Stickee Monkee
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #4
Ranked #184
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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stakem from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear mahogany color with an off-white cap that holds fairly well fading leaving patchy lace. The aroma contains notes of sweet caramel and toffee malt. A slight kiss of bourbon is present across the back. The taste is reminescent of raison and plum. Caramel and toffee round things out with a yeasty spiciness. This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. A fine sipper and good representation of a barrel aged quad. Id drink it again if the opportunity presented itself.

Oct 15, 2014
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

3rd year in a row, first time reviewing. Gonna keep this simple. It looks, smells, and feels like caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and a hint of banana. Nice booziness hidden just enough to enjoy a bottle alone or to share. From cold to warm, it makes me happy the entire time. Cheers!

Mar 08, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Stickee Monkee"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "2018"
$9.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label as usual. Wow, this one starts at 27 Plato? And 11.4% abv, I'd better be careful. Hehe, it's a "Central Coast Quad" as well. OK, it's poured a very dark mahogany brown body that appears almost black. The label lists it as 77 SRM. When held to the light it displays clear ruby colored highlights. The head is a yellowish tan. It's quite malty in the nose with notes of coconut, caramel, and some oak. I'm a little bit surprised I'm not finding more. On to the flavor... wow, that's malty. It's intense! I wonder how many calories are in this? I initially get golden caramel, followed by darker caramel, and then some dark fruit, bitter skins and all, and a bit of tobbacco. Some breadiness, some soft milk chocolate, and more golden caramel and honey appear next, and then just a touch of clove-like Belgian yeast character. The caramel lingers after the swallow along with some leafiness that I can only assume is coming from hops. It's surprisingly balanced for such a big beer, and really quite easy to drink despite its richness. It doesn't come off too sweet, and it's not certainly not cloying. The head has completely disappeared by now but that's common in strong beers, which reminds me, there's not a lot of alcohol coming through which is pretty impressive. In the mouth it's full bodied and creamy with a soft, fine-bubbled carbonation. This is a great sipper with one problem - it's a little hard to put down!
Review# 6,214

Aug 27, 2018
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micada from New York

4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few 2018 vintage boxed bottles to cellar. I’ve never tried these, but the reviews were superb. I figured to try one, in case for some odd reason I didn’t concur with other reviewers, as I actually haven’t found many / any Belgian styles I’d revisit. This is a unique twist. Aggressive pour to a tulip glass yielded a bubbly two finger head that fizzled down to a tiny ring. Color is a deep caramel brown, very clear. Lacing is prominent. Lots of carbonation when disturbed. Nose is a bit subdued, mostly a hint of caramel and leather. First sips are delicious sweet, smokey, light oak, refined bourbon flavor that glides all the way down. The bourbon seems much different from most of the BBA stouts I’ve had. Yes, I know...this is a quad. It’s super mellow, brisk, not heavy and earthy. For being a fresh, high ABV brew, the alcohol bite is minimal. It’s more reminiscent of a sugar alcohol twinge at the very end. It reminds me of a Medjool date, even more so as it warms. Mouthfeel is perfectly right in the middle, with a lasting enjoyable reminder of all those nuanced flavors.

I must say, I was never a Firestone Walker fan when I only tried their six pack offerings, but their big boy beers are a ho...nubba...lebow! Sucaba was the first that changed my opinion (that flew off the shelves with none to cellar. Tragedy!). Now Stickee Monkey is on the must get more yearly list. It’s so crisp, one could easily put this away quickly. It’s on the sweet side, so combined with the ABV, it’s a one-two punch that would limit you to one-two before you fall over. Super brew. I’m starting to think if it comes in a brown box with a FW signature, just buy several when you see them on shelves.

I’m late to the game on a lot of these wonderful staples, but glad to be catching up. Last comment as I write: the booze just smacked me in the head. I have monkee sweats!

April 2020 update: the prominent Medjool date flavor subsides into a more burnt caramel vibe. Mouthfeel is still
Super thick and delicious. Very boozy. Great sipping beer.

Sep 01, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
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+

Apr 08, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.95/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown body. Small khaki head with a thin collar.

Smell - Nutty. Bourbon. Molasses and brown sugar.

