Stickee Monkee - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 149
Hads: 1,743
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 6.31%
Wants: 514
Gots: 774 | FT: 86
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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 cxr1037
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let's cut to the chase: for a bourbon barrel-aged quad, it doesn't get better. This may be my favorite beer of 2014, and by far the best barrel-aged beer of the year.

Appearance is like a stout. Thin, creamy ring of head around the edge of the glass. Black. In the right light there are hues of garnet.

Aroma is fantastic. At first I think chocolate cake. Chocolate, vanilla, malt. The bourbon barrel-aging comes right through, as well -- more vanilla, bourbon, oak. There's caramel and toffee. Slight banana, in the banana cream pie sense.

Taste is equally fantastic. Remnants of something akin to a quad (the dark fruit) are mixed in with milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, cake batter. Sweet, but not cloying.

Mouthfeel is on point: thick, full, and chewy, but like I said, not cloying. This is the perfect beer for the cold La Jolla winter I'm enduring (the eye-rolling from those in practically anywhere else in the United States are drowned out by another slow sip).

Overall: This is the best bourbon barrel-aged quad I've ever had. If you're a big fan of quads, don't look to this as being similar. I don't get any Belgian yeast (I don't think FW even used a Belgian yeast for this -- one article said it was an English ale yeast, making this a...barleywine?). However, if you enjoy barrel-aged beers, this is an absolute must.

Five out of five. (1,359 characters)

Photo of bpasquini
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours dark brown and doesn’t really leave a head, you kind of get a couple patches of a head and the color of it is mocha/tan, looked awesome from the pour, when it sits in the glass it is pitch black, wasn’t expecting that but it honestly looks like oil, but it looks fantastic!

S: This category is much more simple than the rest, immediately from pouring the Turbinado brown sugar fills the nearby surroundings, then you are enlightened with a hint of booze, but a fantastic barrel presence, like a mix of oak and bourbon, the barrels seem like they are clashing with each other constantly, you get brashness from the bourbon and smooth vanilla mixed around constantly, superb smell to this beer, the huge amount of brown sugar mixed with the lighter presence of the alcohol and barrels is phenomenal!

T: This part blew me away! Initial taste is broken down hops mixed with a little bitterness and booze! The booze seems like it’s on the barrier of too much and just right, what helps tame it is the Turbinado brown sugar, and this is what makes this beer amazing, and so unique compared to any other beer! Immediately after the booze hits, the Turbinado brown sugar comes through with a strong but not overpowering presence, and that is pretty much the middle phase of the beer, but the finish you get the same amount of Turbinado presence and then a light blend of broken down hops, alcohol, bitterness, caramel, toffee, vanilla, a tiny bit of dark fruits(almost unnoticeable because of the Turbinado) and the outstanding barrel presences found in this FW series, I’m getting bourbon and oak, absolutely stunning! I know this beer used to be labeled as a barelywine, and they are now listing this beer as a Central Coast Quad, I get a little bit of a quad appearance from the dark fruits, but this definitely seems more like a barley wine, but label what you want FW, this beer is fantastic, wish I could have got more then 6! Can’t wait to see how these things mature with some time!

M: Based off of the name I was expecting a syrupy mouthfeel, and it delivers! Thick, viscous, sticky, syrupy, but even with all those categories it is still smooth and drinkable, never had a beer with this kind of mouthfeel, definitely has an oily feel to it as well, but in this case it really helps this beer because it makes it very drinkable, but what truly makes this section outstanding is how long this beer lingers on your pallet! Amazing mouthfeel!

O: I had high expectations for this beer, heard great things about it, but it lived up to those reputations and surpassed them IMO, each category for this beer has something that’s different and stands out from other categories, but every characteristic of this beer pieces together so well and makes it complete, it’s like a puzzle, sometimes all the pieces are there, but sometimes you can’t find some pieces, but the harder you look you end up finding those missing pieces, this beer has taken my palate on a tour around the world instead of a measly roller coaster, MUST GET! Probably my new favorite offering from FW, well done guys! (3,108 characters)

Photo of ihazabucket7
5/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Coon_Hopster
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had one sip of this beer at the brewery and I bought 4 bombers immediately. This is sweet, really sweet beer. It is very complex, has a variety of different flavors going on such as vanilla, caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak, and others I have yet to discover. I am holding on to the 4 for cellaring. I am tempted to break one open soon. (341 characters)

Photo of Moonshae_D
4.93/5  rDev +11%
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 Dwkasper
4.91/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have a bottle of this beer squirreled away because I didn't think I'd ever come across it again. I walked into J Ryan's in Syracuse last night and they had it ON TAP! Unfortanately, no one else there was aware what it was. Very smooth and highly drinkable. Hard to write tasting notes right now but I will never turn down this beer.

