Monkey Face Porter - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev +4.5%
"If hooking a car battery up to a monkey's brain will help find the cure for AIDS and save somebody's life, I have two things to say... the red is positive and the black is negative."
Charred walnut with bright scarlet accents when backlit with morning sunshine. One more small handful of chocolate malt and the beer would be opaque. The cappuccino colored crown is tight-bubbled and looks mighty fine. It also lays down an impressive array of finely dotted lace.
One big whiff is all it takes for the aroma to prove its worthiness. There's plenty of power and a wonderful chocolate maltiness that could just as easily be coming from an American stout. The beer smells like it will favor sweet and won't be very hoppy.
Monkey Face Porter isn't quite as impressive on the palate, but it's still good beer that goes down easily enough. The proportions of pale, chocolate and crystal malt are just about right. A little more of each would be great, however, and would add both depth and breadth to the flavor profile.
Sweetness and bitterness are pretty evenly matched. The hint of sourness flashing in at the edges isn't a problem in a beer of this style. Specifics include Baker's chocolate, dark caramel, medium-dark fruit and black tea leaves. The finish features a light char and an enjoyable amount of Willamette hop flavor and bitterness.
The mouthfeel could use more heft and more bubbles. As the beer warms... it doesn't improve much. There's definitely room for improvement here.
Monkey Face Porter does not deserve electrocution by car battery, nor is it shockingly good. It's a close second to 20 Inch Brown as CLBC's best beer. With more malt, it just might challenge for the top spot.
10-28-2008 13:15:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.98/5 rDev +13.1%
Appearance: Pours a fudgy brown color with a modest head that leaves a fair amount of lace behind
Smell: Roasty, with chocolate and espresso undertones; a bit oaky, too
Taste: Roasty flavors, up front, joined by a tootsie roll chocolate character through mid-palate and after the swallow; a bit of hops underneath, but chocolate, coffee and slightly smokey oak flavor dominate the profile
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Far better to my tastebuds than the overall score would indicate - seems like there may have been some changes for the better at this brewery
Thanks, Docer, for the opportunity
08-06-2010 01:44:42 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev +12.2%
Pours a very dark brown with reddish-mahogany highlights, although it appears black in the pint. The foamy tan head holds exceptionally well; eventually dropping to a creamy collar that leaves some spotty lace. The nose is distinctly mocha-ish with notes of coffee and sweet chocolate swirling amidst a toasty maltiness. It's creamy and smooth across the palate with a medium body and fine carbonation. The flavor is rich with bittersweet chocolate, deep roasted coffee, some fruit, and a lightly grassy/resinous hop flavor. It finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and roastiness. Very nice.
06-03-2003 20:22:15 | More by NeroFiddled
3.03/5 rDev -13.9%
Brown color, mocha head. Heavy toasted, burnt notes from this, and not much else. Feel the burn!
Same burnt malt feel on the tongue, some chocolate malt, possible cocao addition to dry it out even further. Traditional in the lower abv compared to some newer porters, hopping kept down, bitterness not as much. No coffee or vanilla flavors appreciable. Viscosity a little under some of the bigger porters out there, but again, this one rings traditional in more ways than one.
Average stuff, kinda meh, but nothing bad about it, wouldn't turn one away.
08-05-2011 22:32:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5 rDev -2%
12oz picked up by my brother in Oregon .. pulled from the On-Deck basement cooler.. shared with a coworker ... my half from a shaker pint.
Good lite tan head.. minimal lacing.. dark like a stout.
Aroma is French roast coffee and roasted malts... dark chocolate ice cream.
lite side of medium body with above average carbonation.. could use a bit more body... flavor is slightly astrigent coffee followed my chocolate malts and lite carmel sweetness.
Complexity is more than the above review notes... I am just having a hard time picking it out.. not bad at all... just not great.
12-24-2007 07:48:32 | More by JohnGalt1
3.73/5 rDev +6%
I found this recently as I was digging through some old boxes. I think I got it from Chumba526 over a year ago, thanks Tyler. If someone else sent this one to me, Thank you!
Poured into straight pint glass. Poured pretty much solid black, none of the translucence that I look for, with just the thinnest ring of white head that had no retention and left some light lacing.
The aroma was was nicely bold, solid roast and, somewhat surprisingly, a solid chocolate presence. There was some nice providing a solid foundation. The flavors were the same, with the grain and roast being dominant and the chocolate having a background note.
