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Stickee Monkee - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 177
Hads: 1,860
Avg: 4.46
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 542
Gots: 848 | FT: 97
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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 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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Photo of XBeerBellyT
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: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | 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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Photo of tprinzing
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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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me more of an English Barleywine although I realize what FW is trying to execute by labelling it a Central Coast Quad. Sweet but not overly sweet with appropriate carbonation and head, moderate to minimal lacing. As with any beer of this style, wait it out and let it warm up to discover its inner treats. Another great offering from FW.

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Photo of arizcards
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My buddy and I found a 2014 bottle at City Beer Market yesterday for a lot of $.

Beer poured dark brown with a smallish head.

Nose was awesome, heavy on the bourbon, sweet and sticky.

Taste had a nice bourbon slant on the initial sips that was extremely drinkable for a beer this size. Brown sugar took over and started dominating about half way thru the glass. Finishing at the end of the glass became almost cloying.

Feel was full and smooth.

Overall 8 ounces of a older version is enough. Next year I hope to find a fresh beer.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Incredible beer, i struggle to ever rate beer 5/5 but this is as close as ive come.seriously went straight into my top 5. Sweet smelling and even sweeter tasting,this was just an incredibly complex beer and an absolute pleasure to drink.caramel/toffee aftertaste.....simply put, this is a stunning beer.if you are ever lucky enough to come across this beer, buy it, no questions asked.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours basically black as night as it hits the glass, this beer is thick as molasses. A small head forms and is gone quickly, leaving only alcohol legs as you drink it down the glass. In the glass, the body of the beer is just slightly off-black with some brown and just a touch of red in there.The wisp of tan foam on the top edges of the beer make this beer look like a stout in my snifter.

S- Sweet brown sugar and booze greet the nose right up front with a strong punch to the nostrils. In the middle of the smell there is a bang of dark malts and barrel flavors that darken up the initial sweetness. Light char, sweet brown sugar, and sweet vanilla all intermingle to make a very enticing overall scent for the beer.

T- The sweetness that kicks off the smell of this beer also kicks off the taste as it hits the tongue with a very molasses-like flavor. The brown sugary sweetness darkens up quickly with the addition of semi-burnt malts and barrel char. The char mellows out in the middle of the drink and bleeds into subtle vanilla sweetness and a drying oak flavor. The lingering flavor of this beer on the tongue is a balance of sweetness, dark barrel flavors, and slightly bitter malts and booze.

M- Thick as molasses is the best way to describe this beer when it hits your tongue. There is a very low level of carbonation, which enhances the smoothness and thickness of the beer. The alcohol level of this beer is barely noticeable on the palate due to the sweetness and weight of the beer, but it definitely warms as it goes down.

Overall, this is a freaking delicious beer and I can see why it has been a part of the Firestone Walker blending program. The sweetness is a little strong, but with the recent spell of cooler weather, that is just fine with me. The beer really displays a good complexity that I have only seen in a few other beers. If you like sweeter, darker beers that display a good amount of barrel without being in-your-face, this beer is right up your alley.

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Photo of garyloveman
3.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I guess quads aren't my thing. this seemed like I was drinking syrup. Pour was nice, cranberry color. Smells of bourbon and molasses. Super sweet, too sweet, smoky flavor. Heavy, syrupy mouth feel.

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Photo of SlothB77
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lots of bourbon. The bourbon overwhelms the quad flavors, but as it warms the complexity of the quad comes out. Hot, sticky, chewy and wonderful. Makes me go 'wow'.

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Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very sweet for a quad. Legs for days it's insane! Like a bland barrel taste with sugar with raisons, kinda mehh on that aspect. Very dark brown in color.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better quads I have had the privilege to drink. For being pretty fresh, the alcohol was nice and smooth and the barrel character worked great in the beer.

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Photo of J_Mueller
4.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My first review. N: Brown sugar and bourbon. T: Divine. Sweet, boozy, smooth, really unique. Great after dinner sipper. F: Perfect, nice and thick. One of the best beers I've ever had. Only one of the proprietor's vintage I've had and hope I can get my hands on more.

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Photo of spykespnoypbg
3.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

2015 Vintage, taste was way too sweet for my palate. Forced myself to consume 6 ounces then drain poured the rest. This is my second least favorite offering from FW.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like molasses and slight coconut goodness. Dark but not completely. Sweet taste that is overwhelmed by the burnt brown sugar, coconut, and dark fruits. Not too much barrel character in this one, but is a very fine brew!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome, though it's high in ABV so make sure to share this one with a friend.

The flavor is sweet, fruity, and boozy with a barrel presence.

This might be my favorite beer from the boxed FW series.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #2 - 2015 vintage. 22oz. bottle served in a burgundy stem. Pours a dull mahogany hue with a creamy, khaki-colored head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Nose expresses toffee and spirits as well as a trace of banana. Taste consistent with nose; however, much bolder, with the addition of burnt sugar, a hint of coconut and a distinct ethanol presence at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation and some ethanol heat. Overall, a wonderful beer with some definite cellaring potential. I have to see what 3-5 years does to this gem. That said, closer to an American Strong than a Quad in my opinion.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark ruby red, finger of head,some retention and some sporadic lacing. Nose is loaded with dried fruit and toffee, burnt caramel and sweet bourbon. Barrel aging comes through nicely alongside loads of raisins and toffee. Candied sugar, boozy bourbon and oak notes. Insanely drinkable, incredibly smooth and the ABV is dangerously hidden. Superb.

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Photo of stephens101
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with deep burgundy hues. No froth to speak of, as expected, and no worries. Chocolate and cherries to the nose first off. Plum, spent grain, and burnt sugar are noticed later on. Tastes of sweet chocolates and plenty of dark fruits such as plum, black grape and raisin. Brown sugar coats the palate toward the end. Complex and big but not heavy and never too hot either.

Many times FW's bigger brews come off as too rich for me, but this one is just right.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.69/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- almost black color, decent size head that dissipates quickly
Smell- dark fruit, spices
Taste- dark fruit, spices
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good but I usually don't like to drink this style. Every once in a while I try them.

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Stickee Monkee from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.