Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where and how: Cask Days 2013
Aroma soapy with sweet base. Mild diacetyl, bit creamy pungent nose. Slight tartness, hinted red apple.
Top: rocky lighter top.
Base: hazy amber.
Palate : medium plus bodied, soft textured. Mellow carbonation. Easy going for size.
Taste: Mellow sweet malts with slight alcohol heat.
Other notes nice solid character shown.
solidfunk (2598) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A touch on the sweet side but this is really excellent. It comes together well. Nice smell, nice citrus, nice malt. Finishes sweet and sour. Red cloudy pour. I liked this one, nice. Cask Days 2013.
dresden (668) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I dont know why, but i never rate Brewster’s beer. Usually because I’d have to add it to the database and then be the only rater of it I guess. Anyways Blue Monk is probably the best beer I’ve had there and this years version is quite good. Light copper with no head by the time I got it. Aroma is caramel, some dark fruits and booze. Easy drinking at 10%, with some caramel, fruit and pretty harsh bitterness.
Reimer96 (855) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 version on tap. Kinda taste like water after drinking end of days. Pours a clear amber color with a white ring that leaves some sticky lacing. Aroma of sweet biscuit malts with a hint of caramel and dried fruit. Taste is sweet malts, some caramel, dried fruits and some alcohol warming. One of Brewsters best brews.
andrewturba (742) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Draft 2012 version. Pours a clear copper colour tiny white ring of lace is all after a minute or two. Aromas of caramel, dried fruit, a bit of booze. Flavours of caramel, alcohol, dried fruits, finishes with some slight bitterness. I think recipe has changed since description because there is no chocolate malt in this what so ever.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2012
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2012 In short: A messy, fruity and boozy yeasty big beer. Meh.
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed approximately 12 months after bottling.
The look: Cloudy dark amber body with A LOT of particles and topped by a small persistent beige head
In long: Nose shows a typical fruity caramel with some alcohol fumes. Taste has oily caramelized malts but overall the body felt a bit juicy-thin. This barley wine is yeasty and fruity as hell, like a cross between a Barley Wine and a Strong Belgian Golden Ale. Taste has plenty of apples, some apricots. Also boiled cabbage, dirty sweaty socks and rotting food. With the yeast and fruity flavors, the sweetness sensation feels more like drinking the sweet juice from canned fruits more than caramelized malts. Body is kind of lifeless. Alcohol is very much present, too much so for a 10% beer. All in all, this was very lame. [...absurd sarcasm removed following a complaint... I respect that people can be offended by sarcasms however absurd they are...]
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Single bottle purchased from Brewsters Brew Pub on 11th Ave. SW in Calgary, AB on 02/24/2012. Colour: Medium brown. White head that arose over time after the pour. Nose: Sweet caramel and maple malt. Sweet fruit hops are distant. Late summer soil is deeply hidden but released with swirling. A salty overtone appears too. Taste: Medium sweet, medium-light bitter, medium-light sour. Traditonal Brewsters Beer in that the sugar blast appears first but the balanced play of the hops and yeast add some stablility. The alcohol plays like black liquorice. Drinkable for sure.
maley1 (552) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden amber pour with small head. Aroma is fruity, grapefruit and hay. Taste is slightly malty with grapefruit and honey and a bitter hop finish. Carbonation is low. Not bad.
gramity (1217) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blue Monk pours a very dark blue. Just kidding – it pours a dark rusty brown that looks more orangish when held to the light. A solid one finger off-white head developed in the tulip glass with extended retention. Average lacing occurred on the glass and the head receded into a thin collar.
The aroma is less potent than I had anticipated but it is loaded with malts. I can pick out caramel and the distinct smell of alcohol. This aroma truly reminded me of wine more than the typical beer. I can get a bit of raisin and hops in the aroma once the beer has warmed a few degress.
The malts are dictating the taste of this one bringing some strong bready notes paired with a very powerful caramel. There is a touch of sweetness with the caramel but the finish is on the bitter side and tastes of pine and hops.
The beer is full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. There is a very nice warming sensation from this beer and as you breath after every sip you get the alcohol sensation down your throat.
Overall this was a very nice beer for the winter weather. I found it to be rather one dimensional and the alcohol influence to be a little more prominent than I would like. Compared to other beers of this strength it had low complexity. Constructive feedback aside, the things this beer does it does quite well.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gift from hoser. Pours a reddish golden brown with a small head. The aroma is full and fruity. Honey, brown sugar, red berries, vanilla, caramel and spice. The flavor is a little disapointing. Almost flat. The alcohol is in your face. Given this bottle is more than a year old I’m a little surprised.