RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
Initially brewed in 2003, Barrel of Monkeys was the first high gravity recipe to be barrel aged by Devilís Canyon Brewery. This 2013 release marks only the third time it has been offered. Aged for nearly 6-months in fresh bourbon barrels, our barley wine ale has a fruity nose, a smoky finish, and a complex, balanced range of other subtle flavors. Used White Labs WLP099 Super High Gravity Ale Yeast.

Batch 1 - 2003
Batch 2 - ????
Batch 3 - 2013
Batch 4 - 2015

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Sampled tonight at the new brewhouse. A really ice caramelized Barleywine. The barrel flavors are there and really drinks nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7602) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2016
At SAVOR 2016. Not sure the vintage - assume it was Batch 4. Poured a hazy dark copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma was sweet dark fruit notes, caramel notes. Booze is pretty prevalent in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (7415) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Pours hazy reddish hazel, small creamy beige head that dissipates leaving nice residual and lacing. Aroma is malty, dark sugars, a bit of cherry, vanilla. Flavor is quite sweet, out comes the bourbon with lots of dried fruits and dark sugars, date, prune, cherry, some oak, vanilla. Light bitterness and some ABV burn, but actually not bad. Full body, creamy, perhaps a bit chalky mouthfeel. Really solid effort. Kudos guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (537) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bomber. Pours a murky caramel color with some red hues, dusting of foam on the surface but that?s it. Sweet aroma, cherry, almond dominate, tootsie roll chocolate, faint scent of alcohol. Flavor: alcohol for sure, sweet malt, cherry, some roast and nutty qualities, ash. Long finish with the alcohol and ash components. Reminds me of Firestone-Walker XVI. Lots of flavors cranked to 11. A hedonistic beer. Far exceeded my expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14482) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Bomber No. 012 of 700 from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA. Pours dark ruddy copper with a transient beige head. Aroma of mild brown sugar, bourbon, and rather plummy dark fruit. Nearly full bodied. Flavor is brown sugar, vanilla, medium dark fruit - like dates - and finally some woody astringency. Not much of that, as itís rather malty, but somehow it just doesnít seem all that sweet. Even with a suggestion of treacle coming along. And whereís the heat? Iím not even getting much of a gullet burn. This is mouthsmacking ale. Finishing extremely delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Poured up at the 2010 Toronado Barleywine Festival with brownish amber body with weak tan head. The mild aroma has bourbon and aged caramel covered oak as well as a mild alcohol medicinal smell. The taste is definitely bourbon barrel aged with robust bourbon notes moving into a mixture of mild oakiness, molasses, prunes, ripe cherries and sugar stewed raisins. The sweet dark fruitiness is kind of subdued with the bourbon booze far more forward followed by mild smooth oak notes. Nice barrel forward beer that still allows rich tasty dark fruity esters to seep out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (41884) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2010
From tap at Toronado, Barley Wine Fest 2010. Pours cloudy dark orangeto deep hazzlenut brown with a fully gone head. Aroma is dark malty, slight phenolic and dry. Dry malty and distinct phenolic belgian yeasty flavoured. Dry and slight spiced into the finish. Slight spiced and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nickd717 (4365) - Sofia, BULGARIA - FEB 16, 2010
On tap at Toronado for Barleywine Fest 2010. As the top Devilís Canyon rater on this site (really impressive I know), I felt like I had to give this one a shot. I instantly regretted it, not because it was terrible, but because it was mediocre and there were a lot better options available. Pours clear dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is caramel malt, whiskey, and booze. Wow, lots of booze here. Flavor is also pretty hot and boozy. I love Heaven Hill rye, but it didnít do much here, although it was detectable. You canít save an unimpressive beer by -bal aging it in the barrels of a good rye I guess. Some caramel malt and roast as well. Medium-full body with the ABV not very well-hidden. This is 16% but seems like itís above 20%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DenverLogan (1138) - LA, California, USA - FEB 20, 2008
On tap at Celebratorís 20th Anniv. party. Supposedly this batch is almost 18%! Aged for two years in oak barrels. Some sour, funky, pinot and chardonnay notes...strange fruit, slight rye and sour mash, alcohol, vanilla, wood. Rich and tasty overall...I went back for seconds!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Dark fruit and alcohol nose with a bit of indistinct spice. Vanilla, oak and alcoholic on the palate. Hot and cloying finish.

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