Old Man Hattan
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Old Man HattanOld Man Hattan
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Style:
Barleywine - English
Ranked #40
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,123
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 8.83%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
125
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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SCORE
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Old Man HattanOld Man Hattan
Notes: Blended Ale aged in Cherry, Orange, and Aromatic Bitters Barrels

Continuing the tradition of our Black Friday “cocktail” releases, we give you Old Man Hattan, a barrel-aged mashup of two classic drinks: the Old Fashioned & the Manhattan!

The base beer is a blend of Velvet Merkin, Bravo & Stickee Monkee aged in whiskey barrels. The twist comes from select lots of Parabola & Helldorado that were aged in Woodford Reserve barrels previously used to mature cherry bitters, orange bitters & aromatic bitters.
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Went in a skeptic questioning how a seemingly kitchen-sink-like-approach combining their BA beer with bitters could work...but damn does it work.

Pours and looks like a thick BA stout - mostly black body with hints of brown around the edges, capped by a tight foamy tan head.

Aroma is hard to pin down - the consistent threads are rich malt, oak and citrus. That final zesty kicker is both alluring and concerning leading into the first sip.

It’s all malty barrel aged dark ale up front, with the accompanying notes of dark chocolate, oak, caramel followed by cherry and orange zest. 80/20 in balance.

Appropriately bitter with a citrus kiss on the palate. Thick but not viscous. More unique than extraordinary, but certainly great in its own right.

Feb 03, 2019
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sjrider from California

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Sacramento CA - pours a murky dark brown/almost black with frothy khaki head leaving a lot of lacing. Nose is similar to a whiskey manhattan but with more wood. Taste follows, I like this . Finish is a bit thin. An interesting blend.

Sep 08, 2019
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D-Rock76 from California

4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this side by side the 22nd anniversary and, for me, this was th winner. Lots of cherry. Easy to drink. Winner!

Dec 07, 2018
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Mustela_Man from California

3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught, tasting room.

Jan 07, 2019
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BarrelAgedG from California

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 06, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: The beer pours opaque, a little murky, dark brown. At the narrower top of the glass the beer is translucent with shades of light brown and ruby. A minimal amount of khaki colored head that creates a thin layer of foam on top of the beer. Some visible carbonation. No lacing.

Smell: Sweet rye spice. Earthy wood. Candied orange peel. Luxardo cherry. Some burnt sugar alcohol.

Taste: Up front you get some whisky sweetness and warmth. Some sweet, dark dried fruit including dates / figs and some sweet, dark bread. The beer is dryer than both cocktails. I think the barrels that held orange and cherry bitters comes through a lot. Again, sweet candied orange and sweet cherry. Some rye like spice again.

Feel: Medium level of prickly carbonation. A semi-sweet beer with some hints of bitterness and wood. A lingering warmth and sticky sweetness on my lips.

Overall: I am really enjoying this cocktail inspired beer. As a lover of both drinks, this beer is a success for me.

Oct 20, 2019
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needMIbeer from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 19, 2019
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JandJMD from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 25, 2020
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 10, 2019
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cozmo from New York

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 05, 2019
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nruhlig from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oct 06, 2019
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Ristaccia from Nebraska

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 06, 2019
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IKR from California

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown, bordering on black with a medium-sized beige head that gradually faded. A nice looking beer.

Smell: Spicy cinnamon notes, mild Whiskey notes and mild brown sugar aromas. The nose is good but subtle.

Taste: The taste profile features the spicy notes, mild bourbon and a touch of brown sugar just as the nose suggested. I also get some mild oak woodiness. The beer taste profile has the bitters featuring prominently.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: A different beer that has a unique taste profile. I'm not too big of fan of spices in my beer but I can deal with this one.

Nov 19, 2019
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Reviewed as: American Strong Ale
Glass: Clear kitchen glass
Price: $10.99 (I think)
From: Trader Joe’s in Milpitas (Santa Barbara), Calif.
Purchased: Dec. 24, 2019
Consumed: Dec. 26, 2019
Misc.: 2019 vintage; Bottled reads 9.6 pct.; Split with my father-in-law

Picked this up with a bunch of other stuff at a Trader Joe’s, one of three barrel-aged stouts. Had no idea of what a Man Hattan was, but apparently it was a combination of an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan, neither of which I had ever had. Meaningful description was, “The base beer is a blend of Velvet Merkin, Bravo & Stickee Monkee aged in whiskey barrels. The twist comes from select lots of Parabola & Helldorado that were aged in Woodford Reserve barrels previously used to mature cherry bitters, orange bitters & aromatic bitters.” Yummy.

Poured a dark brown color with two fingers of khaki frothy head. No noticeable bubbles when I stopped moving the glass. Good lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled brown sugar, red apple, plum, rye whiskey, cherry, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peels, brown bread, smooth bourbon and light coconut. A little smoother out of the bottle. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted much better than the smell. In order got brown sugar, cinnamon, plum, rye whiskey, cherry, nutmeg, orange peel, brown bread, coconut, vanilla, cocoa and chocolate syrup. Very smooth for 9.6 pct. ABV. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Just another marvelous barrel-aged offering from Firestone. (Overall - 4.50)

4.37 | 97 | A

Mar 20, 2020
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Hayley_86 from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 16, 2019
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hermit990 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 06, 2019
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dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 08, 2019
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MattSn from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 18, 2019
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HoodviewBrew from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! It actually tastes like a Manhattan. Works great with base beers. Cherries and oranges really come through. Fantastic

Sep 27, 2019
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out dark brown. Viscous looking. Small ring of foam surrounding the glass.

Smell is interesting to say the least. But very appealing. Coffee, coconut, fruit, wood, bourbon, malt.

Taste takes a different turn. More strange than the nose to be sure. It hints at being a barrel aged stout, but it's too light in flavor for that description. It's brighter than a stout. Fruit bringing it to a higher note. Sweeter than one too.

Feel is smooth with very fine bubbles bringing the slightest bit of edge.

Never had a Manhattan as a drink so I can't attest to the authenticity of this mix in comparison to one. But as for a stand alone brew this is certainly one of the more distinct and interesting beers I've ever had. Firestone Walkers Barrel aged stuff is always a treat and this is no different.

Oct 06, 2019
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jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 28, 2020
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RickS95 from Indiana

4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 04, 2020
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TheWyatt from California

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 25, 2020
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Vixie from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks cola colored brown when pouring, but nearly black in my glass. Very little tan head, just a bit of lacing.

Fairly sweet and fruity smell. I can detect some booze and vanilla and chocolate.

Tastes a lot like it smells, pretty sweet up front, although not overly so. Hints of spice and vanilla and some fruit. Has a bit of a lingering bitterness at the finish.

I thought the feel was pretty nice, little thick, and can feel the carbonation.

Not a bad beer, although I have to admit to not having tried either of the drinks this is based on, so I am judging it purely on the merits of the beer itself. It does almost taste more like a mixed drink than a beer, with the addition of carbonation. While this won't become my favorite beer from FW, I like the fact they are trying new things, and I am getting a chance to try unique beers.

Oct 06, 2019
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bert's
Dark brown in color with a thin off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Initially some lactic on the nose. Bits of cherry and spice with a nice vanilla oakiness. Sweet fruity almost pumpkin spice flavor. Light toffee and caramel more cherry and hints of bourbon. Lots of flavors but seem like they need a little time to meld imho.

Oct 13, 2019
Old Man Hattan from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 125 ratings