Helldorado | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Part of the adventure of aging beer in retired spirits barrels is the synergistic interaction of different malt flavors with the oak and spirit flavors from the barrel. Darker beers like stouts and darker barley wines have typically been the favored candidates for barrel-aging, due to their deeper caramel and roasted flavors. Helldorado breaks that mold with a deep golden color from being brewed solely with English and American pale malts. The bready, honeyed flavors of pale malts pull out rich wildflower honey, vanilla and coconut notes from the oak, creating an overall flavor evocative of bourbon-glazed graham crackers that stands as singularly unique in our Vintage lineup.

Added by wethorseblanket on 10-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#812
Reviews:
241
Ratings:
952
pDev:
7.51%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Beerhemoth
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wilymobastardo
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FFreak
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 vintage. Poured into tall tulip. Pours a very clear light copper with a light tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving nothing on the glass. Slight aromas of dried fruit and candy. Taste follows aroma. Feel is medium body, slightly dry suprisingly, good carbonation. Overall, a nice BW, but not nearly on par with Sucaba.

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

Photo of Zonian1
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thornburyslasher
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Theogre83
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emyers
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 vintage - poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter

Cloudy golden color, thin white head

Nose is vanilla, bourbon, some fruity esters. Good but a bit one-dimensional.

Taste follows the nose closely - caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla. Finishes sweet.

Full-bodied, low carbonation, smooth.

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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dwreck
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brureview
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light, clear copper red color with carbonation bubbles from the bottom. 1/2 F head in a Stone Snifter.

Mostly oak aroma, some honey.

Light body, cloying MF. Sticky.

Deep oak taste, some fruit.

Bitterness increases with warming.

Not my favorite FW barrel aged beer. Quite good, not great. Not in the Stickee Monkee or Parabola class of beer.

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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 bottle. Orange, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak and some coconut. Not much barrel presence besides an oaky dryness. Bit of bitterness at the end. Medium to light bodied. Pretty good but less flavorful than other Firestone Walker barrel aged beers.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright gold with white film. 4
Honey, marzipan and vanilla. 4.25
Pile of light toffee, Digestives, some flowers, and slight vanilla + wood. 4.25
Medium, chewy, round. 4

Deep, sweet, and lovely. Light but heavy, if that makes sense. Not sure I’d say barleywine: no hops. But super nice. 4.25

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Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kds2437
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy burnt-orange with no head formation. Pouren from a 32oz 2 day old growler, this may be a bit skewed. Aroma is a big dose of sweet and soft toffee and caramel. There is a shimmer of herbal, and citrus hops. Toasted, bread, nutted, and caramel malts round out a sweet, hearty aroma. Flavor profile is soft and pliable notes of toffee, caramel, and honey. Sugary sweet notes are balanced out by toasted, caramel, and bread malts. Hops are faint, but come by way of herbal, citrus, and floral. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a smooth, uneventful consistency that doesn't distract from the flavor. Overall, a hearty dose of flavorful sweet notes balanced out well by bitter and smooth malts and hops.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 32oz growler.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, batch 003. Served in a tulip glass. Pours a clear medium golden yellow body, one finger white head, fair retention and no lacing. Smell is caramel, moderate butterscotch, a bit of oak and more caramel sweetness, tempered by a bit of light floral hop aromas. Flavour is a fair bit of butterscotch and caramel; although it is not as sweet as some barleywines can get; the hops are similarly balanced keeping the beer from being too cloying but without giving off too much bitterness. Not so much toffee it would seem compared to contemporary barleywines but it's got plenty of that Werther's flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, good depth and body with a sweet butterscotch finish.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Dark honey color with half a finger of white head

S - Refined booze, sweet, bourbon, buttery chardonnay, oak

T - Complex. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark fruits

F - Syrupy, but carbonation moves it. No heat.

O - Impressed by the complexity. More of a Wheatwine.

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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sk8sean86
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fx20736
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Helldorado from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 952 ratings