Sunday, December 13, 2015
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Helldorado Blonde Barley Wine Ale
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 Helldorado Blonde Barley Wine Ale. I picked this bottle up at the brewery…well, I bought a few…
From the Firestone Walker Brewing Company website: “You’ve been warned: Helldorado may be blonde in color, but if you take it lightly, you’ll get gunned downed by a blast of barrel–aged ﬂavor at an ABV of 12 percent. The driving idea behind Helldorado was to create a super blonde barley wine that could still carry the strong barrel character imparted by aging the beer in retired spirits barrels. The result is an unlikely brew whose light complexion belies a full–bodied attitude and intense barrel expression.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a murky dark gold with a thin white head leaving almost no lacing.
Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, honey, coconut and a touch of earthy hops.
Taste: Sweet caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, bourbon, honey, golden raisins and a touch of oak.
Overall: Sweet and satisfying, Firestone Walker Brewing Company Helldorado Blonde Barley Wine Ale is fantastic. This 13.2% ABV beast is absolutely worth a try. Actually, it is a must try!
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