Stickee Monkee

California
United States
Stickee Monkee
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
85
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

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. 

Profile

ABV: 
13.4%
IBUs: 
45
Judges Review 
Jim Koebel's picture
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Specialty beers like this aren't brewed to fit into any particular style, though they may riff on one. This example, aged in bourbon barrels, certainly takes the Dark Strong Ale category up a notch. Oak and vanilla aromas are dominant, backed up by booze, rich caramel sweetness, and dark fruit. It pours a very dark brown with garnet highlights and a low tan head that forms a ring along the glass. Its flavor is also dominated by oak and vanilla, but has a deeper complexity than the aroma.  It is cakey, fruity and always sweet. Caramel flavors are moderately strong, with notes of cola, anise, coconut, and raisin. The very sweet, malty finish is offset somewhat by wood tannins, ethanol warmth, and moderately high carbonation.  This full-bodied beer is a monster and will appeal to those who prefer aggressive flavors.