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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgian Quad by recipe, but aging it in spirits barrels garners its own category: Central Coast Quad. A beer formulated to sit on the sweeter and malty side so that we could utilize it for blending. 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 this beer: toasted oak, coconut, leather and cigar tobacco.

45 IBU

Added by ThreeWiseMen on 11-07-2010

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241
Ratings:
2,218
Avg:
4.45
pDev:
8.54%
 
 
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Photo of biboergosum
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor store, and obviously the best format in which to appreciate this particular offering firsthand, eh?

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well-bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent melting ice floe lace around the glass as it slowly but surely sinks away.

It smells of rather sweet brown sugar syrup, bready caramel malt, slightly biscuity toffee, dark fleshy orchard fruit, vanilla-forward Bourbon notes (with some wood and rye graininess), subtle milk chocolate, a touch of besotted yeast, and very tame earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is still fairly sweet, with the big caramel/toffee malt one-two punch, some now molasses-like dark sugary character, heavily creamed coffee, somewhat laid-back Bourbon (and no change on that vanilla stranglehold), muddled black Mediterranean fruit, a growing omen of alcohol ingress, and some hoppiness that left without closing the damned door.

The bubbles are adequate in their barely supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and pretty smooth, if you maintain a certain cognitive dissonance about that well north of 20-proof, behind the scenes booziness, and getting creamier as things warm. It finishes sweet, yeah, and sticky, sure, and bereft of monkeys [sic], but somehow moderated in all.

Holy mother of all that is holy (ok, HOLY SHIT!), is this good, no, great, no, no, no - freaking fantastic! Not in a world-beating manner (because that would mean that it's on par with Westy 12 or Rochefort 10), but because it seems to be defining something different, maybe the 'American Quad', i.e. big and sweet, but level, with lots of (obviously) sugary fruitiness, and yet sans the old castle basement musty and phenolic stuff. Whatever, this is so enjoyable, I'm going to have to sign off now before I really embarrass myself!

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 Release. 22oz bomber. First experience with Stickee Monkee.

A-Poured a Dark brown, with little rays of light coming through. Mild carbonation with a slight tan head.

S-brown sugar, molasses, slight notes of bourbon and bread. Very light and sweet.

T-molasses and brown sugar. Slight hint of bourbon and oak. A tad sweet, maybe coconut. Very mellow and sweet. Dessert beer.

M-light bodied, with minimal carbonation. Bourbon and brown sugar up front, slightly dry finish. Extremely drinkable beer.

O-This was a very balanced and drinkable beer. A little light compared to others of the style, but a solid beer. Would definitely drink again, but would prefer Trappistes 10 for the price and availability.

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Photo of mschrei
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage. Pours a dark brown with minimal foam and lacing, some sediment. Strong barrel and molasses scents. Not super thick, mild boozy tanginess.

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Photo of stratusjeans
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version

This is a sweet beer. No doubt about it. It tastes like molasses carmel to me. I'm glad I'm drinking am 8oz pour because I can't drink much of this. But it's absolutely delicious and I'm glad I've now had it.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage; Below Average Cellaring Conditions

The beer pours a very light head before it dissipates quickly and leaves a ring around the inside of the glass. The head is a light tan color with a nice and creamy appearance. The beer itself is an opaque beer with a dark brown look that strongly resembles black. However, if you look at it from the top, you can tell the actual beer color.

The smell is pretty good. The smell consists of a strong dark fruit notes from the malts and surprisingly pleasant and present caramel malt note. The barrel notes definitely come out well in this beer. The whiskey note is present and its slight spiceness contrasts well with the Belgian Candi sugar. The smell also has a present molasses note but it tends to get lost rather quickly.

The taste is fantastic. While the Quad notes are second to the barrel notes, it is actually a close second and the two actually mix with each other in a good way. The taste is much more complex than the smell because of this. The whiskey taste is not as strong but there is definitely an interesting molasses note and brown sugar mingling with the Belgian sugar to create something sweet with the spiceness from the whiskey keeping it from becoming too sweet. There is also a slight hop bitterness to the beer as well in the aftertaste but not much. The aftertaste tends to be fairly sweet with some caramel in it.

The feel is pretty good. It is a heavy bodied beer but the body feels much thinner than someone would expect it to. The carbonation gives it a fizzy texture that gives it something else to do. It has a slightly sticky finish to it.

