blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2008
22 oz. bottle poured a thick chestnut mahogany in color with medium steady carbination and a one finger head of dark tan foam. second glass poured had a bit of sediment in it as held under the light. aroma has toffee, caramel, malt, citrus, hops spice, and a little candy sugar sweetness. mouth feel is medium with some creamy texture and a good dose of carbination. flavor is full of malt and hops colliding. great fullness from the malted side with caramel and toffee with the hops adding spice and citrus to the balance. little bit of yeast comes across and light touch of floral. American strong is a fitting description but not sure where the monk madness in the name comes from. either way i think this is a winner for rogue. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2008
Rich ruby in colour, large lingering beige coloured head, excellent lacing. The aroma is quite hoppy (lots of citrus, oranges and grapefruits), caramel, light fruits. The flavour is moderately bitter, some citrus, chocolate, pine, grapefruit, quite hoppy. Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes lingering, citrus hops, bitter. This has all your Rogue hoppiness but this one is a little tiresome.
JoeMcPhee (10137) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2008
650ml bottle from the <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/new-york target=blank>Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York for $5.49.
Purchased on August 20, 2007 and opened on November 20, 2007.
22 oz bomber. Deep ruby-tinted brownish beer with a thick off-white head. Smells like Rogue, light piny hoppiness, sweet toasty malts, a bit of plumminess as well. Very hoppy flavour as well with pretty high bitterness for what they were going for. Decent balance and a pretty solid ASA. Lingering resinousness and woody hop flavour. As it warms the malty complexity does pick up a bit... nice beer, if a bit unusual. aliendan (25) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Smells like sweet caramel but the taste is nice and bitter -- pretty complex, maybe a woody flavor. Actually it’s really bitter -- I wouldn’t want to drink too much of it in one sitting, but it’s great in small quantities. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Bottle. Pours muddy caramel, thin off white head. Aroma is dried fruit, malt, caramel. Flavor is the same with vanilla, chocolate, and some coffee & hops bitterness.
kevd193213 (992) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Dark dirty brown pour with a cream head. Nice lacing. Aroma of hops and caramel. Great complex flavor of coffee, wheat and caramel. Great hoppy finish. hayduke (5732) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 3, 2008
From a 22 oz bottle this was a cloudy copper with a an off-white head, that left big hunks of lacing along with the rings. Nose of floral and citrus hops, and caramel malts. Rich mouthfeel, and complex flavors with a little bit of everything...coffee, raisins, apples, pears, apricots, and even honey. Nice bitter finish. Great brew. MrRain (542) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2007
22oz bottle poured in a shaker. Monk Madness pours an awful diareah color with a clumpy head that resembles mold. It has a very nice toffee aroma with a touch of butter and yeast. The flavor is is quite unique and utterly delightful. Toffee makes another appearance in the taste along with the butter. The hops are superbly balanced. There are coffee, rasin and heavy bread flavors more typical of a stout yet there are barley wine reminders hidden in there as well. As I read through the other descriptions on ratebeer I see a very wide array of descriptions. I can easily see why. This beer is complex and hard to narrow down. This beer doesn’t make me think of Belgian abbey ales at all though so if that’s what you’re looking for, go somewhere else. If I had to suggest one improvement it would be to make the beer a tad thicker. It’s ever-so-slightly thin. jb (3454) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Orangy-brown look with thick tan long-lasting head. Beautiful. Cinnamon, fresh baking bread in the nose. Creamy palate, but a little thin in body. Some hops. Not sure why this is classed as American Strong ale. Very enjoyable nonetheless. jmikolich (1486) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2007
22oz, not bad, not sure how old this was, but easily a sweeter less yeasty belgian, done with the american touch, not bad by any stretch but not distinguished from any other beer. just okay.