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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 525   ABV: 17.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Monster 29 was born on the 36th Anniversary of the wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald, and is in memory of the 29 men that perished aboard the ship on Lake Superior. It is described as an Imperial Barley Wine made with 13 different malts, 10 different fermented sugar combinations, and other special ingredients. It is very complex in flavors and finished with 42 degrees plato OG.

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3.9
madmitch76 (25367) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
11th December 2012
The 0-65 tasting. Four guys, fourteen beers, average abv 12.9%, 65 mins! Opaque dark brown beer, residual tan head. Chocolate and marmite on the nose. Smooth syrupy palate. Sweet and rich dark malts but no roast. Rich chocolate, chocolate liquer. Dash of brandy. Sublte dark fruits. Smooth finish, very slight warmth. Hides the abv well and is very drinkable.

4.2
Leighton (22055) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle at the 0-65% Tasting, London - thanks to Ken for procuring this beast. Pours pitch black with a tan cream head. Rich dark malt aroma with some dough, light cheese, dark chocolate. Huge sweet flavor with sticky sugars, toffee, light chocolate, figs, dates, lots of dark fruits in general. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm on the finish but nowhere nearly as hot as you might expect given the ABV. Lots of molasses, modest chocolate, dark fruits, raisins. Delicious beer. A real snifter-worthy sipper.

2.6
mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
12 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is intense, full of dark fruits, caramel, booze and candied sugar. Flavour is insanely rich and sweet, full of dark fruits, heaps of caramel, and cloying sweetness. It’s not that boozy considering it’s 17.5%, yet the sweetness is overbearingly cloying. Way too sweet for me. The flavours are nice, but it’s a bit too harsh. Syrupy, viscous palate that brings out the sweetness even more. Incredibly hard to drink - couldn’t finish the bottle.

3.8
jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle - pours dark brown tan head - nose/taste of burnt molasses, dark caramel, toffee and boozy raisins and nuts - full bodied.

3.8
brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Very dark mahogany color with a small off-white head. Intensely sweet nose of maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. There’s a surprising note of hoppiness in the background. Definitely some booze in there, too. The flavor is also very sweet with the sample maple syrup, brown sugar, and caramel flavors. Might be a hint of chocolate, too. An underlying grapefruit flavor along with some light pine bitterness and rather surprisingly well hidden ABV. Very good beer, but not sure why a growler was considered a necessary serving size by the brewery.

3.5
Scopey (15478) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle thanks to Ken at the 0-65% tasting. It pours deepest ruby with a thin beige head. The nose is chocolate gateaux, roasted malt, cream, toffee, sweet milky coffee and treacle. The taste is very sweet up-front, caramel, toffee, candy, chocolate ice-cream, gateaux, sticky dark fruit and light saltiness. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. The pretty crazy sweetness hides the alcohol well.. Drinks easier than anticipated. Decent sipper.

3.9
djd07 (15342) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2016
Bottle.Pours a dark brown with medium beige head leaving spottly lacing. The aroma is oak and candy sugar. Medium mouth with raisin, caramel, nuts, lots of booze, very good.

4.1
Tmoney99 (14864) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Growler shared by b3shine. Poured clear dark brown color with an average to large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark sugar, toasted malt and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

3.2
crossovert (13742) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Dark pour for a barleywine. Fruity, rootbeerish smell. Flavor is a mish-mahs f sugar, certainly not the depth of malt flavors of a typical barleywine, tastes like biting into a date, kind of flat.

2.9
bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2012
(Growler) Pours a murky amber-brown body with a spare beige head. Aroma of caramel, ash, herbs, and grass. Hot nose. Flavor of caramel, wood, roasted malt, raisins, and alcohol.


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