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.
Theydon_Bois (6468) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Fastelavn Smagning 2014 @ J&C’s beer palace, Jutland Saturday Session 2 - 01/03/14.
Dark mahogony brown with a moderate tan swirl and edgework.
Nose is lightly oxidises, tarte berry fruit, light cocoa, musty.
Taste comprises dark toffee fudge, light must, earthy cocoa powder, tangy dark berries, lactic tang.
Medium + bodiment, fine carbonation, drying close.
Ok but seemed a little stale and perhaps a little too much lactic presence.
yngwie (12529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 75cl corked. A brown beer, almost clear, and with a dense, minimal sized beige head. Oxidised aroma with roasted malts, some berries and coffee. Full to medium body with a soft carbonation level. Roasted malts, coffee and some sweetish dried fruits in the flavor. Some sourish hints. Lasting finish with roasted malts and some bitterness. A bit unusual, but sure a nice one. 140301
Meilby (6235) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml @ fonefan
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol and caramel. Taste medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long roasted, chocolate and caramel finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
back (1187) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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Rasmus40 (9591) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear very dark with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, roasted malty, yeasty and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish with warming alcohol. 010314
saxo (13337) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are roast malt, cocoa, coffee, chocolate, caramel and hops.
yespr (29419) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted malty and light fruity. Sweet, fruity, dark malty and light phenolic. Smooth roasted and caramelish. Bitter and lingering fruity finish. Sweet and dense caramelish finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewvival 2011, on tap. Dark black body small creamy tan head
Sweet roast. And chocolate aroma
Sweet rolast, chocolate and caramel flavor
Medium body mod carb
VRH (40) - Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich brown black with quickly receding head. Aromas are distinctively belgian with dusty banana, but clearly accentuating the dark fruit, raisin, molasses, coffee, & smoky, dark roasted grains. Palate is smooth and full, quickly becoming crisp & dry. Flavours continue with dark chocolate, syrup, coffee & hints of celery, grass, & honey on the finish. Very well crafted & enjoyable.
Mora2000 (5306) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. Dark brown pour with red highlights and a tan head. Aroma is chocolate. Flavor is chocolate with some roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.