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Stickee Monkee | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

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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Reviews: 250 | Ratings: 2,295
Photo of ragwing82
4.87/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great for dessert. Pours smooth with little to no head. Caramel tones come through with the turbinado brown sugar. Flavorful and balanced, it was a very drinkable brew. The alcohol is well hidden, but can sneak up on you in the end. Another awesome effort from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of Bulabeers
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Dark dark dark no head no lacing
S: Comes out a it warms vanilla dark fruit oak
T: Big flavor! oak vanilla chocolate dates so complex
F: Big beer. Thanksgiving.
O: Brains are on vacation

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Photo of buckeye1275
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage

So damn drinkable! Nice barrel aromas but not overpowering. Soft, leathery mouth feel. Sweet, malty flavors that are enhanced by the barrel flavors instead of dominated. The best part is the finish. My tongue feels like it is melting into a heavenly place. It keeps pulling me back for another sip so quickly.

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Photo of artdob
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whole Foods Rincon in Oxnard. No head on this 12% heavy weight. Belgian quad style reminds me of an imperial stout leaning toward a barley wine. Very much on the sweet side. My accompaniment for lunch to a shroom burger.

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
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 yung_peli
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep mahogany w/ a one finger off-white head that recedes quickly, light lacing.
AR: Sweet malt, dark fruit, chocolate, leather, bourbon & subtle oak.
T: Follows nose, dark fruit on the palate, caramel, very sweet.
M: Medium body, medium low carbonation, smooth and slightly sticky, warming finish.

Enjoyed this but its sweet on the verge of cloyingly sweet. Would be good for a bottle share or a dessert beer split among 4-6 people.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

All of the flavors here blend very well and culminate one excellent brew. Pours dark and thick with a mouth feel to back that up. Aromas of bourbon, with dark/dried fruit as well. Lots of barrel character on the tongue, but the sweet dried fruit and Turbinado sugar quickly made an appearance. Everything came together well as it warmed

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
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+

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Photo of enrique_m
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look dark amber, little head, short lived cinnamon color head.
smell: dark fruits, vanilla, molasses .
taste: mexican capirotada hands down.
feel: smooth, full bodied, very flavorful.
overall:a lot of flavor and definitely the best quad i have had.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage.

Super hazy, murky, dired date/ fig color with minimal head.

I can smell this beer and I'm several feet away from it. Smells like a dried fig, soaked in bourbon, and covered chocolate. Oak comes into play as well. Awesomeness.

The taste follows just as the nose states, but follows with a ton of coconut and maple syrup. The oak and maple flavors linger at the end.

Very sweet, but so, so good. Some of the banana-like esters have seemed to have faded since the initial release.

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Photo of brureview
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage. Aged two years.

I am convinced: FW barrel aged beers are wonderful beers to cellar. I don't drink them fresh anymore.

Poured a dark chocolate color with a 1F head in a Stone RIS glass.

At first, the aroma seemed fainter than other barrel aged beers from FW: Sucaba and Parabola.
deep chocolate, but not pronounced.

The taste is incredible: deep layered chocolate. More chocolate than other FW barrel aged beers.
Intense milk chocolate, with other chocolate flavors. Also tobacco. This comes in gradually.

The MF is not carbonated and smooth. This changes with time. The sharp hoppy bitterness comes into play with warming.

Sipping is a must with this beer. At different temps, different qualities. The chocolate gives away
to a deeper tobacco like flavor with warming. The oak starts to come in and eventually is present in the aroma.The bitterness becomes more and more intense.

Great beer! The best way to drink this beer is to savor it at different temps, noting the changes in flavor and bitterness.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chestnut brown with a few tan trailers. 3.75
Barrel, hot buttered rum, brown sugar, and a bit of ash. 4.5
Maple syrup, raisin, Marmite, coconut (?!) fig, vanilla, and the slightest spice. 4.25
Slightly caramelized onion end and buttery finish.
Medium to full, chewy, round. 4.25

While there’s the port-like, dark fruit notes of a Quad, Belgian yeast character is low. The barrel is there but subtle. And suntan lotion? There’s a fascinating tropical note running through this. A monster of a beer I wish I could spend more time with. 4.25

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2015 vintage.

