Suttree (5640) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I;m gonna be honest here. This was the last beer of the night and frankly, my notes are pretty much illegible. I can pick up up that the review was largely positive, and I also seemed to express amazement that this came from a can. I seemed to have picked up some coffee, toffee, and beghelad. Also some whiksy, which I assume to be whiskey. Thanks to Secret Sant for this one.
Oh, and if anyone knows what beghelad is, drop me a line. I’d like to know.
obguthr (4772) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells of toejam, rad grapes, and pineapple. Ochre pour, with a medium tan head, decent lacing. It tastes of rust, must, sweaty feet, and elderberries. Finishes with red grapes. This was a very strange brew. Point for originality, but a point off for enjoyability. Not particularly well executed, but certainlt unique.
thirdeye11 (5848) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz can thanks to a generous BA at BA La Muerta release) pours clear brown with nice bubbles and lacing. Nose of pomegranate, apricot. Taste of chocolate, bread, cranberry with a good fruity finish.
smcolw (601) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby brown with a glowing clarity. Thick beige head that settles slowly, but doesn’t leave much lace.
Sweet caramel aroma of darker crystal malts. No notable hop to the nose.
This is a tale of a sweet, rich beer. Here, I can detect the slightest of hop bitterness. Lots of sweet cola flavor. The alcohol doesn’t show up until the swallow. Very true to the style even with the oily body.
mar (5043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
can thanks to a ba at the balm bottle release. deep amber with a cream head. pomegranate, apricot, dried fruits, yeast and no alcohol. nice on the palate, flavors of mixed dried fruits, light yeast and a light alcohol finish.
AmEricanbrew (6446) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@Taphouse Grill. Clear ruby garnet color/ tan head. Mild cherry, toffee, malt powder aromas. Rich smooth mouthfeel. Good toffee sweet n’ spicy flavors with cherry, light roast finish.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Lures, Crownsville Md - Dark ruby red pour w/a moderate tan head. Classic sweet Belgian aroma. Flavors of dark fruit, candied sugar, vanilla, figs, roasted malt, & cherries w/some woodsy/oak overtones. Had a good bit of carbonation as well. Alcohol was well hidden, very smooth & easy to drink. This could be a session brew if not for the high alcohol, it was that smooth. Long malty finish. Good Brew!
Capa (2368) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautifully deep ruby red with a medium head. Sweet, malty, dark and ripe fruits, plums, cherries, slightly tart aroma. Medium body. Real tasty, this one. Fruits, sweet malts, slight wood, and a bit of fruity tartness. Finish is drying. A real good drink; would like to pick up more of this one.
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - FEB 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
ajm with the HOOK-UP! If we were monks I imagine we would have been stoned by now, too. Appears black until held to the light, revealing a garnet shade with a creamy beige head of foam that leaves plenty of lacing. Smells of oak -- which is plenty ironic considering how I just poured it out of an aluminum can. Great aroma of vanilla, figs, and pie spices. Tastes of each with added notes of hops on the mid and cocoa at the back of the palate. Not quite as earthy as I was expecting -- actually kind of Baltic -- but I certainly enjoyed this. The story on the can is the cherry on top. My head would explode if this was on tap at Papago and I could get a "monk’s pour" of Monks Blood. LIVE RATE!
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m always stoked to experience a new beer, especially when it’s got a badass name or label likes Monks Blood. The beer has an ominous ruby complexion or dark mahogany. A large beige head sprouts up, but settles quickly. The aroma is not very striking, but conveys some cinnamon and spice with cherries. The first couple sips are really mysterious, quite an interesting flavor. Sweet vanilla, dark fruits, and a decent dosage of hops. Also coming through is a toffee/butterscotch like malt and sugary raisons. The aftertaste is funky and sweet especially on the tongue. I swear I almost taste some blood too, or I just have a cut on the inside of my mouth. Regardless, this beer falls short of expectations. By the end the flavor looses my interest, it feels watery and definitely too sweet.