Parabajava | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
98.8%
Liked This Beer
4.55 w/ 749 ratings
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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:
#92
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
749
Liked:
740
Avg:
4.55/5
pDev:
6.15%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
427
Gots:
170
Trade:
22
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3.44/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of Jeffo
3.46/5  rDev -24%
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 Reappropriated
3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of 4thFloyd
3.51/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -21.8%
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 Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Black with a small khaki head. Smells of sweet chocolate. Big bourbon aroma. Coffee isn't as strong as I had thought. Tastes has more coffee up front. Very sweet chocolate. Oak, bourbon, and vanilla in the finish. Heavy and sweet. I expected more, but it's good.

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Photo of Desp59
3.72/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I think the coffee takes away from parabola which is an awesome beer.

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Photo of craftaholic
3.72/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buzzword
3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of roodie
3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fahmie25
3.75/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ac24
3.79/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Samsel83
3.8/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stardusthotel83
3.8/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 1levelabove247
3.81/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Artmcd88
3.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LilLebowskiUrbanAchievers
3.9/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.92/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsander
3.92/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tom10101
3.92/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbryant21
3.96/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.98/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coffee black with brown edges and a minimal tan swirl that looks like the disappearing wisps on the top of a latte.

Boy this smells really hot, but smooth, with chocolatey roasty malt and vanilla on the nose and coffee coming in stronger in taste. It's probably better fresh, as this was 2015 bottle, but it's still quite hot on the palate, with some oak, cocoa and raisin. Feel is a little sharp, but thick.

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Photo of Travitten
3.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Parabajava from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98.8% out of 100 with 749 ratings
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