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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3460) - 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 don’t 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 (887) - 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 I’m 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marheb (2298) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
(Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Détient une certaine richesse qui me rappelle la dark lord, trop sucré.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mittenator (1389) - Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Draft at brewery Pre-release summer 12'. One of the biggest beers I've tried. Massive sweetness, dried fruits, toffee and caramel. Would love to try the BB version because this one almost has those qualities already.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7886) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Dark pour for a barleywine. Fruity, rootbeerish smell. Flavor is a mish-mahs f sugar, certainly not the depth of malt flavors of a typical barleywine, tastes like biting into a date, kind of flat.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davey101 (696) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2013
12 oz blue waxed bottle into a Founders 15th Anniversary glass. Bottle #275 of 888, Batch #3406. I can’t thank Steimie enough for this beer! A - Pours a near black body. Holding it up to the light shows some ruby edging but this is one dark ass barleywine. No real head to speak of, just some thick khaki edging with large bubbles. A swirl coats the glass in a long lasting alcohol lace with bits of foam. This falls down the sides ever so slowly. For a normal barleywine this looks great, but for one that is somewhere around 17%....well, color me impressed. S - Starts off with sweet raisins and burnt caramel, then comes a huge wave of savory something. Its not quite at the level of soy sauce, but its certainly savory. Leather, bitter dark chocolate, and candied peaches. Booze, booze, and more booze. The smell is overwhelming, confusing, and exciting. T - Raisins, caramel, molasses, chocolate, leather and maple syrup. Very syrupy and rich with just a touch of savory on the end. This is like drinking bourbon soaked raisinets. Finishes with some mild alcohol warmth, kind of like what you’d find in a well put together barrel aged beer. 17%? This is just lost upon me. Very sweet, but never "too much" or "cloying". Just the perfect level of decadent richness. The taste is just....perfection really. M - Thick and syrupy with a bit of spritz. It is on low end of carbonation. Despite this, I find myself drinking this far too quickly. O - This is what I wish Raison D’extra was like. Its syrupy, sweet, and rich beyond belief....but its just so damn tasty. I really enjoy high abv, highly attenuated, overly sweet booze bomb. This beer nails every bit of that to a T. The barleywine equivalent of Black Tuesday.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1601) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2013
bottle thanks dan. pours brown with soft tan head. big sugar and dill aroma. taste is super sweet lots of burnt sugar. slight metalic. alcohol is hidden well

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle thanks to Woodchopper on BA! Dark tan pour, very little carbonation and a wonderful aroma of figs/plums, caramel and a little leather. Flavor is roasted nuts, candi sugar, herbs and a little sweet alcohol. Really nice and the alcohol is very hidden. I really dig this one!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (1711) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle shared by Greg - thanks! Dark pour, not quite black, but dark and thick. Nose is amazing, chocolate, vanilla and toffee. Mouthfeel is excellent just thick enough to coat your mouth and linger around. Somehow the massive ABV is totally hidden.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
portableparty (1955) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2013
12 oz. bottle split 3 ways. Thanks DalzAle! Pours deep black brown with a tiny wispy tan head. Aroma is sweet boozy sugar and dark fruit. Taste is sweet sugary syrup booze a little spice and bitterness and hints of chocolate raisins and fig. Palate is full sticky slick with a warm finish. Really nice!


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