Coconut Rye Parabola
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #48
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4.43 | pDev: 5.42%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Notes: The legendary immensity of Parabola meets the refinement of rye whiskey in this righteously spicy barrel-aged brew. The story of this beer begins when we racked a select lot of Parabola to premium rye whiskey barrels for extended aging. A year later, we toasted shaved coconut over coals of rum barrel wood, then co-mingled it with the rye-aged Parabola for a period of one month. The inclusion of the caramelized coconut amplifies the natural coconut qualities found in our regular bourbon barrel-aged Parabola, while the influence of the rye whiskey barrels adds a distinct peppery character. The result is a racy reinterpretation of a Firestone Walker classic.
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Sandis from Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. This beer is wonderfully thick and creamy with nice coconut and chocolate flavor. Would love to score another bottle of this.

Feb 19, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz pour on tap. Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Aroma and taste are dominated by sweet dark malts, whiskey, vanilla, dark chocolate, and hints of coffee, toasted coconut, and spicy rye. There was not nearly as much coconut as I expected. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous with some alcohol heat. Overall a solid beer but I wish there were more coconut.

Feb 18, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shiny light black with a short khaki foam head.

Astringent metallic malt at first jars the palate a little and makes the woody dry barrel character a little less enjoyable. Coconut, chocolate and vanilla rest in the background, and a hint of green pepper comes up uninvited at times.

Slick yet sticky, the medium-light body brings out a hint of maple on the hot boozy exhale.

Jul 25, 2019
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pour has reddish highlights amidst the pitch black monarchy. Width, length, retention, and lacing are quite substantial

S: Starts as a milky, fudgy, chocolatey, coconut mounds bar: Almond Joy. It’s quite the molten chocolate/coconut mousse upfront with a bit of licorice and spiced peppery disbursement

T: A continuation as the aroma and palate cross paths: sharing notes of the roast-y, nutty, oaky ventures with hints of rye whiskey, caramel, vanilla, and burnt sugar/molasses. An emerging hazelnut comes through on multiple senses, as the coconut subsides yet still a prevalent manifestation. Further development and patience brings light to some rum drenched fruit and smoked biscuit

M: Feel comes with a hefty body, some heat, and moderated bitterness: it’s creamy, silky, and rich yet blends well and doesn’t come across as too cloying or artificial

O: Parabola in and of itself is a more layered, complex platform yet this here is by no means muddled, synthetic, or syrupy but fairly well balanced and rather compulsory

Apr 09, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from bottle. Pours dark brown with light tan head. Aroma of coconut, caramel and cocoa. Sticky and sweet. Flavors of coconut, cocoa, molasses and caramel. Very nice variation on an incredible stout.

Mar 27, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/15/18; drank 9/7/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small khaki head; frothy lace.

Coconut, oak, fresh leather & roast-y dark chocolate notes in the nose.

Medium thick, smooth mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate, fresh leather & mild banana flavors up front; oak & coconut notes on the finish.

In the 4 months since I had this, it's gotten richer, more complex & more enjoyable. I need to check back in on this again soon.

Feb 26, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark appearance with slight tan head. Aroma is a very prominant coconut that is slightly sweet. Taste is an exceptionally good coconut that is very prominant.

Dec 20, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. I love parabola, and this was an excellent variant. Keep all of the base flavors, but cut the smoke and biscuit a little to etch in rye and coconut, plus a tad more vanilla. Amazing, especially when allowed to warm up! Rye especially felt in the body, which alos is a bit more frothy than original. Booze not felt as strongly. Still like the original parabola better, but only by a slight margin.

Dec 11, 2018
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(on tap at Pinocchio's 9th anniversary event... served in a 5 oz snifter)

the coconut is peculiarly subtle in this one... hits the nose and the palate a little at first, then pretty much fades into the background soon after... it pretty much does what their pitch suggests, as far as simply enhancing the already present coconut character from the barrel aging... the rye factor doesn't add much of a spicy angle to it, but it still didn't immediately strike me as a bourbon coloring... still a damn smooth, damn fine, finely-tailored strong stout... soft bump of booze in the aftertaste... would like to maybe try this with the barrel and coconut character a little more raw and rough, but it'd still be worth picking up a bottle for sharing

Dec 09, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Blind Tiger in NYC

Dark brown color. Tastes of coffee with some mild coconut as well.

