Maltose Falcons Brownywine
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
American Barleywine
4.44 | pDev: 6.08%
Nov 22, 2019
Oct 13, 2014
Maltose Falcons BrownywineMaltose Falcons Brownywine
Notes: Brownywine - aged in Rum, Brandy and Boubon barrels.
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
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.
Nov 22, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by cd34 from Illinois

Nov 17, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Oct 28, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Oct 04, 2018
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Rated by jakecattleco from California

4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Multiple pours at FWIBF 2018, great brew!
Jun 03, 2018
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Reviewed by emyers from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +2%
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.
May 19, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by rab53 from Washington

Jan 11, 2018
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.35/5  rDev -2%
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.
Dec 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
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.
Sep 27, 2016
Rated: 4.84 by Crveballin from Maryland

Jun 25, 2016
Rated: 4.9 by Thedrizzle from Florida

Jun 12, 2016
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.
Jun 04, 2016
Rated: 4.57 by Diet-z from Washington

May 29, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by masterofsparks from Ohio

Mar 27, 2016
Rated: 4.6 by aubzachsyd from Iowa

Mar 01, 2016
Rated: 4.59 by IBUQT from Oregon

Jan 31, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by xt0n1cx from Virginia

Jan 31, 2016
Rated: 4.48 by SaulFox from California

Jan 31, 2016
Rated: 4.27 by Mersh from Connecticut

Jan 23, 2016
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Reviewed by pmarlowe from Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.
Jan 11, 2016
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
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.
Jan 09, 2016
Rated: 4.56 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Jan 03, 2016
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +5%
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
Dec 12, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by BecauseWhalezbro from Colorado

Nov 29, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by Original_Gravity from Washington

Nov 28, 2015
Rated: 4.44 by Redgoatman from California

Nov 28, 2015
Rated: 4.26 by StoutSnob40 from California

Nov 27, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by gelasin from California

Nov 21, 2015
Rated: 4.46 by yeaprolly from Washington

Nov 02, 2015
Rated: 4.27 by BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

Nov 01, 2015
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Reviewed by KyleDavis from Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Oct 08, 2015
Rated: 4.29 by ricoslim from Florida

Sep 20, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Sep 19, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by atrocity from Virginia

Sep 14, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by JamLand from District of Columbia

Sep 13, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Sep 13, 2015
Rated: 4.33 by billab914 from Virginia

Sep 12, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by mportnoy from Pennsylvania

Aug 25, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by sloelco from California

Aug 24, 2015
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Reviewed by floridadrift from Florida

4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
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!
Aug 18, 2015
Maltose Falcons Brownywine from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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