Taste - Surprisingly more interesting. Nutty right up front. Very sweet. It has a nice fruitiness to it. Gets a little bit bitter in the back end. Boozy sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Sweet as hell. Heavy body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Quite enjoyable. A slow, sipper of a beer, of course, but worth the alcohol and sugar investment.

Dec 16, 2014
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.35/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Currently #92 in the Top 250 and the 4th highest rated quadrupel in the top 250. As this may well be my favourite style, I'm excited to try it - but wary given the brewery, whose beers that are well regarded by most tend to disappoint.

PRESENTATION: 650ml brown glass bottle comes in a cardboard box, imitating fine whisk(e)ys. Crown cap is covered by black foil paper. 2015 vintage no. 002.

3500 cases produced. 28.6 plato O.G. 7.7 plato F.G. 22 IBUs. 67.5 SRM. Brewed with Lucha Libre yeast. 12.5% ABV.

Reviewed live as a barrel aged quadrupel per the label. Served chilled into an Orval goblet and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

HEAD: Cap is a nice looking khaki-tan with ample creaminess. Appears soft and luscious; very inviting. Good (thick) consistency, with a nice shining complexion. Recedes evenly, leaving no lacing. Retention is superb at this high an ABV - easily ~5 minutes. It's not the delicate, fragile, rich head of the very best Trappist examples of the style, but it's definitely quality.

BODY: Uncommonly dark for the style, coming in at a solid black. The deep auburn hues of traditional Belgian offerings are definitely more sightly, but this is excusable given the barrel aging. Though the absence of visible yeast particulate does make it seem less alive.

It appears well-carbonated and I find it attractive, but it's not in the upper echelon of the style in terms of looks.

AROMA: Turbinado sugar is put to good use here, indeed mimicking the aromas of Belgian candi sugar. But mimicry is mimicry, and this is a notch below Trappist quads to be sure. The barrel aging does add interesting notes of leather, coconut, faint oak, vanilla, and backgrounded tobacco true to Firestone Walker's claims on the box. But what gets buried by the barrel is the heart of a great quad - the dark fruits. There are appearances of sugarplum and fig, but they don't shine vividly or expressively, and any dates or raisiny notes get drowned out by the barrel - though the barrel isn't loud and doesn't clash with the beer per se. High sweetness is showcased, lacking the dialed-in characteristics you'd find in a Trappist yeast-fermented quadrupel. More raw than refined, the sweetness needs work.

This suggests a beer intended to cater more to barrel aging fanatics (aka the American audience) than appreciators of tradition, but that's fine - and boy, is that barrel aging interesting.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. No booziness is betrayed, nor are there any off-notes.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Creamy and leathery in both feel and taste, but it's lacking in terms of the delicate fragility you'd find in the very best beers in the style. The leathery feel does play somewhat to the barrel aging's strengths, coaxing out notes of vanilla, oak, and some tobacco - plain and unsubtle though they may be. The coconut from the aroma never appears, and the barrel character isn't horribly deep or intricate, nor is each constituent note particularly vivid or expressive.

Dark fruits are displaced as the heart of the beer by overt sweetness from the turbinado sugar, which does a nice job at imitating Belgian candi sugar but never quite fits the bill wholly. There is some faint buried dark fruit character - mainly plum, but it lacks depth of flavour. This definitely pales in comparison to Trappist quadrupels, and the yeast attenuation seems off. Maybe the sweetness would be quelled with time.

It's smooth and wet but not silky or velvety, and soft on the palate but not to the degree that the best beers in the style are. Full-bodied without being boozy or overbearing, albeit a bit overcarbonated.

The mouthfeel - like the brewery - prioritizes the barrel notes over the gestalt whole of the beer, to its detriment.

OVERALL: A quadrupel for fans of barrel aging, Stickee Monkee is far from amongst the best beers in the style, but it does cater neatly to its niche. Traditionalists will find it lacking in many respects (and many will note that its lack of Belgian yeast characteristics and adequate dark fruit notes make it barely a quadrupel at all), and it lacks the astonishing drinkability of Trappist paragons of the style, but many will enjoy its American leanings. At this price point, I'd much sooner reach for a Westvleteren 12 or St. Amatus, but it's nice to see American breweries making the style their own - even when it comes at a cost. Still, #92 in the Top 250? Please...

