Ernest (6606) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2011 Bottle (as Monk’s Christmas).
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel), moderately hoppy (honeysuckle flowers), with notes of minerals and tangerine, hint of smoke.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Solid, clean, and delightful.
argo0 (11981) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle, Monk’s Christmas. Large beige head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, cookie. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, cookie, light brown sugar. Light-medium body, light effervescence, watery, very drinkable.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at rattle n hum. Dark brown, bitter malt tangy flavor. Incredibly smooth and sessionable. Thortheviking loved this shitzit.
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Monk xmas ale @ RnH - Arouma is mildew and grass. Taste is grains and caramel malts. Too much funk for me.
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really enjoyed this one.
Poured a nice brown with an off-white head.
Malt and roast aromas with some nice spice.
Finished nice, sweet and complex.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown/amber in color with a light brown head. Malty aroma with a hint of toffee and some slightly roasted nut notes. Moderately sweet taste with malt , caramel, toffee and nuts followed by a sweet, malty, roasted finish. This one was quite enjoyable.
thornecb (4743) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours bright mahogany into a stein. Off-white head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Cookie and nutmeg aromas. Crisp and dry with cookie and caramel malts.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2013 2009-12-21 - Pours dark amber with a fully receding tan head. Notes of toffee, thick decocted wort, toasted crackers, and plums. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Ar7 Ap3 Ta6 Mf4 Ov14
2013-03-22 - Pours amber with a quickly receding tan head. Notes of caramelized malt, toffee, clean sweet malt, and light phenols. Medium to full bodied, ligthly sticky with soft carbonation.
Ar6 Ap3 Ta6 Mf3 Ov13
Maverick34 (2521) - New York, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft from Waterfront-Manhattan. Poured dark but was pretty thin and watery, some caramel and malts, not as fruity or flavorful as I had thought it would be.
eaglefan538 (2926) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 19, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour was brown in color with an ok initial head, medicore quality lacing. The aroma was cocoa, roast, dark fruits, earth, grass. The flavor followed the aroma, but this thing was pretty darned dry. Mouthfeel was a medium body and again, pretty dry finish, lingering notes of grassy type hops. Maybe I would have liked this more in the early Fall or Spring, but I was wanting a bit bigger for a holiday brew.