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Village Monk Chai Winter Porter

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Brewed by Village Brewery
Style: Porter
Calgary, Canada

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Limited Edition Fall 2012. The first frost heralds the arrival of the monk. A jolly, dark brew with a stout body bourne of copious chocolate and caramel malts. If you are a genial soul, the monk will sing you ancient notes of cardamom and clove, ginger and fennel, mint and peppercorn. Amen.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3174) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 15, 2014
light brown color. Tons of chai and light chocolate character. Smooth, perhaps a bit over spiced, but still not bad

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (1843) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
33 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada. Dark brown, spice aroma, clove, cinnamon, brown sugar. More bitter spice flavour, finish is long like over steeped tea.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4620) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle from the Village Square. Surprised it took so long for them to bring out a mix pack. Warm spice nose; plenty of clove. A nice light porter flavor underneath the spice. The spice while strong and dominant is not overpowering. This is a very nice Winter beer. Spice runs nicely start to finish and long after. Nice balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
Rating #834 - December 15, 2013 - Bottle from Village Square mixpack from Coop in #yeg. Dark brown pour with a rich, creamy tan foam that bubbles away slowly. Aroma is toasted fennel seed, chai tea, cardamom, ginger, molasses. More fennel, mint, rosemary character on the palate, as well as some mild chocolatey roast malt character. Finishes dry and fairly chalky for my taste, especially with a minty, peppery aftertaste. Enjoyable and certainly unique.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6735) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Growler purchase from Willow Park, shared with extended family. Very dark brown, average beige head. Spicy roast aroma, very much in keeping with the holiday spirit. True to its title, the spice character fits the chai monicker nicely, with cardamom and cinnamon both boldly present. Burnt malts and bitter chocolate combine nicely with the spices. A tad thin for 6%, but otherwise quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
2013-10-20. Dark brown black body with a small tan head. Strong aroma of chai spices, very mild sweet malt. Flavour is surprisingly pretty balanced, it has a strong chai spice character throughout but the base has enough sweet malt to support it. Smooth average plus bodied palate, soft carbonation. Session 3, Cask Days 2013, Toronto

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
6.2% 30 IBU. A deep dark brown stout with a thin big bubbled brown head. In aroma, a nice mix of cinnamon, chocolate and coffee, with notes of cardamom. In mouth, a sweet fruity chocolate malt with light black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, smooth and interesting. Cask Days 2013.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1651) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Looks like a typical porter. Aroma and taste is rich chocolate malt with an interesting blend of spices. I wouldnít want to drink more than a pint in one sitting but one pint was mighty fine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dresden (841) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
Just entering this rating, it was from several weeks ago. Growler shared with a few guys. Pours a thin reddish brown with a thin cap of head. Iím not sure what the polically correct term for indian red is these days, but it was a very deep shade of that. Aroma is quite chocolatey with some clove and spice. Interesting. Tastes sweet, chai flavour is very mild, body is very thin. This feels closer to a brown ale than a porter. Itís not bad though, decent experiment.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehead92 (33) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
Pours to a dark, rich brown color, a nice light creamy head and great lacing. The aroma is strong on the front end.. You really get the smells of delicious Chia Tea and spice. The taste is rich and coats the sides of the tongue, then yields to a nice malty back end. Very nice brew. BEST VILLAGE BREW to date. canít wait for the next batch!!!


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