Release 2017 Firestone Walker Parabola

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by raynmoon, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. raynmoon

    raynmoon Defender (687) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    From Firestone's Instagram, releasing this Friday at Firestone locations, limit 12 bottles. Much nicer limit than previous years, perhaps they made more?! Also, has anyone else noticed the recipe change over the passed few years? 167 SRM to 103 SRm the passed few vintages.
     
  2. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (373) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    It's not that they made more, it's because it's in 12 oz bottles.
     
  3. raynmoon

    raynmoon Defender (687) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    Last year they did a 2 bottle limit, however. Significantly more oz per person this year.
     
  4. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (373) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    oh nice. i hope they made more and it's as easy to find as Bravo was in Massachusetts.
     
  5. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (442) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Pumped! I'm sitting on a 2016 still, but would love to add a 12 oz vertical to try it against. Possibly my favorite beer, period.
     
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  6. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (4,597) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    I'll be on the look out for it.

    Cheers!
     
  7. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Meyvn (1,266) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Perhaps this will be my year to try it.
     
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  8. Brent212

    Brent212 Initiate (82) Jan 13, 2014 California
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    Really didn't like 2016 at all. Hoping this year is more like previous years.
     
  9. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Champion (858) Nov 3, 2013 California
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    Grabbing this one as always. Cheers
     
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  10. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Champion (858) Nov 3, 2013 California
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    I thought last wasn't as good as previous years, hope this years is better.
     
  11. Prep8611

    Prep8611 Initiate (134) Aug 22, 2014 New Jersey

    My beer store has four saved for me. Can't wait.
     
  12. vette-ss

    vette-ss Aspirant (222) Nov 5, 2014 Michigan
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    Just curious....how hard will this be to get in the CA market? Planning my first trip there week after Easter and FW is on my to-visit list. Would like to pick some of this (and other FW boxed beers) up if possible. Coming in with a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, leaving with a full baggage of beer.
     
  13. KevSal

    KevSal Savant (908) Oct 17, 2010 California
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    website said its a blend of whiskeys including pappy van winkle. Is that always or just this year?

    with the new format, i plan to kill quite a lot of this guy for sure, i cant wait
     
  14. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (442) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Here is the website info for the blend this year:

    Parabola
    Russian Imperial Stout
    March 25, 2017 Release
    Parabola is a beer of darkness and immensity, a barrel-aged beast that is routinely ranked as one of the top beers in the world. This Russian imperial oatmeal stout is aged for a full year in a blend of bourbon barrels from Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Pappy Van Winkle, Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace, developing flavors of rich, chewy roasted malts, charred oak and bourbony vanilla. Parabola bares its teeth with its impenetrable black hue and soaring alcohol, yet its bite remains refined with a silky, balanced finish.


    I have a 2016 and I'm pretty sure it was the same blend of barrels but would have to check.
     
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  15. JayWhitson

    JayWhitson Devotee (422) Feb 25, 2015 Montana
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    ...and it's over 14% so none for Montana :mad::mad::mad:
     
  16. rypkr

    rypkr Zealot (578) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    What are the 12% bottles expected to go for price wise?
     
  17. JayORear

    JayORear Zealot (551) Feb 22, 2012 California
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    Saturday, not Friday.
     
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  18. BWood

    BWood Zealot (509) Jan 4, 2015 California
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    Its pretty easy to get in CA. Just make the rounds to different stores.
     
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  19. Alex_Awesome_H

    Alex_Awesome_H Initiate (130) Jan 2, 2016 Illinois
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    To add, go to any FW brewpubs/breweries (like in Santa Monica) and youll find plenty of their beers in boxes including vintages in good supply. They make a lot of their beer and would visit their pub if you get a chance.
     
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  20. raynmoon

    raynmoon Defender (687) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    Yep Yep. I visited the Paso Robles Brewery during the summer last year and they had every Proprietor's bottle for sale, including Rye Double DBA. They were mostly limit 1, except for Helldorado, which had just been released.
     
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  21. vette-ss

    vette-ss Aspirant (222) Nov 5, 2014 Michigan
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    Thanks everyone, that is what I was hoping to hear. For sure hitting the Venice location, but may drive up to the Buellton/Barrelworks location if time allows.
     
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  22. Tim725

    Tim725 Disciple (340) Mar 8, 2014 New Jersey

    Thats weird! I thought the opposite. The first time I had Parabola was the 2015 version and I thought it was ... good .. but not worth the hype. Than I had last years and thought it was fantastic. Wonder if there are consistency issues or something... Or just different tastes here which would also explain :)
     
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  23. KevSal

    KevSal Savant (908) Oct 17, 2010 California
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    9.99..hopefully
     
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  24. JayORear

    JayORear Zealot (551) Feb 22, 2012 California
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    I would suggest different tastes/palates . . . I'd be hard pressed to call any year of Parabola "bad."
     