Great compliment to the Parabola base with more alcohol taste.

Very drinkable.

Nov 20, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft, Barrel Chest & Wine, Roanoke, VA.

Deep brown color, almost black with a small ivory head that settles quickly into the body of the beer. Small continents of lace mapped out behind it.

Sweet chocolate, hints of dark roast coffee, and dark fruit characterize the nose. Hints of malt round it out, but a nice balanced aroma.

The flavor profile is killer. Sweet coconut, chocolate, roasty malts, and dark fruit. Hints of oak and vanilla with a boozy tail create a perfect symphony of flavors. Really compliments that already-great Parabola base.

Medium mouthfeel, soft carbonation and warm, smooth finish. Boozy, but not overly so. Very good overall.

Sep 30, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours dark but not quite black. Smells of coconut, spicy rye whiskey, and milk chocolate. Tastes of whiskey that grows in rye spiciness. Coconut and roasted malt in equal portions. Sweet chocolate. Nutty and oaky in the back end. Big, boozy, sweet, but not that sluggish. A very tasty, if enormous, beer.

Sep 22, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep brown color, and as syrupy smooth as Parabola. I have to say I may have preferred this variant--the coconut flavor is just right, balanced by the sharper flavors of the rye whiskey barrels. Absolutely an eye-closer on every sip.

Aug 19, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a teku

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger creamy off-white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- spicy and peppery rye barrel up front on the nose, followed by that classic sweet fudge aroma with dark chocolate, caramel & vanilla. The coconut is subtle, but noticeable on the backend

T- first impression gives the peppery and spicy rye, as on the nose. Mid-palate brings out the classic Parabola flavors, fudge brownie, molasses, dark fruits and caramel. The finish brings out more barrel, with peppery rye continuing to pop through. The linger adds just a hint of sweet coconut

M-medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- a solid variant of one of my favorite stouts, although I prefer the regular

Jul 09, 2018
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jakecattleco from California

4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from batch 1 into a tulip glass.

L: Pours jet black with 1 finger of low-density dark brown head with very minimal retention and left no lacing.

S: Nose starts out sweet initially, plenty of coconut and cherries. The longer it sits in the glass the more dimensions it gains, vanilla, char, and whiskey undertones (once finally at room temperature).

T: Heavy on the cherries, chocolate, and vanilla. Coconut is noticeable, but less prominent than on the nose. The spiciness from the rye adds a nice dimension, but does so subtly. Finishes with a bit of lingering sweetness on the palate.

F: Medium bodied with lower carbonation, silky on the tongue and swallow. Seems a bit thinner than I remember of Parabola.

O: A delicious variant on a great beer. Definitely enjoyed both the coconut and rye aspects, but wish their prominence would've been reversed for my preferences (not much of a sweet tooth, and enjoy rye whiskey). That said, quite happy I have another bottle to age, and will see if the coconut fades a bit. Well done FW, as always!

Jul 01, 2018
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John_M from Oregon

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

On tap at the Apex the other day.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get considerable dark chocolate and licorice, but with some underlying coconut as well, along with light rye, vanilla and coffee. Smells pretty good, though I guess I was expecting a bit more coconut and a sweeter aroma, and more of a pronounced barrel aging quality. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet beer, with some noticeable heat and rough bitterness in the finish that was a bit off putting. The beer was full bodied with a long finish otherwise, and I thought drinkability was OK.

Certainly a good beer, but not as great as I was expecting and hoping for. I almost wonder if a little short term cellaring might not do this beer some good.

Jun 14, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Reno Beer Invitational over the weekend (Saturday). Poured black like Parabola. Tan head 1/4". Aroma did get the coconut across while still dropping that heavily roasted imperial stout along with all the bourbon accoutrements, even still allowing the charred barrel to make the smallest resonance in the nose.

