2018 Parabola & Coconut Rye Parabola!

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by AyatollahGold, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. AyatollahGold

    AyatollahGold Crusader (795) Nov 28, 2016 Indiana

    Firestone Walker took to social media today to announce the 2018 vintage of their Russian Imperial Stout, Parabola, releases April 7th at all FW locations, with limited distribution to follow. They also announced a Coconut Rye Parabola will be seen as well!

  2. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Devotee (446) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Just finished the last of my 2017 Parabola. Oh well, I guess that I will have to buy more.

    Coconut Rye:astonished:
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  3. eppCOS

    eppCOS Crusader (722) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado


  4. juliolugo

    juliolugo Initiate (81) Jun 22, 2015 Massachusetts

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  5. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (780) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    This year's is 12.7% abv compared to last year's 14.5%, with a big finishing gravity. That is much more inline with the original vintages from 2010, 2011, 2012.
  6. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,892) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota

    FW is arriving in MN shortly. Praying that they bring Parabola with them. And if so, I'll be happy to start on my neckbeard, put grandma on high alert, & start chasing trucks!
  7. CSpoons

    CSpoons Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2012 Maryland

    Not crazy about that variant but I'm def scooping up the regular.
  8. Fox82791

    Fox82791 Devotee (453) Jun 20, 2014 New York

    hoping this years Parabola is back to what it was, last year's wasn't great. Sounds like it will be based on raynmoon's observation
  9. AyeDogg

    AyeDogg Initiate (154) Oct 29, 2015 California

    Anyone know if they contracted another brewery for this vintage?
  10. redeemer

    redeemer Initiate (23) Apr 3, 2017 California

    Someone asked about this on Facebook and the reply from FW was:

    "Both of these beers were brewed and aged here at our brewery in Paso Robles."
  11. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Meyvn (1,027) Nov 3, 2013 California

    Coconut Rye....I'm in !
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  12. texasalec

    texasalec Initiate (69) Jul 18, 2013 Texas

    If FW can improve the mouthfeel of parabola (last year was thin) I bet the Coconut Rye will be a stunner. Their barrel aging program is top notch.
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  13. Jlabs

    Jlabs Savant (945) Nov 11, 2013 New York

  14. Beerbom

    Beerbom Zealot (582) Dec 20, 2014 California

    Anybody else having a hard time believing they’re only releasing 300 cases of coconut parabola??? The above tenemu article said just 300 cases. At 12 bottles per person that would mean only 600 people would get this if everyone maxes out (assuming a case of these is 24 bottles). Somebody can correct me if I’m wrong but weren’t the old bombers 6/case). Why would they have such high per person limits then?? They’re selling these out of all three locations so that’d only be 100 cases per location. Considering there’s still tons of 17’ parabola sitting around NorCal I thought maybe they’d converted a lot of 18 to the coconut version so there won’t be so much regular 18 ending up in shelves. Hell BottleLogic produces more fundamental observation ttham 7200 bottles.
    #14 Beerbom, Apr 5, 2018
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  15. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Aspirant (296) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia

    1) beers like parabajava and rye double dba were small yields and brewery only, so I wouldn't read into that at all

    2) In VA/DC we are seeing TONS of 12oz boxed FW beers, I just was at a little independent grocer yesterday and had about 30 bottles of Sucaba w no limit @ $9.99. Which is a good thing, since it used to be really hard to get FW boxed beers in the 22s, even though they have almost no trade value- people were just hoarding, and not much was starting at the wholesaler.
  16. Beerbom

    Beerbom Zealot (582) Dec 20, 2014 California

    What do you mean “I wouldn’t read into that at all“? Are you thinking they’ll release more than 300 cases? I was considering driving the three hours for this release but it looks like the odds of getting bottles may be stacked against me. I picked up a faie amount of Rye DDBA at least a week after it was released (maybe more) and also snagged Parajava at the brewery too after the release (although I think I just got lucky for the Parabajava and they just happen to put a few bottles out on the day I showed up).

    Maybe I can trade some of my DDBA and Rye DDBA for bottles of coconut parabola if I get shut out on this.
  17. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (542) Mar 28, 2009 California

    ISO: FT as many scotch parabolas as you want.
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  18. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Aspirant (296) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia

    I quoted a specific part of your post " maybe they’d converted a lot of 18 to the coconut version so there won’t be so much regular 18 ending up in shelves." - I wouldn't read too much into the fact that there is or isn't Parabola on the shelves now.

    Goose Island could easily make half (or all) of the BCBS coming out of barrels, into BCBCS, and don't, and that's simply adding some cold brew to the bottle before filling with beer. Doing stuff with coconut in particular is notoriously a huge PITA so I believe this is more of a passion project than adding to their bottom line.