Does get better as it warms. I'd pour it at cellar temps.

B- (3.35) / WORTHY

Dec 10, 2015
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with a paper-enclosed crown and the vintage marked clearly on the front of the label: 2014. Poured into an 33 oz snifter.

Appearance (3.75) - Pours a rich walnut brown that approaches black. Only in the right light can you see lighter brown characteristics, but it's dark enough that you can't really see any translucence in the liquid. Atop the body is a brown sugar colored head of just under a finger that dissipates quickly to leave a small ring around the edges of the glass and some larger soapy-looking bubbles clustered on one portion of the surface. Lacing is all but nonexistent, with just a couple of spots placed randomly around the glass.

Smell (4.5) - There are few beer smells more recognizable than that distinctive Firestone Walker house aroma. I'm sure a lot of it comes from the barrels they use, but perhaps there is more to it--like the yeast strain. At any rate, notes of coconut, bourbon, caramel and molasses are all present, as with many FW barrel-aged beers. But beyond that there are hints of dark fruit, like fig and dates, as well as some spiciness--maybe clove. But those hints are not as forward as you would expect in a Belgian quad.

Taste (4.25) - Here many of the same elements are present as in the smell, with caramel and molasses being the strongest alongside some nice vanilla undertones and faint bourbon--less than in the aroma. The dark fruit and spice are more detectable here, however, with strong notes of fig and clove with subtle hints of banana-like esters.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - Medium-bodied and slightly viscous, with moderate-to-low carbonation and a slightly silky feel on the tongue and a lingering sweetness.

Overall (4.25), another fantastic barrel-aged beer from Firestone Walker. It's not my favorite of the portfolio, but I like the fact that it brings a slightly different perspective, with quintessential characteristics of traditional Belgian quads.

Sep 08, 2014
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grimmgreen from Nevada

4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's hard for me to rate any beer as "PERFECT" but this Stickee Monkee comes as close as Ive ever had.

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet nice and dark. Very faint bubbly tan head that is gone as soon as you reach for the glass.

Insanely large body, Intense mouthfeel. The Alcohol is prominent but not overpowering. It arrives more on the finish.

Strong flavor of molasses and brown sugar. It felt savory almost to me.

Easily one of the best beers Ive ever had. Well worth the wait and price

Jul 01, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 vintage

Appearance: A hard pour into the sniffer produces a short-lived inch of foam that leaves some dots on the side of the glass; the liquid is root beer-colored and translucent

Smell: Bourbon barrel tones intermingle with brown sugar cookie dough, nuts and caramel

Taste: The brown sugar cookie dough flavor brings sugary sweetness to the taste receptors at the front of the tongue, with the Bourbon tones building, along with the caramel and the nut aspects, in the middle; hot and sticky, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet (not surprising given the high ABV)

Overall: I am not going to touch the quad/English barleywine debate on this beer but will just look at it on its merits; for all the malt and barrel treatment here, the beer lacks the complexity, in my view, to merit the high scores that it has achieved; some of the scoring has to do with the brewer's reputation and, while this is a good sipper, it is not among Firestone Walker's best; it might be interesting to see how this ages once the heat diminishes

Oct 26, 2014
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zookerman182 from Alabama

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

Appearance is a dark cola brown with almost no chestnut head.
aroma is sweet and nutty. Like brown sugar covered pecans.
Flavor is brown sugar covered dark fruits and oak.
Big barrel character. Big charr and toffee flavors.
extremely complex and comforting beer.
Firestone does barrel aging very well.

Oct 19, 2014
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thebigredone from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Definitely my favorite of the FW barrel aged series.

Dark fruit up front, then a surprising transition to cocoa, toffee, mild oak and vanilla. Begins like a quad, ends like an English barleywine.

Definitely a tasty beer, but I wish the dark fruit flavors would carry through to the end.

Sep 07, 2014
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badgustav from New Hampshire

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

I understand why this beer is so well rated. Sweet with fruity notes and a comfortable alcohol heat. My problem is it seems more like a Barleywine than a quad. I greatly enjoyed it but find it a bit overrated for the style.

Jul 19, 2015
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richj1970 from Alabama

4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage poured from 22 oz bomber into Stone tasting glass.

