JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber. Deep ruby-tinted brownish beer with a thick off-white head. Smells like Rogue, light piny hoppiness, sweet toasty malts, a bit of plumminess as well. Very hoppy flavour as well with pretty high bitterness for what they were going for. Decent balance and a pretty solid ASA. Lingering resinousness and woody hop flavour. As it warms the malty complexity does pick up a bit... nice beer, if a bit unusual.
aliendan (25) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells like sweet caramel but the taste is nice and bitter -- pretty complex, maybe a woody flavor. Actually it’s really bitter -- I wouldn’t want to drink too much of it in one sitting, but it’s great in small quantities.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours muddy caramel, thin off white head. Aroma is dried fruit, malt, caramel. Flavor is the same with vanilla, chocolate, and some coffee & hops bitterness.
kevd193213 (877) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark dirty brown pour with a cream head. Nice lacing. Aroma of hops and caramel. Great complex flavor of coffee, wheat and caramel. Great hoppy finish.
hayduke (3468) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz bottle this was a cloudy copper with a an off-white head, that left big hunks of lacing along with the rings. Nose of floral and citrus hops, and caramel malts. Rich mouthfeel, and complex flavors with a little bit of everything...coffee, raisins, apples, pears, apricots, and even honey. Nice bitter finish. Great brew.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle poured in a shaker. Monk Madness pours an awful diareah color with a clumpy head that resembles mold. It has a very nice toffee aroma with a touch of butter and yeast. The flavor is is quite unique and utterly delightful. Toffee makes another appearance in the taste along with the butter. The hops are superbly balanced. There are coffee, rasin and heavy bread flavors more typical of a stout yet there are barley wine reminders hidden in there as well. As I read through the other descriptions on ratebeer I see a very wide array of descriptions. I can easily see why. This beer is complex and hard to narrow down. This beer doesn’t make me think of Belgian abbey ales at all though so if that’s what you’re looking for, go somewhere else. If I had to suggest one improvement it would be to make the beer a tad thicker. It’s ever-so-slightly thin.
jb (2298) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orangy-brown look with thick tan long-lasting head. Beautiful. Cinnamon, fresh baking bread in the nose. Creamy palate, but a little thin in body. Some hops. Not sure why this is classed as American Strong ale. Very enjoyable nonetheless.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz, not bad, not sure how old this was, but easily a sweeter less yeasty belgian, done with the american touch, not bad by any stretch but not distinguished from any other beer. just okay.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark amber with a big off-white head. Aromas of sweet malts and citrus hops. Hop flavor with hints of citrus and dark fruits. Doesn’t remind me off anything abbey. But decent beer all around.
alexanderj (3333) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aged bottle courtesy of KieferUGA. Poured an almost brown orange color with medium size off white head. Aroma of caramel, apples, fruit and honey. Flavor was much of the same. The flavors weren’t all that great though. Some vegetable qualities as well. For the style this was on the lower end of the spectrum.