3.25 A: Dark brown, almost black color. Less than one finger of short lived, fizzy beige head formed. No lacing left.

4.5 S: To start, you have to have a creative mind to call this a quad. This is very much a big, sticky FW amalgamation reminiscent of one of their anniversary beers. That said, the barrel is the forefront of the nose, which isn't surprising given that Belgian beers and surely quads live in subtlety. Toasted coconut, oak, vanilla, and leather stick out. Moderately boozy. Sticky grenadine, spicy peppery Belgian yeast, candi sugar, brown sugar, molasses. Dates, black currants, raisins, tobacco.

4.5 T: No surprises here. It's just as sticky and rich as it smells. Tobacco, leather, dates, and black currants are the strongest flavors. Toastiness, cherry juice, brown sugar, molasses. Again moderately boozy. Spicy peppery yeast.

4.25 M: Heavy, heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Very sticky with sugary amylase bunching in the back of the throat.

4.5 M: It's not a great quad, but it is a great beer. It seems more like a huge mesh of a bunch of different beers. Quite nice.

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Photo of aleigator
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Stickee Monkee '15 vintage

The beer pours a hazelnut brown color, with brighter ember hints in it. Yields a small, fizzy head, which won't rebuild after excessive swirling.

The nose offers a tremendous amount of Bourbon soaked oak, spicy, warm, full of coconut and earth mingled vanilla. This gets coated up by rock sugar, toffee and caramel, exhibiting a profound sweetness, gently balanced by the multi layered barrel. The nose finds an additional layer in roasted, warm nutshells, licorice and wild honey.

Drinks with just the required amount of carbonation, subtle, yet well accentuated, preventing the beer from sticking to the tongue, keeps it going with a lot of nuances becoming detectable on the palate. Provides a silk, not overly thick body, ensuring the sugar rush to maintain enjoyable.

Tastes of earth coated, melting toffee, a subtle spiciness, more earth and a nice roast quality, enriching the malts. As the Bourbon gets introduced to the palate, more spices unfold, entangled into rock sugar and a pleasant, slick coffee dryness. While this produces a rich sweetness, it does by no means overpower the beer's overall taste profile, tamed and enriched by the well pronounced Bourbon. Finishes with a noteable bite within the otherwise complete silk mouthfeel, representing a warming, still enjoyably balanced Bourbon peak. A dry spice bitterness represents the introduction to the beers finish, with rock sugar and melted toffee remaining detectable, showcasing a clean, yet appealing ending.

This may be the most complex, well nuanced sweet beer I've ever had. At first, I've been disappointed by its thinner mouthfeel, then I started to undertand its benefits. The palate reacts more sensitive to peppery Bourbon, the utmost silk mouthfeel and changes within the malt sweetness, without becoming sticky or cloying. Nontheless, this is still a sipper, a pleasant one though.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stickee Monkee pours the same burgundy as a traditional quad. The nose is dominated by vanilla extract and brown sugar. There’s a little fig and plum, but mostly the Monkee smells like a particularly smoky bourbon. I note on first sip that this isn’t far removed from the bourbon-y barleywines in Firestone Walker’s catalogue. Yes, there’s a stronger raisin presence, but overall we’re talking Russell Stover butterscotch. To my taste, Stickee Monkee is too sugary to be enjoyable. A quad is already larded with malt, heavy on candi sugar, and spiked by tangy yeast, so to then age it in bourbon and brandy barrels seems, well, excessive. The heavy feel and heavy burn match the taste and aroma.

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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth for 12.5%, split with my father law when my daughter met her great geandparents. Poured into a Westy 12 glass, and drank roughly 16 oz over a hour period to let the temperature warm up throughout the night.

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Photo of beergoot
4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Front Range BBQ (advertised as at 13.4% ABV)...

Ink black with a wispy ring of foam. Dark fruit aroma; plums and dates. Dark, smokey malt flavors; earthy spiciness; black licorice. Heavy body; semi-sweer finish.

Oh, yeah! Well-rounded and robust, especially in the taste department.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into tulip. Batch 1, bottled 4/18/14.

