Monkey Face Porter - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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Monkey Face PorterMonkey Face Porter

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 60
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-28-2002

"This is a medium bodied robust style porter with significant roast character from chocolate and black malts. This beer finished extremely dry with a hint of the Willamette Hops used to create this perfectly balanced porter. Monkey Face Porter is perfect after a long day at the mountain or on the river!"

Grains: 2-Row, Chocolate, Crystal
Hops: Willamette
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.014
I.B.U.'s: 34
Alcohol: 5.0
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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 60
Photo of arizcards
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of czechsaaz
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Lots of dark roast malt aroma, chocolate malt and maybe some black malt. Has a slightly burnt aroma that is typical of high dark-malt beers. Some fruity yeast esters but for the most part clean with the roast, some light grassy hop aroma.

Dark with red highlight when held up to the light with a small head that fades quickly and leaves no lace.

Flavor is mostly choclate malt. There's a bitter astringency to it because of the high level of roast malts. Hop bitterness is pretty high too. As a result, very little sweet malt flavor is apparent. It comes across as bitter, almost sour.

Body is fairly light but has a nice carbonation play.

Sorry, but not really a stellar effort. Needs a little more base malt to give it some character and body IMO.

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Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Iguana
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence - Poured a dark chestnut brown with a small maybe half inch head. Looks pretty good.

Smell - Slight roasted scent which is pleasent, but its not too potent, not much else on the nose that i can detect.

Taste - Taste is interesting, its like they took a better porter and watered it down. Just not potent enough for my tastes, its not bad, i was just expecting more flavor.

Mouthfeel - Its quite smooth, but tastes watery.

Drinkability - I could prolly drink alot of these, but would I choose to? Not likely, its worth a try, but beyond that any number of porter's are easier to come by and taste better.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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, it’s 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 it’s hell in a bottle.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Monkey Face Porter was served at the Cascade Lakes “Lodge” in Bend. The beer was nearly black, with mahogany accents and a creamy brown head and sticky sheet lacing. The nose was sharp and roast chocolatey, with a Oreo cookie-ish aspect. The taste was sharp and roasty with chocolatey cookie-ish maltiness that becomes nicely sharp in the transition to the good, very dry, dark chocolatey bitter finish. The lingering bitter chocolate flavors are, however, a little too astringent. The body was far too thin and unsupportive for the flavors and character of the beer. Overall a nice and tasty porter that could use some more body.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jtfest
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a moderate but diminishing brown head. The aroma was of smoke and wood, with hints of dying campfire embers. The mouthfeel was thin and somewhat syrupy -- oddly coating the roof of my mouth without lingering on my tongue. It tasted of maple, slightly sweet, but rather under-powering, with little or no aftertaste. Once I swallowed, it was gone. Good, but -- where'd it go? It makes it easy drinking, but for a porter it left me unsatisfied.

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Photo of beernut7
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a syrupy deep brown with a fluffy head. The mellow aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt. The body is smooth and properly heavy and supports a deeply roasted malt flavor. A bit of fruitiness flows through the roast and compliments the tones of chocolate. The bitterness is mild and does not interrupt a creamy finish.

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Photo of ADR
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of beerguy101
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gusler
2.26/5  rDev -36%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Monkey Face Porter from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
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