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Stickee Monkee - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 193
Hads: 1,937
Avg: 4.46
pDev: 27.35%
Wants: 561
Gots: 896 | FT: 99
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  13.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 11-07-2010

A Belgian Quad by recipe, but aging it in spirits barrels garners its own category: Central Coast Quad. A beer formulated to sit on the sweeter and malty side so that we could utilize it for blending. Turbinado brown sugar from Mexico adds wonderful molasses flavors that are reminiscent of Belgian candi sugar. It has a full body and lush texture with barrel expression all over this beer: toasted oak, coconut, leather and cigar tobacco.

45 IBU
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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark burgundy with ruby red, no head
S: Caramel, brown sugar, red apple, bourbon, charred oak, dates
T: Sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, dates, red apple, brown sugar, oak, coconut
M: Medium heavy, carbonation keeps this really easy to drink
O: This is a fantastic English barleywine and I would love to compare this to other FW.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage, 7 months old

Appearance- Pours a deep plumb color, brownish black w/ ruby red hues. Fine layer of lighter tan colored head, soapy. Lots of alcohol legs cling to glass, some head lacing too.

Aroma- Rich, sugar. Caramel, molasses, maltiness. Vanilla, toasted coconut, oaky barrel spice. Dark fruits of plum, raisins, figs. Sweet, mellow bourbon.

Taste- Dark fruit sweetness, plum, raisin, cherries. Toasted caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses. Tons of vanilla and toasted coconut. Spicy tobacco, leather, slight barrel char and sweet bourbon notes.

Feel- Full bodied, syrupy and coats the mouth, tons of sweetness. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Barrel adds such a depth of character to the beer, so many different flavors to pull out with each sip. Base beer is very sweet, tons of sugar and rich sweetness. Vanilla and coconut from the barrel marry so well with the base flavors. Charred oak, tobacco, leather, spice, just all add complexity in a great way. A+ in every way.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not the sexiest pour, brown, muddy, ruddy, thin head. Smell was of sugar, molasses, I can already see why this is called 'stickee'.

Taste, nice sweet, insert diabetus jokes if this was a Bruery beer. Kinda boozy but with all that sweetness, is all good. I don't know how much of a quad it is, but i like it. Similar to a Bruery anniversary beer but without the age and leather to it.

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Photo of khmel
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps just because of this beer's placing on the top ranked list, I expected a little more. The appearance was very promising, very dark brown and mostly opaque with a hint of ruby and a very small, ivory-colored head. Granted, it was much darker than most quads. The nose is delicious with predominate bourbon characteristics: vanilla bean, toasted oak, roasted marshmallow, and slight leathery hints. Now, I've had bourbon barrel aged quads before, but was not expecting what I got in the taste of this one. I'm not even referring to the generally lacking sweet and fruity characteristics of American quads compared to actual Belgian quads. If one could take bourbon—just straight bourbon—and turn it into a beer, this would be it. Unlike many other bbq's, this was not so much a quad with bourbon notes but carbonated bourbon with a very slight quad flavor. Don't get me wrong, I love a good bourbon. But a) I'm not interested in drinking a whole bomber of it, b) if I wanted bourbon, I'd buy bourbon, not a bbq. The mouthfeel was velvety and spectacular. Overall, this was a good beer, though maybe not quite worth all its hype. If you are really in to bourbon, this might become your favorite brew. But if you are looking for something that actually more resembles a quad with slight bourbon notes, I'd suggest Boulevard's BBQ instead. That one is a much more well-rounded version in my opinion.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a burnt brown color with purple hues streaming along the side upwards to fill a slim cap of a white little head. As the head died off, lacing stuck around the glass adequately.
The smell had some sweet bourbon, some banana, some nuttiness, a little bit of coffee and cocoa, and then some vanilla all blending together in a warm inviting way.
The taste was mainly sweet with a delicate roastiness from the coffee underneath. A gentle sweet cocoa and bourbon aftertaste slid into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied. Sticky bourbon clings in the feel, not syrupy but not cloying.
Overall, in my opinion, I liked this quad for me, the coffee notes may be a bit different but hey, let's just say, that's a little bit extra.