Had it on tap at FW/barrelworks. Strong delicious and boozy (402 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.91/5  rDev +10.6%
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 maxifunk777
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best beer from Firestone Walker I have drank and may be the best barrel aged non-stout I have drank as well.

Great smelling beer, Great color. the taste is sweet but not overly so with tons of bourbon and so much more, a very rich creamy mouthful. I can not recommend this beer highly enough. I just wish I had lifetime supply. All lovers of good beer need to give this beer a chance please your tastebuds. (420 characters)

Photo of trippytbta
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Came in box...nice curb appeal

A: Pours darker brown like walnut or mahogany, small head that dissipates quickly

S: fruity (sweet), toffee

T: bourbon and toasted sugar upfront, kind of like cola. then a little bit of dark fruit & molasses. after taste is of buttery burnt toast

M: medium body, great carbonation

Overall: best BA quads I have ever had. Sticks with what they were trying to achieve. The one complaint is with a higher abv, I wanted it to at some point hit me in the face a little, but the immense candy flavor masked that a lot, exactly what they wanted, but not what I wanted....oops. I have another one cellared, so I will re-rate in a couple years o_O (697 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Ranz
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks again to my local Whole Foods! Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: The head dissipated unbelievably quickly, even with some vigorous pour at the tail-end. Rich dark mahogany brown, it's nearly ebony in color.

S: Sweet roasted caramel with vanilla extract, dank oak, and faint fruity figs.

T: Orgasmic and deep vanilla, seeded jam preserves, some alcohol bite. The follow has buttery notes of the richest creme brulee you can imagine.

M: Buttery and full with just the faintest alcohol singe; some nice astringency from the ABV is present, too.

O: For two years, I thought nothing could ever surpass Parabola as the quintessential BBA beer, but this may have just changed my mind. FSW has once again created art, something so magnificent that you should have it sparingly lest you grow inured to its greatness. (821 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%

This is a quad to measure all quads by. Very American in nature, not like the belgians, so its kind of its own category.

Pours a dark brown with little head. Residue sticks the the glass when swirled.

Smell is of old barrels and ripe dark fruit. Very intriguing really. I get some strawberry and dates, with some smoke and oak.

Taste is superb. Rich beyond words, with a sticky sweetness right up front. Heavy on the dark fruits, and low on hops. Vanilla and caramel / toffee. Bourbon is there as well. Nicely blended.

Feel is low carbed with a viscous mouthfeel.

Overall I like this quad just as much as FW's sucaba and parabola. Cheers! (646 characters)

Photo of jlazerus
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Unlike anything I've ever tasted. Pretty much a work of art, as the brewers clearly intended

Appearance: Dark sienna, held to the light, the edges are a warm red-orange. No head whatsoever. Flattens out quickly. Slightly cloudy, a *tiny* bit grey. But, I'm not gonna just sit here and look at it, now am I?

Smell: Bourbon barrel wood is clear but not overwhelming. Very, very pleasant. I was hoping it would be like that. Has a bit of a Belgian aroma, that is sweet but not obnoxious. A little alcohol, a little fruit sweetness.

Taste(s): The highly anticipated first sip was all sugar. After that I get grape, plums, oak, and zero bitterness. It really reminds me of a single malt scotch, but without the punch in the neck. Then about 30 seconds later, a tanginess envelopes the sides and back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Lives up to its name. Sticky palate, sticky lips. This is a good thing. Like beer candy! Silky smooth and no carbonation at all

I love FW's Double Jack, and when my local purveyor recommended this, I had to go for it. It's expensive, but if you want something special and unusual, I think this is worth the price. Really good, not for everyday use. (1,176 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a heavy, dark brown. Smells of bread, liquorish, brown sugar, cigar. Taste is figgy, soy sauce, vanilla, sugar cane, and leather with a toasty background. Mouthful is heavy, think and boozy but smooth, with buttery velvet texture. Truly a world class creation. (266 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The complex mouthfeel of a top tier quad with heavy barrel, vanilla leathery age and bourbon notes. I haven't been wowed by Parabole or Scucaba, but love DDBA.

thIs is best in breed for an aged quad. I've had boulevard BBQ , blasphemy etc...

This is fantastic. The overall presence of all the combined elements result in a transcendent epic ale (347 characters)

Photo of grimmgreen
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's hard for me to rate any beer as "PERFECT" but this Stickee Monkee comes as close as Ive ever had.

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet nice and dark. Very faint bubbly tan head that is gone as soon as you reach for the glass.

