Stickee Monkee - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,666
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 498
Gots: 719 | FT: 75
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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 OsoRojo
2.5/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't get to try this girlfriend drank it with her friend after breaking up with me. Dang!

Photo of Desp59
2.59/5  rDev -42.1%
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 emptyglassagain
2.88/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Sweet but too alcohol forward.

Photo of Tbone2131
3.38/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just too boozy and syrupy for me.

Photo of charlzm
3.39/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed June 2nd, 2014 from a bottle purchased at FW Barrelworks in Buellton. Poured into a small snifter.

Dark brown liquid with obscure deep garnet highlights. Beer has virtually no carbonation and as a result no head to speak of. Only the tiniest little ring of foam around the crown. Disappointing.

Aroma is strong and redolent with cane sugar and booze. Faint dates and chocolate. Not bad, but also not delicious.

Flavor is moderately sweet with a cinnamon note. Some bitter wood and hot spirit notes. Toasted coconut. Mild milk chocolate. Lacking in the expected bready character.

Mouthfeel is still and thick, leaning towards cloying. The low carbonation has really done this beer in.

A rare miss from Firestone Walker; the elements are there, just not in a pleasing balance. An incidental note: I have had this one several times on its own over the years, but never reviewed it. However, it doesn't seem to be very different from how I remember it.

Photo of blockdude
3.48/5  rDev -22.1%
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 womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Strong Ale

A: The pour is a dark amber color, perhaps leaning towards brown, with a tan head.

S: The usual sweet, sugar notes of a barleywine are here. I get brown sugar, caramel, and toffee, but there's a weird nuttiness to this beer that seems out of place.

T: This tastes like almost like a really creamy nut brittle with extra nuts. There's a fair amount of alcohol presence as well, a touch of oak, and some good vanilla notes.

M: The body is medium with a nice creaminess and a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: This was a weird beer. In fact, several of the blending components for FW14 aren't all that great, but somehow they make a delicious final product.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.72/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brief write-up at ChurchKey. Heard a lot about this, that's for sure. It smells like a great barleywine (not a quad), with plenty of dark fruit, brown sugar, and vanilla. The taste is similar - think Sucaba with more dark fruit. Actually, a LOT more dark fruit. Stickee is right: this is a sweet, slick feeling brew, though the oak tannins give the palate some breathing room. A rock solid barleywine, but it doesn't live up to the hype. Personally, I think it's just too sweet - 4 oz is perfect for me.

3.72/5: I prefer Sucaba myself

Photo of jethrodium
3.8/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado. Pours a dark reddish amber with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is big caramel, some brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, some plum, and a bit of brandy. A hint of of alcohol, but not much. The taste is sweet with caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, plum, and some bourbon. The finish is warming with a little alcohol apparent. Big, full bodied beer, but not syrupy. Low carbonation.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I first bought a bottle of Monkee in summer 2014 in Peekskill, NY, and wasn't impressed. Then had the 2015 version on tap at City Tap in Phila in June'15.

The color is a shiny mahogany with no head or bubbles. The nose is soft, with some toasted nuts, brulee honey, sugar, smoked coconut and chocolate.

The taste follows the nose, with oak, ashtray, brown butter, diacetyl, vanilla and condensed milk. Sweet, but not as much as I remember it to be. Barrel, Scotch.

Mouthfeel is adequate but not superb, finishes a tad thin. Syrupy around the edges. Low carbonation.

Overall: drinkable in the six-oz pour I got but no more. Better than I remember, but I'd still take Sucaba any day.

Photo of timc100
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown body. Small khaki head with a thin collar.

Smell - Nutty. Bourbon. Molasses and brown sugar.

Taste - Surprisingly more interesting. Nutty right up front. Very sweet. It has a nice fruitiness to it. Gets a little bit bitter in the back end. Boozy sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Sweet as hell. Heavy body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Quite enjoyable. A slow, sipper of a beer, of course, but worth the alcohol and sugar investment.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich sugar, wet oak, alcohol, dark fruit, light caramel, and mild Bourbon in the scent. Strong oak, Bourbon, caramel, maple, tobacco, sugar, dark fruit, mild alcohol and a touch of grain on the finish. The body feels a little light and oily, but the low carbonation leads to a slightly higher drinkability.

Photo of Lucular
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bourbon and booze overwhelmed any quadrupel flavors.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark crimson color. Head is essentially nonexistent. Despite an aggressive vertical pour, I only get a short-winded, quickly deflating head. Almost zero lacing.

