Stickee Monkee | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

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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Photo of Radcpa
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage Amber/reddish brown appearance with little head or carbonation. Very pleasant bourbon aroma with a sweet element. Flavor is very smooth mild bourbon/molasses taste without any hint of alcohol.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - dark brown with a slight reddish color and a slight head with sticky lacing. When you move the glass you see the bobbles stick
Smell - candied plums with slight caramel
Taste - boozy woody plum
feel - medium body and medium light carbonation. Pretty sticky just like the name. Very original!
Overall - what a beer! Fantastic smell and taste with an original feel.

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Photo of zonker17
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown with a little red hue, minimal head and lacing. Earthy nose with slight caramel. Caramel really comes through on the palate but not in an overly cloying way, good bitterness backing it up. Substantial body and slight carbonation.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice; 2016 vintage, bottled on 4/19/2016. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of banana, pepper, clove, chocolate, tobacco, leather, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, bourbon barrel, and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of banana, pepper, clove, chocolate, tobacco, leather, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light yeast and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, toasted oak, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, bourbon barrel, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a nice malt/yeast/oak spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly drying from bourbon/oak spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky/grainy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mild warmth lingering after the finish, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged Quadrupel style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, bourbon barrel, and dark/bready malt sweetness; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Awesome barrel balance/integration with the base beer; and well rounded yeast/malt complexity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of danh53
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle. Best quad I have ever had. It has so much barrel character without any tannins or booze. There's so much vanilla, you would think they aged it on vanilla bean. Toasted coconut is almost as strong. Those flavors coming from the barrel are so strong they almost overpower the base beer and make the beer to sweet. Fortunately, this is really well crafted and the dark fruits and cherry notes from the quad hold their own in this decadent liquid desert. If there were a touch of coffee or bitter dark chocolate, or something earthy to complement the sweetness, this would be a 4.75. Excellent beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep cola hue with a little fizz & head. Aroma has lots of sticky toffee malt with undertones of leather, raw cocunut and tobacco leaf; however, there was a rogue buttered popcorn smell as well. It dissipates somewhat but was still noticeable and just jive with those other notes.

Taste rebounded for me. Incredible dark molasses flavor all over the tongue that meshes wonderfully with those classic bourbon flavors (caramel, oak, vanilla). For a Quad it is low on that traditional phenol flavor but you won't notice with everything else dancing around your palate. It ends sweet (the candied sugar really sneaks out from behind those more powerful flavors) with a little bourbon booze kiss.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unbelievable beer. Simply in a class of its own. The most unremarkable aspect is the look but it's all world class from there. Pours a garnet/brown with almost no head - looks like cola without the fizz. Aroma is oak, roasted malt and that complex fruit and spice assortment that comes with Belgian yeast. god the taste. Unreal. Toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, molasses, roasted malt, fruity esters, spice, brown sugar, butterscotch, kiln-dried tobacco all in one slow cascade that you don't want to end. Finishes incredibly smooth without any discernible alcohol heat or stickiness. It's an experience that redefines your expectations of what a barrel can do to a beer.

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Photo of Tlange95
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip style glass, 2016 vintage
A: cola-like, tan colored head, pinky width quickly dissipated.
S: bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, and slight hints of brandy and figs
T: sweet bourbon, caramelized, dark fruits
MF: thick, silky mouth-coating feel, chewy
O: beautiful beer, flavors are awesome, they linger which I love. This is definitely a beer to share with friends who appreciate fine beers.... or drink the whole bottle by yourself, like I did.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage poured into tulip glass. It pours a clear mahogany color with ruby hues, and a foamy,ecru-colored head and lacing that dissipated quickly. It is aromatic with smells of cherry, raisin, caramel, molasses, oak, and alcohol. The taste is decadent: sweet and cloying cherry, raisin, brown sugar, and vanilla swirling together before the bourbon appears. There is also some subtle vanilla/toffee at the finish. All the flavors are beautifully blended to create a unique and delicious overall taste. This Quad is thick, viscous, and reminiscent of a cordial, and with its 11.6% ABV it is most definitely a sipper, perfect for after-dinner. Overall, it is one of those beers the drinking of which can rightfully be called an experience. It is hard to find in my area and I save it for special occasions.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage served chilled into a goblet.