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4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Plumb juice blackness enters the glass and sets a beautiful stage. Head is very short, and equals just a skim really. Nose is luscious in itself. Tones of creamy bourbon and banana nut bread all the way. Sweet dark fruit and creamy toffee attack the tongue like a cumfee pillow. There is a little heat from the bourbon but it's not harsh at all. This beer could age for years to come. Absolutely stunning Quad.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.56/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015 bottle served in a pint glass cold.

Poured Dark brown and clear with a large head. Tons of Barrel character, spicy and complex sweetness in the nose. The taste is crazy sweet with a very complex Barrel character. The booze is over the top and delicious. I feel that it is way too sweet to drink right now. It needs some serious time to age out. I'll leave my remaining bottle for a few years.

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Photo of Slack
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown with lighter edges and an inch of head. No lacing present.

Smells like a mix of sweet candy with notes of caramel/toffee, vanilla, figs, raisins paired with malt and bourbon.

Taste is very sweet with caramel/toffee fruit notes up front followed by the malt and bourbon with a lingering sweet boozy / warming finish.

Mouthful is medium to heavy and very smooth and rich. Carbonation is somewhat higher than one would expect from a quad.

An excellent beer that has truly great notes with loads of flavor. Would love to have this one aged.

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Photo of DrSpaceman
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter. Jet black, no head. Smell is dried fruit, figs, oak, and vanilla. Taste is a warm embrace of buttery sweet malt and warm oaky bourbon. Very mild burn on the finish. Body is velvety thick.
Firestone has definitely perfected barrel aging, I wish other breweries could pull this off.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this on draft at Baltimore Alewife and was very glad to do so. First, we have here a Belgian quad blended with several top-notch bourbons: Woodford reserve, Elijah Craig and Four Roses. It is a deep dark quaff with a subtly sweet nose of bourbon (Natch); the palate receives an intense bombardment of caramel, coffee, malt, pepper and a few spices thrown in. The tongue is simply absorbed in a slathery malt blanket - yet, the body itself is surprisingly light!
Stickee Monkey, you naughty, naughty monkey!

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

This beer was decadent to drink. Incredibly rich.

Looks like thick maple syrup in the glass with a light khaki foam that doesn't linger much. With each whiff of it I took, I kept thinking of oatmeal cookies. But there was more depth, with some oak and light bourbon spice, as well as figs and dates in abundance.

Impressively, the taste maintains the aromas and even expands on them. Certainly more fig, raisin and date and the bourbon by no means overruns this beer.

Just as its flavor isn't dominated by bourbon, this isn't a boozy monstrosity. The body is thick and sticky and full and creamy and sets up nicely for the light carbonation end palate that showcases the floral, Belgian aspect of the beer.

This was outstanding in every way. I'm only mad I won't easily find more because I already need more.

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Photo of smanson56
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a dark rich brown color, with a nice light tan foamy head. A heavy bourbon scent strikes the nose first. A deep malt aroma lingers after the bourbon disappears. The taste is strong of the barrel aging with a rich bourbon flavor. This beer seems to be very heavy on the alcohol burn. A great beer and I hope my second bottle mellows just a little before I drink it.

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Photo of LouZ
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft at Manito Tap House. Poured a nice mahogany brown with a finger of head. Aroma is enticing; brown sugar sweetness. Taste that follows is sticky sweet - it's lush with a feel like a fine port or brandy. Delicious. A definite sipper due to high ABV and hot feel. While I do not get any Belgian from this brew, it's an amazing beer and well worth its rating. A real treat to find on draft.

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Photo of lochraneg
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: pours light brown, medium body appearance with a dark creme head
S: sweet, bananas, malt
T: sugar, malt, boozy, lingers on the tongue
F: light palette, medium body
O: def let it age, had one after purchase, had another a year later, older was better

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Photo of KYGunner
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I know it claims to be a Quad but nothing seems to represent a Quads flavor. Instead I get hefty barley wine qualities including barley and wine. This is mostly sweet malts of caramel, toffee and Bit O Honey candy. Delicious but misleading.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a deep dark, mahogany brown. Tastes like lushes dried fruit, raisins, dates, prunes. It hides the booze well for a beer of such high alcohol. Just a tremendous quad.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a beautiful beer. This is a sweet, brown sugar bomb, without being cloyingly sweet. Lots of raisins, maple, and brown sugar on the nose and the taste follows. Mouthfeel is coating. Overall a very nice quad. It isn't a Westy, but I don't think it's trying to be. Worth seeking out this beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Sapsuckers, pours dark reddish brown that looked like a red wine with a small tan head that faded and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, sweet malt, tobacco, Razzles candy, red wine, dark fruit like raisin, plum, dates and rotting pear. Sweet but not over the top with a lot of sweet malt, fruit, citrus hops and light fermented booze like dark rum. So complex I feel like a tornado of aroma is swirling up my nose - really damn impressive.

