Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Stickee Monkee Barrel Aged Central Coast Quad
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Firestone Walker Brewing Company Stickee Monkee Barrel Aged Central Coast Quad. I grew incredibly impatient as I awaited the arrival of this newest barrel aged beer. I was fortunate enough to have a good friend that was making a trip to the brewery so he picked up this along with a few other Firestone Walker Brewing Company offerings for me. I have since purchased (and am now cellaring) A LOT of this beer.
From the Firestone Walker Brewing Company website: “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 and Belgian candi sugar add wonderful molasses flavors. It has a full body and lush texture with barrel expression all over this beer: toasted oak, coconut, leather and cigar tobacco.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a dark ruby brown with a nice tight beige head and decent lacing.
Aroma: Oak, bourbon, sweet malts, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruits, toffee and a light booze.
Taste: Brown sugar, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark fruits, caramel, molasses, vanilla, coconut and a touch boozy.
Overall: Thick, sticky and tasty, Firestone Walker Brewing Company Stickee Monkee Barrel Aged Central Coast Quad is amazing. This beer, at 13.4% ABV, is not as boozy as you’d think. Sweet, decadent and most definitely one to seek out, I’m glad I have several of these in the cellar for future enjoyment.
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