Stickee Monkee | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
#145
Reviews:
328
Ratings:
2,662
pDev:
8.05%
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Photo of argock
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a boxed 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. 2017 vintage.

A: Medium-brown with short collar of off-white tightly bubbled head with a few dots of lacing on the glass and legs with leaning.

S: Mostly toffee with some fig with strong bourbon and some coconut.

T: Huge flavor blast with burnt toffee and coconut and some wood character with an even, not overly sharp quality. Plenty of candied fruit and nougat flavors with a sweet, boozy finish. I am not getting much in the way of yeast character at all. Decadent beer for sure.

M: Still very drinkable despite the big ABV with medium-full body and low carbonation weigh sticky, sugary, boozy finish.

O: A slammer of a beer — big flavor and drinkable all in one. Great beer and on par with Parabola and Sucaba. Very low heat in the grand scheme of things.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Like more than a handful of Stickee Monkee's reviewers, I don't particularly want to spend this much for a buzz. But when I do and the ale is this great, I feel like a value genius. (But in reality, I know there are others.) I explain my rating.

Vintage 2017 (I couldn't store for more than a few months as a bitter February day beckoned relief.) Near room temp in a St. Feullien bulb. Shared at a dinner party's conclusion. For dessert, I ate two chocolate covered strawberries and a generous slice (cut by me) of a ginger custard pie (from Hossier Momma.)

While the foam went away quickly, it revealed a viscous opaque liquid dessert... seemingly suitable for me to see my reflection of me on a sugar-holic binge. Smells brought in the dried fruit, the brewer's choice of a molasses-like sugar and a malt base that, at this point, could have substituted for a cake craving. Tastes rang true and balanced, despite my obvious imbalance. Between this sitting in my mouth in-between the ginger's cleansing of the palate and the chocolate, no further stimulant was needed.

The only way to improve on this ale is for me to keep some in storage for a couple of years. The discipline will do me good.

Stickee Monkee is a hybrid; being between two styles (quad and barleywine.) Consider how this relates to FW's ownership as part of the Duvel-Moortgat group who not only acquired at least three other Belgian brewers we know well, but also two very accomplished U.S. Belgian practitioners (Ommegang and Boulevard.) It is interesting Duvel purchased FW, being mostly a money-maker in the British tradition. Stickee Monkee could be an interesting cross-fertilization of yeasts and brewing techniques. Something to look for as look for more FW.

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Photo of BeerMe8
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of hcproff36
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ImbibingBaptist
3.42/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Barnsley
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cozmo
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tzs
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Sweet, rich, flavorful, really tasty. Head dissipates quickly. Very little alcohol taste for a 12.5% ABV. $5 for a 5pz glass. It was worth it, but wouldn’t dive in to a six pack on a hot summer day. Try it. You might like it. Belgian flavor.

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Photo of storm58
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VashonGuy
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rristow
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 2015 bottle. Pours dark brown with light tan head that is thin and fades quickly. Aroma is toffee, bourbon m, maple, brown sugar. Thick sticky and chewy mouthfeel. Flavors of caramel, toffee, molasses, nutty, bourbon, vanilla. Complex very nice quad. Definitely one of my favorites.

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4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Everything you want in a QUAD !!
Amazing deep rich flavors ....PERFECT NAME....it stickee all over your mouth ....Just great beer !!!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from @Dragginballs76 in NBS BIF #6 – Thanks Michael!
Release 04, 2017 Vintage. Stored in a 42 degree reefer and served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. Some effervescence.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.5 cm, aggressive pour), brown, fizzy, rapidly gone leaving a two to three mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin partial layer with some areas of upwelling.
Lacing – None.
Pour – Brown, clear.
Aroma – 4.5 - Sweet, candi sugar and “dark” fruits. No aroma of barrel or alcohol.
Flavor – 4.5 - Dates and figs and plums, oh my! Initially, neither barrel nor alcohol. Allowing it to warm in my mouth, however, causes both to rise like Cthulhu from R’lyeh, violently and revealing. Further warming of the glass brings out the alcohol, but still no barrel. It ends sticky with a slight bitterness.
Palate – 4 - Medium, almost syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4.5 – An excellent take on the quadruple style. I especially like the plums.

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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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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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

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4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a rich, murky red-brown with a ring of khaki head that leaves Grecian archway lace as it recedes.

Smells divine. Mollasses, singed brown sugar, browning banana, roasted nuts, cigar box, dark chocolate, barrel wood, plum and sultana raisins stewed with spices, candied cherry, coconut cream and soft ashy smoke.

Tastes of spiced brown sugar, raisin squares, chocolate chip banana bread, sweet cherry, dried vanilla, bourbon whiskey, toasted nuts and more mild smoke.

Feels huge and smooth. Full bodied with silky carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. A sweeping epic of a beer.

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4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Stickee Monkee from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 2,662 ratings