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Stickee Monkee | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ThreeWiseMen on 11-07-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#144
Reviews:
311
Ratings:
2,599
pDev:
8.05%
Bros Score:
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of gardner254
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found at a random liquor store in northwest suburban Chicago. As a big fan of quads, not sure why this needed aged in a barrel but the end result was pretty effective.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wmartin
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had a 2017 small bottle straight from a 38F fridge, and let warm all the way to room temp; sipping along the way.
First sip at 38F was marvelous. Notes given describe the beer quite well. An almost overwhelming complexity with dark sweet and fruity flavors, along with excellent maltiness and a hint of hops. Was expecting it to be good, but got a "WOW!" pop anyway. Really wonderful! I would compare this with other world-class quads like Rochefort 10. Rochefort 10 is one of the best, and has great complex fruity flavors. This has darker fruitiness and more sweetness, plus barrel-aging (BA). BA adds additional flavors that enhance the carmelized sweet flavors. The sweetness could be a bit much for some people, but I like molasses in general, and brewing it into a beer in a sensible manner like this, where it enhances the other flavors puts this into the world class level, IMHO.

Also had a 2016 750ml bottle obtained at the same time and from the same source as the 2017 12 oz. bottle reviewed above. This tasted like a blend of 50% wonderful beer and 50% cardboard. Presumably stored at too warm of a temperature or in too much light. Just beware of acquiring older items from bottle shops or on-line. Have had a number of beers obtained from shops that were much older than I would have thought, and tasted no where near their peak, even things that should age well like this one.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
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4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
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3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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Vintage 2016. Stored at cellar temps for most of life. Consumed 10/21/17.

Pours a very dark plum-brown that is nearly black, with a finger of khaki head. Head retention is okay, with a few dots of lacing left behind. Aroma is awash with caramel, molasses, toffee, and syrup. Flavor profile is a soothing, sweet bouquet of caramel, molasses, and toffee. There is just a touch of bourbon and oak at the back of the palate. Not boozy in anyway, just a dash of the barrel aging process peeping through. Toasted and caramel malts show up as the beer warms up a bit. Mouth feel is nearing on velvety, but is broken up by a touch of fizz. Medium-thick consistency gives this beer a presence more on the heavy side. Overall, a super smooth, super well finished quadruple. Well constructed array of notes, although it does land more on the sweet side of the spectrum. Perhaps that's just the smoothing from the age on it.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

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

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4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with slight brown in light with decent head that fades and very sticky lacing. Smells so good, get that sweet oak/malt up front with some nice smokey tones and some grapes. The taste is just stellar, very balanced and smooth molasses oak flavors with a nice smokey undertone, some chocolate and sugary elements come in on the finish. All I can say is this beer was awesome, it went beyond my expectations and I just wish I had 6 more to enjoy throughout the year. Outstanding......

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4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blackback Pub VT

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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a dark brown color with some ever so slight dark amber hues along the side of the glass. The head dissipated so quickly with every pour that no lacing was seen at all.
The aroma had an awesome sweet boozy bourbon wood flowing over some dark fruits, dark bread and milk chocolate. Light dark chocolate as it warms.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side through the prior mentioned aromas and added a touch of Belgian yeast, some allspice, and some earthy notes. Semi-dry cocoa powder to dark fruity and Belgian yeast sort of aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt right on par. ABV felt as projected. The finish was semi-spicy with a little bit of "grip" and an acceptable stickiness.
Overall, bourbon barrel aged Quad? Hells to the yeahs, you bet it is and an absolutely fantastic one well worthy of having again.

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Stickee Monkee from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 2,599 ratings
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