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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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A geographical approach to the werewolf legends results in the identification of a major werewolf area stretching from mid-Germany into the Netherlands and Belgium. With this in mind, we have created a strong, dark, spiced using ingredients from those regions. Brewed with Midnight Wheat, warming spices, and a hint of brown sugar, the Violin Monster is black as night and packs a punch at 9.3%. Unleash your inner beast with Violin Monster Dark Ale, but beware…. it finishes with a bite!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smroush (137) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2015
The pumpkin pie spices ("warming spices") are quite prominent in the aromas. Good malt base and a nice balancing generalized bitterness. Some roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Very dark brown color with a sparse tan head. Fairly sweet, nicely balanced by the bitterness. Fairly full bodied, much more in the stout tradition than your typical autumn ale. Fairly creamy texture; average carbonation and a long finish of roasted coffee, chocolate and spices. Overall this is one of the best "autumn ales" I have had. I think the heavier bodied stout-like nature of this beer handles the heavy dose of spices better than most autumn ales, with the beer not getting overwhelmed by the spices.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SiviS (25) - - AUG 8, 2015
This beer has a sugary smell with a spice that I can’t place right now. It has a great taste that at 9.5 % pushes you to the next level.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kipper8588 (20) - - AUG 8, 2015
This beer is delicious. I taste molasses and brown sugar initially with almost no after taste. Would drink again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle in Grand Haven shared with Randy. Pours very dark brown with one finger of tan head. Aroma is lots of pumpkin spice nutmeg cardamom. Yuck. Thick and syrupy. Spices overwhelm the beer. Nasty. Drain pour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
paintedmaple (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Tap...jet black pour with some beige lacing. Pleasant spicy-cocoa aroma leads to a sip with fantastic viscosity and mouth feel. Earthy...like fresh turned compost...sweetly complex without being cloying. Outstanding dark wheat.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4189) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Tap. Deep brown with small head. Malty with a rich molasses flavor. Some dark fruit in there as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle pour. Very appealing visually - chocolate/raisin color with a rich, tan head that really kicked up on the pour. Waves of dark dried fruit on the nose. This is a real cold weather beer that warms the palate with rich fruits, almost akin to a christmas cake. A full bodied dark wheat ale that has a smooth mouthfeel. This is as unique a beer as I have tried recently. The high ABV is well hidden here, with the sugary back end notes rolling in. A little clove, ginger and nutmeg appears alongside some pumpkin and sweet potato elements, with each sip revealing other layers as the glass warms. The aftertaste and finish is long, with a tone of pumpernickel rye bread coming in. A really interesting and enjoyable seasonal ale that stands out in a crowd of pumpkin spiced ales and other such autumn time offerings.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3493) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, wheat, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light banana, and herbal spice earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast malts and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wheat, dark bread, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light banana, and herbal spice earthiness. Fair amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light banana, and spice earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced dark wheat ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (8061) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
Draft - Cinnamon, clove and molasses. Jet black with a decent beige head. Lots of spices and vanilla with a medicinal malty base. Too spicy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3122) - Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle: Dark pour, jet black in the glass with a rich tan head that slowly scatters to a thinner collar. Spiced aroma with a pumpkin-y feel. Good bit of clove & ginger. Warming. Faint cinnamon graham hints. Lighter notes of toasted brown sugar with a slightly roasted malt underbody. Clove & ginger spice pop out first on the palate with a mixture of dark chocolate & cinnamon that rolls in mid-palate. Spiciness of the ginger picks up with time. A bit of brown sugar, dark fruit, & bitter cocoa nibs lead into the finish. A touch of roast throughout. Slightly spiced, warming aftertaste with just a small hint of the 9.5% ABV. Not exactly what I was expecting, but a solid spiced ale nonetheless. Certainly a winter warmer.


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