Cocoanut Parabola
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #208
ABV:
14%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,953
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 4.71%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
16
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
92
Outstanding
Notes: Aged in bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs and toasted coconut.
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Reviews by emyers:
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emyers from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark brown with a thin beige head.

Nose: Cocoa and toasted coconut lead, but still has a lot of base Parabola in the nose as well with dark fruit and bourbon.

Taste: Exceptional. Base Parabola dominates up front - dark chocolate, vinous character along with bourbon and oak. Toasted coconut and milk chocolate come on strong on the finish and complement the Parabola flavor profile beautifully. A very nuanced BA stout with layers of flavor.

Feel: Medium body, low carbonation. Extremely smooth. Finishes fairly dry.

Jan 20, 2020
More User Reviews:
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johnInLA from California

4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

May 01, 2020
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crobinso from Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 23, 2020
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jakecattleco from California

4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 26, 2020
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4.09/5: A great Parabola variant; strikes a deft balance between being an old-school RIS and a new-school pastry stout

Oct 07, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

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

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours dark brown nearly black with a frothy khaki head that settles to a thin layer and laces nicely.

S: Opens with big molasses and dark sugar, smooth bourbon, roasty, dark chocolate, char, and coffee, earthy notes, a little vanilla and spice, and just a hint of coconut.

T: Roasty, a little char and faint smoke, dark chocolate, coffee, big dark sugar, bourbon, faint vanilla, some spice, earthy, molasses, touch of oak, and subtle toasted coconut that comes out a little more as it warms, especially on the finish.

M: Full body, moderately soft carbonation, just a touch of warmth, but not unpleasant. Holds it's ABV really well.

O: Cool variant of one of my favorite imperial stouts. Wasn't sure how much coconut they would throw at it, but I think they got it just about right. Nice accent. Doesn't beat you over the head announcing it's presence or throw off the balance of the base beer.

Mar 14, 2020
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 03, 2020
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IKR from California

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2020 Bottle

Appearance: Dark brown bordering on Black (appears very dark brown at the edges if held up to a light). The beer has has a medium sized dark brown head which slowly faded to a ring.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon, chocolate, and mild coconut come through, followed by some brown sugar notes. Nice smelling beer.

Taste: Following the nose I get moderate Bourbon notes, chocolate notes along with some faint coconut notes. I also get some drying oak notes, and roast malts in the finish is which is fairly dry. Very slight alcohol presence in the finish very subtle for the ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium to full bodied with a medium level of carbonation appropriate tor the style.

Overall: A nice Parabola variant. The chocolate and coconut additions are nice additions to the base Parabola and bring some additional complexity to the base Parabola taste profile.

Apr 09, 2020
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at FW Propagator. Smooth dark semi bitter sweet chocolate and notable but gentle coconut. Pours a gorgeous Parabola dark mahogany/ cherry with a creamy tan head. Head quickly dissipates to lingering halo. Nose is rich with base and cocoa; some coconut sweetness. Taste mirrors; lingering with a rich but not bitter chocolate married to the natural coconut sweetness and nuttiness. Smooth and swirling with combination not homogenization of flavors. Not syrupy. Amazing.

Jan 29, 2020
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dshansen1184 from Washington

4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 15, 2020
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Jcarriglio from Florida

4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jul 07, 2020
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Curt3 from New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Apr 02, 2020
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rand from California

4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Jet-black appearance, scant lacing or head. Toasty, oaky aromas, coffee notes and unsweetened cocoa. Big chocolate notes on the palate, touches of carob and anise add depth. Medium finish, bittersweet.

Another delicious BBA from FW, although loses some loses some points because the toasted coconut is nowhere to be found.

May 10, 2020
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fthegiants from California

4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 01, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brew Bank Topeka. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, toasted coconut, oak, vanilla and booziness. Bourbon taste dominates with lots of chocolate and malt. The coconut is present but muted.

Feb 29, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Loving the parabola variants being more easily available now! Shimmering pitch black body with a thin brown cap. Smells strongly of various chocolates, coconut, vanilla, bourbon slight smoke, leather and molasses too. Taste enmeshes the title flavors into both the barrel and the base parabola flavors very well. Wood stands out nicely as a counter to the growing sweetness, earth and slight smoke too. Finishes so clean and balanced. Feel is robust yet smooth, doesn't get too sweet in the taste and part of that is because the body does well to hold that sweetness in a complex matrix. Great variant

Mar 06, 2020
Cocoanut Parabola from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 16 ratings