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
Ratings:
726
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.55
pDev:
6.15%
 
 
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Photo of Texasfan549
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at hopodyssey's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, coffee bean, brewed coffee, and cream aromas. Taste is much the same with coffee bean, brewed coffee, cream, cocoa powder, caramel, and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a perfect creamy coffee smell and fantastic flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of spycow
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5000th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2015 vintage, bottled on 10/20/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge nutty dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, molasses, fudge, vanilla, cream, toasted oak, bourbon, and dark bread; with lighter notes of dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, leather, and roast/oak/toasted earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warms, but really minimal. Incredible aromas with amazing balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge nutty dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, molasses, fudge, vanilla, cream, toasted oak, bourbon, and dark bread; with lighter notes of dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, leather, and roast/oak/toasted earthiness. Moderate roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of nutty coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, molasses, fudge, vanilla, cream, toasted oak, bourbon, dark bread, light dark fruit/smoke, and roast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast bitterness and oak spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden; a small pleasant warmth lingers after the finish, with minimal barrel booziness. Overall this is an insane BBA imperial coffee stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. The balance of malt, coffee, and barrel flavors is pretty much perfect; with some nice underlying complexity from the age of the bottle. This felt far more aromatic and less boozy than the base beer when I originally had it. A highly amazing offering all around.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage

Light khaki head. Dark brown color. Black.

A bit of booze up front. Lots of cocoa. Roasted malts and chocolate. Bitter coffee. Bourbon and vanilla.

This beer is still hot after a year. I am not too impressed with it. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from CollaBREWtive Father's Day Brunch event @ Tiatro.

A: Pours a clear golden with a thin (1/4-inch) white head which fades to the rim and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Roasted coffee, dark cocoa, hint of boozy bourbon,

T: Complex blending of softly mellow, low acidity, coffee with some fruity citrus and toffee. Slight molasses, smokey oak, bourbon.

M: Semi-full body and medium carbonation. Rich, lusciously smoot,h roasted coffee finish.

O: A delight. Keep it coming! Winner.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really dark brown color with brown head. Aroma has milk chocolate and fudge with some sweet coffee and bourbon on top. Taste starts bittersweet with caramel and a hint of bourbon. Finish has fudge and milk coffee with some roasty bitterness. Medium plus body, really smooth. Overall it's a really nice variation of the regular Parabola with maybe less bourbon character but extra coffee.

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Photo of billab914
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Parabajava from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.55 out of 5 based on 726 ratings.
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