Stickee Monkee
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #4
Ranked #180
4.49 | pDev: 7.8%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
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Notes: It has been said that the only constant is change and the same is true for barrel-aged beers. Cut from a similar recipe, this barrel-aged Quad evolves and shows a different face each year; a result of time spent aging in the barrel. Turbinado brown sugar from Mexico adds wonderful molasses flavors that are reminiscent of Belgian candi sugar. It has a full body and lush texture with barrel expression all over; toasted oak, coconut, leather and rich cigar tobacco.
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage
A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown beer which is topped by a finger of dense and slightly rocky light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of tons of dark fruits, caramel and toffee along with a nice touch of oak
T: Taste is caramel and toffee up front before some dark fruits come in. Nice bready malt with a huge amount of sugary sweetness along with some hints of oak and vanilla. On the swallow there's more brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, oak, and vanilla.
M: This beer is on the heavier side of things with a silky feel on the palate. Carbonation is soft but adequate for the style while the ABV ensures that this beer has a dying finish.
O: Overall this beer rocks the house. A huge amount of complexity makes this a beer that demands to be sipped and savored. Alcohol is hidden very well. It's also held up very well to the test of time and shows no signs of off flavors.

Apr 10, 2021
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Having a 12oz bottle of Vintage 2017, No. 004, a Christmas gift from older daughter Caitlin....

My sniftah now holds a clear but deep, dense ruby/garnet colored beer. A hard pour produces a 3/4" layer of creamy tan foam that slowly ebbs down. After a pause the head now is quite thin, with most remaining suds at the rim. Lacing is a bit on the light side, though. The aroma is easily detected, with black cherry, brown sugar, molasses and bourbon. Oooh - great mouthfeel! Body is nearly full, and chewy. And the brew is silky smooth when traversing the tongue.

Flavor? Yes, indeed! Has lots of dark fruit - cherry and black cherry, raisins and prunes. Also some caramelized brown sugar, molasses and leathery, earthy tobacco. Notes of candi sugar and bourbon round things out. An exquisite libation!! Thnx, Caitlin! Zum Wohl!!!

4.61/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


Jan 12, 2021
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage, tasted on 2021.1.11
look: deep amber, 90% black, thin mocha head

smell: cherry, bread, toffee

taste: complexity! wood, cherry, toffee, raisin, brown sugar

feel: mellow, very delicate and fancy, balanced, super smooth, sweet but not too much

overall: amazing, cheers!

Jan 11, 2021
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BillAfromSoCal from California

4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage no. 004 consumed Jan 2 2021. Pours a rich medium mahogany with maybe a 1/2 finger of fast-dissipating foam. no real lacing. I have a bad sense of smell but I picked up raisins, bourbon barrel oak, maybe some other dark fruits. Wife got coconut. Same taste. I really like this a lot but on a cost per ounce basis I'm not sure if it compares favorably at $0.83/ounce with other bourbon barrel-aged beers I really like as much or nearly as much.

Jan 02, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle into a goblet. 2016 vintage, #003.

Dark reddish brown body, clear when held up to the light. Small off white head quickly dissipates, no lacing.

Aroma of Belgian candy.

On tasting, well, it's simply delicious. A sweet candy and molasses flavor, but not cloying. Abv very apparent, but not one note of harshness. Silky smooth. There is even a faint pepper touch now and then. Loving this.

Mouth close to full, finish a warming sweetness with even a feather light bitter touch right at the end.

Overall, really enjoyed this long slow sipper on a wet & cold new year's day.

Jan 01, 2021
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Suds from Missouri

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful. This brew, the 2018 vintage, is a very dark, nearly black brown color with ruby highlights. The head is think and light tan. The aroma is boozy, malty, peppery, and has a background of ripe fruit, spice, wood, and molasses. Balanced taste with warmth and a mouth-coating smoothness. This is one incredible beer.

Nov 14, 2020
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Guaro from Italy

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cultured monk's cassock with ruby ​​reflections, compact ocher head with good resistance. On the nose molasses, cherries in alcohol, vanilla, coconut, maple syrup, wood and bourbon. On the palate the sweet notes of brown sugar and dark jam are partly balanced by a slight hops touch on herbaceous tones.
The finish is ash, chocolate and lots of vanilla, wood and a full-bodied abv of bourbon that dries the sweetness of the sip very well. Always sweet network accompanied by a sensation of cherries in alcohol. Medium-high body is round with low sparkle.

Oct 13, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 2018 Vintage 12 ounce bottle poured into a goblet. Had no head but the rich color is brewed tea like although it has a rich aroma of sweetness. Molasses and brown sugar is typical for the style. The taste is of molasses and brown sugar sweet. The mouthfeel is medium to thin and a real sweet pleasure on the tongue. Overall another fantastic brew from Firestone Walker Brewing and a great Quadrupel. The pleasure was all mine. BEER BEFORE GLORY!

Sep 29, 2020
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REDAMI from Ohio

4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Chimay Goblet. 2018 vintage.

L - Deep gold brown pour, thin tan head.

S - Raisin bread, slight metallic note, molasses, burnt sweetness.

