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Thomas Creek Dirty Monk Belgian Porter
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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With a taste profile somewhere between a Belgian black ale and IPA, some might say that this porter is confused. However, we prefer to let this robust Belgian’s smoky tones and slightly bitter finish speak for itself. Brewed with authentic Trappist yeast, this porter is sure to delight with its unique flavors.


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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Aroma: smoke, chocolate, roasted malts - all a little understated. Taste followed the nose very well but with a nice hint of yeast. Good body, good finish. Would buy again.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Growler. Poured black with a creamy tan head that settled to a ring and left light lace. Aroma of chocolate, roast, and a backing of Belgium yeast. The flavor was similar with chocolate and roast, but with hints of smoke and spice. Medium body, sweet, and a roasted malt aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: August 26, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
Appearance: dark brown, fine tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma, nice spicyness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of spicy phenols, drying earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2011
750ml from Sam’s, Durham. The bottle actually lists a 10% abv. Dark, coppery pour with a fairly minimal carbonation, a few big bubbles perhaps but not much liveliness to the body. Not much in the way of aroma, with mild smoke and roast notes detectable amidst a generic seeming ripe yeast and chocolate base. Taste has more presence, but not necessarily in the positive sense: there’s a distinct dry metallic note in there, which compromises the bitter hops, dark choc, and yeasty finish. Thin body too, and overall a less than satisfying experience.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2010
pours black with 2 fingers of tan head. a little bit of cocoa, and touches of hop on the nose. On the palate I get a little bitter cocoa and hop. Body is very thin.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3154) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is a decent roasted malt with some coffee scents. Flavor is chocolate with a nice smoke and coffee. I don’t know what is supposed to be Belgian about this but as a porter it is pretty decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
On tap at the River City Beer Festival at the Diamond on 05/22/2010 as Dark Monk. Dark brown body with a large frothy tan head. Sweet roast, some black malt, and a bit of hop bitter aroma. Dry bitter flavor, some dark malt, roast, and black malt. Slightly astringent. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Growler from Whole Foods Market, Glen Allen, VA. Pours a pitch black color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke. Very dry. The taste is very dry roasted malts, nutty notes, chocolate, a bit of smoke and just a hint of a sweet caramel note in the finish. Leafy hops. Medium bodied. Tasty

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Dark brown, tan cover. Slight estery aroma, some chocolate and malt sweetness. Taste is more spicy esters, some light cocoa.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3009) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2010
Serving: Draft. It pours almost black with a light tan head. The nose has notes of smoke, caramel, and roasted malt. The flavor has those roasted malt notes, a hint of chocolate, and a solidly bitter backbone contributes a earthy hop prescence. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a medium to long, bitter finish. Overall it was a pretty tasty brew that is worth a go.


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