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Helldorado - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Helldorado
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.78%


Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Honey infused Imperial Blonde Ale aged in Heaven Hill barrels.

(Beer added by: wethorseblanket on 10-21-2011)
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Sumdeus

California

4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap, a flight with Bourbon County Barleywine, Big Worster and Mirror Mirror.

A: a hazy golden pour with some light cream head. It looks like an unfiltered wheat beer but with less head. Some minor lacing.

S: smells awesome!!! Best smelling of the 4 by far. Great sweet fruity and malty aromas. One of the best beers aromas out there.

T: fantastic smooth citrusy sweetness. Can't taste the booze at all.

M: moderate thickness, low carbonation and smooth and clean finish.

O: fantastic beer, I early wish I could get bottles of this.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 22:46:06 | More by Sumdeus
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Emberwake

California

4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I've had the privilege of enjoying this rare concoction twice now: once at a tap takeover at Harry's Hoffbrau in San Jose, and again at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational. While the experience was consistent, I'll base my review on the recent 2013 invitational.

Served in a 6oz tasting snifter (filled to the 3oz mark)

A - Pours a deep, cloudy, gold color with a small, fine head that quickly dissipated leaving tight lacing.

S - Sweet, slightly fruity, and boozy. Very slight oak barrel.

T - Rich, sweet, slightly buttery booze in balance. The hop character is so mellow it can be difficult to pick out at first. No burn despite the 13% abv, and no aftertaste to speak of.

M - Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Very little carbonation. Clean finish.

D - Simply the best barleywine I've ever encountered, and a shining example of barrel aged american ale. Its a shame FW doesn't bottle this. If you ever have the opportunity to try Helldorado, do not hesitate.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2013 20:30:32 | More by Emberwake
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, caramel, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 03:30:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mhksuccess

California

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Buelton brewfest poured into my brewfest glass
it is a golden color and my pour had a lot of head which dissipated fairly quickly
the smell is omg smooth and sweet and hard to explain but you know you want more
the taste was not hott but more of a boozy sweet goodness and so easy to drink
at the ABV 13% this could be dangerous cause consuming this was so easy
you could drink a 750 no problem
i was happy to get a few glasses of this and overall think it is a great beer
wish you could get a bottle and enjoy at home

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 15:19:50 | More by mhksuccess
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Auracom

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another exciting birthday tick from Brouwer's. 6 oz. served in a flute on November 27th, 2012.

A - This looks akin to nearly every DIPA I've ever had. Deep golden with a thin frothy eggshell head. Good lacing.

S - Heavily bready, with tropical fruits and light oak underneath. I don't pull a dominant barrel flavor.

T - Putting behemoth to shame here. Front end shows that American hoppy profile but it's held in check and doesn't overwhelm the rest of the drink. Mid palate shifts to more sweetness from the malts and the barrel. Light toffee, brown sugar. Slight whiskey. Balance is everything here.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, lightly tannic, semi-dry finish.

D - I will probably judge American (hoppy) barleywines more harshly in the future. While this needed more barrel notes, the balance was really dead on and showed some cojones on FW's part.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2012 22:33:52 | More by Auracom
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FosterJM

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1539th Review on BA
Draft to 6oz Snifter

@Firestone Walker, Paso Robles, CA

App- A mixture of a couple different yellows and golds in the glass. When the server poured it, it looked a bit flat, but with a little bit of swirl some good bubble activity presented and made it look better. The cling was just slight. A bit clearer than I was thinking as well.

Smell- A large beer to say the least. Really a lot going on in the aromatic department. It started with the honey and with me being not the biggest fan of honey I was quite suprised to enjoy the melding of the honey, oak, vanilla, toffee and a slight bitter.

Taste- This is where its at. The ABV on this is very large as is most of the beers that go into the Anniversary blends from FW and this was deceptively smooth and rich. A bit creamy. Larger amounts of the oak shine through as well as the vanilla and a malty candy sweetness. A bit rich and smooth and more atune to a bourbon syrup flavor.

Mouth- A very large medium body with a semi medium carbonation that was a bit prickly. It was deceptively silky on the tounge and drank just amazingly. The residual flavors are the oak, the vanilla and a little dough.

Drink- I was flabbergasted when I saw this on the board. I had made the decision to go to FW on a whim because of the large detour. So glad I did. If you can ever get your hands on this I suggest you do. FW Please bottle this in a reserve series lineup!!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 14:06:07 | More by FosterJM
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the FW tasting room the day before the FW fest. Came with high expectations, one of the dudes from largadeer's crew was like "better than annularity" which, annularity blew my flippin' socks off.

