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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
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.

LtDan's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
On tap at XVI Celebration, multiple samples.

Appearance: Pours a bright amber gold. White film and edges.

Aroma: Citrusy hop, honey, fruit punch.

Taste: Toasty malt, euro hops, banana esters, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Astringent, medium bodied, low carb.

Oveerall: A really odd barley wine. Didn’t get much barrel either. Doesn’t make it south often, so glad I could try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (5075) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Bottle at Todd’s. Big boozy blond body with notes of butterscotch, vanilla, and bourbon. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle:   Orangish in color, fairly vibrant, small to moderate frothy white head, little lacing.   Pale breadiness, melon, bourbon, and soft caramel on the nose.   Warming up front, lots of pale breadiness and melon, with a background of caramel.   Blonde Barleywine fits this one fairly well.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Strong pale breadiness and caramel on the finish, with melon and bourbon notes.   The caramel is surprisingly pale, its not like brown sugar like caramel.   More melon and marshmallow like sweetness.   Its on the verge of being cloying, but just short.   Fairly tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (4339) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Draft at fischmans. Orange and white head. Carmel and vanilla notes. Super sweet. Honey and some fruits. Very nice beer. Strong

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5639) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Bottle. 2015 release. Amber pour with a tall, dense golden head. Aroma is Sweet malt, vanilla, hop notes, honey and candied fruit in the nose. Taste is sweet malt, light caramel, honey, toasted malt, vanilla, booze and subtle hops. Body is medium with a strong, dense, bubbly carbonation. Slightly sticky and warming due to the alcohol. Ends with more toasted malt, cookies, toasted coconut, sweet malt, caramel, candied fruit, hops, vanilla and light hops. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (1642) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Aromas of coconut, butterscotch, and pineapple. Clear gold with a lasting white head. Sweet, nutty, fruity, flavors of rum, boozy. Full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (3762) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, bourbon, butterscotch. Tastes of caramel, bourbon, light booze. Full body with a dry finish. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
e303 (280) - - SEP 27, 2015
Amber pour with a decent white head. Aroma of bourbon mostly, some honey, caramel, and barrel. Taste is big on that Firestone Walker barrel character, vanilla, wood, honey, and a bit of hops. Really sweet. Not my favorite barrel aged offering from Firestone but pretty good overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (14695) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2015
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2015. Clear pale golden beer with a rich lasting offwhite head. Malty caramel aroma, biscuits, vanilla, toffee, coconut, cream, some raisins. Malty caramel and coconut flavor, vanilla, grapes, warming alcohol, biscuits, raisins, figs, some dades. Sweet but very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Odysseyalien (65) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2015
On tap at Upright Brew House, New York City. Pours golden with a small, maybe 1 inch head into my snifter. Head disapates quickly leaving a fairly thin lacing in its wake. Vanilla on the nose dominates. On the tongue as well. The signature Firestone barrel aged flavor comes through. A little hot with the alcohol; almost like sipping a scotch really. The vanilla becomes more prominent as it warms. Yum yummy! Firestone is one of my favorite three brewers. They do not disappoint with this work of art called Helldorado. Glad to have found this tap opportunity as now I can leave my one bottle of the stuff to age for a couple years. Can’t wait to see how that comes out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1407) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2015
On tap at Monk’s Cafe at are of their "Pope Pourri "event. Pour a light orange with a one finger white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of vanilla, smoke, carmel, sweet malts, coconut, woody notes, toffee, some light grassy and piney hops, and some light booze.Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Has a medium. Overall, a tasty and very interesting barley wine that is pretty unique for the style.

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