Top 10 Sipping Beers
Since its inception in 1996, Firestone Walker has specialized in fermenting beer in oak barrels.
The brewery stays true to its roots with this version, aged for more than a year in Woodford Reserve, Elijah Craig and Four Roses bourbon casks. It calls this strong ale a "Central Coast quad" thanks to the California twist it undergoes before bottling. That is, the brewery blends Mexican turbinado brown sugar and Belgian candi sugar to contribute to the beer's caramelized character. The Stickee Monkee moniker is a nod to the Belgian monks who pioneered the Quadrupel style, as well as the Sticky Monkey flower that is native to California's Central Coast. There is also a sticky sweetness to the ale's taste, which is counterbalanced by the bourbon and oak astringency, along with hints of leather and rich cigar tobacco. This one-of-a-kind sipping beer will age well if you can resist the urge to pop the cap.