A: Pours a deep cola brown with a finger of bubbly dark tan head that quickly disappeared into a thin collar.
S: Sweet nose with tons of barrel quality. I get notes of leather, raisin, candied dates, black figs, red grape, and a touch of caramel and bitter hop resin. Booze is noticeable but not rough at all. Super sweet and sugary smelling.
T: Follows the nose with all of the flavors from the nose along with the addition of vanilla and tobacco leaf in the finish. Leather, sweet grape juice, molasses, and boozy barrel quality dominate. I get nuances of dark chocolate and cocoa as well. The finish is lightly bitter, and notes of candied sugar, caramel, vanilla and grape linger long after the swallow. I get a touch of roast throughout, and a very low alcohol presence. For being 13%, the alcohol is hidden very well.
M: Full body, thick and chewy mouthfeel, with low carbonation. Very sweet overall, and there’s a thick alcohol quality but the booze isn’t warming.
O: The flavor profile is more like a barreled aged barleywine mixed with a quad. Ultra sweet as per the description. Another complex sipper from FW, but this was far too sweet for me to finish a whole bottle of in one sitting.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Far brown in color with a very murky complexion. No light penetrates this beverage. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim. I smell loads of sweet dark malt, bourbon, plums, and raisins. I taste an onslaught of dark malt, alcohol, plums,figs, and bourbon. The mouth is thick, chewy, and dry.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 batch into a tulip glass. Pours a mahogany brown with a tiny ribbon of quickly dissipating white head. Sweet aromas, caramel and toffee, with hints of prunes abs perhaps a little vanilla. Tastes a tiny bit sweet, caramel and raisins, and a hint of alcohol. A little thin with good carbonation. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of Zonk
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with decent khaki head that holds up well for the ABV. Rich aromas of toffee and fig and caramel. More of the same on the palate, with noticeable oak and some cigar box (cedar?). Pushes the envelope in sweetness, the alcohol is noticeable without sticking out. An excellent beer although the style is more "FW Barrel" than quad,and the rich sweetness and oak definitely over power some of the quad characteristics.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Looks dark brown with a reddish tint. Smell is raisin, burnt sugar, oak, bourbon. Taste is raisin, figs, dates, burnt sugar, oak, and bourbon. All amazingly balanced to make a damn fine beer.

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Photo of svenness
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage

L: Very dark brown, sparse tan head
S: Alcohol, toasted/charred oak, dark stone fruits, burnt sugar
T: Bourbon barrel character, vanilla, coconut, raisin
F: Full-bodied, a little carbonation prickle, sugar sweetness masks the moderate alcohol burn and light bitterness
O: Very well made and very enjoyable

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got some of this. It took awhile to track down but they had it at a bar in the Venetian. Was worth the wait. Smell was outstanding. Very smooth.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber ($18.99) into a nonic:

Appearance: black. Small, dark brown head, but it has some solid retention, lingering for a few minutes. This is impressive at almost 14%.

Aroma: tons and tons and tons of barrel. Reeks of wood. That being said, its not a rough smell, like tobacco and leather....it's soft and sweet, with lots of candy and molasses in the background. Incredibly soft and welcoming. Smells like it's got some boozy punch behind it for sure.

Taste: not much heat at all, surprisingly. Flavors are, like the aroma, soft and subtle and emerge further as the beer warms. Started drinking this one at around 40 degrees, and it got better and better as it reached cellar temps. Lots of molasses, burnt sugar, and caramel to begin with. Finishes sweeter and with some dark fruits as well, like fig and date. The barrel definitely creates a unique quad-much different than the Trappist quads in flavor.

Feel: thick and syrupy, this is definitely more of a sipping beer in terms of drinkability. Heavy body, with not much carbonation. The softness, however, is a plus in my book, as it lets the subtle flavors packed into this beer come out more easily.

Overall: if you are looking for a traditional quad, this is not the beer to drink. It doesn't have yeasties, that lovely purple-auburn color, or the fluffy head that comes with Trappist quads. It does, however, have tons of flavor, and is an incredibly delicate and complex beer. Seek it out and crush it!

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Stickee Monkee from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.45 out of 5 based on 2,295 ratings.
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