    EDIT: I'm just clarifying what I said, not trying to stir things up or insult you!
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  19. Lazhal

    Lazhal Devotee (448) Mar 13, 2011 Michigan

    It may not add directly to the bottle line. Experimentation and rare releases do serve to be great publicity for a craft brewery across the beer community. Lines, Facebook, trading forums, etc all help keep their brewery in the public eye and potentially grab new customers. Seems to me that is better trade off than an extra dollar or two on a few thousand bottles of beer for a brewery as big as FW.
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  20. tpancake

    tpancake Initiate (89) Aug 18, 2014 California

    I was hoping this would be pretty laid back and I could just stop by during the day and snag some bottles. With only 300 cases @ 12 pp across 3 locations I wonder if people will be lining up for it.
  21. mctizzz

    mctizzz Devotee (493) Dec 23, 2010 California

    Anyone leaving from/passing through Santa Cruz on their way to Paso? I'm down to carpool or work something out if you don't plan to max out your coconut rye allocation.
  22. LumpkinBrews

    LumpkinBrews Aspirant (247) Aug 30, 2013 Arizona

    I need thiiiiiiiisssssss!!
  23. FlawlessCowboy

    FlawlessCowboy Initiate (34) Jan 4, 2018 New York

    So this doesn't get distro?
  24. juliolugo

    juliolugo Initiate (81) Jun 22, 2015 Massachusetts

    Regular Parabola gets distro'd, but Coconut Rye is brewery-only.
  25. Leftofthedial

    Leftofthedial Disciple (367) Nov 17, 2011 California

    Currently at Emporium and it looks like I got here way too early.
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  26. Beerbom

    Beerbom Zealot (582) Dec 20, 2014 California

    Thanks for the info. So how many others are even in line with you?. I woke up at 6:45 am and was tempted to make the 3 hour drive to get there but figured if I wasn’t in line 45-60 minutes early I would get shut out so I opted out. Well that and the fact that I didn’t even mention the possibility of me doing this to my wife at all. I guess I’ll hit the Fieldwork release and hit Sante Adairius instead :slight_smile:
    #26 Beerbom, Apr 7, 2018
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  27. Leftofthedial

    Leftofthedial Disciple (367) Nov 17, 2011 California

    Currently maybe 15 people
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  28. IKR

    IKR Zealot (581) May 25, 2010 California

    They were accommodating and backed the limit off to 6 Coconut Rye at Propagator (Venice). Left with 6 regular and 6 coconut 3 hours ago. The coconut addition and rye whiskey bal-aging were definitely noticeable on the draft pours (at least to me).
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  29. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (5,821) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado

    Would be nice to see some around here.

  30. LumpkinBrews

    LumpkinBrews Aspirant (247) Aug 30, 2013 Arizona

  31. Leftofthedial

    Leftofthedial Disciple (367) Nov 17, 2011 California

    Haven't cracked any bottles of coconut yet but I had it on tap at the release and really enjoyed it. They served it way too cold but the coconut was present in the aroma and much more in the flavor as it warmed. Quite well balanced and the rye spice brought it all together. Great finish and I still got the majority of flavors from the classic base beer. The body wasn't overly "thicc", but if I want to drink a full bottle myself of an imperial stout (and I definitely would with this) that's not necessarily something that's important to me. I do hear the mouthfeel is better out of the bottle. Anyway, I think Firestone did an excellent job with this one and I hope they continue to make this in future years. Really glad I drove down, great overall experience at the brewery as well.

    Hope you had a good time at Sante on Saturday @Beerbom. I managed to swing by on my way back and the taplist was pretty killer, not to mention that crazy bottle list.
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  32. Doggerband

    Doggerband Initiate (38) Mar 18, 2016 Virginia

    Willing to trade one?
  33. AustinG

    AustinG Initiate (16) Mar 15, 2018 California

    I was worried about not being able to purchase any of the Coconut Rye, but when we arrived around 1pm there was still ~4 cases worth(24 - 12oz per case). My friend and I both walked away with 12 Coconut, & 12 '18 Parabola, then ate lunch at the brewery and had the '14-18 + Coconut flight. The coconut is still fairly bright on the palate, and should mellow out and integrate into the beer quite well over the next couple of months, and while I prefer toasted coconut in my beers, this was quite enjoyable, and was better than The Bruery Mounds of Coconut which had far, far less coconut.
  34. Brent212

    Brent212 Initiate (123) Jan 13, 2014 California

    Do they hold back some of the coconut rye and then trickle it out throughout the year at the various FW locations? I stumbled across some Parabajava at Barrelworks a couple years ago, months after the release, so it seems like they could have been doing it with that.
  35. AustinG

    AustinG Initiate (16) Mar 15, 2018 California

    From my experience, that's what I've seen. Over the last couple of years they've slowly released a little bit here and there, typically with bottle limits in the 1-4 bottle range.
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  36. redeemer

    redeemer Initiate (23) Apr 3, 2017 California

    So, is this year's Parabola better than last year's?
  37. coquet

    coquet Initiate (91) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia

    As of this morning, Untappd ratings for the two are the same, down to the thousandth of a point. This only supports my belief from last year that the notion that Boulevard screwed up '17 Parabola was laughable.
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  38. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (780) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    They're different. This year I feel is more "to form" or "similar to previous Parabola vintages". Last year was also really good, but very different for the brand.
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  39. AyeDogg

    AyeDogg Initiate (154) Oct 29, 2015 California

    This years resembles more of pre '17. I struggled drinking my last '17.

    This was your first mistake. Never take Untappd as a reputable source.
  40. elbrooksie

    elbrooksie Aspirant (202) Jan 10, 2013 Texas

    Last year's release was noticeably thinner in body than previous years to me, although I had no complaints flavor-wise. I have not had this year's yet, but looking forward to comparing.
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