The body was much thinner than I look for in the style. But, that thinness improved drinkability. This bottle went down quickly and I was left wanting another. Overall, a very nice brew that's probably worth some effort to try.
08-20-2011 02:04:25 | More by beertunes
2.13/5 rDev -39.5%
The beer as it sets in the glass, ebony in color, the head modest, the consistency frothy, the color a nice tan, and as its erodes quite quickly, it leaves behind some clumpy lace. Nose is light toasted grain, a slight hint of coffee, somewhat sweet, fresh and clean with the start sweet, the top cadaverous. Finish is minimally carbonated, hops scarce, aftertaste dry and overall, a very thin and weak beer for a Porter, which means it will not fair well in my evaluation. How a beer can look and smell so good, but be as "Thin-waisted" as this a mystery.
02-13-2003 16:49:36 | More by Gusler
3.58/5 rDev +1.7%
I like the name of this beer, fo sho. 12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan foam. Retention is below average and the lacing is decent.
Nose is pretty decent; cocoa beans, mild coffee and some milk chocolate come through. Not overly powerful, but certainly not weak. I think it smells pretty good, not unlike a Krackel candy bar.
Taste has some nice chocolate and roast components. It's a bit simple, but it certainly does the trick for a quick porter fix. Some unwanted light fruit comes in at mid-palate and finishes with a roast and mildly grassy hop bitterness. It's on the thin side for a porter, but not by too much. Not bad, the B- overall rating seems about right for this one. Thanks goes out to BA fthomasl for bringing this one back from a recent trip.
05-06-2010 02:20:32 | More by twiggamortis420
4.15/5 rDev +17.9%
What a difference a pint makes. I originally reviewed a 12 oz. bottle of Monkey Face purchased from a reputable merchant in Portland. It was awful. It was desperately wretched. It was a bottle of pain. (See below.)
Seven months later I went to the source and drank an imperial on tap at The Lodge. My impression went from, This some repugnant shit to a bold brew with abundant smoke yet also a splash of cream. Though that ridiculous monkey on a rope should be torn from the label and boiled in a vat of banana gravy, the beer itself is not nearly as bad as my initial bottled experience would have it. In fact, its quite good.
Monkey Face is impenetrable brown with wide swaths of lace and a solid, toasty aroma. The finish is clean, the mouthfeel is rounded, and there are no distracting or unwanted complexities. Moreover, the flavor is sustained for the duration of an imperial pint; not many porters can say the same.
In the end, this is a damn fine beer. But its hell in a bottle.
11-09-2004 08:13:15 | More by RedDiamond
3.88/5 rDev +10.2%
Tasted on tap at "The Lodge" in bend , Oregon.
The beer is a nice dark brown colour, almost black like a stout.Smallish "coffee n'creme" coloured head.
The aroma is of slightly burnt malts, some dark chocolate..and a faint whiff of coffee.
I was surprised that this beer had a smokey aspect to the taste, and a dry finish. Inbetween are hints of black coffee and a slight taste of chocolate.
The mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side but overall not bad.
I liked this porter..the smokey aspect was great.
Like other Cascade lakes beers..this doesn't seem to do well in bottle..or maybe they have to be drank very fresh.
05-16-2004 19:23:10 | More by Reidrover
3.28/5 rDev -6.8%
Dark black color, medium head. Aroma is malty and chocoloately. A full-bodied porter. Roasted malts, slightly sweet and chocolaty. Hops are slightly spicy. Full flavored. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
08-05-2003 02:27:31 | More by beerguy101
2.6/5 rDev -26.1%
Coffee dark, brown light transmission at the bottom of the pint glass. Tannish foam, lasts about 20 seconds at 1/4 of an inch. Very good lace. Smell is decent, a mix of malt and some hoppy citrus. Watery texture, malt is marked by mostly a Stout-like java, some burned qualities. Very bright with hops for a Porter. Not bad for testing hop acuity but the body is very weak and the finish is ripe with distilled water qualities. Not quite mid pack, just not a successful beer in an important category.
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11-13-2003 16:43:13 | More by ADR
3.68/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass at cellar temp. A near black, dark brown with a silky espresso head. Nose has a good amount of chocolate along with some dark malts and nice mellow hops. Taste is well balanced. Goof beer to wash down a burger I guess. Medium body is well carbonated and drinks nicely.
10-29-2011 16:06:41 | More by rye726
3.48/5 rDev -1.1%
Brought one back from our Oregon road trip from early May.