  25. jrnyc

    jrnyc Champion (844) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    The FW BA aged beers are the epitome of class, love them.
     
  26. JayORear

    JayORear Zealot (551) Feb 22, 2012 California
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    Confirmed, at least at the FW locations. Limit 12.
     
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  27. KevSal

    KevSal Savant (908) Oct 17, 2010 California
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    now lets see if that price reminds near me haha

    got my fingers crossed for costco ;)
     
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  28. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Disciple (315) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia
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    People like it, and then the next year get another, and don't drink it soon enough. I know someone will come in and say I'm wrong, but the FW BA'd beers are best served with a few months of bottling. They don't go bad or anything, but they lose a little pop after 6+ months (although I'm not scared of some heat and some prefer "smooth").
     
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  29. ernh

    ernh Initiate (145) Jun 10, 2012 California
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    I felt like almost across the board the 2015 boxed releases were more bourbon forward than 2014 and then 2016 they dialed the bourbon way back again, so I'd describe it as more a preference issue than a quality issue.
     
  30. esktime

    esktime Devotee (448) Jan 21, 2014 Ohio
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    Sorry...........but not liking a 12 ounce bottle of Parabola.........
     
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  31. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Savant (993) Sep 3, 2008 California

    I'd like it more as a 4-pack with no F'n box.
     
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  32. Satchboogie

    Satchboogie Savant (965) Oct 16, 2010 New Hampshire
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    MSRP = a $40 4-pack. I love FW, but that's just a stupid price point. I can order lambic, from Belgium, including shipping, for less per ounce. And you can't tell me Parabola is a more complicated to make beer...
     
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  33. raynmoon

    raynmoon Defender (687) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    It's not a 4-pack. And maybe you should ask firestone about their overhead and process to understand the price. $10 for a 12 oz world class 14% abv stout is pretty normal, honestly.
     
  34. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Savant (993) Sep 3, 2008 California

    Never said the price of 10/bottle would scale IF they were to put it into 4-pack format. But I'd be all over a 4-pack/$30...that'd beat 2 bombers at $16/each given the greater flexibility in serving/consumption volume. New Alesmith 16oz cans of Speedway are going for $8, so $7.50/bottle in a 4-pack seems fair...one can wish right?
     
  35. Satchboogie

    Satchboogie Savant (965) Oct 16, 2010 New Hampshire
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    In the current US market, I can't argue with supply and demand. But when KBS is a $20 4-pack MSRP, BCBS used to be that, Lagunitas Hi-westified was under $14 a 6-pack, SMS under $20 a 4-pack... i'm just not psyched about spending twice as much on a comparable beer. And it's not as if FW is some tiny brewpub that can't employ at least basic factors of scale...

    I have the same grip with guys like Trillium. I'll drive an extra 200 hundred miles to Alchemist and end up with more beer, plus gas, and spend less. Every time.
     
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  36. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Savant (993) Sep 3, 2008 California

    TETO. I'd never consider putting Parabola and High Westified in the same tier, HW was good and well-priced but not Parabola quality for my palate. I've never had SMS so can't comment on the fairness of that comparison. The KBS and BCBS seems appropriate, and I'd love to see FW match that 4-pk format and price point. But just because they choose not to, doesn't mean I'm going to boycott Parabola. Especially when for my palate I find it better than both. I'll happily buy far less BCBS to continue to buy Parabola. And I'm not driving to get any of these, so shelf availability means a lot to me.
     
  37. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Champion (858) Nov 3, 2013 California
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    It's good enough for me to make sure I buy it every year hahaha cheers
     
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  38. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,344) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    I'm tired of bombers and 750mL bottles, so I love the new bottle format. But I loved the vertical on tap at The Propagator more.

    Saw quite a few people buying cases and then coming in for a vertical. Sounds like there's plenty left, too.
     
  39. coquet

    coquet Initiate (65) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    Would love to hear your thoughts on the different vintages. I've got bottles of '15 and '16 I was planning on opening soon, and I'm hoping to score some '17 soon too.
     
  40. KansasBeerLover

    KansasBeerLover Disciple (336) Feb 16, 2009 Kansas

    For a $13 12 oz. bottle I was sorely disappointed. They have priced their beer out of my pocket's range.
     
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