Stickee Monkee | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Stickee MonkeeStickee Monkee

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and banana. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, sticky toffee pudding, and bananas covered in caramel. Awesome flavors on this one. This beer has a good carbonation level with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barleywine with lots of complex aromas and flavors. I am very glad I was able to try this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

worth the hype, more of a barleywine than a quad though, although i suspect thats what they are getting at by calling it a central coast quad instead of a belgian one, but it exhibits a whole lot more barleywine to me. nevermind definitions and classifications though, this is insanely good beer. deep but royal red/brown in color, like good root beer in shade, but super thick and viscous, sticky as taffy, and not very carbonated, but it doesnt need to be. the nose on this is all grain, caramelized malt sugars abound, with notes of toffee and butterscotch, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, honey, and bourbon right from the bottle. its intensely boozy, but in a refined and intentional way. i get the malt layering expected in a quad, but the lack of any real belgian yeast character in the flavor puts this squarely in the barleywine world for me. scorching sugars and vanilla bourbon predominate, but it never really ends up all the sweet considering how much sugar is in here mid palate. oak mellows it for sure, and the booze cuts it well i think. layers and layers of grain nuance keep coming, i absolutely love it. i was so sad to have missed the bottles when they came around, so i am thankful to hops and pie for giving me the chance to finally try this one on tap. its worthy of its high praise, very firestone walker too, very barreled and big, just delicious big beer here. a musty try, more interesting than sucaba i think, but thats just me.

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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 brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer Store. Clear hazel color with low carbonation. Big toffee and vanilla aroma, slight butterscotch, a lot of barrel. Heat is reigned-in. Palate exceeds the nose, showing a nice balance between barrel heat and rich toffee flavors. Full bodied, with light tannin and alcohol in the finish. Finishes very nicely, extremely smooth and palatable. Side by side with Abacus this was slightly better.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -24.9%
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

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Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light layer of tan head that doesn't last long. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Flavor profile: I instantly get liquid mounds bar out of this. Melted chocolate and coconut. Leather, tobacco, molasses, caramel, and raisins all show. It has a belgian yeast like flavor with some bananas. A lot of vanilla and bourbon shows. The barrel flavors are spot on and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and warming. Medium bodied. Ends with a touch of dryness.

Overall, a very enjoyable quad. Maybe I just enjoy Americanized beers more, but this was one of my favorite quads I have had. The coconut flavors were awesome.

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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 jlindros
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Strong Ale

A: The pour is a dark amber color, perhaps leaning towards brown, with a tan head.

S: The usual sweet, sugar notes of a barleywine are here. I get brown sugar, caramel, and toffee, but there's a weird nuttiness to this beer that seems out of place.

T: This tastes like almost like a really creamy nut brittle with extra nuts. There's a fair amount of alcohol presence as well, a touch of oak, and some good vanilla notes.

M: The body is medium with a nice creaminess and a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: This was a weird beer. In fact, several of the blending components for FW14 aren't all that great, but somehow they make a delicious final product.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a thin wine glass at Beelow's.

The combination of lots of time to kill and a recent paycheck means I can afford to pick up a bottle of Stickee Monkee at the bar. Let's do this shit. It pours a clear sunset topaz-sienna topped by a finger or so of sandstone foam. The nose comprises caramelized Belgian candi sugar, mild molasses, toasted oak, toasted coconut, light Connecticut tobacco, graham cracker, clove, light allspice, and a hint of candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, the oak, spices, and sweet elements taking full command in a lovely display of cooperation. A small faction of booze enters into the equation, but it is mostly drowned out by the delicious din around it. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly-syrupy feel. Overall, a damn fine beer, well worth my investment (and anyone else's, for that matter). Get some!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.37/5  rDev -2%

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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark mahogany color with tan head. Aroma is really complex with lots of caramel, fudge, bourbon, brown sugar and oak. Taste starts with caramel and brown sugar, a slight molasses note, bourbon and finishes slightly bitter. Medium body, quite sticky and syrupy, low carbonation. A really complex beer with nice dried fruits, bourbon and barrel character.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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

Abbreviated review. First ticked as a had by Jay at the brewery, later ticked Jon and Vin at BBD's. Consensus review recorded together over a few pints of Abraxas.

A - Stellar looking beer. Dark khaki head towers over a thick black-mahogany body.

S - Smooth and sweet with bananas, caramel, vanilla, and molasses.

T - Outrageous. It's one of those beers that makes you raise your eyebrows before you finish the first sip. Thick, creamy caramelized bananas foster is loaded throughout the profile. Cocoa, molasses, vanilla, and chocolate milk shake ebb and weave throughout each sip.

M - Chewy, smooth, full body.

O - Net sweet, but extraordinarily well put together. Firestone Walker's Proprietor's Vintage Series is simply outstanding, and Stickee Monkee pulls it's weight in what I would argue is the best signature series in brewing.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, tulip is tempting but perhaps later I'll do so.

One finger light tan head, and fairly bubbly. Dissolves to a thin collar with some larger bubbles in places along the edges. Body color is a nice dark garnet red and brown, very dark, but has some clarity through the bottom towards the head. Quite nice.

Nice classic Firestone aging. Hints of molasses and then some fruity dark plums. Juicy and spicy with sprinkled cane like sugar. Toffee with a candy taffy like smell, some winter warmer fruit warmth and controlled booze. Definitely comes off like a quad but very with some unique character.

