For the first time since it was first released in 2011, Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s Helldorado is being packaged in bottles.
The 13.2 percent ABV “blonde barley wine” has long been a key component in the Pasa Robles, Calif.-based brewery’s annual Anniversary releases, but has been a draft-only beer until now.
“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,” reads the Firestone Walker website. “Rich boozy honey liqueur character and loads of smooth sweet toasted malt to finish.”
Helldorado will join four other beers in Firestone Walker’s yearly bottle releases of the Proprietor’s Vintage Series, replacing Double DBA imperial special bitter (12 percent ABV), which was discontinued last year: Parabola Russian imperial stout (14 percent ABV), Stickee Monkee central coast quad (13.4 percent ABV), §ucaba barley wine (13.5 percent ABV) and Velvet Merkin oatmeal stout (8.5 percent ABV).
According to a label filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the new limited release will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles, and there will only be 3,500 cases produced. Although a release date has not been officially announced, the Firestone Walker website says the beer is “Coming July 2015.” An email sent to the brewery for additional details was not returned.