Overall, this is a very good beer and Firestone once again demonstrates why its Proprietor Vintage series is immensely popular among craft beer fans. While the taste notes and the barrel aging are different than what you would expect from the style, it still manages to stay faithful to it. This one is a definite must have to get a hold of.

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Photo of Seh4fredom
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My introduction to the Belgian Quad style took place with the 2015 version of this beer and it blew me away. This review for the 2016 version is just a carbon copy. This beer is probably one of the best beers I've ever had. It's smooth sweet flavors and wonderful nose just keep inviting you in for more. If you don't pay attention, the abv will get ya! This beer is worth the annual wait and Firestone Walker does an amazing job. Get it while you can!!!!

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Photo of q33jeff
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**
07/20/2016
Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: dark brown, opaque, frothy head...fades quickly.
AROMA: caramel, cinnamon, French toast, tobacco.
TASTE: molasses, plum, fig, cinnamon, banana, root beer,
FEEL: so this is where the name comes from, right? stickey and sweet, like a cinnabon.

Very complex taste. The barrel has made this very mellow and enjoyable. This is a great beer. Can't wait to see what some age will do to the other 2 bottles I picked up ( but I'll have to).
**

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Photo of Lobina
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared 3 ways. Vintage 2016. Look was chocolate brown with a decent lace. Smell was mild and sweet. Taste warmed up but finished fairly boozy. Overall I would definitely go again.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle Date: 2015
Palate Contaminants: none

Appearance is an opaque brown that lets little light through. It might not let much light through, yet it's not super dark. It's pretty interesting.

The nose is not particularly volatile. A little dark wood, dark sugar (not quite molasses), and alcohol. Characteristics are slightly sweet and moderately savory.

The taste beats the smell on intensity by a mile. The savory elements are what strike me first. Butter, toffee, and caramel. It also has a bit of nuttiness, I'll go with Brazil nut and hazelnut. Tea, too. I guess those go with the woody motif. Sometimes I get a bit of burnt sugar, and then vanilla hits me every two or three sips.

It's only about a year old, so there's still a bit of alcohol, but it doesn't feel like a twelver. The weight isn't heavy, but it has a ton of flavor. The aftertaste lingers for a while and is pretty enjoyable. Super drinkable. Be careful.

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Photo of Mach1_zach
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome quad! Has awesome caramel and chocolate notes. Drinks very smooth and has an amazing aroma. Not as thick of a pour as i would have expected. Shared with a friend, this was the vintage 2016. This was an amazing find at a random Mobile gas station in flagstaff. Will be on the hunt for more. Big fan of F-W's fancy brews.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with a friend. Vintage 2016. Top notch Quad! Nice chocolate and caramel notes. I've got another bottle a few years older that I am excited about drinking if it's as good as this!

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a tad thinner than I expected. Slightly opaque very dark brown color. The barrel really comes out in the smell and is the most prevalent scent. Underneath you also get cherries and dark fruit. Taste is sweet with toffee and butterscotch undertones. It feels a tad thin but pleasant. Overall an excellent beer. Combines the best aspects of barrel aging with the sweet fruitiness of a quad.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Firestone Walker teku.

Looks dark brown, like a cola with a touch of lacing. Beautiful look.

Smells malty and sweet.

Taste follows the nose. Belgian flavor with molasses and sweet malty notes. Hint of brown sugar and caramel.

Medium mouth feel. Smooth!

Overall my favorite Belgian beer. I've waited a long time to drink this beer and it doesn't disappoint. I picked up 3, will age the other two and enjoy it again. Well done.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Troegs snifter tulip vintage 2016 at near room temperature. Pours a dark mahogany with a 3 inch off white head, that leaves behind some traces of lace behind.

Smell is oak, vanilla, ripe fig, clove, bourbon, brown sugar, and toffee.

Taste follows loads of oaky vanilla, clove, and dark fruit upfront with cooked brown sugar and bourbon in the dry and bold finish.

Mouthfeel is a big medium, little carbonation, dry, and a sipper that goes down darn easy.

Overall this is spectacular, very complex, I can't wait to see how it develops.