Stickee Monkee is a deep redish brown with thin fizzy head that settles quickly. Clarity is good when held to the light.

Aroma is sweet and slightly boozy with the bourbon barrel aging making itself known. The base beer provides a raisin and toffee sweetness.

Flavor is sweet up front like a sticky toffee pudding. It has the raisins and dark fruits of a strong Belgian quad but is overlaid with vanilla and bourbon is perfect balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a balanced. It started off a little harsh when it was cold but, as it warms and the carbonation softens, it turns perfectly drinkable.

Overall this is an excellent example of barrel aging as Firestone Walker always does so well. The quad style works really well with the barrel aging character. Great after a year of aging and could probably go several more.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this was a very unique beer, but I found the high levels of sweetness and booze to be a bit cloying at times. that said, there are great dark fruit notes that bring flavors i havent noticed in a beer before - definite plum and cherry. also brings big caramel and toffee notes, sugar, vanilla, oak, bourbon... definitely a lot going on here. mouthfeel was adequate.

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Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Milky like the bottom of a miso soup, with a deep brown and ruby body, a dense light tawny head fades to a thin ring. The nose is hit hard with rich caramel and alcohol burn, whiskey spice and raw oak, butter and warm vanilla. Between the oak, alcohol, and whiskey notes, this leans more towards a liquor than a beer- which I'm all for. Flavor backs off this intense heat and puts on the forefront warm butterscotch, vanilla sweetness, toasted wood, a bit of ethanol, a touch of brown sugar, and toasted malt verging on classic German foundations. As the name would imply, very stickee mouthfeel here, rich and hot and thick and syrupy.
What a ride. More like a barleywine than a quad, especially with the only diminutive presence of added sugars, but delicious nonetheless. The heat of the nose didn't scare me, quite the opposite, so I was disappointed that even with the rich and colorful flavors it had toned itself down from this olfactory advertisement. Still packs a wallop with variety and nuance, as oxymoronic as that sounds, and totally enjoyable.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured into a Founder's CBS snifter. Bottled on 4/18/16, making this about 5 and a 1/2 months old.

A: Pours a pretty slick dark brown color, decent amount of bubbly mocha head around the edge.

S: Really dynamic here with layers of sweet molasses and brown sugar, followed by a punch of dark fruits and grapes, with a nice wrapped finish of oak and bourbon.

T: Bigger fruit notes up front, raisins, figs, molasses. Finish is just a touch of oak and bourbon and vanilla, not huge though.

M: Medium to full body with just enough carbonation that is more noticeable in the pour. Alcohol hidden very well.

O: Very surprised by this one. It's odd that across the Proprietor's Vintage series, I actually prefer Helldorado and Stickee Monkee to both Parabola and Sucaba. Maybe it's just the light, more drinkable balance that these two have, I'm not sure. This one is sweet and tasty, but not too heavy or bruising on the palate.

Recommendation: Like the other boxed Firestone Walker beers, this one is a must-try.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

9-21-16 - On tap at Isaac Newtons in Newtown, PA. Served in a tall stemmed tulip glass. Almost no head and very little lacing. Quick swirl brings back a slight caramel colored surface head. Dark brown and clear. Aroma knocked me out (even better as I go deeper). Taste is nice and sweet for this quad. Sooo smooth. So glad I stopped in.

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Photo of HopHunter19
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - super dark brown with a reddish hue (mahogany) with off white head that dissipates quick. Very clear otherwise.
S - Smell is dark fruits (figs, cherries, plums), brown sugar, candi sugar, caramel malt, really sweet candy like.
T - Taste is basically the same with big sweet candi sugar flavor, then dark fruits like red grapes, sweet cherries, plums, and figs, caramel. Definitely some vanilla, oak and bourbon in there too but less so than youd expect.
M - Heavy beer, thinner than parabola but still a big ass beer. Aftertaste is super smooth and clean Belgian quad, I'm guessing this is not a Belgian yeast ?
O - great beer. Had both on tap and in bottle. Would buy again in a second.

2013 and 2016 side by side: .2013 is more malty with age, has some oxidation to it. Both are amazing.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
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, but somehow moderated overall.

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 -10.3%
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 +2.9%
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 -0.4%
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 -1.3%
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 -2%
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
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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).
Reaffirmation that this is Awesome and my favorite FW.


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Photo of Lobina
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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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