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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajnepple (5204) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2016
On tap at Fire On The Mountain - Denver. Black appearance with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee/espresso, dark chocolate, mild oak, light vanilla, light caramel/toffee and hints of smoke and bourbon. Similar flavor, rich and delicious, adding medium plus sweetness and light bitterness. Full body with a smooth, creamy feel. The ABV is hidden well, especially after it warms up a little. Amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1915) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Draft at Fire on the Mountain, Denver. Dark brown with translucent edges..thinner and lighter than regular Parabola but still quite dark and full bodied. Nose is sweet bourbon barrel elements, vanilla, quality medium roast coffee. Taste is slightly hot, fairly sweet but not cloying with nice flavors of quality coffee, dark roast malts, vanilla, barrel. Wish it wasn’t so hot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (7472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Black pour under a thin tan head. Sumptuous and dark and boozy nose of coffee, dark smokey black malt roast, more dark roasted coffee, a touch of bittersweet cocoa, a little licorice and a boozy phenols. Huge flavor that’s dark and roasty/smokey that’s got some light booze heat, a load of coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, wood, and a boozy coffee finish. Really great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh (10624) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 8, 2016
Sampled at the Great American Beer Festival 2016, Denver, CO.
Black color with a small tan head. Strong sweetness, whiskey, chocolate and roasted malt in a tempting aroma. The flavor is strong roasted malt, whiskey, sweetness, raisins, dark fruits and yumminess. Rich and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (804) - GERMANY - OCT 3, 2016
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pilsnertest (102) - SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2016
Sample from The 5th Element presentation with Jeffers Richardson @ Akkurat, Sep 27. Taste of dark chocolate, liquorice, coffee with sugar, mint chocolate and hints of smoked tea. Extremely well balanced coffee taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (1409) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2016
Dégustée en compagnie de l’Espion. Cheers vieux! Un liquide étonnamment clair, si je compare sa robe à l’image que je m’en faisais. reflets brus caramels, roux, plutôt claire et présentant une mousse blanc cassée formée de fines bulles de courte vie. Un nez chargé de sucres caramélisés, de de toffee, de chêne vanillé, de chocolat noir et d’un bourbon chaud. Aucune trace de torréfaction, de grains rôtis ni même de café. Je suis très étonné de n’y retrouver aucun café alors que cette bouteille du millésime 2015 est encore bien fraîche et d’actualité. Ma bouche confirme ce que mes narines ont préalablement pressenti: le café est très timide et ne se manifeste qu’en finale présentant une pointe d’amertume encore bien discrète, mais rien de plus. Le reste n’est qu’un amalgame parfaitement balancé de mélasse, de caramel, de toffee et de bois vanillé. Effervescence faible, buvabilité grande, je retrouve peu de caractéristiques de stout dans cette bière qui me rappelle plutôt le style strong ale qu’impérial stout. Il n’en demeure pas moins que cette bière est un véritable délice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3423) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Barrel bouquet. Big smooth whiskey notes give way to bitter coffee, dark roasted malts, vanilla, oak, and caramel highlights. A bit thinner in the body, good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (1411) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2016
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle share @ Hampton Inn pre-DLD 2016. Pour is black with a medium tan head. Flavor and aroma of dark roasted coffee, dark fruit, chocolate, sweet bourbon, and espresso. Finish is very boozy compared to the body.

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