Fire­stone Walker Hell­do­rado 2017

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Tasted -

LOC: Paso Robles, Cal­i­for­nia ABV: 12.8% | IBUS: 24 | SRM: 11

What the brewer says

“A deep golden color from be­ing brewed solely with English and Amer­i­can pale malts. The bready, hon­eyed fla­vors of pale malts pull out rich wild­flower honey, vanilla, and co­conut notes from the oak, cre­at­ing an over­all fla­vor evoca­tive of bour­bon-glazed gra­ham crack­ers.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “A bit of whiskey booze fol­lowed by rich vanilla, white choco­late, raisin, and less caramel than one might think and more crème brûlée.” Fla­vor: “Re­ally mel­low lay­ers of raisin and fruity char­ac­ter that ac­tu­ally work re­ally well to­gether. Al­co­hol as­trin­gency is mildly dis­tract­ing, but is rounded by deep vanilla. This has a nice body with a slight coat­ing of the mouth, some hop bit­ter­ness, and it fin­ishes with a milky choco­late body.” Over­all: “De­spite the shock of the color, the beer drinks very much like bar­ley­wine—rich malt and bar­rel char­ac­ter defy ex­pec­ta­tions har­bored by the light color. A com­plex chili and choco­late fla­vor with an un­der­lin­ing smok­i­ness cre­ates an in­ter­est­ing taste on the palate, too. A unique and in­ter­est­ing riff on the style.”

AROMA: 12 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 20 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 10

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