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Dark Horse Monster 29
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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 525   ABV: 17.5%
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Monster 29 was born on the 36th Anniversary of the wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald, and is in memory of the 29 men that perished aboard the ship on Lake Superior. It is described as an Imperial Barley Wine made with 13 different malts, 10 different fermented sugar combinations, and other special ingredients. It is very complex in flavors and finished with 42 degrees plato OG.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4637) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
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Bottle: The aroma consists of candied fruit, toffee, caramel, maple syrup, chocolate, and touch of raisin. It pours dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a very fine beige ring for a head. The flavor starts with a a quick dose of toffee, caramel, and faint chocolate. The finish has moderate raisin, dark fruits, apple, and faint maple syrup. Itís medium-full bodied with minimal carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1814) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2014
One year old bottle shared by Dave. What a great aroma! Dark molasses, a little teriyaki soy, and sweet black cherry. Pours thick viscous deep brown with no head and a little film. Taste follows the nose with a sweet sticky cherry molasses, licorice, and chocolate. Rich and delicious and world class. Obviously a little hot but the extreme taste balances out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1535) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2013 Tap: deep, murky brown (almost black) body, completely muddled & fully opaque with a slowly rising, tan head that foams up for a good amount of time. Tiny bubbled with great retention. Aroma is huge, robust, powerful... Malty heaven with sticky sweet caramel, warm booze, dark figs, prunes, juicy raisins, bitter molasses, & some finishing brown sugar notes. Smells sweet as hell. Taste is very sweet as well; molasses, burnt brown sugar, syrup, prunes, light cocoa nibs & cocoa dust. Vanilla & brown sugar flavors grow with time, creating an almost creme brulee-like aftertaste. Mouth coating, thick, warm & somewhat boozy finish. Very tasty beer, must be enjoyed in small doses to avoid cavities.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ataraxia (354) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Opaque dark brown, almost black, with thin mocha lacing. Moderately boozy aroma filled with raisins, figs, caramel, plums, and hints of soy sauce. Muted bittersweet taste. Viscous, smooth, and creamy but the carbonation is a bit too lively for this style. Full-bodied and pleasantly boozy despite the high alcohol percentage.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Boozy with dark fermented fruits, caramel and a hint of something earthy. Very awesome.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3161) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Draft at the Dark Horse 4 Elf Party, December 2012. Murky, inky dark brown body, thin, tight ochre head. Sweet nose; incredibly sweet, cloying body with molasses, soy, and honey, also some bitter citrusy hops. Lots of sugar, lots of alcohol, with alcohol heat in the finish but overall subdued by soft, flabby sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (1865) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3 oz pour from June tasting at Dougís. Aromas are dark fruit, raspberry syrup, caramel, booze, cola, burnt sugar, and toffee. Taste is syrupy sweet. Very fruity and candy-like. The aromas blend together pretty well and itís surprising smooth for such a huge abv. A bit too syrupy sweet but really like the flavors.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (6045) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
12 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is intense, full of dark fruits, caramel, booze and candied sugar. Flavour is insanely rich and sweet, full of dark fruits, heaps of caramel, and cloying sweetness. Itís not that boozy considering itís 17.5%, yet the sweetness is overbearingly cloying. Way too sweet for me. The flavours are nice, but itís a bit too harsh. Syrupy, viscous palate that brings out the sweetness even more. Incredibly hard to drink - couldnít finish the bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (2949) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2013
Growler shared by Sarro and crew who very graciously hosted us during the Hill Farmstead 3rd anniversary snowstorm. Flat black/brown pour. Aroma of coke, lots of cocoa, plums, alcohol, dark fruits, raisins, lots of alcohol. Taste is chocolatey, very fruity, boozy but not excessively so, I usually donít much enjoy these 15%+ beers but this one was alright, enough stuff going on here to keep me interested. Palate is heavy, carbonation is low. Quite port like.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (666) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 4, 2013
2012 Batch Aroma is very rich and decadent with lots of dark toffee and very dark caramel. Moderate chocolate and roast note. Light smoked meat aroma with moderately strong dark fruit notes. Fruit includes dark cherry, plum, and prune. Not sure how I feel about the dark fruit and smoked meat mix. Pours dark brown with some light brown and ruby highlights on the edges. Only a very faint tan head that quickly recedes. Flavor is similar to the aroma. Very sweet upfront with some roast, not sure how I feel about the blend. The sweetness is dark caramel and toffee. Light astringency with moderate bitterness. Sweet dark fruit notes of plum, black cherry, prune and light raisin. Finish has a fruity chocolate character to it. Slight vinous quality. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Medium low astringency with moderate alcohol warmth. A bit sticky sweet. Overall an alright beer, but Iím not sure how I feel about the way the the fruit esters mix with the roast. The roast really does have more of a smoked meat character than a straight smoke and roast character. Gets a bit better as it warms. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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