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Village Monk Chai Winter Porter

Brewed by Village Brewery
Style: Porter
Calgary, Canada


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DeanF (2348) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2016
Fall 2012 limited edition found in february 2016? Hrm, maybe not. So it pours with minimal head and black body, heavy chai and slight swampwater on the nose. Taste is a lot more chai with a watery finish. Very little to like about this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (1522) - CANADA - JAN 17, 2016
Appearance: clear brown with one finger of fine light beige head, excellent retention and patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: muted, chai, cloves, dark fruit, roasted malt. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium-full body, soft carbonation, spicy finish. (4/5) Not bad: it starts off with a mild chai spice aroma, but it ends up being a bit like a pumpkin spice porter. I’m not getting much (if any) of the fennel or peppercorn the label claims, but thinking about it for a bit, there might be a little mint. It’s not a terrible implementation, but it’s hard to shake the association with pumpkin spice - and I need a few months to get myself prepared for that again. (12/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (3289) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 11, 2016
Thanks EW via dreamflower for sharing this one. Dark brown body, off-white head, some spotty lacing, not much head. Vanilla and chai aroma, a touch of dried fruit and roast. Taste is sweet dried fruit, chai, and a touch of roast and lactose with a dry finish. Quite nice beer from Village. Listening to David Bowie.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfearnley (1825) - 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 (6376) - 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 (5731) - 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 (8640) - 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 (849) - Red Deer, Alberta, 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 (5081) - 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 (2303) - 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.

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