A: Pours a reddish deep brown with one finger beige head that settled fairly quickly to a thin ring. Very minimal lacing.

S: Brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, caramel, bourbon, and dark fruits.

T: Lots of bourbon heat up front combined with caramel, toffee, and mix of stone fruits.

M: Medium body and fairly lightly carbonated. Perhaps a bit thinner than I was expecting but not in a bad way.

O: Although this one blurs the lines a bit between a barrel aged Barleywine and a Quad, it is clearly a fantastic beer. Look forward to finding another bottle.

Sep 22, 2014
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RaulMondesi from California

4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, CA.

Like Scrooge McDuck swan diving into a pool of gold coins, this thing is money! Smelling the boozy rum a mile away like I had Dylan Thomas' nostrils, Raul is feelin' this.

I'm done. This is excellence.

Jun 23, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.55/5  rDev +1.3%

The beer comes in a light murky copper.

The aroma has the signature complex Firestone barrel aroma of vanilla, oak, caramel sweetness, but generally surrounded by dripping dark dried fruit.

The flavor follows with that burst of plums, dates, and raisins up front along with caramelized brown sugar. The beer is quite sweet, but that Firestone oak character dries out the beer. The beer tastes nothing towards 13+% and is dangerously drinkable.

Oct 24, 2014
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Nugganooch from California

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%

On tap at the FW Tasting Room – Paso Robles
Served in a FW Tasting snifter glass – 08/16/2014

A: Pours much darker than I had expected nearing a walnut color with some plumy tones that gives an almost maroon like appearance. Dense in the glass with a thinning at the edge allowing for more light to pass through. Has an almost a flat appearance with virtually no head or any stick minus a few alcohol legs.

S: Smells of sweet toffee, baked bread, and candy nougat with some caramelized fig. Lots of plumy dark fruits and scorched sugars actually. I get wafts of toasty oak by way of vanilla and light coconut. Followed up with some restrained banana esters and a few select kitchen spices. Alcohol is present yet surprisingly mellow. Very nice and inviting.

T: Flavors exceed the nose quite a bit with a mélange of kettled malt sugars and spent oak barrels. I get sweet toffee nougat, dark crusty bread, dried fig, and cherries smothered in golden treacle. Light tannins integrate a vanilla crème and toasted coconut element that works impeccably well here. There is just a slight suggestion of earthy minerals and banana with allspice but the Belgian character barely manages to surface amidst all the sugars. Really well balanced with some reigned in bitterness and alcohol heat. Very good and not like any Quad ever experienced.

M: Thick and chewy while countered by a nice drying at the finish and some mild alcohol warmth. Seems a lower amount of carbonation gives it more of that sticky syrup like thickness. Finishes out a touch on the wetter side however.

D: Another fine fireside sipper from the Proprietor’s Vintage series with its full malt body, high ABV, and layers of barrel aged complexity. Signature FW barreling at work here with those lovely vanilla and toasted coconut components. With such a mild Belgian yeast presence however this drinks more like an English Barleywine. In fact I would prefer this over the Sucaba. Damn just another wallet thumper to add in my lineup.

Sep 18, 2014
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: The color lies at the point where the darkest shades of brown become black. No head and no sign of meaningful carbonation on the pour. Rings of lacing as thin as a pencil line trace the glass momentarily before they break up and slide back down into the beer.

S: Molasses fudge, chocolate truffles, molasses, caramel chews, brown sugar and burnt sugars, quick whiff of chocolate covered cherries. Mouth-watering barrel aromas of toasted oak, woody vanilla, marshmallow, coconut shavings, and some tame whiskey notes.

T: Sweetness is deep and rich. Sticky molasses predominates. Chocolate-caramel chews and hints of chocolate truffles. Burnt sugars. Sugar dates. Barrel flavors temper the sweetness enough that it never becomes cloying. Mellow whiskey brings some tingling heat. Toasted oak. Marshmallow. Sweet and lingering finish of molasses and some oaky vanilla and whiskey.

M: Thick and rich in body. Very syrupy and sticky in texture. Little to no carbonation means that the weight of it presses down on the tongue, and it is allowed to really coat the mouth.

