jstraw (1914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with big, foamy, brown head / Acidic, sour, medicinal nose of orchard fruit, chocolate / Medium body, acidic and somewhat sour, grassy, with the delicate balance of some Belgians, but lacking the malts for a porter? / Flavors of grass, turning orchard fruit, cocoa, coffee, caramel, cinnamon, and nut / Donít quite know what to make of this. Peculiar, but not without interest. Close to a Belgian stout. Ultimately, probably needs reworking.
Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2012 Paddle @ Mellow Mushroom. Dark frothy pour. Syrupy, sweet aroma balanced with porter like malt. Strong ale-like body with brett tones in a porter? Enjoyed this brew immensely, however. Thomas Creek creates some quality quaffable products.
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hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
$9.50 bottle from gbx consumed 7/26/11.
auburn tinted dark brown with a slightly off white head.
aromas of molasses, black raisins, roast, chocolate, florals, bs, toasted nuts, mild coffee, perfume, yeast and malt powder.
the flavor is the same....a milk chocolate-y belgian porter....it delivers as promised quite well. molasses-like bitterness on the finish.
slick feeling lighter medium body. nice. 8/4/8/4/16+
douglas88 (5925) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle thanks to Santa! Pours a pure black color with a small beige head. A nice nose of chocolate and cocoa, some ash and light straw. The flavor is pretty much a dead on big old porter with very light grains and banana. Dry, but not tart or funky. Pretty good. Very drinkable despite a bit of warmth. Nice.
Itzjerm (1225) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2012
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Really not impressed with this one. Sweet dark belgian candy and alchol overpowers everything. From a bottle. Smell is musty. Flavor makes this a miserable beer. Try again.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from JCB, thanks Jason! Pours a very deep brown, ruby tinted, mostly black colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big raisin dark fruits with a nice chocolate and molasses malt sweetness. Belgian yeast, roast, and just a touch of licorice. Flavor is big raisin dark fruits up front with a touch of tartness and sweeter Belgian yeast. Molasses and cocoas come in during the middle as well as the roast before this finishes pretty dry from the roast and yeast with lots of fruit. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-thin body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer. The fruit sweetness was a bit too much for me, but the molasses, cocoa, and roasts that came on towards the finish kept this enjoyable and drinkable. No hint of the alcohol and a somewhat thinner feeling body. Not bad.
branlovesbeer (11) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I tried this from a growler. I live in Greenville, SC so it was fresh from the brewery that morning at the local Beer and Wine growler fill location. The brewery is right up the road from my house.
Appearance: It was nearly black. Lots of carbonation. But the head was thin and dissipated fairly quickly which was expected with the 10% ABV that this beer has. It was a beautiful beer to look at.
Smell: At the front were strong chocolate notes. Tobacco notes, medium Belgiany aroma. Some prune and date aroma. Hop presence was mild. There was a hint of some mild bitterness. Definitely nothing like the supposed younger brother of the "Dirty Monk" whoís flavor and aroma would be comparable to a medium to strong dark IPA and also one of my favorite beers ever.
Taste: First impression was champagne. The effervescence was the first thing I noticed. It strongly tickled my tongue. The sweetness was the 2nd thing I noticed. This is very similar in sweetness to Stoneís Barley Wine. Again, nothing like "Dirty Monk." My feeling is that it is way too sweet. Itís sweet but dry. The Belgiany flavor definitely comes across. The alcohol is not prevalent in the taste but certainly warms as it goes down. The chocolate flavor tastes almost like real chocolate, but the sweetness was also as strong.
Mouthfeel: It was actually a fairly thin mouthfeel. I think the effervescence was at fault here. I was expecting this to have a chewier mouthfeel but it seemed very thin.
Verdict: After looking at it and smelling this beer, I was expecting a much more appetizing beer. I have been licking my chops trying to find an affordable bottle of this beer, and finally I found the 64oz growler fill for $9 bucks. I was not ready for a barley wine. It is not advertised as a barley wine, but that is certainly what it tastes like. Every barley wine Iíve ever tasted, this is definitely a relative of of that style. I find that it is no way related to the "Dirty Monk" except for having Belgian in the name of the style.
If youíre looking for a barley wine, then this would be a good choice for you. But if youíre looking for a higher ABV of the "Dirty Monk" then you will be sorely disappointed.
Overall, itís an okay beer. But itís taking me a while to drink this. I can usually get through a growler on my own in a couple days drinking a 12ozer, or more, at a time, no matter the abv. Iíve had high ABV imperial IPAís and polished off a growler in one sitting, but Iím drinking this 6oz at a time because thatís about all I can handle of it.
But in the spirit of full disclosure, I like hoppy beers and bitter wines. Iím not a fan of sweet beers or sweet wines. But I think what turns me off the most with this beer is that it is billed as higher ABV of "Dirty Monk" and it ended up being the farthest thing from it.
Sammy (8552) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some oxidized flavour, no carbonation. Very brown, mollasses with yeast, and towards the end of the bottle tart and hoppy. Rather a cross style.
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cola brown color with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate and dark fruits. Sweet dark fruits and roasted malt flavors with some milk chocolate. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@GABF-on tap-pours black with a tan head. Aroma is sweet roasty dark malt. Taste is sweet roasty dark malt-chocolate, 2nd earthy/spice hops.