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Brewsters Blue Monk Barley Wine

Brewed by Brewsters Brewing Co. - Alberta
Style: Barley Wine
Calgary, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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So named for its high alcohol content, the use of roasted and chocolate malts contribute to this beer's full flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentAle (790) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
Aroma is a deep maltiness that sheds some subtle roastiness and some caramel notes. The Malt character is meet by a nice clean bitterness that has some kick. Appearance is a medium dark brown/amber with a pearl head that retains well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1078) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Draft to goblet Plum, citrus, spruce, apricot, and caramel. Clear deep amber with a creamy off white head. Candied fruit, some orange, pepper, with a bitter finish. This is pretty good...good job Brewsters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 30, 2013
Where and how: Cask Days 2013
Aroma soapy with sweet base. Mild diacetyl, bit creamy pungent nose. Slight tartness, hinted red apple.
Appearance :
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4478) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (938) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reimer96 (1339) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 12, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewturba (1074) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2012
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...]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maley1 (807) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2011
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.

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