O: It's amazing that a beer this rife with residual sweetness is even drinkable. True to its name, this is one big and sticky sipping beer. The well-rounded barrel character distracts the palate away from all the sweetness enough to keep it from going over the edge. They bill this as a 'Central Coast Quad', but if you are expecting anything resembling the Trappist classics such as Rochefort 10 or Chimay Grande Reserve, you will be completely confounded. It comes across more as a huge, sticky barleywine. In the past this beer was used only for blending purposes, and with its ridiculous sweetness it's not hard to see why. However, this is one of the rare instances in which a blending beer can stand on its own two feet, even if it is teetering on the edge of drinkability. Brinksmanship at its finest.

Oct 19, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Doing the taxes, need a beer like this to get me through it. 2014 vintage

Pours a darker colored big bubbled small fizzy like head that fades at a med pace but only hits a really small head covering, little lacing but long sliding legs down the sides, thick layering of beer on the sides of the glass, super dark molasses brown with very very little light getting through at all.

Nose is awesome, lots of dark malts, toasted brown malts and caramel, molasses, a little cocoa, lots of caramelized dark malts, caramel fudge, little nougat, molasses candies, etc, with some soft aging malt with hints of dark fruits, candied raisin fig like, and just a touch of booze with some esters. Also in there is nice barrel notes, a little bourbon, nice vanilla smooth rounding, etc. Candied raisin really explodes as it warms.

Taste brings quite a bit of sweetness out front, with tons of layered dark malts, etc. Dark malts with lots of varying levels of caramel, faint cocoa and fluffy nougat, little fudgey too, more like caramel fudge. WIth that is the big candy aspects, molasses all over, candi sugar and caramelized brown sugars and malts, everything caramelized, etc. Booze is there for sure, maybe not 13% but strong, with a little phenolic character. Malts also bring a layering effect of different dark malts, with the soft aged malt, layered with the sweetness. Then fruits, lots of dark fruits, tons of candied raisin and fig juice, candied dark fruits, etc. with a little molasses condensed fruit thing. Mild barrel notes, plenty of vanilla with a mild bourbon juice, not a ton though as it's drowned by the sweet malts and candied fruit. Finish is surprisingly dry and mild booze warmth, lingering fudgey caramel and molasses, with candied fruits.

Mouth is full thick bod, little fudgey and syrupy, decent carb, some booze.

Overall very nice, so much great characters, but hard to drink much of it since it's so sweet and boozy. def a winter sipper so glad I didn't wait until it was warmer out. Also wish the barrel came through a bit more, but I def like the vanilla and aging effect it has.

Mar 12, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

4.37/5  rDev -2.7%

From 10/09/14 notes. 10 oz pour in a flute-ish glass at The Jeffrey in NYC as part of their 1 year anniversary party. Been wanting to try this one for awhile, missing it at EBF 2 years ago.

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a reddish tint, less than an inch of medium tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Caramel malts, toasted malts, coconut, toffee, light sweet dark fruits, oak, bourbon, and light smoke. Medium body and low carbonation, no heat at all.

Overall great; tastes like a BA barleywine, like a less hot Sucaba, and nothing like a Quad in my opinion. Does not taste 13.4% ABV at all, super smooth. Bourbon is sweet and delicious, as is all the caramel and toffee. Would love to get a bottle of it.

Oct 10, 2014
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +2.7%

22oz bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2014

Thanks to KevSal for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a very dark mahogany, nearly opaque, with less than 1/2 a fingers width of light tan had that dissipates quickly. Leaves essentially no lacing, but does leave some alcohol legs. 4

S: Tons of sweetness with a lot of old ale/English barleywine notes. Heavy characters of caramel and toffee, nutty, candied sugar. Some boozy ethanol as well. I then get some bourbon notes with charred oak and a subtle peat character. Barrel notes are fainter than I anticipate for a Firestone Walker beer, but there is a great balance of sweetness, barrel notes, and balancing booze. Wonderful, although honestly not a lot of Belgium quad characters. 4.75

T: Deliciously and wonderfully sweet. Like the nose its loaded with the old ale characters of toffee, caramel and candied sugar. Some burnt sugar bitterness. Barrel characters are more prevalent in the taste than the aroma with lots of charred oak, and bourbony-booze. There are some bready Belgium yeast notes on the finish, which is pretty much the other indication that this is a quad. Does become a touch boozy at time, but still geat. 4.5