Taste, you pick up the rye sweetness relative to the "normal" barrel. The coconut is present without going the sugary route for it. The slight uptick in sweetness does give the body a thinner than normal feel, but since Parabola normal is thick AF, this is not a problem at all. Its a good example of coconut use that isn't over the top nor inconsequential. I have a big backlog of Parabola going back to batch 1, but boy do I wish some of those were this. . . oh ya, hid the alcohol very well, just like the reg version.

Jun 11, 2018
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark black, Aroma includes the coconut, malts and coffee. Taste is amazing with coconut flavor is present but very much balanced with the malts, chocolate, coffee and caramel & with just enough BA flavor. The feel is slightly thin (relatively speaking) for what you taste. Overall -- a simply incredible RIS.

Jun 11, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Colter Bay in Buffalo, NY.

This one pours a very dark black color, with very small wispy head, and no lacing.

This smells like toasted coconut- authentic, and not too sweet, with caramel, roasted malt, dark espresso, spicy oak, rye, and caramel.

This is absolutely excellent, and a major upgrade to an already great beer. The coconut flavor melds so well with what you expect from Parabola- as there's already a slight coconut note to Parabola anyway, from the barrel. It's slightly sweet, but mostly there's an earthy toasted character to it, with some new caramel notes, and a killer spicy oak and rye flavor. It's not boozy at all, either, which is great. There's also tons of chocolate, some dark and steely espresso coffee flavors, and lots of roast.

This is medium bodied, rich, creamy, and surprisingly drinkable for the ABV. It's not incredibly thick, but the body works well.

This is really excellent- it's an inspired move to twist Parabola in this way. The original beer itself is absolutely great, and this just adds more.

May 28, 2018
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Vanlingleipa from California

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow... Usually when I see that comment and then taste that beer, it means some adjunct has been a bit overdone. With Coconut Rye Parabola, not a problem. I was very impressed with the flavor balance, particularly since Parabola has seemed a bit too boozy the last couple years. Now, the only problem is I can't find enough CRP.

May 08, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Tan head. Dark brown color. Not even black.

Coconut is there but it’s a bit light. I wanted more. A lot of rye barrel and rye spice. Some chocolate. Cocoa powder.

Full bodied, but not oil thick. Spiced feel to it.

Solid, but I had higher hopes for it!

May 05, 2018
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emyers from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into teku glass. 2018 vintage.

Near black with half inch medium brown head

Nose: coconut, chocolate, bourbon, oak. Coffee undertones as well as some dark fruit.

Taste: chocolate covered coconut dominates the flavor profile. Barrel character is definitely there but more complimentary than central. Phenomenal balance and depth of flavor.

Full-bodied, smooth, appropriately low carbonation. Crazy drinkable for the alcohol content.

May 03, 2018
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VeganUndead from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drink this at almost room temp. The flavor profile and mouthfeel is fantastic however the coconut isn't very prevalent, only coming through slightly as it warms

May 02, 2018
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer suffers from the overall degeneration of Parabola. If this same treatment was applied to the Parabola of 5 years ago, we'd really have a winner here. However, Parabola is simply not all that great of a starting point anymore. It's completely devoid of body, so the beer takes on an incredibly boozy character. This beer was HOT. Burning alcohol that really overpowered the coconut. As it warmed, the coconut became more obvious, but it was hidden behind a thick wall of alcohol. It was good, but man, it could have been great!

Apr 19, 2018
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ChipChaight from New York

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery in Paso Robles, CA.
Pours black with quickly dissipating thin white head, smell is chocolate macaroon and boozy chewy chocolate cake, taste is spicy toasted coconut, roasted coffee/bitter chocolate, finishes with slightly spicy rye whisky warmth, this beer is smooth and full bodied. A chocolate covered rye whisky soaked macaroon delight. Yum.

Apr 11, 2018
Coconut Rye Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 125 ratings