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Arbor Brewing Violin Monster - Arbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheBrewo on 08-31-2013

A geographical approach to the werewolf legends results in identification of a major werewolf area stretching from mid-Germany into the Netherlands and Belgium.

With this in mind, we have created a strong, dark, spice ale using ingredients from those regions.

Brewed with Midnight Wheat, warming spices, and a hint of brown sugar, the Violin Monster is black as night and packs a punch at 9.5%.

Unleash your inner beast with Violin Monster Dark Ale, but beware...it finishes with a bite!
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 9
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4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.75/5
Pours an initial 2.5 fingers of delicous chocolate-brown head. Eventually dissipates down to about 1cm. Color looks midnight black. If you hold it up to an extremely bright light, you can see it's really the darkest shade of brown possible, but for practical purposes, it's basically midnight black. Overall a great look which fits the name of the beer.

Smell - 4.3/5
A delicious toasty chocolate smell, along with some strong nutmeg and brown sugar scents, and maybe some faint hops. Smells delicious.

Taste - 3.85/5
Moderately sweet. A rich and creamy chocolate taste combined with strong smokiness, and the nutmeg. Some hops detectable as well, more towards the end of the sip. Overall, the flavor is okay. I would have like the hops and smokiness to be a little less intense, and for the fall spices to be brought out more. Leaves a slightly-less-than-pleasant smoky-hoppy aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
The beer is medium-bodied, and extremely creamy. The carbonation is light to medium. I love the creaminess of the beer, and is was the first thing I noticed during my first sip of this beer. The creaminess makes this beer extremely smooth, with the 9.5% ABV being barely detectable. This is the creamiest beer I remember.

Overall - 4.4/5
While I would tweak the flavor in some large ways, with regards to all the other aspects, this beer is near perfect. I know it's a Fall beer, but it seems like it would make a great beer for the beginning of winter. It has the fall spice of a Fall beer, but the smokiness and creaminess that would be found in a winter stout. Overall, a great beer by ABC.

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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark brown with a two-finger tan head. The head dissapates quickly leaving a very light lacing.

S - Aromas of clove, nutmeg, and banana.

T - The taste is a combination of roasted malts, vanilla, and spices(clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg). The finish has some dark chocolate and coffee that produce a nice bitterness.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a sticky finish.

O - This beer is weird mix of a stout and Belgian dark ale. Defiently an interesting sipper for the colder months.

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3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, wheat, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light banana, and herbal spice earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast malts and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wheat, dark bread, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light banana, and herbal spice earthiness. Fair amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light banana, and spice earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced dark wheat ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Arbor Brewing Violin Monster from Arbor Brewing Company
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