S-Decadent, rich and sweet. Concentrated bourbon, booze-soaked raisins, dried wood. Very sugary with lots of caramel.

T-The flavor is resoundingly sweet but the barrel's influence balances to the sugars. It's not overly Belgiany, which I truly don't mind. Specifically, I get flavors of molasses, caramel, roasted nuts, boozy dark fruits. Lingering oakiness that also dictates much of the flavor.

M-It's so well made, it somehow tiptoes around the 'cloying' description. Rich and sugary and hot. Has a warm, dry finish. Soft carbonation. Could use a bit more body.

O-Not as complex as some of Firestone Walker's other specialty beers. It's still, a really neat take on a style that I am far from enamored with. Even if it isn't my favorite from this brewery, it's one of the best Quads I have had.

Photo of mportnoy
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Very sweet, a little syrupy, and a little too hot for me.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear mahogany color with an off-white cap that holds fairly well fading leaving patchy lace. The aroma contains notes of sweet caramel and toffee malt. A slight kiss of bourbon is present across the back. The taste is reminescent of raison and plum. Caramel and toffee round things out with a yeasty spiciness. This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. A fine sipper and good representation of a barrel aged quad. Id drink it again if the opportunity presented itself.

Photo of Wobbly
4/5  rDev -10.5%

A very good attempt at a difficult style. But, sorry, this does not compare to the Belgian originals.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2014 Vintage bottle. 13.4% ABV, "the only true constant is change," is very true with this brew. Though it isn't that different from the sample I had on tap a few years back. Pours a very nice, deep brown, 1/4 inch head, no lace.

The nose is filled with barrel, booze and sugar. Plum and Port in the background.

Dark fruit is quickly followed by the sugar when I first sip, wood appears around the middle, along with sweet raisin and mild cigar. The finish is boozy hot with some dessert wine. The body has a moderate thickness, perfect carbonation, and a bit of heat.

I bet this would age very well! I'm a fan of the 2014!

Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Dark brown. Not much head. Smells herbal and sweet; vanilla, licorice. Taste is surprisingly balanced, dry. Coffee. Oak. Pretty full-bodied.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 vintage

Appearance: A hard pour into the sniffer produces a short-lived inch of foam that leaves some dots on the side of the glass; the liquid is root beer-colored and translucent

Smell: Bourbon barrel tones intermingle with brown sugar cookie dough, nuts and caramel

Taste: The brown sugar cookie dough flavor brings sugary sweetness to the taste receptors at the front of the tongue, with the Bourbon tones building, along with the caramel and the nut aspects, in the middle; hot and sticky, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet (not surprising given the high ABV)

Overall: I am not going to touch the quad/English barleywine debate on this beer but will just look at it on its merits; for all the malt and barrel treatment here, the beer lacks the complexity, in my view, to merit the high scores that it has achieved; some of the scoring has to do with the brewer's reputation and, while this is a good sipper, it is not among Firestone Walker's best; it might be interesting to see how this ages once the heat diminishes

Photo of Retsinis
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short story. It was my wife’s birthday, and we were on our way back home in the San Fernando Valley from San Manuel casino. Neither of us still haven’t had a chance to go to Verdugo Bar, and we made a detour on the way home to check it out. Unfortunately, I didn’t know they don’t open until 6 p.m. so that was a bust. Since it was 4 p.m. we opted to go to Tony’s Darts Away, and were glad we did, as they had this on tap.

Knowing that this is a component to the Anniversary beers, and rarely goes on tap by itself, I was excited to try it.

A: Served in a snifter, roughly a 6 to 8 oz pour. The beer is a hazy brown, with a orange/copper hue. Lightly carbonated, just a ring of thin tan bubbles along the edges of the glass, with no discernable lacing.

S: Great layered scents of vanilla, sweet roasted barley, toffee, light oak, and buttery bourbon. Heat is present, but this smells great.

T: Mirrors the nose, and no surprises. Blended nuanced flavors of vanilla, lightly roasted caramel barley malts, some toast, oak, and toffee. Smooth sipping, quite nice.

M: Sweet, lightly carbonated, full oily to buttery mouth feel.

O: I took a good 30 minutes or so smelling and sipping on this one. I thoroughly enjoyed this, more so than Abacus personally. I hope they bottle this one too at some point, as it has more of that bourbon vanilla I like, and less of the dark fruit notes.

Photo of Jeffo
4.11/5  rDev -8.1%
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 pagriley
4.11/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bit too sweet and cloying for me. A very solid beer but needs time to settle down and see what happens to the excess sugar - too syrupy at the moment

Photo of Sarge3130
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Stickee Monkee from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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