Helldorado - 2016
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
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A Note on This Beer
If you’re a Barleywine fan, prepare to be dazzled, because today you have a chance to pick up a bottle of Firestone Walker’s Helldorado (2016)!
Here’s a glimpse into what makes this brew so special:
- It’s one of the Top 10 American Barleywines in the World on BeerAdvocate.
- Bourbon Barrel-aging creates rich notes of whiskey-caramel and oaky vanilla.
- The brewers used only English and American pale malts, so it’s lighter than most Barleywines, with flavors of biscuit, bread crust, and graham cracker.
- After 4 years in Firestone Walker’s carefully-controlled cellar, it’s smoother, more complex, and richer in flavor than ever before!
It’s not everyday you get a chance to taste a legendary Barleywine from one of the country’s most respected breweries. And finding a vintage version from Firestone Walker’s own cellar? Well, that’s a treat that no one should miss.
Rated 95/100 “World Class” on BeerAdvocate — one of the Top 10 American Barleywines in the World!
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Bring back great barleywines. A true heavy hitter and the cellar aging serves the beer well.
Wow. The color of a blond, but the character of a big chewy, malty, caramel, woody barely wine.
Nice light barleywine alternative
The flavors come across just as described. Great sipping beer. For a first time Barelywine drinker will definitely be looking for another to try.
I prefer this fresh. Was a bit too one dimensional but still very good
Wish it was more boozy
Beer was pleasantly surprising! Gotta say this was a very well crafted beer!!
As barley wines go, this one was elegant with just the right amount of bourbon flavor.
Very bland. Not bad but nothing special.
I mostly get just aged bourbon barrels. Not much else for flavor. I guess I was expecting more from something from 2016. Left feeling a little disappointed.
If you consider this beer was made to be a part of their blended Anniversary Ale "10" it makes me wonder how good "10" was? I have never tried a blonde barleywine before. So I can only compare this beer to other barleywines I have had. It is different. However it is really good. Great vanilla and bourbon flavor with a slight honey finish. It has a great lingering mouth feel. It's not my favorite barleywine but comparison but on it's own it's a very good beer. I have two so I look forward to tasting this again in 4 - 5 years.