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Firestone Walker Parabajava
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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. I’m pretty stoked on the results!


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1191) - Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2014
On draught at Saraveza during Luncheon with the Lion for the final day of PDX Beer Week. Black in color with dark tan head on the sides of the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, deep roasted malts, and a touch of smoke. Taste is cocoa nibs, espresso beans, cold brewed coffee, smoke, and a hint of spicy heat. The stout flavors meld well with the coffee, neither one overshadowing the other.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1315) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Draft at EBF. Really, really sweet creamed coffee, not quite Mocha Wednesday levels of sweet but definitely a bit much for me. Not nearly as complex or delicious as the base beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (443) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2014
On tap at Dark Lord Day 2014. Looks perfect - dark with big mocha head. Aroma is perfect - coffee and oak. Taste is lots and lots of coffee, so much so that it takes precedence totally over the bourbon ageing. Nice but think it needs more of the coffee held in balance. Finish is bitterness from the black gold. Nice imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anthony850 (239) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2014
On tap chocolate with Carmel and coffee . Rounding out with a hint of rum and coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (1940) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2014 Échantillonné du Extreme beer fest 2014: Liquide d’introduction à une fin de semaine survoltée. Un nez vigoureux de moka fumé bourbonné adéquatement. En bouche c’est la même texture que la régulière avec le café qui pointe avec force. Sans surprise, les saveurs se fusionnent superbement.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3526) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 23, 2014
sample at extreme beer fest, great barrel aging. this firestones answer to gooseisland coffee bourbon county. This is a huge roasty ashy bomb, tons of bourbon and coffee flavors, everything about this is huge and it works great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (2224) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Another massive winner from firestone. Tons of espresso flavors on top of parabolas already great rich roasty smooth imp stout. They did a really nice job with this. If youre gonna go coffee go big imo.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1333) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Tap @ Barrelworks. Black pour with a slick of tan foam. Semi-harsh and bitter coffee with underlying roast and chocolate with bourbon (coconut and marshmallow). Taste is fairly bitter with the coffee but there’s a nice bourbon/chocolate melange. Coating mouthfeel. Solid beer but the coffee trends a bit too much on the bitter side.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barn0216 (385) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Tap at barrelworks. Black color, minimal foam. Fresh roast coffee aroma, some cocoa. Coffee forward flavor as well. Astringent, bitter, chocolate tries to poke through occasionally but is quickly beaten down. Good beer but you won’t like it unless you enjoy coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10530) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 25, 2013
On tap @ Barrelworks. Black in color with a finger of tan head. Aroma is intense coffee with a nice vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate nose. Brown sugar, roasted malt, and graham cracker. Nice sweetness to the flavor. Plenty of coffee, graham cracker, and vanilla. Caramel, bourbon, and a bit of roasted malt. Nice cracker sweetness, brown sugar, and some licorice.


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