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Arbor Brewing Violin Monster - Arbor Brewing Company

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Reviews: 13
Hads: 94
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 36.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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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Photo of TheBrewo
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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1/5  rDev -74.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.44/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.52/5  rDev -9.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Arbor's Violin Monster a few weeks ago at Boyne Country Provisions. I've been meaning to try this beer and since I was I able to track it down I knew I had to to try it, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it goes great with the name and it's eye catching just like the actual Violin Monster. It poured a dark brown color that took on more of black color when held to the light with just a little bit of tan head that died down to a pretty thin ring that faded away and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little better head retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with yeast being the first to show up and it's imparts a big ripe banana aroma and it's the aspects that sticks out the most about this beer. Up next comes some candied sugar like aroma with some dark malts showing up imparting a little bit of a chocolate like aroma along with a little more sweetness. This beer has a nice aroma, but I thought the yeast was just a little too dominating.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with that banana yeast still being the first to show up and it still sticks out the most. It's followed by some of those dark malts which impart a light roasted and chocolate flavors with a little more sweetness coming through on the finish along with a slight bit of bitterness and a noticeable boozy flavor with some more of the yeast showing up in the aftertaste. this is a nice tasting beer, but I still think the yeast is too dominating and the alcohol could have been hidden a little better.

M- A little smooth, a little boozy, slightly crisp, a little velvety, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this beer was nice and it's a nice example of the style, but when it came down to it there wasn't really as much balance as I was hoping for and it seemed like the yeast got a little carried away. This beer had ok drinkability, one glass would be enough, it's too much to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a pretty nice looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the balance, the yeast was just a little too overpowering. I might get this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down. It's not a must try, but if you really like the style I think it's worth a shot. All in all I felt like this beer came pretty close to falling in the middle, it wasn't bad by any means, but it didn't have anything that set it apart and made it memorable besides the label. It's not a favorite Arbor beer and it's just a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, but with s a little more work I think this could be a great beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Giggy
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arbor Brewing Violin Monster.

Usually Arbor Brewing leads me right. And needless to say a nearly ten percent uhh...dark..wheat ale piqued my interest unlike many other brews ever have. I am quite excited as dark wheats are a completely new style to me and that I'll go to bed quite intoxicated due to the ABV.

Look - Pours a deep, Dark impenetrable black with a half finger of mocha head that receeds to a small cap on the top of the beer. Carbonation is completely unreadable due to the dark abyss of this look. Y'know for not being a stout I'd say this is an exceptional look. 4.5.

Smell - Oh boy, I have a feeling I may be in for a treat with this one. Wheaty goodness with a nice dosage of dark chocolates and a bit of espresso. Alcoholic fumes engulf the nose on the tale end. A bit of a Belgian yeasty aspect as well. 4.

Taste - Bubblegum and rich chocolate notes are the dominant players upon initial sip followed by the noticeable wheat with just a smidge of espresso like coffee and a small, though noticeable alcohol presence. 4.5.

Feel - Rather light bodied with a good dosage of creamyness. Carbonation is light though existent with a noticeable tingle of alcohol. Allowing the beer to sit open mouthed and breathing allows for the welcoming of some ginger spice flavorings that linger around. 4.5.

Overall - * Ding ding ding * We have a winner with this one. A highly drinkable large ABV monster with some unique and quite well balanced flavors. This is probably my favorite fall beer of all time. If I had to complain, it would be that the body could have fived with more thickness. And I see I am the tenth review on this little guy. Here ya go bro, now you officially have a well deserved number. 4.5.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Arbor Brewing Violin Monster from Arbor Brewing Company
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