Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Stickee Monkee (2016) (Barrel-Aged Central Coast Quad)
Quadrupel (Quad)
22oz, Single
Modest one finger head of deep tan to light brown color, the surface dotted with larger bubbles popping like fireworks, the lacing forms think snakes here and there. The initial pour yields a clean orange-brown color with minimal particulate floating but you can see at the bottom of the bomber bottle that the second pour won't be as clean, few beads produce a nice steady stream of bubbles. The nose produces the usual suspects of molasses, caramel, toffee, grilled nuts and coconut custard, has a bit more roast than expected, unsure if from the barrel treatment, fresh golden raisin, fig and date fruit scents, touch of charcoal, very integrated and smooth, particularly factoring in the ABV. Full-bodied, fluid here too albeit there's some tingly burn at the end. Sweeter plum/prune to maraschino cherry, raisin, date fruit but no sense of heaviness. Carbonation is adequate, nothing more. The coconut, milk chocolate, vanilla ice cream and caramel flavors consistent throughout, more doughy and yeasty here than nutty. Once more there's a smoky, roasty quality that remains hard to pin down. High level of drinkability for the style and likely could be a longer term ager as well.
5 out of 5