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Stickee Monkee - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 166
Hads: 1,811
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 6.74%
Wants: 533
Gots: 809 | FT: 93
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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 bowzer4birdie
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Incredible beer, seriously went straight into my top 5. Sweet smelling and even sweeter tasting,this was just an absolute pleasure to drink.caramel/toffee aftertaste.....simply put, this is a stunning beer. (206 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.91/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (1,995 characters)

Photo of garyloveman
3.99/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (201 characters)

Photo of SlothB77
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
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'. (167 characters)

Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (153 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (166 characters)

Photo of J_Mueller
4.86/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of spykespnoypbg
3.6/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (165 characters)

Photo of SaulFox
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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! (226 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (215 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.69/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fills the glass with a thick dark mahogany to almost black body. Dense and fluffy ivory colored head rests nicely on top. Rich aromas raisin and brown sugar fill the nose. As the aroma would suggest, this one is quite sweet. Flavors showing fruity and vanilla characters seem to pop, but the slight woodiness and heat from the barrels balance things out a tad. Viscous and full bodied but quite smooth as it goes down. Overall, a nice long sipper for a quiet evening and a great dessert beer. (492 characters)

Photo of BSiegs
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown-ish black with a light tan head. Candy like nose with toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and hints of dark fruit. Taste is sweet but complex. Again, toffee and caramel with the barrel notes. Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation. Overall, excellent. (260 characters)

Photo of badgustav
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I understand why this beer is so well rated. Sweet with fruity notes and a comfortable alcohol heat. My problem is it seems more like a Barleywine than a quad. I greatly enjoyed it but find it a bit overrated for the style. (223 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.86/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Coopers, Chelsea, NYC. This is it. If I had access to this whenever I wanted I would be a very ahppy man.

The look is hard to judge because it is a deep mahogany to ruby port in color. Head is limited to a slight ring around the edge.

Now to the essense. The aroma is so complex it becomes a distraction..almost. since one cannot seperate the aroma from the taste (the mouth is under the nose for a reason...don't go crazy, so is a dogs & they'll eat anything...without chewing) you'll have a better time by just savoring this & worry about everything...& I mean EVERYTHING else later.

Just let the flavors enrobe you. They will. That's by design.

This is simply one of the best beers I've ever had. (714 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.91/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

enjoying the 2015 right now from a FW tulipy snifter. deep dark ominous people brown black with a thin frothy foamy head that didn't hang and left no lace. nose is out of this world liquid caramel awesomeness. so much barrel and complexities but so much care in the blend. taste is the same. deep rich caramel glazed with bourbon decadence and other spirit barrels giving a sherry vibe...super tasty and just as good as the first batch. my favorite from the FW limiteds. (470 characters)

Photo of Moonshae_D
4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a beer for #250. Lived up to the hype for me. Absolutely amazing. Banana's and roasty caramel. Everything the others have said and more. I wish this wasn't so limited. (177 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle.

A: Black body with brown highlights and a solid cap of tan foam. Good retention, spotty lace. Quite nice.

S: Rich, decadent bourbon sweetness. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Not terribly complex, just sweet and enjoyable.

T: Follows the nose - sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, dark fruit, and bourbon. Candied raisin, brown sugar. Long, sweet finish. Borderline cloying, but enjoyable nevertheless.

M: Thick and stick, but with just enough carbonation to keep the overall impression more luxurious than self-loathing.

O: Thoroughly tasty, but more like liquid caramel fudge than a beer of any recognizable style. I enjoyed it, and can't imagine that anyone wouldn't enjoy it as well, but it didn't impress me as much as some other BA FW's.

Cheers! (781 characters)

Photo of ihazabucket7
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, wow, wow. Poured into a tulip glass. Very nice dark color. Sweet aroma you can get the raisins, sugar cane, malt smells. Taste is amazing and only gets better as it warms up. It was a little boozy and sweet. I have one more to age and that boozyness should leave and will turn out to be an even better beer! (318 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage poured into Firestone teku

A- pours dark brown, nearly black color with a small creamy khaki-colored head that reduces to just a ring around the edge, no lacing

S- big boozy notes of caramel, caramalized brown sugar, fig, raisin, leather & tobacco. Barrel notes gives aromas of oak, toasted coconut, walnut, bourbon & a hint of vanilla

T- huge hit of malty sweetness up front gives loads of dark fruit flavors, including raisin, fig & black cherry. Belgian candied sugar/caramalized brown sugar follows the fruit, along with notes of tobacco, leather & toasted walnut. Molasses like sweetness brings in the barrel notes, with flavors of toasted wood, coconut, vanilla & a hint of bourbon. Sweet malty finish with some earthy notes & a hint of alcohol on the linger

M- medium-heavy body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a hint of foam on the mouthfeel and an oily chewy finish

O- drinks like a English barleywine/quad hybrid. Tons of dark fruit and malt, the barrel aging plays a supporting role, rather than dominating, very good (1,061 characters)

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Stickee Monkee from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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