Beer poured a dark brown with a nice tan head. Nose is sweet, of chocolate malts and mocha. Taste is of those chocolate malts balanced by a light dose of hops. Mouthfeel is lighter than most porters. Beer has a nice creamy quality though. Drinkabilty is pretty good, this has a nice but not an overly complex flavor. It is worth a try if you have an opportunity.
09-03-2007 21:04:57 | More by arizcards
4/5 rDev +13.6%
Pours a deep dark brown with scarlet highlights when held up to the light. Head is a half-inch of creamy tan goodness that subsides more quickly than I would like. Aroma is rich, full of chocolate malt, lactose sweetness, and a roasty, mocha quality. Palate is chocolatey roasted malt up front, with some more lactose sweetness. The fruity hop profile comes out mid-palate, building to a slightly bitter finish. Body is velvety smooth, could stand to be a little creamier, but still very nice. On the whole, a tasty and drinkable porter.
09-21-2006 07:48:53 | More by ElGordo
3.45/5 rDev -2%
On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge 10.3.11 $ 4 in slightly chilled shaker pint glass.
Dark brown almost black opaque body no visible carbonation under one finger light brown head fairly slow dissipation. Significant chocolate presence in the nose, not overpowering or assertive, grassy malts. Taste mirrors nose, chocolate up front but not very deep, watery in the middle with a bit of roast, minimal hops on back end. Mouthfeel is once again watery light, not much effervescence, fairly dry finish. Wanted to shake up my palate after go-to in La Grande beer (not made in Baker City :-) ), I won't be having this again anytime soon. Wish I'd have waited to get home and have that bottle of Velvet Merlin I've stashed to toast Matt B. IMO not even the best Porter in Bend. Sorry, just sayin'...
10-04-2011 03:27:30 | More by jdense
3.28/5 rDev -6.8%
A 12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.
A: Clear, dark ruby color with two fingers of beige foam head that diminish to a persistent, continuous residue. Slight lacing remains on the glass.
S: Weak roasted malt, some milk chocolate, slightly herbal.
T: Abundant dark roasted malt begins the tasting much more pronounced than was expected, based on the smell. Additional roasted flavors of bittersweet chocolate expand on the palate through the middle of the taste. The finish is of mellow hop bitterness, with earthiness lingering.
M: Thin, watery viscosity with moderate carbonation.
D: Especially easy-drinking for a dark ale--I had mine at cellar temperature so it likely becomes even more refreshing as it chills further. Apparently this beer is marketed as a beer to accompany outdoor activities, and it has the attributes to do so while still appearing dark and mysterious. Improved mouthfeel is needed if this beer is to stand up next to the notable offerings of the style.
08-20-2010 20:51:06 | More by beagle75
3.95/5 rDev +12.2%
Buddy Pete picked me up a growler of their Red, and a 6-pack of this porter... lover their stuff!
- Pours a nice coffee black... clear as best as I can see it at the edges of my pint glass... nice off white to mocha head.. about half a finger down to a slight slew and a ring..
- Rich chocolate malt profile... slightly sweet, roasted and a touch of coffee.... loving the smell... sweet oats, grain.
- Wonderful zingy porter... nice bitter earthy hop.. and a backdrop of sweet oats and chocolate malt... a very pleasant and drinkable porter.
- Only slightly chalky, thin to medium bodied.. slight creaminess to it....
- Super good porter... I rather like its simplicity and flavor combination... very balanced.
06-28-2010 04:13:02 | More by Docer
3.4/5 rDev -3.4%
Monkey Face Porter poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
A: Weak pour on my part produces very little tan head...I won't hold it against this beer as it pours an otherwise attractive, thin black color with ruby highlights.
S: Surprised, a pleasant robust smell; roasted malt and plenty of coffee notes. Some hints of caramel and licorice sweetness behind that. Smoke too? Maybe.
T: A bit thin, nice coffee flavors upfront with roast bitterness, hints of a dark fruit sweetness...flavors wash away quickly but there is a good coffee/hop bitterness on the finish with decent dryness.
MF: Pretty light-to-medium, medium carbonation levels and the aforementioned dryness.
O: An easy drinker and a pleasant surprise. In my opinion this is nearly as good a porter as Anchor's offering, which is probably akin to blasphemy on this site.
12-02-2011 22:01:24 | More by Scotchboy
Monkey Face Porter from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.