Helldorado - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.71/5 rDev +8.5%
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
4.19/5 rDev -3.5%
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
Helldorado from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.