Helldorado

California
United States
Helldorado Barleywine Firestone Walker Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

An Imperial Blonde Ale or Blonde Barley Wine; Helldorado has the lightest color of any of the beers in our barrel program but carries a great deal of interesting barrel character:  vanilla, light char and amazing lavender-honey notes.  Rich boozy honey liqueur character and loads of smooth sweet toasted malt to finish.  The El Dorado hops dance in the background without playing a dominant role in the flavor profile.  This beer gets better and better the longer it is in barrel.

Profile

ABV: 
13.2%
IBUs: 
25
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The first impression of this brew is an intense bourbon aroma with an accompaniment of toasted oak and vanilla. Bold and boozy all the way through, this barrel-aged beer oozes with aromas and flavors from both the spirits and their casks, with toasted oak and vanilla being most prominent. Only a hint of malt penetrates the flavor, and the El Dorado hops never appear. Finishing light on bitterness, the bourbon and toasted oak remain at the forefront with a prominent, yet never hot, alcoholic warmth. Quite enjoyable and perhaps dangerously drinkable, more malt character would make this beer more well-rounded. Then again, that seems not to have been the brewer's intention!