Maltose Falcons Brownywine
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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American Barleywine
4.43 | pDev: 6.09%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Maltose Falcons BrownywineMaltose Falcons Brownywine
Notes: Brownywine - aged in Rum, Brandy and Boubon barrels.
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4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I think this bottle is from 2014. It's held up extremely well for being approximately 5 years old.

There's some dark fruit and sherry (slight oxidation?) on the nose, with boozy caramel, rum, vanilla, bourbon, spicy oak, toffee, and chocolate as well.

I'm not entirely sure what a brownywine is, but this feels like somewhat of a chocolatey and oaky barleywine. It's aged magnificently, with only a hint of supportive oxidation here, just slightly wine-like fruitiness, and no cardboard. There's rum and bourbon, but I don't get any outright brandy, other than that light fruitiness mentioned above. There's lots of oak, spiced and warming, with some vanilla from the wood. There's caramel, toffee, and a nice dry chocolate note on the back end.

This is medium bodied, and not boozy at all for the ABV - that's probably somewhat the age working its magic. It's creamy and fairly rich.

I'm really glad that I got a chance to try this one. It's aged well, and I can't help but wonder how great it was fresh.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Nov 22, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a teku glass

Pours dark amber-brown with a one inch fluffy beige head. Good head retention.

Nose: There is a lot going on here. Bourbon, rum, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit. Subtle chocolate undertones.

Taste: Raisin and brandy up front followed by caramel, oak, and rum. Mocha on the finish, slight bitterness. There are a ton of layers in this beer but they all come together exceptionally well.

Full-bodied, mild carbonation cuts through keeping it from getting too heavy.

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emyers from Illinois, May 19, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours rich brown with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and

S: Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, a little spice, plenty of influence from the spirit barrels, definitely a touch of alcohol.

T: Big sweet brown sugar, bourbon, rum, little spice, milk chocolate, faint fruity notes, oak, and vanilla.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, sticky sweet but smooth, just a little warmth.

O: Really happy to get a chance to try this. A bit sweet, but definitely different and cool.

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RyanK252 from California, Dec 08, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from ScottO a while back. Cheers! FW calls this one a brownywine.

From a bomber into a snifter
OG: 30.07 *P
FG: 7.52*P
IBU: 32
British Ale Yeast
Collaboration with the oldest homebrew club in LA for their 40th anniversary. Aged in rum, brandy and bourbon barrels.

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear light brown and yields a two finger, medium looking, light brown head with decent retention. Head fades quickly to a full wisp. Bistre brown body with no real carbonation evident. Slight wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of rum, brown sugar, caramel and toffee on the nose. Notes of oak and vanilla too. Spicy rum is the more prevalent barrel. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Brown sugar and spicy rum flavors up front. Caramel sweetness as well. Lots of oak, rum and brown sugar at the swallow with lots of rum, oak, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, milk chocolate and spicy alcohol. Lots of sweetness and boozy barrel flavor.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A little prickly on the palate, goes down fine and finishes rather sticky on the palate. Plenty of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is great! Really nice sweet malt and barrel flavors with lots of alcohol and spirit character. The different barrels certainly add interesting layers to this one and all the sweet malt character definitely works really well along side. A really tasty treat and well worth checking out if you can. Thanks again ScottO. Highly recommended.

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Jeffo from Netherlands, Sep 27, 2016
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4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with noted variations.

Smell - The beer has a crisp boozy nose. The characteristics of the barrels melt together.

Taste - Initially, I detect big caramel. Candy Sugar and juniper berries round out the profile. The barrel seems to melt together. The brandy seems to be the most prominent barrel. Concord grapes from the brandy create the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The creaminess of the mouthfeel smooths what could be a hot beer.

Overall - This is another winner from Firestone Walker.

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4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Snallygaster 2015. Plastic cup. Had 4 of these.

Pours a dark, murky, very dark amber tinted; tan head, with excellent retention. Aroma and flavor consist of candy and dark fruit, oak, sweet dark chocolate. Rich and pretty sweet BA barley wine. Good depth of flavor. Medium carbonation and medium-full body. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable. Overall, another wonderful contribution from the FW barrel program.

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pmarlowe from Virginia, Jan 11, 2016
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4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby caramel brown color. tan head. Barlywine flavors all around. Huge malt flavor. Chocolate, caramel, molasses, toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, and oakk. Bourbon shows the most, then rum, then brandy. Lots of barrel flavors. Good coconut notes. Impressive.

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mothman from Minnesota, Jan 09, 2016
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4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: An impressive bubble show creates a three fingered head that grows rocky above the root beer colored liquid; stringy lacing appears as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Exquisite aromatics are created by the combination of the three barrels, with the chocolate, caramel and vanilla tones building

Taste: Chocolate and caramel forward with vanilla tones arriving toward the middle; the barrels add a range of complexity, with the brandy most pronounced; rum and, to a lesser extent, bourbon also interplay; the finish is sweet and toasty

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Every time I have a barrel-aged beer from Firestone Walker I am impressed by how much farther along they are in their craft than almost every other brewery; this beer only adds to that reputation

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Dec 12, 2015
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4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shared on 10/5 w/ @ucdru

Bottle was a gift from a friend

Poured into 12oz snifter

Tons of sweet molasses, raisin, some toasted oak and leather. The combo of barrels lends lots of fudge and chocolate flavor. The velvety mouthfeel made this great to sip for awhile.. The carbonation was spot on. It was bottled roughly a year-ish ago, and it's drinking wonderfully now. The 13.6% ABV is totally hidden.

