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Helldorado - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Helldorado
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 46
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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DocJitsu

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-17-2013 21:53:31 | More by DocJitsu
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ehammond1


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-11-2014 16:30:15 | More by HoppySeb
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.6/5  rDev +6%

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.

06-21-2012 15:48:48 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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01001111

California

3/5  rDev -30.9%

06-11-2014 00:58:05 | More by 01001111
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

06-13-2014 22:43:50 | More by Gonzoillini
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dsgolovin

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-22-2012 06:01:55 | More by dsgolovin
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-23-2014 01:41:32 | More by GRG1313
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Diomede

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-14-2012 23:08:39 | More by Diomede
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Devi0us

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-07-2013 22:53:07 | More by Devi0us
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LakerLeith

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-10-2014 11:24:37 | More by LakerLeith
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Lurkerson

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%

05-30-2013 04:39:56 | More by Lurkerson
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nataku00

California

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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

California

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-26-2014 22:35:04 | More by DrBier
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Kramerwtmf

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

08-10-2014 20:57:24 | More by Kramerwtmf
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1424IpA

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

05-15-2014 22:03:19 | More by 1424IpA
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wethorseblanket

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

10-21-2011 00:37:53 | More by wethorseblanket
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wolf_switzer

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

01-26-2014 07:48:10 | More by wolf_switzer
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KevSal

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-12-2012 16:55:12 | More by KevSal
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Drucifer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

06-16-2014 14:31:19 | More by Drucifer
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Pelican5

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-16-2013 07:14:36 | More by Pelican5
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kdown

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

06-11-2012 07:26:09 | More by kdown
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Hopmarc

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-27-2014 15:58:49 | More by Hopmarc
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bucky505

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

01-26-2014 21:05:42 | More by bucky505
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Helldorado from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.