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Review: Firestone Walker Old Man Hattan 2019

I love whiskey, beer, and cocktails, but I never dreamed I’d be able to drink them all at once. Old Man Hattan is a unique brew, even by Firestone Walker’s already very creative standards. Brand new to their well-loved Proprietor’s Vintage Series, it’s a blend of no less than five beers in that series including Parabola and the gin barrel-aged Helldorado. But here’s the kicker, all of that ages for an undisclosed amount of time in cherry, orange, and aromatic bitters barrels with the goal of creating a beer that tastes like a cocktail. Actually, two cocktails. According to Firestone Walker, a cross between an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan, hence the clever naming. This was originally only available at the brewery as a Black Friday release, but now those living outside of California can also partake. Is Old Man Hattan my new dream beverage? Let’s find out.

The beer pours a dark, ruddy brow with almost no head. One whiff, and you know you’re drinking, as the label calls it, a “cocktail-inspired blended ale.” Each set of bitters is detectable, with cherry, orange, and allspice poking out of an otherwise malty, chocolaty, and cinnamon-dusted aroma. It’s fragrant but still balanced and gently boozy like so many of the Proprietor’s Vintage releases. On the palate, things are well-layered like any good cocktail. The base is rich with toasted malts, cocoa nibs, and creamy vanilla, but on the mid-palate brighter notes of cherry cordial, orange rind, pineapple, and rose hip add an intensity of flavor that I’ve only experienced in a few other beers. The finish rounds things out with some boozy barrel notes, baking chocolate, and a lingering bit of cocktail cherry.

Exceptional stuff. This may be my new favorite from Firestone Walker.

9.8% abv.

A / $12 (per 12 oz. bottle) / firestonebeer.com

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Drew Beard

Drew Beard is Assistant Editor and Social Media Manager for Drinkhacker. He has studied and written about beer, whisk(e)y, and other spirits since he first started drinking them, earning several booze-related merit badges along the way, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. In addition to his work with Drinkhacker, Drew is also Spirits Editor for Santé Magazine. A recovering Federal government employee, he is happy to have finally found a career where it is acceptable to drink on the job.

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