Insanely large body, Intense mouthfeel. The Alcohol is prominent but not overpowering. It arrives more on the finish.

Strong flavor of molasses and brown sugar. It felt savory almost to me.

Easily one of the best beers Ive ever had. Well worth the wait and price (508 characters)

Photo of JSuperman
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I tried this beer on tap at Babes in Rancho Mirage. With an ABV over 13, I was hoping this quad wouldn't overpower with alcohol taste. It was a perfect blend of taste and alcohol warmth.

A previous reviewer used the term rum taste which fits perfectly. Low carbonation, high malt/sweet and a rum boozy aftertaste with warm lingering flavours is a simple summary. This is a great sipper as the taste is so rich and full. Another wonderful complex beer by Firestone! (466 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Haven't done a review in a while so here goes nothing...

A - Very rich brown in color, a little darker than what I was expecting. I haven't had that many quads though. Surprisingly large head. Most firestone barrel aged beers have small heads. Loads of legs when tilting the glass around.

S - Hits the nose exactly like a FW barrel aged beer always does. Lots of coconut, chocolate, leather, oak, tobacco. Yummy! There are loads of barrel aged brews out there but FW seems to come with it's own aromas. No alcohol is present on the nose.

T - Follows right in line with the smell. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, and oak. Soooo smooth. Really reminds me of the 15th anniversary. Really drinkable. I really enjoy FWs barrel aged flavors, but they are a little redundant throughout the vintage family.

M - Very rich. Full body coats your mouth and lingers on in flavor forever. Not a lot of carbonation after the pour bur very fresh.

O - Again, FW hits a home run! A little cheaper than some of the other releases but still sold out everywhere in like a day. Can't wait to see how this ages. (1,108 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this in a taster glass at Firestone, can't wait for this to hit in May.

A: Pours a semi clear brown color with a tan head forming on the pour.

S: Dark fruits, caramel. The barrel is there strongly with some light bourbon and oak.

T: Light bourbon and some heat up front. Sweet honey, dark fruits and toffee all present. Very good after taste of caramel, and some honey.


I get grape, plums, oak, and zero bitterness. So many flavors in a bomber, compared to a taster on tap at the brewery (515 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark, almost black color, with a half inch head that faded to a thin film, not much for lace. The smell was amazing, with lots of raisin, sweet caramel, bourbon, oak, and toffee. The taste was equally great, with the raisins, vanilla, caramel and bourbon melding into a super tasting brew. Surprisingly, I didn't get a lot of heat from the bourbon, just the great flavor. The mouthfeel was super smooth, with a nice medium body. Overall, I have to say this is one of the best beers I've ever had, so glad to have been able to find one. (540 characters)

Photo of firestoner
4.75/5  rDev +7%

My first review? I am reviewing based off of memory unfortunately, and basically what I remember is that this beer is the shit. My favorite of the barrel aged series, super sweet and delicious like I love. And that is my highly-qualified review of my favorite Firestone beer. (275 characters)

Photo of hops202
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage poured into snifter.

A - dark brown with hints of red.

S - barrel and sugary goodness

T - lots of coconut and molasses coated in bourbon vanilla sweetness. Simply delicious.

M - spectacular. Not at all cloying.

O - best bourbon barrel quad I have ever had. Incredibly drinkable. FW kills it again! (319 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark brown with a slight red hue, very little carbonation with a slight khaki tint.

Toffee, caramel, roasty malts, and sweet bourbon.

Vanilla, toffee, caramel, nutty, bourbon, and some dark fruit on the back end.

Heavy bodied, light carbonation, sweet, slightly roasty, nice bourbon finish.

Overall, a damn fine brew. (327 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

appearance: Dark burgundy with a "delicate" tan headMostly clear. She's a beaut.
smell: Sweetish, decadently rich. Toasted oak and molasses.
taste: The taste delivers what the nose is sellin. Decadently rich, full taste with all kinds of layered goodness. Molasses richness without being cloyingly sweet. Awesome.
overall: Another stellar Firestone. Damn this is good. (369 characters)

Photo of Clints1991
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had from a 750ml.

A - A dark brown with a light tan laced head that doesn't last long

S- It has a strong sweet nose to it, notice some alcohol, molasses, chocolate, strong wood notes.

T - It has a nice sweetness to it, chocolate, molasses, nutmeg, vanilla, and has a nice strong tobacco taste.

F - It has a nice mouthfeel to it. It has a strong taste with a dry finish to it.

O - This is one of the best Quads I have ever had!!! Every barrel aged that Firestone does, they nail it!! I am looking forward to this next year (526 characters)

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Stickee Monkee from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.