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): 11.80%

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
Ratings:
812
Reviews:
191
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
7.78%
 
 
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165
Gots:
444
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71
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Photo of Rammed96
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of J_Mueller
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonbonfondle
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage, 13.2% ABV

Honey colored body; thin head. Heavy caramel aroma; oak. Flavor strongly follows the aroma; nutty; vanilla; tempered booziness with some hop bitterness far in the background. Heavy body; residual sugars galore; warm.

This beer delivers the big malt and heavy alcohol qualities of a hardcore barley wine. Like many high ABV beers, the head is sorely lacking in quality, but overall, it's a very satisfying.

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Photo of HopSavant
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furlinator
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2016.
Pours translucent honey gold. A thin, fizzy khaki head forms and quickly disappears completely. No lace. The smell is of carmel malt, vanilla, oak and alcohol. The taste follows with sweet caramel malt, vanilla, oak, mild hop presence and warming booze. Medium texture with low carbonation.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Warren2621
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TrojanRB
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of coz
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled very sweet and boozy. It had a strong sweetness up front with an alcoholic burn. Just enough bitterness for balance.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brianmandell
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2016 bottle served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: semi-cloudy Amber color with light sediments floating through the body. Off-white head wholich rose maybe a notch or so below a finger's length. Drops slowly with almost zero lacing.

Smell: Even as the beer warms the smell is super bland.

Taste: Super whiskey taste with a hard hit of malts. Comes off a bit sweet but closer to butterscotch body. Smooth bitterness but the alcohol feel is a bit on the extra side and not as subtle as I would like it to be.

Mouth: Very sticky and full bodied. Medium carbonation and subtle sweet finish.

Overall: tried to make this one short since I was in a middle of a great movie but overall great beer, lucky enough to grab two bottles. Always in a glass my friends...Salud!

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Photo of SayBoom
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurzman
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perfectly clear; small head with little retention or lacing.

Nose features clove, banana, pine, bready malt, and bourbon.

Sweet and strong on the palate. A nice balance of malt and hops up front, quickly replaced by huge bourbon notes of coconut, vanilla, oak, and syrup.

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Helldorado from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 812 ratings.
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