Tastes of malty sweetness and booze up front, with a wonderful mix of dark fruit like raisin, currants, plum, rotting pear, old red grapes, tobacco, maple syrup, brown sugar, light cinnamon, bread pudding, toffee, light citrus hops and an incredible amount of dense sugary sweetness that works almost perfectly. The barrel aging adds so much flavor that it makes every sip dynamic and delicious.

Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth, with a lightly chewy body and feel, mild carbonation and an incredible drinkability considering the high ABV. Another outstanding beer from Firestone Walker, this was a pleasure to drink. Smooth, easy and delicious - seek this beer out. Any fan of the barleywine style will absolutely love this brew.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L - Great Brown color. Slight red hue.
S - Smells of sugar, caramel, oaky
T - Caramely, Brown Sugar, almost teryaki like saltiness to it
F - Medium-thick feel. Coats mouth. smooth.

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

2015 vintage served in a Teku.

Pours a dark reddish brown with just a bit of head. Nose is burnt sugar with some caramel and bourbon. Taste is outstanding. Burnt sugar, bourbon, dried fruit, caramelized sugar, oak, and a bit of alcohol. Full bodied, but smooth. This was excellent overall and one of the most complex beers I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Twisted Spoke in Chicago. The infamous Stickee Monkey.

Look-stout in color, best head of any beer over 12% I have ever seen.

Smell-WTF? How did they do this? Sweet Brock's butterscotch candy, bourbon,vanilla and a touch of dried fruit. Absolutely amazing.

Taste is similar to the smell. Bourbon becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Hides the abv well and is super drinkable. A fantastic sipper. This is a wow beer.

Mouthfeel is really nice. I thought this would be cloying due to the intense sweet aromas but it actually moves along nicely. Very impressed for such a big beer.

What can I say. This reminds me more of a stout but who cares. Classify as you want. This is absolutely fantastic. A truly memorable experience. Highly recommended and will seek out again.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous dark red color with little to no tan head forming.

Nose is sweet, dark fruit and bourbon. Slight burnt caramel comes through.

Flavor is big on bourbon and brown sugar, decent amount of warmth. Good amount of oak, raisin/prune comes through as well.

Rich, velvety texture. High viscosity coats the tongue for a long warm sweet finish.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark ruby red when held to the light in the glass. Smells of smooth bourbon and brown sugar sweetness. Tastes like it smells, just fantastic! Smooth, flavorful, balanced. A top notch beer for sure. A real treat,I'll save my other bottle for a another special occasion.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had the delight of both the 2014 and 2015 version of this beer. The 2014 was draft only at the brewery. The 2015 I've had both draft at the brewery and bottle. This is one of my favorite beers which isn't much of a surprise since it is a significant ingredient of Anniversary. I've heard some people say they don't care for it, but it always seems to be that they don't like sweeter beers. I personally really like brown sugar, using it as the sweetness of choice for all my asian cooking.

Poured into a 6 oz snifter.

A: Pours with a very thin head and is very dark, with a delightful ruby-brown color where light is present.
S: Bourbon and brown sugar
T: A complex flavor with layers of sweetness and layers of toasted caramel, some coconut, and a bourbon flavor that is wonderfully rich and mellow.
F: A silky smooth mixture of little micro-bubbles that seem to want to linger on your tongue to give a longer exposure to the taste.

I think this beer really illustrates the art of taking the base recipe of some style into a completely different space. It's absolutely amazing!!

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Photo of tigg924
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 version. Pours chestnut brown, slightly opaque, with moderate carbonation. Body is medium heavy. Taste is layers of brown sugar, oak, and toffee and alcohol burn. There may be a touch of Belgian spice. Wow. This is the best beer I have had this year. The layers on this are amazing. Just an amazing beer. Firestone Walker rarely misses with their barrel room series and this is just wow.

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Stickee Monkee from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.