T - Candy sweet, black licorice, treacle, almost sherry-like flavors, thinning to brown bread, and bitter grains.

F - Fine carbonation, dry finish.

Definitely a sipper. Would make a great dessert beer. Do not drink on an empty stomach.

Jul 19, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage on tap in Boise, ID. Dark mahogany pour, capped with a cream off-khaki head. Big, sweet aromas of malt and spirit barrels...big impressions of caramel and toffee, dark fruits and malt sweetness. Booze is subdued at this age. Oak and coconut and chocolate as well...toes the line between a Belgian quad and a barrel-aged barleywine. Loved it.

Jun 15, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a 2017 vintage 12 oz bottle at cellar temp and poured into my snifter. The beer has been in its box in my cellar since I purchased it.
The beer pours a dark mahogany color with some ruby highlights when I hold my glass to the light.
A fizzy and short-lived beige head of 1 cm foams up and fades to nothing after the first few sips of the beer.
the aroma on this is rich and malty with dark chocolate, toffee, prunes, raisins, and plums mixing with a bit of red grape and maybe some port wine character. No hop presence on the nose, with only a little bit of fusol alcohol notes to remind me of the 12% ABV.
First sip reveals a medium body with sticky mouthfeel and fine tingly carbonation. The beer is a bit of a sipper due to ABV, but the stickiness coats my palate and lips and slows my consumption as well.
Flavor is again all malt with toffee, prune and raisin with more brown sugar and molasses than I got on the nose. I also get a little bourbon, but again the hops are absent here.
Booze comes through on the finish with some warming down my throat on the swallow.
This is a sipping beer and I really enjoy the complexity and texture. The dark color makes me think this could easily be in the old ale category as well and the ABV makes this take almost all night to finish my glass, but as I stated, I enjoy this one a lot and find the complexity enjoyable. Get fresh bottles and age, or trade for vintage if you find em.

May 29, 2020
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl. oz. bottle, 2017 vintage. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: A cloudy murky dark brown colour with a thin beige head that dissipated quickly, but left some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet dark malt, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, plum, prunes, raisin, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and a splash of coconut.

Taste: Moderately sweet, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, raisin, dates, prunes, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, coconut, with hints of bourbon, booze and cocoa on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: At times it felt a little on the sweet side, but the aroma and flavours are complex and enjoyable, and as a sipper, it was good.

Mar 30, 2020
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Anders91 from California

4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: pours with a relatively small head gor a quad nice dark brown color

Smell: bourbon, malt, stone fruit

Taste: wow super interesting all of the things you expect in a quad plus a nice bourbon flavor that adds not subtracts

Feel: super smooth and silky

Feb 09, 2020
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Msp004 from New York

4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2018 growler pour. Incredible nose with bourbon, brown sugar, toffees, molasses. Mouth is rich and thick with a sting on the tounge and a burnt sugar, bourbon and molasses long finish. An extremely well put together brew. Glad to have gotten my hands on some. I could run this past my nose all day!!

Dec 01, 2019
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brewskis from Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage. Enjoyed on 11/30/19. This one has aged perfectly. May be considered a quad, but this is completely #BiL after 5 years of aging. Toffee, caramel, creme brulee, Werther's originals, molasses, bread pudding, bourbon-soaked raisin, date, prune, charred oak, smooth bourbon, vanilla, and leather. Wayyy better than I expected. Ages extremely well.

Dec 01, 2019
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark toffee brown color... A thing layer of tan head... Some carbonation streaks seen towards the top of the glass... The nose is intense... Molasses... Tobacco... Caramel... Leather... Brown sugar... Perhaps a hint of pineapple... The flavor profile is equally if not more pronounced... All the same players are present and compete for superiority... Each sip reveals a new subtle nuance... Full bodied... Sticky... Lightly carbonated... A bit of a chalky finish... Overall a world class example of brewing craftsmanship...

Nov 23, 2019
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PorterJohn from Virginia

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Dark, not too thick.
Smell: Strong bourbon barrel.
Taste: Multiple flavors including bourbon, toffee, vanilla, almost even a slight coffee flavor.
Feel: Strong flavor, light consistency, and lasting aftertaste.
Overall: Absolutely love this beer.

Nov 03, 2019
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tulip glass from a vintage 2017 bottle.

Appearance: very dark amber coming off with an off white head.

Smell: heavy whiskey feel which disintegrates into your nostrils and stick with you for a while.

Taste: super complex consisting of toffee, Honey, whiskey and a light dose of yeast.

Mouth: suave carbonation but extremely sticky with a full body, the taste just lingers with you at the place in the glass down.

Overall: I picked this up probably a year-and-a-half ago and I cannot remember where but it is an absolute must grab if you ever see it on a shelf. Salud!

Oct 16, 2019
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out dark brown. Some light penetration. Not completely opaque. Half a finger of head that fades quickly.

Smell is huge and delicate at the same time. Bourbon, brown sugar, banana, bready malt, cinnamon, raisin, toffee, a tiny whiff of the soy sauce character that appears when you mix strong malt and barrel aging. Some savory nuttiness on the fade out. These all mix so well, without a strong presence of booze.

