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Stickee Monkee - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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189 Reviews
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Reviews: 189
Hads: 1,930
Avg: 4.46
pDev: 27.8%
Wants: 561
Gots: 893 | FT: 99
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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 charlzm
3.39/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.56/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015 bottle served in a pint glass cold.

Poured Dark brown and clear with a large head. Tons of Barrel character, spicy and complex sweetness in the nose. The taste is crazy sweet with a very complex Barrel character. The booze is over the top and delicious. I feel that it is way too sweet to drink right now. It needs some serious time to age out. I'll leave my remaining bottle for a few years.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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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 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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.72/5  rDev -16.6%
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

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Photo of jethrodium
3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.99/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4/5  rDev -10.3%
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!

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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 brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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

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Photo of Retsinis
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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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.

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

Appearance- Pours black with red tints. Small tan head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing. Very clear when held up to the light.

Smell- At first I got a strong raspberry scent, as it warmed the bourbon really showcased itself. I also get some caramel and prunes mixed in there, very sweet smell.

Taste- Very balanced, not overly sweet or bitter. I get some cola, dark fruit, burnt caramel and bourbon. Alcohol is present but not overbearing. Very little heat.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and good carbonation. Not overly drying and little heat from the alcohol.

Overall- Good beer, hides alcohol well. Has a very nice and clean flavor and scent. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of kevanb
4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, 2014 vintage, poured into a Firestone Walker Barrelworks Teku.

The beer pours a deep burgundy color, definite shades of cola brown, nicely opaque with a bubbly, loose, khaki head that has low retention and just a spot or two of lace is yielded. The aroma is full of brown and Candi sugar, stone fruits, sweet and rich malted grain, light bourbon with a nice presence of toffee and vanilla. The flavors are quite nice, again, the big rush of brown and Candi sugars, stone fruit character is strong, plum and cherry, with some woody oak and bourbon while a bit of an earthier showing of nougat, toffee, vanilla and grain comes across at the finish. The body is a bit thin and very lively, coats the mouth fairly well with a very smooth and easy finish that is lightly warming.

Verdict: A very tasty beer from Firestone Walker. They call it a quad on the bottle, in the past I've seen it as a barleywine and that's a bit of how I think of it, hard to find much in the way of the yeasty goodness that makes up a strong quad, but this has all the hallmarks of a great barleywine. The alcohol is hidden perfectly and is the beer's best asset. The richness and sweetness is cut nicely by the barrel aging and the complexity is right in the sweet spot where it's definitely layered but still straightforward enough to be accessible to everyone.

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Photo of Treebs
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at FOBAB. Served in my FOBAB taster glass.

A: Pours a semi clear brown color with a tan head forming on the pour. Nice retention on the head, it recedes slowly to a thick ring and leaves nice splotches of lace.

S: Dark fruits, caramel and some light baker's chocolate. The barrel is there faintly with some light bourbon and oak.

T: Light bourbon and some heat up front. Sweet honey, dark fruits and toffee all present. There is a spicy hop flavor as well that seems to creep up and recedes at different spots during each sip.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level.

O: I thought this was solid overall. There was a little too much heat from the booze for me even at 12%. The beer did get better as warmed up so I'd suggest waiting a touch before consuming given the opportunity.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a burnt brown color with purple hues streaming along the side upwards to fill a slim cap of a white little head. As the head died off, lacing stuck around the glass adequately.
The smell had some sweet bourbon, some banana, some nuttiness, a little bit of coffee and cocoa, and then some vanilla all blending together in a warm inviting way.
The taste was mainly sweet with a delicate roastiness from the coffee underneath. A gentle sweet cocoa and bourbon aftertaste slid into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied. Sticky bourbon clings in the feel, not syrupy but not cloying.
Overall, in my opinion, I liked this quad for me, the coffee notes may be a bit different but hey, let's just say, that's a little bit extra.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Stogies n Hops

Color is dark brown with a thin tan head that faded quickly. Smell is caramelized sugar, toffee, and toasted coconut. Lots of barleywine character. Flavor is malt, toffee, some bourbon, dark fruits. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Body is full with moderate carbonation

Overall, a very good beer. Not sure how to classify it, but I like it.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another great brew from Firestone and one of my new favorite Barleywines. There is A LOT going on here. Huge smell, huge taste, and huge ABV! Lots of boozey belly warmth from this! Smell is thick with brown sugar, leather, cherry, chocolate, and oak. Taste is very sweet, but complex with vanilla, butter, dark espresso, chocolate, and of course bourbon. There is no booze in the flavor at all and you would never believe it was 16%.

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Stickee Monkee from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.