Firestone Walker Parabola: First beer in Proprietors Reserve Series


[4/26 Update: Turns out that Saturday, May 8th (11am), will be the California launch date as the beer is released in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at the brewery and Taproom restaurant per The Full Pint. The price matches suggested retail below. In Arizona, the beer will be tapped at Papago Brewing on Thursday, May 6 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. It is reportedly the only Arizona location that will get the beer.]

[4/15 Update: The Parabola “grand release” for Washington will be on May 15th during Seattle Beer Week at Bottleworks.]

(Paso Robles, CA) – Here is a preview of the artwork on next month’s limited release, Firestone Walker Parabola Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. Bottle image, packaging and talk about the hops in this beer after the jump . . .

As mentioned before in this space, Parabola has been the centerpiece of the Quercus Alba Series for the last couple years. For good reason apparently . . . RateBeer users have rated Parabola as the top dog in the brewery’s arsenal (outside of Quercus Alba).

firestone-parabolaFirestone Walker appears to be committed to bringing more of its draft-only barrel-aged beers into bottles for the first time with the introduction of the Proprietors Reserve Series. It bleeds potential. Velvet Merkin? Saucerful of Secrets? Bravo Brown? You can learn more about all of those here.

Here is the beer description: “We present Parabola, the first-ever bottling of this barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Just 1,000 cases [22 oz. bottles] were produced. This bold beer features nuances of bourbon and tobacco aroma. Rich dark chocolate flavors meld with charred oak, dark cherry and espresso finishing smooth on the palate. Parabola is best enjoyed in moderation and is a perfect addition to chocolate desserts.”

Beer Stats:
13% ABV
80 IBUs
30 Plato O.G.
British Ale Yeast (House)
167 SRM “Midnight Black” color
$15.99 Suggested Retail

The Full Pint reported on the beer yesterday, detailing the hops and malt bill for the beer. The hop used for bittering is Zeus, a relatively little-used U.S.-grown hop that bears similar, if not identical, characteristics to Columbus and Tomahawk. Hence, you sometimes see the acronym, “CTZ,” when looking up hops for a beer. Despite the similarities, Columbus is used approximately 10x as much by U.S. brewers than the other two varieties according to The New Brewer. In addition to Zeus, Hallertau (region unspecified) is used late in the kettle.

A previous version(s) of Parabola uses 100% Fuggle and only features 50 IBUs per the FW website. Suffice it to say that this version is going to have a different (and bigger) hop presence than it has in the past.

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