Old Man Hattan
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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English Barleywine
Ranked #47
Ranked #3,639
4.17 | pDev: 9.11%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
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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Reviews by bubseymour:
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of sjrider
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.

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Photo of D-Rock76
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

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Photo of Mustela_Man
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught, tasting room.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheGent
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JandJMD
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cozmo
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nruhlig
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IKR
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hermit990
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattSn
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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

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Photo of DokiDokiLitFam
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Vixie
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of cherry, orange and maltiness. Bitter with orange, cherry, toffee and sweet caramel.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a teku glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Deep mahogany color with an off white head coming off slightly orange tinted initally rising roughly half an inch.

Smell: toffee aroma which comes off a bit light.

Taste: honestly this beer reminisces vermouth with heavy malts and deep sweet barley.

Mouth: Deep maple syrup finish with a very full body and deep berry feel. Sticks with you for a while especially after the beer warms up.

Overall: Good beer, part wine and part beer...slight butterscotch feel but you'll get over it. You will list trust me, Salud!

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Old Man Hattan from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 107 ratings