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
Ranking:
#98
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
840
pDev:
6.17%
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cultclassic89
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good but overhyped. Got a hint of green pepper.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fossage78
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of luvtotri140
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aleigator
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Parabajava '15

Pours almost entirely black, with a dark brown ember hint to it, when hold against the light. Got a very nice, one finger broad, bubbly, light brown colored head.

Appears very sweet on the nose with lots of fudge and rock sugar, together with a roasted, earthy coffee bean aroma, like you'll get from an Espresso. The barrel does not appear overly pungent on the nose, while it certainly adds a gentle, oaken spiciness, enhancing the milk chocolate richness on the nose quite a bit. The coffee got a nice blueberry nuance to it, which adds an unexpected, well fitting twist to the nose.

Has a supersmooth, thick mouthfeel. Utmost enjoyable with a warm, spicy ending, revealing the full body of the beer in a challenging, enjoyable way.

Tastes of Bourbon soaked chocolate fudge, wrapped up by spicy oak and earth. Coffee adds a scorched roast profile to silk, creamy milk chocolate, with a flowery sweet rock sugar quality to it. Got a spicy mid palate, defined by the warming, yet smooth appearing Bourbon, together with toasty, nutty coffee and lots of whipped cream. Finishes with bitter chocolate, dry coffee, which develops a noble hop leaf quality, a soft Bourbon tickle and sugared whipped cream.

Awesomly complex, decadent huge, with a convincing base beer, receiving further complexity from the barrel as well as from the coffee. Firestone Walker seems to never disappoint, this is just extremely well put together, making use of the coffee to counter the sweetness from the barrel. Bourbon in this is huge, almost sharp, with a great spiciness, adding to the beer in an uncomprimising way, while the brew itself is bold enough to take it.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Provisions Market on 11/17/16.

Equal parts cocoa, coffee and bourbon. Solid.

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4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours light brown, looks dark ruby red in the glass. Pourded with a half finger of head that lingers pretty long.
S: a nice blend of coffee and bourbon. The coffee is bright and fruity vs dark and rich coffee. Smooth bourbon, nice aroma, but not too robust.
T: much like the aroma, fruity/lighter coffee, smooth bourbon. It's lacking chocolate richness.
F: smooth but fairly thin. It's highly carbonated with tingly bubbles...not my preference in ba stouts.
O: good, not great. Let down a bit.

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4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Part of a tasting session, poured into a snifter;
Color is a brown that is near black, with an oily shine to it, pours a half finger of brown head that quickly settles into a thin ring of lacing.
Smell-Lots of coffee, with hints of oak, vanilla, cocoa, and dark fruit, some booze is definitely there on this one.
Taste-Roasted malt flavors of cake, dark fruit, brown sugar and cocoa are there but subtle, the flavor is dominated by strong coffee, there is a better kick that somewhat compliments the sweet malt notes, sigh bit of booze.
Feel-Full bodied and pretty oily, identical texture to Parabola IMO.
Overall-Really tasty beer, i think i prefer Parabola but this did it justice as an interesting variation.

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4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of danh53
4.22/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first sip of this beer sort of blew me away. It has intense bourbon character and a ton of dark fruit. I couldn't drink much of it because it was so intensely sweet and boozy. The experience wore on me as it went on and each sip seemed less enjoyable than the last until it warmed and the flavor profile offered more vanilla and chocolate notes. The coffee is definitely there, but you wouldn't think it was included as an adjunct. This is still a very good beer. I wanted to drink this before the coffee faded, but if you're holding a bottle don't worry if you don't get around to opening it for a while. Given the amazing bourbon notes and the booze, this can only improve with age.

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4.22/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
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 22Blue
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Parabajava from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 840 ratings