heavy beer, alcohol completely covered at 13%, aftertaste is coffee, bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate.
O - great beer. Only two coffee bba impy stouts make my best beers of all time list - parabajava and kbs. The rest ive tried including NH Dragons Milk w coffee and chocolate and Avery Tweak just arent that good. Parabajava and Parabola are about the same to me, theyre just different sub-styles of the same style -> basically both 5/5 beer to me.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.97/5  rDev +9.2%
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 runninman
4.97/5  rDev +9.2%
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 brenty0man
4.96/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Honestly this was the best beer I have ever tried. This is a perfect blend of coffee and malty roasted goodness.

The appearance was very dark, basically black. It had a dark tan head.

The smell was roasted espresso with Caramel sweetness and Bourbon. The taste was similar.

Overall the best tasting coffee barrel aged stout I've ever had.

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Photo of Drel
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Takes a perfect base beer and adds another layer of delicious flavor. The coffee adds just enough complexity to the parabola beer. I didn't think parabola could get any better...but here we are.

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Photo of FFreak
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle poured into a teku. Dark brown, almost black with a very short java head that drops leaving just a ring. Excellent nose and taste....fantastic. Feel could be a bit thicker, although I actually prefer a less viscous stout. Overall, an incredibly good BA coffee stout.

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Photo of BG24
4.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Edit from original rating
22oz bottle
Pours nice deep black with good head
Coffee dominates the nose but the barrel is not overshadowed.
Taste is AMAZING coffee comes through first then dark chocolate and hints of caramel. Not overly hot but you definitely get a solid barrel presence.
Overall another Amazing release from Firestone Walker. One of the most balanced bourbon coffee stouts. Its drinking great fresh and I can see this aging nicely.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is awesome. Smells like a fresh batch of coffee brownies dipped in bourbon. The mouthfeel is a nice medium plus. This is a step up from the original. Well done, firestone walker. Well done.

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Photo of gibgink
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Giving this beer the score that mimics my rating of Parabola, as it is just as tasty as that beer. However, I will note that this beer was shared with 7 people, and I do not remember anyone getting any coffee flavor from the beer.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
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 CJNAPS
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one I wish Firestone would put out in distribution like Parabola. This was great nothing can beat the taste of Parabola with a hint of coffee. Cheers.

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Photo of yoitsarch
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark dark dark!
S: So much coffee and chocolate with a nice blend of bourbon vanilla notes
T: This is a coffee bomb! Wow, their barrel aging program simply is amazing, firestone walker does not disappoint. Chocolate covered espresso bean. A tiny bit of heat to it though.
F: Feel is medium
O: Overall this is a fantastic variant of Parabola. Extremely happy that theybhave finally decided to bottle this fine mastepiece.

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Photo of dar482
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Lochnessmonster
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow what a beer! I've always found Parabola to be just a bit underwhelming (still delicious, but there are better BA stouts out there); however Parabajava was exactly the punch of flavor it was needing. The coffee takes this beer to the next level, and easily makes it one of the best coffee stouts I've ever had. Can't wait to have it again!

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Photo of Roguer
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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 dannyfayy
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nearly perfect BA Coffee Stout. Incredibly smooth coffee flavor. Perfect balance of coffee, barrel, and roast. Goes down way too easy for 14%. If I had to nitpick, its a touch sweet, but far from being "BT sweet."

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Photo of BergBeer
4.76/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Oily opaque black with almost no head. Mild activity. Poured thick.

Smell: Rich dark chocolate, dates, fig jam, vanilla, cold brew coffee, bourbon, and a toffee sweet note. Thick and heavy on the nose.

Taste: Decadent brownie batter soaked in bourbon. Notes of undiluted cold brewed coffee, vanilla, a smoky bourbon, lightly bitter roasted malt, and some dark pitted fruit notes.

Feel: Viscous and heavy. This beer moves like molasses across the palate slowly coating every inch. Booze is present in a slight heat on the throat and warming in the chest.

Overall: Brilliant. Bourbon soaked brownie batter is the best way to explain it only improved with coffee. The amount of intense flavors that layer on top of each other is incredible. Especially how they all play their part with none becoming overwhelming. The coffee is a brilliant edition that shines through perfectly to compliment the base beer. One of the best beers I've ever had

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4.55 out of 5 based on 672 ratings.
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