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Photo of anteatr23
3.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and creamy with no discernible head. Smells of coffee, fig, and raisins. Taste is boozy molasses, sweet, apple and some light bitterness. Definitely dark fruits. Complex beer with a lot of flavor and a lot going on. This is a sipper. All in all this might be a bit much for me personally. I appreciate the style, but it's not going to win me over except maybe in the dead of winter in front of a fireplace.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: dark cola. S: wonderful aroma of figs, dates, raisins, a light bit of charred oak, very slight hint of bourbon. T: mostly follows nose, slight bit of belgian yeast, but this is mostly offset by the barrel. This beer feels like a barleywine. F: medium. Thickens slightly as it warms up. O: very enjoyable. Worth it. Would buy again.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Rich dark body with a slight head. Sweet toffee and caramel aroma. Flavors come in waves, quad notes hit up front with a rich caramel finish. More barrel notes present themselves as the beer warms. As the beer is right now it is already in the upper echelon for a barrel aged quad. I will probably age a bottle or two to see how it develops, but a case can certainly be made to just drink this fresh.

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Photo of ragwing82
4.87/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great for dessert. Pours smooth with little to no head. Caramel tones come through with the turbinado brown sugar. Flavorful and balanced, it was a very drinkable brew. The alcohol is well hidden, but can sneak up on you in the end. Another awesome effort from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of Bulabeers
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Dark dark dark no head no lacing
S: Comes out a it warms vanilla dark fruit oak
T: Big flavor! oak vanilla chocolate dates so complex
F: Big beer. Thanksgiving.
O: Brains are on vacation

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Photo of buckeye1275
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage

So damn drinkable! Nice barrel aromas but not overpowering. Soft, leathery mouth feel. Sweet, malty flavors that are enhanced by the barrel flavors instead of dominated. The best part is the finish. My tongue feels like it is melting into a heavenly place. It keeps pulling me back for another sip so quickly.

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Photo of artdob
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whole Foods Rincon in Oxnard. No head on this 12% heavy weight. Belgian quad style reminds me of an imperial stout leaning toward a barley wine. Very much on the sweet side. My accompaniment for lunch to a shroom burger.

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colored ale with a small brown colored head.

Smells strongly of brown sugar and plums. Strong caramel and vanilla scents. Scent of black licorice. Faint sour strawberry scent. Fainter scents of coconut and chocolate.

Starts out sweet with a taste of strawberries and caramel. Coconut and vanilla flavors. Faint banana flavor. Taste of Brown Sugar and Rum.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall good but on the sweet side.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep mahogany w/ a one finger off-white head that recedes quickly, light lacing.
AR: Sweet malt, dark fruit, chocolate, leather, bourbon & subtle oak.
T: Follows nose, dark fruit on the palate, caramel, very sweet.
M: Medium body, medium low carbonation, smooth and slightly sticky, warming finish.

Enjoyed this but its sweet on the verge of cloyingly sweet. Would be good for a bottle share or a dessert beer split among 4-6 people.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

All of the flavors here blend very well and culminate one excellent brew. Pours dark and thick with a mouth feel to back that up. Aromas of bourbon, with dark/dried fruit as well. Lots of barrel character on the tongue, but the sweet dried fruit and Turbinado sugar quickly made an appearance. Everything came together well as it warmed

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Price: $13.99
Purchased: May 23, 2014
Consumed: March 26, 2016
Misc.: 2014 vintage

To say I’m excited to review this one might be the understatement of the millennium. Picked this up awhile back with Rachel at Trader Joe’s. It was the last one available and I had never heard of it. I tried a taster of it on June 11, 2015 at Blind Lady Ale House and gave it a 4.5 on Untappd and just wrote: Taste. Wow. I don’t have any recollections of flavor and anything else, so this will be from scratch.

Poured a mahogany color with two fingers of khaki-tan, fizzy head, which dissipated rather quickly. Average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled big whiff of boozy bourbon right away, followed by oaky wood, Belgian candied sugar, coconut flakes, vanilla, dried tobacco and toasted brown sugar. Hidden behind the booziness is some fig, dates and raisins, more leathery tobacco and sugary caramel. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted just amazing. Instantly remember how good this thing was. Got smoother bourbon than the nose, but still boozy, warming all the way down to my legs. Also Belgian candied sugar, sugar cane, oaky wood, leathery tobacco, toasted brown sugar, maple syrup, sweet caramel, boozy chocolate syrup, vanilla, coconut flakes, plum, fig, dates, dried raisins and cocoa. (Taste - 4.75)

Full body. Sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Long, boozy, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75)

Loved this one. Haven’t put together the overall ratings, but might be the best Firestone beer I’ve ever had. Battling neck-and-neck with Sucaba. (Overall - 4.75)

4.57 | 100 | A+

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