ClubGonzo (3951) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light amber-golden body with a lerge white creamy head. Nose is huge vanilla oaky tones, red berries, pale malts and hints of sugar. Taste is massive sweet vanilla oak tones, caramel, mild herbs and alcohol and hints of red berries and white sugar. Medium body and carbonation. Highly original stuff, this is like a light-hued barley wine, just barrel-aged intensely. I like it.
_angst_ (2616) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours hazy deep golden with a rather small frothy and slightly fizzy offwhite head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, estery and phenolic with biscuits, Chardonnay wine, marzipan covered baked pears, banana bread, moist hay, white grapes, moist wood, glue and hints of alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet, tiny sour, estery and phenolic with biscuits, marzipan, baked pears, hay, white grapes, moist wood, leather, white pepper corns, coriander, lemon zest, white raisins and hints of Chardonnay wine. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny tart, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, tiny sour, estery and phenolic with biscuits, baked pears, lemon zest, marzipan, moist wood, white grapes, hay and white raisins. Quite nice white wine BA characteristics but a bit too marzipan and baked pears focused.
SHIG (3555) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to hubsluvsbeer: Poured a copper orange with creamy off white head. Aroma is winey. Taste is strong with vanilla, wine, fruit. Overpowering at first but nice finish.
hackobock (1202) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark golden/amber with a medium sized white head. Aroma is sweet malty, caramel, honey, ripe banana, vinous, alcohol, spices. Taste is medium sweet up front, vinous and finish is sweet esters with alcohol and lingering vinous oak notes. Medium bodied and average carbonation.
ABUSEDGOAT (2336) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is white wine barrel, yeast, pale malt, grass. Medium bodied, big white wine flavors.
Darkmagus82 (558) - - JUL 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed yellow-amber color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a nice level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell –The aroma of the beer is a mix of the traditional golden monkey and some oaky white wine and vanilla (as may be expected). The heaviest aromas are of some light fruity smells with peach, pear, and apricot and a bit of orange along with a honey smell. The yeasty smells are the second most potent, but being contended in intensity by the oaky vanilla and white wine aromas which give a somewhat of a more boozy aroma to the brew overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a yeasty and fruity flavor with some honey flavors mixed within. The fruity flavors are those that were detected in the nose with just a hint of a yeasty white grape wine flavor upfront. The white wine flavor grows in intensity as the taste moves on however, with it being accompanied by some oaky and vanilla flavors. The wine, oak, vanilla, yeast, and wood really develop more toward the end, with other flavors of a lightly grassy and spiced taste of clove and coriander hitting the flavor profile. In the end, with all the transitions that have occurred, one is left with a rather dry and crisp, oaky mix of a wine and somewhat yeasty triple flavors to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high and effervescent. Both are rather appropriate for the triple style as well as nice for the white wine flavors of the brew, making for a crisp and rather brisk and drinkable brew even at 9.5 % abv.
Overall – The white wine and oak add an interesting dimension to the brew, but really don’t make it that much better. It is no better than the original in my opinion and hence, since it costs about 1.8x as much as the golden monkey, it is not really a worthwhile brew. It was good for one try, but not really outpacing the golden monkey and worth it.
Braudog (5597) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, caged and corked. Deep golden color, bordering on orange-amber. Thin, creamy head. The aroma gives away a definite barrel character ... woody and farm-ish. The drink is very heavy-feeling, with a thick mouthfeel, a big-time buttery, Chardonnay layer ... like super rich icing on a cupcake. (#5574, 7/8/2014)
Pyrmir (3271) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Slightly hazy golden with white head. Aroma at first very buttery reminding of bearnaise sauce. Later s malty and alcoholic aroma takes over with some spice and lighter butter. Taste is similar, buttery, malty, some spice and alcohol
RussianDragon (339) - - JUN 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Mekong, Richmond. Pours a dark golden yellow with tinge of copper on glass. Frothy head fades quickly to lacing and wispy head. Aroma is soapy upfront, white wine, yeast spicy sweetness. Flavor is tripel, oak, grapes and overall sweet. Best in small quantities.
Zekada (75) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from systembolaget. The nose has a sweet scent, with hints of caramel, pumpkins, bananas and sugar. It pours a darker golden colour with a small white head. The taste is equally sweet and has pumpkin and caramel as main indicators. The body is full and the taste lasts in a nice way. Overall a really good beer.