M/D: Full bodied, ABV is noticeable, bordering on but not quite hot going down. A bit syrupy at times, but all things considered drinkability is very good. 4

O: Excellent beer. Not sure I'd classify it as a Quad, but thats ok, I loved it. Definitely recommend you seek this one out, particularly if you have an affinity for sweet boozy beers. 4.75

Overall: 4.61

Sep 13, 2014
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retry4z from California

3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High malty-sweet aroma of maillard product, caramel, toffee, toasted bread crust, sweet chocolate. No hop aroma. Large perfumy, rose-like, and spicy alcohol aroma bordering on solventy. Moderate presence of fruity esters, including figs, raisins, and plums. Light vanilla as well as light oaky and woody notes.

Deep coppery-brown with deep garnet hues. Slightly hazy. No head.

Medium high complex sweet malt flavor with deep caramel and toffee. Bitterness is medium low, and the finish is moderately sweet but not overly syrupy. Esters are medium low with raisins and figs.

Full, syrupy bodied with low carbonation and high alcohol warmth. No astringency, but there is an alcohol bite.

A dark ale with a complex and rich, smooth malt profile, dark fruit flavors, and spicy elements.

Oct 22, 2016
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Riff from Virginia

4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with minimal tan head that fades away quickly. Smell is molasses, black licorice, vanilla, graham cracker, and dark fruit. Depth of flavor is very good, melds nicely and slowly fades from flavor to flavor. Light molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, coconut, dark fruit, and then fades into an herbal flavor with a little hit of bourbon flavor and spice towards the end. Lingers with a sweet bourbon flavor after the finish. Creamy, medium heavy. This is flat out delicious, solid sipper. Just enough heat to let you know it's a higher abv and bourbon barrel aged, but not so much that it detracts. Fantastic beer.

Dec 17, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Given my admiration for Firestone Walker and the reputation of Stickee Monkee, expectations were high for this one.
It pours a dark brown, nearly black, color consistent with the style. However, unlike the style, a small head quickly dissipates entirely. Perhaps it was my pour, but I'm used to the massive foamy heads of the Trappist Quads.
Putting it up to the nose there is a complex and inviting array of sweetness. Brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, cocoa, cherry, raisins and plums. The alcohol presence is strong, particularly of bourbon barrels.
Given the aroma, it is no surprise the taste is sweet, robust and decadent. These combinations, along with the high alcohol content make this a sipper. Complexity of flavor includes dark fruit including raisins, cherry, plum, and cherry. The generous amount of brown sugar also contributes to a flavor that borders on cloying. There is a strong bourbon sweetness and spice that causes a considerable burn in the finish. Syrupy and medicinal, this brew feels more like a sherry or port wine at times.
Yet, midway, it develops more beer like qualities. It all begins in the emerging aroma of dark bread and spice that transfers to the flavor. The presence of hops bitterness even makes itself felt. Yet, the increasing alcohol burn, and the euphoria associated with it, reminds you that this is more than a beer, a so called "extreme" beer that experiments with the bounds of tradition.
Certainly a rich and complex drinking experience that is thought provoking. That said, I confess I have mixed feelings about this in that for me it doesn't compare to the sublime balance and silliness of the great Trappist Quads. Yes, I liked it, but I would be interested in aging it and comparing.

Aug 18, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

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

Pours a piquant purple-brown reminiscent of dark cherries. The head is yellowish-white with a height of 1 finger. Lovely cappuccino lace decorates the glass.

Aromas of whole grain dark toasted breads meet molasses and caramel. Slight oak, tannin, coconut. Dark chocolate on the very end of the nose.

The flavor yields an experience. A good sipper. Incredibly sweet, but not over-sweet. I want to suck it like candy. Let it sit. Nice and boozy. Sits right in your throat.There's so much here to talk about. Dark chocolate, leather, molasses, brown sugar, hot caramel, dark candi sugars, dark cherry, horehound candy, cigar.

Feel is firmly within medium body territory, with a sharp knife of booze cutting straight through it, sizzling with carbonation, and a snappy, dry licorice finish.

Overall, mind blown. This beer exceeded my expectations. Freaking wow.

Feb 23, 2018
Stickee Monkee from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2967 ratings