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

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Avg:
4.55
pDev:
6.15%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 stevoj
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Saturday night bottle share. Bottle share courtesy of Darrel. Incredibly smooth, silky. Best of the best. Absolutely sublime.cFW scores again. I’m not worthy.

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

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a small to non-existent head, and no lacing.

Smells like roasty and nutty coffee, cookie dough, oak, earthy vanilla, graham cracker, and light bourbon.

It's not surprising that this is pretty incredible. There's a lot going here. There's the classic dusty but vibrant FW barrel profile, light barrel spice, oak, and earthy vanilla, with bitter and nutty coffee- roasty and very fresh tasting. There's still a good amount of roasty character here, some light smoke, graham cracker breadiness, and very dark bitter chocolate. There's only a small hint of bourbon but it rounds it out pretty well.

Like most of FW's barrel aged beers, this is not incredibly thick, but it's just the right consistency to give it a perfectly drinkable body.

This is absolutely wonderful. One of this brewery's best.

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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 John_M
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 16 tons last night.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with excellent head retention, and very fine, almost creamy lacing. This beer looks spectacular (but then what would you expect?). On the nose, this really is just a coffee version of Parabola. It has all the same characteristics of the regular parabola (milk chocolate by the boat load, vanilla, bourbon and milk duds), but with a huge coffee presence as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this rich, sweet, impressive BA stout. The coffee tended to drown out the bourbon and sweetness somewhat, but it still wasn't at all overwhelming. Mouthfeel was very full, and like the regular parabola, the beer was long, fairly soft, and very smooth on the palate. Parabajava seemed to be a bit less boozy than parabola, but this is still a big beer.

Excellent stuff, obviously.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with minimal head. Smell is of roasted coffee and oaky bourbon. Taste is oak barrels followed by coffee and finishes on the back of the palate with the bourbon. A really good beer.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Transparent black color with lingering head. Nose is roasty with a hint of coffee. Taste is a bitter coffee with a hint of barrel. Finish is slightly bitter and medium thickness. Overall a solid beer, but nowhere near expectations.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a little thinner than I prefer from a stout, but the smell makes me forget about that. Tons of coffee immediately. Like, the smell of a coffee maker dripping into the pot. Taste is much of the same with a strong, rich coffee flavor, and that great vanilla barrel quality from the Parabola. Great beer.

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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 wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes a ways back…
Not quite jet black, dark head, heavy coffee notes, burnt beans soaked in bourbon. Brown sugar, more coffee, charred barrel, faint booze, not crazy complex but everything’s so intense. Has some weight, enough bubbles to give it some life and very mild heat for 14%

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

650ml bottle, 2016 release. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark brown body, nearly black, opaque with a nice bubbly one finger offwhite head, good retention, even a bit of lacing. Smells of rich bourbon, chocolate, brownies, fair bit of espresso, vanillin, oak. This is a very impressive aroma; the coffee doesn't seem to come across as strongly as say, BCBCS, but it seems to play more of a complementary role here. Flavour is similar; the coffee is there but it's not overpowering, it adds to the complexity of the base Parabola with plenty of brownies, milk chocolate, oak, touch of leather, vanillin, even a touch of bitter, earthy dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, creamy with good carbonation and solid effervescence. Overall, a nice complex dessert beer with a touch of espresso. It's not a huge coffee bomb, be forewarned, but you aren't going to miss that too much if you enjoy the base Parabola.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark black color with a light tan head that dissipates quickly. Smell is oak, bourbon, coffee, chocolate. Taste reflect much of the same - bitter chocolate and coffee shine through the heaviest. Very smooth, sticky mouthfeel. Excellent stuff

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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 Keananmichael5
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really really great beer! I mean who could ask for anything more then adding coffee to Parabola!?!? If only there was a little more coffee taste this would be a close to perfect beer

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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 Hootie159
4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. One finger reasonably dark head. Good edge ring and film. Strong barrel note and coffee smell. Taste picks it up a notch. Bit of bourbon heat with a sweet sting. Bitter coffee with some acidity. Some dark chocolate notes. Smooth for days. Good brew.

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

Lots of toffee and caramel on the front end with brown sugar, hazelnut, maple and bourbonesque cream. The coffee is actually secondary to the much stronger Barleywine characters. Listed as an Imperial Stout I felt this tasted more like a barrel aged barleywine. Despite that this is delicious.

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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 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 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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