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Village Monk Chai Winter Porter

Brewed by Village Brewery
Style: Porter
Calgary, Canada


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfearnley (1419) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
Bottle to pint glass Ginger, clove, with a hint of chocolate. Dark amberish brown with a 2 cm frothy, tan, head that lasts only a few minutes while reducing to 4 mm. Taste is ginger and clove with chocolate and ending with a muted bitterness. What a waste of money. Is this just a pumpkin spice porter with a different label on?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2015
October 20, 2013 - gravity cask at Cask Days 2013. (30 IBU). Mostly clear deep ruby with a decent frothy tan head. Aroma of cinnamon/clove/spices, black tea, a little herbal - more like a brown ale than anything else ... taste has more roast malt, definitely more spice - quite biting - with less tea - fairly dry. Average body, weak carbonation, quick-finishing - pleasant spicy aftertaste, very nice little drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5080) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2015
650ml bottle pours almost black in color with some amber highlights when held to the light. Has a finger of off-white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is tea leaves with some cardamom and chocolate. Taste is a tea and herbal hop bitterness with a chocolate malty sweetness and finishing with some spices. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, not a fan of tea, so this brew is not for me, but still well crafted and sure to satisfy some tea lovers out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
[5969-20131020] Cask. Mild grainy chai spices. Slightly hazy, dark brown amber body with a quick foamy white head. Tea-infused spiced and toasted grains flavour. Medium body has only a hint of heat. Wonderful balance. (7/3/7/3/16) 3.6+
(Cask Days 2013 @ Brickworks, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RhetoricalAns (667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Murky brown pour with a thin tan head. Strong chai aroma. Taste has more roast malt and chocolate in it. Medium body. Interesting and different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (4347) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (2089) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4901) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (1402) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (8324) - 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.

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