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" who’s 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 Stone’s Barley Wine. Again, nothing like "Dirty Monk." My feeling is that it is way too sweet. It’s 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 I’ve 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 you’re looking for a barley wine, then this would be a good choice for you. But if you’re looking for a higher ABV of the "Dirty Monk" then you will be sorely disappointed.
Overall, it’s an okay beer. But it’s 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. I’ve had high ABV imperial IPA’s and polished off a growler in one sitting, but I’m drinking this 6oz at a time because that’s about all I can handle of it.
But in the spirit of full disclosure, I like hoppy beers and bitter wines. I’m 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.
Travlr (13728) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark clear maroon brown. Subtle riasty aroma. Taste has roasty raw brownie dough.
aracauna (3160) - Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slight soy behind the chocolate aroma. Surprisingly vinous. Is this wine barrel aged?
gunnfryd (11453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, malt, berries. Flavour is coffee, roasted malt, hop, berries, oxidation, chocolate , caramel. Full body. Nice beer.
jbruner (2560) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a translucent bkackish red on tap with thing lacy tan head. Aroma is Belgian yeast and dark fruit esters with a hint of roast and smoked malt. Taste is confusing, did not guess porter, was thinking more Belgian strong ale, but nice balance of flavors. Booze is definitely present, but only in the burn on the way down, not in flavor. Light carbonation, a little thin, but very nice.
Erikh04 (136) - - MAY 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Growler with Brian. Not a big fan. Does not even remotely taste like I expect a porter to.
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fonefan (36563) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml. corked @ [ Fastelavn Smagning - Carnival Tasting, Ulfborg ].
[ As Thomas Creek Conduplico Immundus Monachus ].
Clear dark brown color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly to fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, wood, moderate coffee, light burnt, light chocolate. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, dry, dusty, roasted, sweet roasted malt. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
jjgmd (1571) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown pour, with a nice java head. Nose is chocolate , roasted coffee and fruity cherry spice. Taste is upfront alcohol, with earthy and woody notes, with fruity spicy notes as well. Finishes on some sweet fruity notes, have to nod to its "atypical" character. Quaff Score 7 / 10
zgaier (1510) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a light brown head and sweet aroma of fruits and chocolate. Taste is of fruits, chocolate, roasted malt, liquorice, and carmel with a bitter fruity finish.
Fin (7815) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Jan at Craigs doing a Chris O tasting, Edingburgh (ta for the beer Jan) Friday 14th March Pours dark mahogany, if this is barrel aged (it appears to be but I maybe wrong) the aroma has picked up a lot from the barrel, there is chocolate, bit powdery its thick in mouth, oily texture, warming there is a slight nod towards Riga Black Balsam. Good. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6
cgarvieuk (15388) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At home... Deep black.. Thin white lacing... Soft dark sweet chocolate roast... Dark meaty malts.. Little alcohol.. Dark malts... Tiny tartness in linger...