Overall, excellent beer! 4.75/5

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4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a brownie from the specific blends of barrels used. Pours a dark tan with khaki head, very sweet but quite enjoyable. A little thin but the perfect blend of sugars and booze makes up for it. A slow sipper to be enjoyed during the winter time!

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4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the epitome of dessert in a glass or drink your dessert. Brownies, heath bars, spirits, sugar. Reminds me of Stickee Monkee in just how sweet this is. We didn't think this was hot at all. At 13.6%, no alcohol was present. Let it warm and savor this one, a true sipper.

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chefbigjon from Arizona, Aug 06, 2015
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4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

sick extra from drunkensloth. enjoyed over and over again from a Firestone mini snifter.

a - opaque purple with really nice ruby and magenta highlights. cream colored head that didn't hang and spotty lace. great shine to it.

s - nose is a medley of sangria like spirits. brandy and rum dance w a caramel and brown sugar forward barley. real mice.

t/m/o - Firestone walker is one if the most consistent breweries when it comes to quality barrel aged beers. their limited stuff is really just outrageous...not a clunker in the bunch and this beer hangs with the rest. deep, lush and complex layers of barleywine caramel and nuttiness. another masterpiece. a tad hot but niceeeee.

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cosmicevan from New York, Jul 29, 2015
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4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best BA beers from Firestone. The combination of barrels is really different and offers wonderful layering of spicy barrel character along with a medium plus bodied barleywine with its toffee and sweetness throughout.

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dar482 from New York, Mar 24, 2015
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4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

EBF sample. I love Firestone Walker's barrel aged beers and I am sure that the 2 ounce sample will not do this beer justice. The body is a copper color. Aroma immediatley hits you with deep sweetness, alcohol and lovely barrel character. Aged in three barrels? Interesting. Who knows how much character each barrel gives but the overall influence of these barrels is clear. On the tongue, it is quite like its other Firestone Walker's barreled brethren. Usually I sit down with a bomber and really take my time to dissect it. Not in this situation. From what I can tell here, it's on a similar tier of deliciousness as the others. Sweet, rich, deep and barrel heavy. Thick, sticky body. Will definitely pay the cash to grab a bottle if I see this one around. Then I can give this beer a more proper review.

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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts, Mar 23, 2015
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3.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at EBF, was served VERY cold, would have loved to wait for this to warm up, but its a festival with limited beers so take this review with a grain .. looking forward to revisiting from a bottle.

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chippo33 from Vermont, Mar 23, 2015
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4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This poured out as a nice brown color with a cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer isn't super special but some boozy roasted malt sweetness on the nose. The taste has a lot going on, lots of sweetness like chocolate, and some fruity brandy notes as well as a little spice from the rum barrels. The feel of the beer is full bodied. Overall I really enjoyed this beer.

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Mar 20, 2015
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4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

There are no better beers that showcase balance in barrel aged flavor more than Firestone Walker. How you blend a beer with 3 different liquors and create something as easy drinking as this is beyond my understanding... Firestone Parabola has always been the best beer to age IMO. And now This is the best beer I have ever had from Firestone.. Especially considering its complexity.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Pours a mahogany/burgundy reddish brown with deep orange-red sunset highlights around the edges.
Smell: Fruits, boozy bourbon and brandy, caramel sugars, some earthy hops.
Taste: Follows the nose exactly
Feel: Great sticky mouthfeel, low level of carbonation
Overall: Wish Firestone would release this one annually!

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crob3888 from California, Jan 24, 2015
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4.6/5  rDev +3.8%

- 22 oz. bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 5-Dec-14

Best enjoyed when warmed to near room temperature, because that's when the texture get smoothed out and flavors shine and come into balance. I wasn't able to tel l which barrel influenced the beer more. The rum was definitely subtle, and the reason why I was able to enjoy it. Like a dark chocolate brownie with that chewy texture, this is one of the more unique brews I've tried recently and among the best I've had from FW. Going to age another bottle and looking forward to the results!

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Rollzroyce21 from California, Dec 06, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours a clear reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, nut, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, but it's quite sweet and boozy to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Dec 02, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -6.3%

Boozy this one is. Has notes of, well, Rum Brandy and Bourbon, just like it says. Tempered with sweetness and best enjoyed out of a snifter, one gets the feeling that if you try to light up a cigar with it your glass might ignite. Beneath all that booze is some nice notes of fig and caramel. This was sampled on tap at the brewery and looking at the previous review it's possible that the bottled version is more nuanced.
Update: I have now tried the bottled version and found that while less a slap in the face of booze as the tap version, there is still a noticeable heat burn on the finish.

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Wowcoolman from California, Nov 29, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +9.3%

Brownywine - Firestone Walker Brewing Company | Maltose Falcons Collaboration - Paso Robles, California - Barrel Aged (Rum, Brandy, & Bourbon) Strong Ale - 13.60% ABV - This decadent ale poured a copper brown color with a viscous brown head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The nose featured rich aromas of chocolate, toasted caramel, oak notes, bourbon, and sweet brandy. The mouth was outstanding; flavors of rich chocolate, charred barrel, bourbon, spiced rum, vanilla, and caramel that blend together flawlessly. The mouthfeel was heavy bodied with a thick, flavorful finish that has a slightly boozy undertone. Thanks to @pomheart for sharing this pre-released bottle. I absolutely loved it.

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bjmartin14 from California, Oct 24, 2014
Maltose Falcons Brownywine from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 210 ratings