Arbor Brewing Violin Monster - Arbor Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
4.25/5 rDev +13%
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 +7.4%
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
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.