Taste is everything that the nose is. Drinking this I could guess why they called it Stickee Monkee. It's like a Sticky Pecan Bun and Monkey Bread all at the same time. The cinnamon, brown sugar, and nuttiness matched with the sweet glazed flavor of banana and raisin packed baked bread. All balanced on a razor's edge.

Fine bubbles create a very smooth mouthfeel. But the consistency is a little on the thin side.

I can see why a lot of people rave over this beer. Compared to Sucaba and Parabola this beer holds a smooth delicate quality over those two. Parabola is aggressive and strong, not to be taken lightly. Sucaba has robust and complex flavors that could be dissected for hours. Stickee Monkee says forget all of that. It doesn't assault your senses, but rather lures you in. And if you follow where it takes you, you will be rewarded.

Oct 14, 2019
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Barettes from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap to tulip, brown-black pour with a cream head that fades fast. Aroma and taste of toffee, raisin, molasses, maybe licorice or anise, malt, caramel. Alcohol is conspicuous, isn't masked by the other flavors in the same way as other beers in this style. Low carbonation, almost a root-beer texture. Overall really nice beer to end my weekend, I was very happy to find this on draft locally.

Sep 16, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another beer courtesy of

Firestone Walker

Stickee Monkee Vintage 2017

Look: The beer pours black. A finger of beige head settles to a thin layer across the top of the glass. The beer is opaque and there is no visible carbonation. A couple spots of lacing but nothing to really speak of. As I drink the beer down the light brings out some ruby and burnt sienna tones.

Smell: First and foremost, dark, dried fruit. The soft sweetness of dates, followed by a hint of raisin. Vanilla and toasted coconut. Caramel, toffee, fudge. My Mom makes a toffee bar with walnuts for Christmas. The aroma of this beer reminds of that dessert treat. Soft alcohol presence.

Taste: Mmmm this is so good. It’s not a terribly complex beer, but the flavor profile is banging. Dark, dried fruit, mostly dates.m with a hint of raisin. Again, caramel and toffee. A marshmallow sweetness. Super smooth. Amazingly so at 12.5%.

Feel: A super smooth and velvety beer with low carbonation. Some warmth on the finish which nicely complements the flavors noted above. Stickee residual sugar on my lips.

Overall: I do not have the advantage of comparing this beer to its fresh self. While I cannot attest to the impact of age on this beer, I can say that this beer was properly cellared. No off flavors. Nice carbonation. Had I stashed these away I’d continue drinking them in the future, based on this experience. This beer is a real treat. As with virtually every spirit barrel aged beer from FW that I’ve had, the beer and the barrel treatment are nuanced. This beer is no exception. And it lands near the top of my list for BA beers from FW.

Dark Belgian beers, especially those aged in spirit barrels and some of my favorite beers, so I’m not surprised, based on the style and maker, that I love this beer.

I will post this in the cellar review thread too.

Aug 26, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage, 12 oz bottle

pours a very dark brown, with tan colored head. decent head retention for a barrel aged beer. nice complex aroma of vanilla, mild caramel, a bit of raisin, tobacco, chocolate, a touch boozy. similar flavor, slightly sweet, really nice as it warms up. medium bodied.

Aug 17, 2019
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Viaduck from California

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, headless but does have a ring around the edge. Nice aroma: molasses, alcohol, charred oak, vanilla & caramel. Plenty of sweetness here. Flavor: add brown sugar to the barrel flavors, caramel & a little grain with just a hint of bitter at the finish. Feel is silky smooth, medium thick with some alcohol burn. Delicious!

Jun 22, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle label claims "11.4% ALC./VOL." and "12 FL. OZ. (355ML)" with a date of "2018" and "No. 005"

Appearance: The body is black and it sports a very short head which is creamy textured. The head has minimal retention and it fades out to a ring with large bubbles around the edge. No lacing.

Aroma: There is a prominent note of alcohol with some cherry and plum. There is a light bit of caramel aroma and a wet oak scent.

Taste: Up front there is toffee an a bit of carbon. In the middle there is a coffee flavor with rich dark chocolate. It finishes with a lingering caramel sweetness

Mouthfeel: It is medium bodied with a nice even texture across the palate. It is smooth and easy to drink. It has a slightly sticky finish. It does an amazing job of keeping the alcohol content in check.

Overall: There isn't a lot of Belgian yeast flavor to the beer but some exists in the aroma. The beer tastes sweeter than most Belgian Quads but it is done nicely and it is very enjoyable. This is very much a dessert beer and it could easily replace a caramel cake. The label states that this is "BARREL-AGED" and some wood character comes out in the aroma which could be from the barrel. I would drink it again and I would recommend it.

Jun 19, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage. Pours a deep mahogany colour with reddish highlights - small cream coloured head - some debris at end pour.
Aroma sweet molasses, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, date.
Tastes of brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, bourbon - sweet caramel malt - warming booziness.
Medium full mouthfeel - sweet but not cloying - creamy and deliciously smooth - fantastic.

Jun 10, 2019
Stickee Monkee from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2951 ratings