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Stickee Monkee - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,512
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 483
Gots: 545 | FT: 58
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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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Ratings: 1,512 | Reviews: 140
Photo of Damian
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz (650ml) bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
2014 vintage
Served in a chalice

Review #1025

The medium bodied, mahogany colored liquid was topped by a small, bubbly, khaki colored crown that quickly dropped to a thin ring of bubbles.

Maple and brown sugar notes dominated in the aroma. Quite sweet. Loads of bourbon. Perhaps a bit fusel-like. Toffee and caramel were noticeable as well. Good amount of oak/barrel character. There was also a slight fruitiness. As the beer warmed, the nose became much punchier and more interesting.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile was rich and robust. Loads of sweet brown sugar, caramel and toffee. Some maple syrup as well. Pleasantly boozy and surprisingly not at all hot. Fairly drinkable for a beer that clocks in at 13.4% ABV. Bourbon notes were quite apparent. Noticeable fruity esters. The beer finished moderately oaky and slightly dry with notes of wood and tannins. With time, some of this beer's alcohol prowess came forth.

The beer was medium bodied for the style and contained a very fine and mellow effervescence. Super soft, smooth and supple on the palate. Fluffy. After each sip, the liquid left a sticky film on my lips.

Although not super complex, Stickee Monkey is a really smooth drinking, tasty, bourbon-forward beer. However, classifying this as a Belgian Quad seems a bit silly, as there was no Belgian character whatsoever. I would probably describe this simply as an American strong ale. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable offering that reminds me of a more intense yet less interesting version of the Firestone Walker anniversary releases.

Photo of timc100
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage visited after a year.

Has a nice firestone walker aroma of toasted oak, coconut, some vanilla cream, dark caramel, burnt sugar, some graham cracker. Overall a very barrel heavy aroma.

On the palate it is a bit thin and fizzy, flavors are not carried out to their richest potential. A lot of burnt sugars and toasted barrel.

To my memory, this fresh was incredible, not sure if this is an off bottle.

Photo of Austin32
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unreal, super smooth, get one if you can

Photo of blockdude
3.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was just too overly sweet for me. I hate when breweries think that overloading a beer with bourbon will make it better.

Photo of Moose90
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 Variant Served On-Tap

A – Pours a deep ruby hued brown, very dark amber. Head is brown, thin, sticky, and clingy.

S – Dark candied sugar, fudge, cocoa, plums, bourbon sweetness, caramel, bitter, sweet, complex.

T – Sweet notes of chocolate, fudge, caramel, brown sugar, licorice, bourbon, oak, tobacco, leather, each sip brings more out.

M – Full bodied, rich, coats your mouth, long and lasting finish.

O – Completely blown away by this beer. Wonderful balance of sweet and dry, truly one of a kind.

Photo of Mattney
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just had one on tap at the brewery. Honestly one of the best beers I've ever had. Can't wait till the 2015 release next month.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dark with ruby highlights popping here and there. Head sticks around for a bit.

The olfactory is greeted with a huge sweetness and that classic coconuty Firestone barrel character with some graham cracker and vanilla. Cherry
and caramel.

Flavor has some alcohol warmth to kind of balance the massive sweetness I guess. Super rich malty character with caramel and toffee and molasses from the turbinado. Bourbon, vanilla, oak. Super smooth with a creamy medium body.

I need to brush my teeth.

Photo of blues_fever
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Stickee Monkee is well worth having if you are able to get a hold of it. Ideally, on tap would be best, but the bottle is not a bad second choice.

Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

6 oz snifter at taproom.

Appearance: Pours a molasses color with virtually no head.

Smell: Caramel, molasses, candy sugar. Basically what a great quad should have.

Taste: sweet, with definitive notes of caramel, molasses, and candy sugar.

Mouthfeel: sticky for sure with a sweet after taste.

Overall: if these guys were back home in WI I would be broke.

Photo of emptyglassagain
2.88/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Sweet but too alcohol forward.

Photo of Erikberglund
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to @dutesanch for sending me this delicious quad in a trade. I've probably tried 8 quads in my day and this one by far was the best. I drank it with a blackened pork chop marinated in a small batch know creek sauce with white beans and peppers. You will not regret buying this quad the taste is savory with hints of molasses and oak. Delicious!!

Photo of Jeffo
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from ScottO a while back. Thanks for the brews man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2014
OG: 30.17 p
IBU: 22
Aged 9-14 months in barrels

APPEARANCE: Sienna brown pour yields a 1 ½ finger, looser, fizzy, crackly light tan head with lousy retention. Clear maroon brown with lower levels of carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Nice body but a lousy head. Kind of evens out.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark caramel, raisins and various dark fruits, brown sugar and leather on the nose. Mighty complex and interesting.

