Firestone Walker Dark & Stormy

I found this beer sitting on a shelf, gathering dust at the local Buy Rite. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 11.1%

Style: American Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “From the jungles of Jamaica to the barrel room at Firestone Walker Brewing Company comes Dark & Stormy—an exotic mashup of Helldorado and Velvet Merkin aged in rum barrels with a touch of hand-zested lime and ginger. Like its namesake cocktail, Dark & Stormy combines a rich sunset color with spicy rum goodness. Helldorado (blonde barleywine, 80%) sets the tone with its signature honey-coconut character, while Velvet Merkin (oatmeal stout, 20%) rounds out the blend with a hint of rich roastiness. Both beers were aged in barrels sourced from a leading Jamaican rum producer, imbuing Dark & Stormy with delectable rum qualities unlike anything Firestone Walker has offered before.”

Random: This was released on Black Friday in 2017.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark brown with some carbonation visible. The nose started with a lot of ginger and lime zest. It had a sweet molasses and rum note as well. The taste was intense. It started with the sweet molasses and rum with a touch of smoke. It then went into the ginger and lime notes. It also had a caramel note as well. The body was on the thicker side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with rum. I picked this bottle up for $10.99, which came to $.92 per ounce. This was definitely an expensive bottle, but an interesting interpretation of a cocktail. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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