Hèllûva Brûlée
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Style:
Barleywine - English
Ranked #155
ABV:
14%
Score:
89
Ranked #22,429
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 18.88%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
20
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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emyers from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2019 vintage.

Cloudy gold color with thin white head

Nose: Rum up front over burnt sugar.

Taste: Rum-forward with caramel, biscuit malt. Finishes sweet.

Feel: Light body, medium carbonation.

Mar 19, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

two years in rum barrels on this version of helldorado, which is literally insanely alcoholic, one of the strongest beers i can recall ever drinking in terms of how it presents itself, like the rum was just blended right in, seems like it has to be closer to 20% abv than its listed 14% abv, it just accosts the nostrils and doesnt quite. surprisingly pale, i thought it might take a little more color from the rum barrels, but it looks about how i remember the original looking from the tap. aroma here is shocking, once i get through the intense alcohol, i get cool old woody character, a lot of vanilla and honey sweetness, some toffee and brown sugar, toasted coconut, and even golden raisin, really appealing actually, but the booze is just over the top. the flavor is also hard to get into as the alcohol really dominates, even as i let it sit awhile, i thought it might dissipate and mellow some, but not at all! i like all the wood this has, its obviously mature, and i think its a neat way to highlight certain characteristics of the base beer, this doesnt run over the original which i like, but its definitely cranked up a notch. subtle butterscotch, maple, burnt sugar, and caramel in this, but its not even that sugary for how much rum flavor is on it. if it werent for the brutal alcohol, this would actually be a nice sipper, but its just like taking a shot each time i have a little sip, and it actually burns going down. i love the idea, and the maturity is awesome, but the strength is a distraction from how good it really is. still, awesome flavors and another creative beer from these guys, cool to see some variants on these barrel aged classics emerging!

Oct 31, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at George Keeley, NYC.

Pours a clear elegant looking amber color. A fingernail length frothy head retains well. When it dissipates, it yields a ring of lacing.

Boozy aroma evokes notes of rum and licorice amidst rich malt tones of honey, biscuit and toffee. There are also notes of melon, grass, creme brûlée, and a touch of chocolate and cinnamon.

Full bodied, with a sweet and boozy opening. Despite the fullness of the body, there is, nevertheless, a lightness that aids drinkability. Complex flavors, of alcohol spices, rum, biscuity and doughy malt that is chewy, honey, raisins, melon, and some pithy grapefruit hops flavors. In addition, there is a touch of burnt caramel and sugar that evokes creme brûlée. The mouthfeel is smooth with a relatively mellow carbonation. The finish is long and dry.

A big boozy beer with complex flavors. Definitely a sipper; a good nightcap.

Jan 16, 2020
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Don’t let the innocent light Amber color fool you. This beer is a killer. You’ll either love it or hate it. Not a top ranked beer but in small doses I like this beer. A Smokey rum flavored barely wine.

You can never go wrong with the barley wine.

Nov 16, 2019
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BrewmanCapote from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 26, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, poured into a snifter glass. Had an amber / golden yellow color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A big, sharp aroma of rum, caramel, hops, honey, malt, and apples.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of malt (present throughout), a bit of hops (less than expected), a lot of rum (and its accompanying barrel), light apple notes, some caramel (quite sweet), and some honey as well. This is a big, boozy, unusual flavor. It's not quite as robust as it should be, but it has its good qualities.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a warm, syrupy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer's a mixed bag, but there are some good things to be found in it. Worth a look.

Dec 14, 2019
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robfohl from California

4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A straw colored barley wine, light mouthfeel.. picked up at the brewery.. Rum, honey, strong flavor profile..desert beer, have it with cream brûlée. Good!

Oct 11, 2019
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

1.97/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Half pour:
Quite clear, near perfect amber. Letting it warm killed all but a few rim bubbles, but a decent amount showed up when the beer was jostled.

The nose on this is fusel alcohol fuel-like in nature. I’m not a fan or of rum BA beers, but this goes beyond personal preference to near-Everclear notes. There’s some caramel and even burnt sugar notes to give it a little credit, but the fumes aren’t enticing.

Feel also has a bit more burn than it should, even for 14%. Initially it was damn near like I couldn’t wait for the sugar-melting torch to finish before I dove in, especially in the back of the taste/throat. The opening is a sweet caramel with a hint of spice. The back is more like I tried to mimic a BA beer by adding booze. It dominates what seems like it maybe could be a decent BW underneath.

It was still ugly even as I got used to it, and way out of whack for what I expect from FW.

Nov 27, 2019
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GreenMind from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 18, 2019
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Curt3 from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 07, 2020
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evanwoertz from California

4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Oct 15, 2019
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Jan 07, 2020
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FakeDoctor96 from New Jersey

2.59/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Feb 16, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

2.46/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap. Smells like cheap rail rum and tastes like even cheaper rum. Sickly sweet. There are some decent barleywine elements in there - vanilla, oak, toffee - but the cheap rum flavor overwhelms all. However, there is absolutely no alcohol burn, kind of impressive at 14% abv. But that doesn't save it from being a drainpour.

P.S. Reading over previous reviews it seems that others felt quite a lot of alcohol burn. Weird.

Jan 09, 2020
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BarrelAgedG from California

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 04, 2020
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sep 16, 2020
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jan 04, 2020
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Trmmilwwi from Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nov 15, 2019
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jwat from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 14, 2020
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JamesLeung from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 09, 2019
Hèllûva Brûlée from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 20 ratings