Firestone Walker Helldorado

Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Paso Robles, CA, United States of America

Vital Statistics

Release: Limited Rotating (vintaged)
ABV: 12%

From the brewer

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.

Average Scores

Overall: 91 (logged 11 times)
Bottle: 92 (logged 10 times)
Draft: 83 (logged 1 time)

Who's been drinking this

2015 release
Bottle at Work
2017 release
This is the first time I've had this beer on draft, and it seems... different. In the bottle it's got very honey-like, mellow buttery notes. This was a little more like straighter butterscotch flavors on top of a strong, good barleywine. It was still very good but it wasn't sublime. Out of the bottle it was sublime.
2015 release
Bottle at Odin Lounge
2015 release
Wonderful coconut, vanilla smell. Similar flavors with some additional bitter flavors. I get some kind of rice pudding flavors?!?
2015 release
2015 release
Holy sweetness blowout, after the Simple Malt.
2015 release
So this is the proper level of sweet in a beer.
2015 release
2015 release
Firestone knocks it out again! A strong blonde barleywine with a similar scent to Sucaba but with a much mellower, honey-butter-like finish, with a touch of florality on top. You can even taste the barley in there, which is nice for something so boozy
Bottle at Xbeer One