TASTE: Oak and bourbon up front with toffee sweetness and raisins as well. Some heat and wood at the swallow with a big and lingering finish of bourbon, oak, more vanilla and cream, toffee sweetness, dark fruits and raisins. Quite sweet and malty for sure, but a good dose of the barrel components as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, a little lighter than hoped perhaps, goes down okay with a scratch at the back of the throat and finishes rather sticky. They weren’t kidding there. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Really nice. This is certainly a very sweet beer with a massive OG and only 22 IBU, so it might not be for everyone. The people I shared it with all found it to be too much. I love me some malt bombs though, especially if it’s got a good barrel component to go along with it, and this one certainly delivered in both departments. Lots of good flavor and a big feel to go with it. The head could use a little work, but whatever. Thanks again ScottO. Enjoyed this one.

Photo of Ssippisam
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like this Sticky monkey beer

Photo of jlindros
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Doing the taxes, need a beer like this to get me through it. 2014 vintage

Pours a darker colored big bubbled small fizzy like head that fades at a med pace but only hits a really small head covering, little lacing but long sliding legs down the sides, thick layering of beer on the sides of the glass, super dark molasses brown with very very little light getting through at all.

Nose is awesome, lots of dark malts, toasted brown malts and caramel, molasses, a little cocoa, lots of caramelized dark malts, caramel fudge, little nougat, molasses candies, etc, with some soft aging malt with hints of dark fruits, candied raisin fig like, and just a touch of booze with some esters. Also in there is nice barrel notes, a little bourbon, nice vanilla smooth rounding, etc. Candied raisin really explodes as it warms.

Taste brings quite a bit of sweetness out front, with tons of layered dark malts, etc. Dark malts with lots of varying levels of caramel, faint cocoa and fluffy nougat, little fudgey too, more like caramel fudge. WIth that is the big candy aspects, molasses all over, candi sugar and caramelized brown sugars and malts, everything caramelized, etc. Booze is there for sure, maybe not 13% but strong, with a little phenolic character. Malts also bring a layering effect of different dark malts, with the soft aged malt, layered with the sweetness. Then fruits, lots of dark fruits, tons of candied raisin and fig juice, candied dark fruits, etc. with a little molasses condensed fruit thing. Mild barrel notes, plenty of vanilla with a mild bourbon juice, not a ton though as it's drowned by the sweet malts and candied fruit. Finish is surprisingly dry and mild booze warmth, lingering fudgey caramel and molasses, with candied fruits.

Mouth is full thick bod, little fudgey and syrupy, decent carb, some booze.

Overall very nice, so much great characters, but hard to drink much of it since it's so sweet and boozy. def a winter sipper so glad I didn't wait until it was warmer out. Also wish the barrel came through a bit more, but I def like the vanilla and aging effect it has.

Photo of Josh012012
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

like every barrel-aged Firestone Walker beer I have had this exhibits an excellent balance and similar barrel characteristics and mouth feel to most of their other barrel aged beers...exceptionally smooth for the ABV and I mean EXCEPTIONALLY.. not extremely quadish if that's a word but somewhere between that and a stout.

Photo of Tbone2131
3.38/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just too boozy and syrupy for me.

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

Favorite beer by far. Can't wait for another bottle.

Photo of skiking70
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All I can say is what a pleasure to drink. This beer definitely met my expectations!

Photo of SovietBear1982
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Boozy, sweet bottle of goodness

Photo of Yby1acb
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The fine-sharp carbonation on this is dissipating fast.
Smells of boozy plum and burnt caramel.
Velvety and slightly hot from the high ABV with flavors of vanilla up front and the burbon-toffee finish. Sugar is present but less pronounced than fresh bottles/pours. Aging well.

Photo of BuccoFan
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 version. Pour is a thick brownish-black. It will be a little surprising for a Quad fan. Head forms only around the sides, but securely. Aroma is a deep bourbon-y vanilla--I inhaled several times before consuming. Feel is purely robust, with barrel sweetness dominating the taste. It's so rich, a slow drink is required, if you happen to consuming all 22 oz. alone. While both being different styles, I find the overall feel and taste to be a mix of BCBS and Backwoods Bastard. Overall, a unique pleasure to drink.

Photo of Sarge3130
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a huge quad fan but enjoyed this. Incredibly sweet. I don't think I could handle more than 6oz.

Photo of Desp59
2.59/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was just a bit much for when I drank it. Good but strong boozy flavor.

Photo of scotorum
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Unibroue stemmed flute.

a: Clear dark ruby with an inch tall tan head which receded fairly quickly to thin surface foam and sparse lacing.

s; Bourbon.

t; Bourbon over lush dark fruit. Boozy finish.

m: Full and very smooth. Significant carbonation tingle.

o; A wonderful sipper, a rival for BCBS. Different of course because it's a Quad with some dark fruit undertones instead of roasty malt, but in both cases the bourbon flavor dominates beautifully.

Photo of Rado
4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First "barley wine" versions were better

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Stickee Monkee from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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