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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mintzmeet (369) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Sarsaparilla bubble gum. Hint of black licorice. Alcoholic. Don’t like. Strong flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Deep dark brown body with a thinnish, single centimetre tall light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, oats, coffee, toffee, light herbs and a hint of soy sauce. Medium-bodied; Strong malt flavour with coffee, rich toffee, herbs, coffee, nuts, earth and even some licorice - pungent throughout with a nice complexity. Aftertaste shows some grain and herbal flavours with a lot of coffee, cream and burnt sugar flavour throughout - nice and deep. Overall, a nice beer for the style and one that blurs the lines - great to sample, and well worth having in this season that down this far south is more warm than chilly. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Siciliano’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 11-September-2015 for US$2,29 sampled at home in Washington on 30-October-2015.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Pour on tap at HopCat, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of toast, roast, licorice, cinnamon, clove, ginger, some wheat, fruity notes, touch of brownie. Taste was a mix of sweet dark fruit, plum, cinnamon, clove, ginger into some yeast, roasted coffee, chocolate, some vanilla, finishing slightly sweet, slightly dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chucklemation (924) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2015
Pours a jet black with a thin, long-lasting tan foam head. Aroma is plenty of spices, such as nutmeg, but there’s also a medicinal aroma that sort of dominates. Flavor is roast, chocolate, nutmeg, other spices, and hints of that medicinal taste. Has the look, taste, and feel of a spiced stout. Quite good, but the medicinal flavors detract from the overall beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smroush (145) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SiviS (40) - - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kipper8588 (32) - - 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

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
paintedmaple (605) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4290) - 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.

   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.

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