Arbor Brewing Violin Monster - Arbor Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.35/5 rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
We pour a brew of the muddiest ruby brown coloring into our Bell’s Weizen glasses. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of medium brown bubbles, showing nice retention. Cloudy waves of lacing are left etched along the glass as it slowly wafts away. A thick haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderately active. The aroma sings of autumn, with roasted chocolate and soured brown malts, warm pumpernickel bread, metallic wheatiness, light bubblegum esters, pumpkin and gingerbread spice, light vanilla twang, brash licorice, burnt brown sugar, and dark cherry syrups. The sweetness enhances with warmth, giving more of a cloying maraschino cherry sweetness, oily walnut, fresh cranberries, sweet booze, green tree sap, evergreen pine, and a light smoky leather to top things off. Our first impression is that there is a blast of nice fall spiciness, and this works beautifully over the deep, dark, roasty, and smoked malt base. As we sip, the taste opens with heavy chocolate malts, stark licorice blackness, molasses, thick char and smoke, gingerbread, pumpkin, and black pepper spiciness, baker’s yeast, bubblegum esters, green bananas, warming brown sugar sweetness, and roasty, toasty wheaty seriousness. The middle is smooth and balanced, predominated by notes of dark chocolate syrups, continued pumpkin spice, cinnamon, grainy and gritty roastiness, lightly citric and grassy hops, walnut bitters, and toffee candy sweetness. The ending wash is definitively sweeter, with banana bread coolness, vanilla ice cream, soft bubblegum, cinnamon sticks soaked in warm apple cider, wheaty char, roasted chocolates, raw leathers, molasses cookies, strawberry fruit leather, dried cranberry fruitiness, fig, and black cherry bitterness to balance. The aftertaste breathes of bittered rye and wheat, graphite and pencil eraser, chalky metallics of yeast, cooling plastic phenols, light booziness, corn husk, brown banana mash, raw cocoa, cinnamon-sugar sweetness, black pepper, gingerbread, coffee grounds, and the faintest grassy hop. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium, with most of the prickle striking at the peak of the swallow. Slurp and smack are nice, with cream and froth only slightly lesser than what you would desire. Finishing pop is syrupy and wet, leaving somewhat of a sugary mustache to be dealt with. The mouth is oiled, eventually dripping into pucker from the booze and char, without any major astringency or chalkiness to dry. The abv is high for the style, but you would never know, as the beer sips and flows like a brook.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma, and its taste, which was not too far behind. This beer is a bit tough to summarize, but it seems to be a nice blend between a roasty, charcoal stout and a warming, spicy pumpkin beer, making it perfect for the change of seasons. The aroma is wheaty, endlessly dark, and sticky, helped along by sweet esters, dank fruits, and a cook’s cabinet of spice. These all translate seamlessly into the flavoring, where the heaviness hits up front, blending and softening to a sweeter, easier beer at the end of the sip. The aftertaste shows a revival of the bitterness, for a pleasant, balanced breath. The feel is thick and suits the beer well. This guy definitely took us off our feet, surprising us at every turn. Although it is still a touch warm out now, we simply cannot wait until the breeze cools, and we can wrap ourselves in blankets, head out to the porch with the rest of the six pack, and watch the trees change colors at dusk.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2013 00:18:28 | More by TheBrewo
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District of Columbia
4.25/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice label art! Who knew that mythical carnivores had a soft side?
The beer appears black with a thick, fizzy tan cap. The aroma brings autumn spices, to include cinnamon, nutmeg. Additional notes of pie crust, squash, malt, brown bread, raked leaves, footballs, flannel. The flavor follows the aroma. This is pretty tasty! Grandiose spiced profile without the customary cloying sweetness. Although the abv is approaching double digits, the drinkability is just fine.
Man, I've been using this organic deodorant and this hit ain't cutting it. I just took a shower a few hours ago and I smell like a bunch of adolescent boy scouts at a jamboree. Gonna have to change it up.
Anyhow, this beverage is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Chocolate pumpkin pie. Some English porter characteristics. A solid beer. I'm drinking this out of season because your mom.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2014 03:33:52 | More by Huhzubendah
4.04/5 rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Violin Monster looks as though it were poured from a pot of French Roast: flat, opaque, and it tends to look more muddied brown than black at most angles. It's certainly not the most handsome of ales but the appearance is at least as beastly as its name suggests.
The aroma is abundant with clove and black licorice, slick coffee oils and chocolate brownie bits. There's also esters that smack of bruised banana and purple fruits. Hints of tree bark too. Yeast, malt and spices all have starring roles in this unusual bouquet, each performance magnificent.
Violin Monster has a flavour that combines pumpkin pie spices with chocolate cake. It has a roasted maltiness that smacks of fudge brownies and also flashes of vanilla, but also a heavy dousing of baking spices and brown sugar. It is earthy, savoury, and somewhat decadent. And for something that's 9.5%, it doesn't last long (the liquid that is, the aftertaste is another story).
It's possible that this ale may be the ultimate autumn treat. It combines so many quintessential fall-time flavours: pumpkin pie (cinnamon-nutmeg), caramel apple, tootsie-roll and chocolate, and is dark, hearty and warming. The initial impressions of clove and black licorice linger the longest.
Violin Monster has a unique name, label art and history, but it's an awfully interesting beer in its own right. It perfectly blends German Weizenbock and American Stout with just a pinch of Belgian Dark Ale to create a supernatural symphony of spicy and rich flavours; it's not of this world. The $2.39 was well worth the price of admission to this concerto.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 06:11:14 | More by biegaman
Arbor Brewing Violin Monster from Arbor Brewing Company
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