Pours really light, this is definitely a blonde barleywine, equal parts yellow and orange. Thin ring of head on it. Aroma was nice, mild citrus, oak, caramel, toffee. No hops.

Taste is where its at. Exquisite. Honey, caramel, vanilla, coconut. It is indeed, one of those great barleywines, somewhere between annularity and abacus. Mild hop presence shows itself, maybe aged hops, but whatever they did, it works, as the beer is so far from bitter, but tastes so good and relatively complex without throwing a bunch of shit for the sake of doing it. Sweet aspect delivers just the right amount.

I should probably point out how amazingly easy to drink this is given the massive amount of alcohol to it. Just a phenomenal beer to sip, but if you wanted to drink it a little faster, it wouldn't be much of a challenge (now standing and maintaining balance, that might be a challenge). Carbonation was right where it needs to be, a little less than your average beer, but just right for this one. Pretty light body for the amount of flavor going on in this one.

Another stunning beer. Summer 2012 has definitely been the season of the blonde barleywine. This beer makes a trip to Paso Robles worth it in and of itself.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2012 15:48:48 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ehammond1


4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Firestone Walker Brewing co.
Paso Robles, CA

Dark yellow and light gold with a small near-white head that leaves dots of lace down the glass. This looks a bit oily, though not at all thick or syrupy--an appropriately pretty blonde barleywine.

The aroma is quite lovely, with expressive amounts of vanilla, caramel, and toffee, along with mild citrus, freshly baked biscuit, and oak.

This is a decadent dessert disguised as a beer: this reminds me of freshly baked shortbread cookies topped with bourbon whipped cream, with just a hint of burning alcohol. There's expressive oak and mild citrus zest as well. Complete.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Fantastic. If they bottled this and called it Anniversary 16, I'd be happy.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 16:45:39 | More by ehammond1
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nataku00

California

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a tulip glass. Beer poured a dark golden yellow color, mostly clear, with little to no head. Quite a bit of alcohol legs on this one, and a few bubbles of carbonation floating up every now and then.

Nose is really interesting, lots of vanilla and light caramel, toasted biscuit malts, charred oak woody aromas, and a sweet sugar cookie like aroma.

Taste follows the nose, vanilla sugar cookie describes the flavor well. For a very high abv beer, the alcohol is completely hidden and the beer was very tasty and easy to drink.

Medium body, with some light carbonation, the beer was very enjoyable. I wouldn't mind this being bottled instead of it being a component in some of their blended beers. It is very tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 06:16:22 | More by nataku00
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largadeer

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Beer Rev. Pale blond body with a thin head that doesn't last long. Sweet butterscotch aroma, completely pale malt and barrel dominant. Big sugary caramel notes, stonefruit, little booziness. Smells great, though perhaps a bit one-dimensional. The palate is good, medium-light in body, rather rich and sweet. Body could use more heft, but it isn't overly thin. Big caramel and butterscotch notes meld with warming bourbon, though this doesn't taste 13%; very clean fermentation here. Finishes sweet with mild tannins, and a bit of lingering dried fruit. Pretty damn good, a little too easy to drink for the ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 03:07:28 | More by largadeer
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HopHead84

California

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1/14/2012

On tap at Hamilton's.

A: Yellow with nice transparency and a white frothy head.

S: Big floral notes with pronounced lavender honey. Malt is rich and complex, reminiscent of toffee, caramel, and bread. Vanilla wafts from the glass with each swirl. Bourbon is light.

T: Caramel accompanies toffee and a firm earthy bitterness. Honey is pronounced. The beer is lightly sweet with hints of vanilla. I get a little bourbon and oak, but I read nothing about this beer being barrel aged.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Very impressive. They should barrel age this and release it as their next anniversary beer, forgoing the blend. This is dangerous shit for 12%. It goes down like water.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 07:45:05 | More by HopHead84
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wethorseblanket

California

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for the first time at the Daily Pint's FW deconstructed event during LA beer week. A component in the forthcoming 15th anniversary blend.

A: Pours lovely hazy, golden orange with a trace of white head which quickly retreats to the edges of the glass. Faint, barely there lace.

N: Deep and complex combination of: honey, grainy malt, oak, booze, caramel, vanilla, floral, and citrus hop.

T: Somewhat sweet from the honey malt, but not overly so. Follows the nose. Warms to marshmallow, vanilla notes, and boozy. Quite the sipper.

M: Full and rich. Deeply textured. Very well balanced body.

O: A newly rediscovered hop - el dorado was used in dry hopping this creation. Combines the best of centennial, cascade, simcoe, and amarillo. Aged in barrels for 9 months.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 00:37:53 | More by wethorseblanket
Helldorado from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.