Style: Barrel Aged Quadrupel
ABV: 12.0 IBU: 45
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Stickee Monkee
What the brewers say
“A beer formulated to sit on the sweeter, malty side. Mexican turbinado brown sugar and Belgian candi sugar add molasses flavors. A full body and lush texture with toasted oak, coconut, leather, and cigar tobacco.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, coconut, molasses, coffee, and a touch of licorice. Cherry, raisin, plum. Strong malt sweetness. Open and bold whiskey/bourbon–barrel notes. Definitely leans more toward the barrel than the base beer. Inviting mild sherry oxidation with a bit of cardboard.”
Flavor: “Flavor delivers on the nose: intense barrel notes, with the chocolate and vanilla turned up to eleven. Sweet cherry and raisin/dark fruit blend well with the barrel. Great mix of mild phenols, evocative esters, and alcohol warmth. Nice sherry character.”
Overall: “The barrel is strong with big vanilla and bourbon, complemented by cherry fruitiness that pulls it together. A wonderful sipper, and an amazing example of what a barrel can impart to a beer in the hands of a talented and deft brewer. More, please!”
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