Palate comes nicely, a real silky palate, with lots of pleasure in the mouth. Big coating malts, and lots of the fruit action. Big thick plum and dark bitter chocolate fill the crevices. Lots of toffee and candy action coat even with a prickly almost pepper spice on the aftertaste. Controlled boozy warmth as well, coming off as a real good sipper.

Overall a real nice take on a quad, with classic Firestone touch.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Toronado. Served in a flute.

A - Thin off-white foam settles to a thin ring, and not much else. Transparent ruby-brown body.

S - Bourbon, oak barrels, cherries, milled grains, treacle, some fruity notes, wood, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Tons of candied cherries, caramel, hint of cocoa, dark fruits, vanilla, and less oak than the aroma suggests. Alcohol is very well-hidden here.

M - Chewy, full body, medium-low carbonation, some tannic oak, and lower alcohol than you'd expect for 12%.

D - This is quite good - reminds me of draft Abacus a little, and definitely one of my favorite FW blend beers. Definitely explains why I like FW14 so much, although I'm puzzled as to why I didn't love FW15 - I must hate Helldorado.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What to try for the 2,000th review on BA? A bit of a dilemma because most of my favorite world class beers are already reviewed. Had a Backyard Rye Bourbon County Stout in the cellar, but the pain and suffering to get that bottle was so depressing I have been putting off trying it. Then Stickee Monkee showed up for a brief (like the life span of those new man-made elements) showing at a local store and the decision was obvious. A new Firestone Walker and an ingredient in the beloved Anniversary beers. Life is good.

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque in the glass with a fine half finger light brown head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma dominated by oak and bourbon, with light supporting dark fresh and dried fruit and caramel, really a barrel aged barleywine profile. Flavor is sweet syrup, vanilla, caramel, dark dried fruit, light stone fruit, oak and bourbon. Full, almost syrupy bodied with little carbonation presence on the tongue. A very interesting flavor in the finish, almost like a fine fruit reduction, flavorful but indescribable. This has quad sweetness, but the heavier fruit of a barleywine, but without the heavy malt flavors. A unique and tasty definition breaking strong ale. Quite sweet and little hop presence. A perfect desert ale. World class. Lucky enough to have an extra for the basement and look forward to this with a few years on it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark copper brown, with a small half inch head that recedes basically immediately. There's no lacing, but what can you expect with a 13% quad barleywine monster beer?

Smells like burnt caramel, rich sweet bourbon, dark fruits, caramel, and oak. Classic Firestone Walker barrel-aged profile here.

The taste is similar. This has a wonderful dark caramel, almost burnt, as said above. This one is pretty bourbon-forward, but it is wonderful, rich, sweet bourbon flavor. This one also has notes of nuts, leather, tobacco, plum, red wine, vanilla, oak, and coconut. The coconut doesn't show up in every sip, but it's really welcome when it does!

This one is medium bodied- it's not quite as thick as I expected, but it tastes so good, that it doesn't really matter. There's a sticky, but smooth mouthfeel, along with a very low level of carbonation.

Yet another big winner from Firestone Walker's barrel program, this one was truly unique and unlike anything I've tasted.

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Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +2%

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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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 John_M
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled during the whiskey barrel fest at 16 tons the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose attarctive as well, though you can tell right off this is going to be a pretty rich/sweet beer. Anyway, there is considerable vanilla, dark fruits and toffee aroma in this beer. On the palate, this is really yummy stuff. Yes, the beer is a bit sweet, but there's lovely flavors of caramel, toffee, nougat, coconut, vanilla and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is full and soft, and the finish seems to go on forever in this rich beer. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and while you can tell it's up there, there is no heat from the high abv. Also, while this beer is pretty sweet, it's not at all cloying, and so drinkabilty is pretty good.

Definitely a sipper. Hard to imagine drinking a lot of this, but a small glass after dinner for dessert would be perfect.

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Photo of corby112
4.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark chocolate brown color with mahogany edges and a two finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Surprisingly good retention given it's style and ABV with sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly boozy aroma with a nice barrel character that's decently integrated into the leathery malts, dark fruit and sweet molasses/brown sugar notes of the base. Charred oak, toasted coconut and vanila bean along with boozy bourbon and brandy sweetness. Underneath the barrel, there's some leathery tobacco, dark fruit, toffee and caramel. As it warms the sugar really starts to stand out.

Lighter body than expected and not quite as complex as the nose suggests. Again, there's a strong barrel presence but it's nicely integrated into the malt, vinous fruit and Mexican sugar flavors. Strong oak presence with a decent amount of dry char and sweet boozy heat. Slightly smokey with leathery malts, tobacco and vinous fruit, notably fig, date, raisin and other dark berries. Toffee, caramel and burnt sugar adding more sweetness. Some boozy heat in the finish but this beer drinks very easy considering the high ABV.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker really has their barrel program cranking on all cylinders. Poured a dark brown, no light getting through with an off while head. Classic Firestone Walker barrel aged beer. Huge vanilla and toasted coconut notes, underlined with toffee, caramel and burnt sugar. Taste mirrors the smell, smooth as hell and decently viscous. A nice little bourbon heat that sticks with you at the end. If there is one complaint, it's that this doesn't really do much to differentiate from other Firestone Barrel Aged beers. If I was blind folded and told to guess between this and Sucaba, I'd have a hard time telling them apart. Like I said, not much of a complaint because they are both great.

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Stickee Monkee from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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