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Monster29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 66
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  17.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A double barley wine style ale

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-26-2013 10:53:34 | More by Gobzilla
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-28-2013 02:05:34 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%

On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013. Couldn't pass up on this one, as I have no idea when I'd be able to cross paths with it again. Deep, murky brown, nearly black, and completely muddled and opaque. The tan head is slow to rise, and keeps forming even after I've been handed the glass. It's comprised of thin, micro-bubbles and lasts for the entire glass, leaving a few spots of lacing as the beer empties.

What an immensely powerful and potent aroma! But what else should you expect from a 17.5% ABV barleywine? Malty like a mofo; plentiful bouts of sticky sweet caramel, warm booze, sweet dark fruits like figs, prunes, and juicy raisins, molasses and some more brown sugar. Anything you can think of that has sugar in it, just toss it in there. The bottom line is: this bitch is gon' be sweet as hell, no doubt about it.

And yeah, no surprise that as I take the first sip, I can literally hear my dentist hootin' and hollerin'. He knows that now he'll be able to afford those jet-skis, all because Anthony had some Monster 29. Sweet molasses, melted and slightly burnt brown sugar, syrupy sweet and just oozing with sugary goodness from every molecule and every atom. Dark fruits, and even a bit of cocoa nibs and a light dash of cocoa powder; some sort of chocolate, anyway.

The heavy maltiness and touch of vanilla-esque and brown sugar-y notes create an interesting and tasty creme brulee-like finish. Despite the sickening sweetness of this beer, it wasn't hard to finish, and was actually damn tasty - though a 4 oz pour is pretty much perfect. Any more than that might be a challenge. Even with the sticky nature of the beer, the mouth feel is surprisingly creamy and silky and smooth; heavy and huge with low carbonation.

Wow, this was a really good and really enjoyable beer. I'm not the biggest fan of barleywines out there, but there's been quite a few that I've enjoyed recently, and this one is pretty damn tasty. It's certainly a beer you wanna have in small doses, as it can easily get cloying and overly-sweet. A few ounces of this followed by a three-hour nap sounds like a good Saturday night to me.

08-12-2013 11:28:06 | More by tectactoe
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jburchett

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-11-2012 21:19:52 | More by jburchett
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ehammond1


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Growler

Sour Fest 2012
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Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Thanks for the pour, womencantsail!

A menacing beer: very dark brown, near black, that looks heavy and viscous, especially for the style. This leaves the glass oily. Appropriately scary.

About as good of an aroma as I've found in a (non barrel-aged) barleywine: big, expressive notes of burnt sugars/dark caramels, some chocolate, earth, a bit of hop character even, and some pie crust.

A very sweet barleywine, with big notes of caramels, chocolate, toffee, along with earth, and cinnamon raisin bagel. The alcohol is very well hidden for how monstrous this is.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and just a bit oily. Scary drinkability.

I went in apprehensive, and left pleasantly surprised, if not a little tipsy.

07-14-2012 01:06:02 | More by ehammond1
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king75

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

10-29-2013 02:05:54 | More by king75
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.5%

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adamdarcy

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-03-2012 00:46:18 | More by adamdarcy
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-10-2012 12:42:21 | More by beergorrilla
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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

09-03-2012 03:29:26 | More by kirkse
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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-11-2013 01:12:57 | More by Atomicskis5
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-13-2014 05:20:49 | More by jegross2
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mikediesel124

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-26-2013 17:11:56 | More by mendvicdog
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adamdd

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

06-04-2012 02:17:39 | More by adamdd
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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Etan

Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%

12oz bottle from the 4Elf party into a snifter.

A: Pours a blackish body, looks like a stout. Light tan head.

S: Figgy, mild dark chocolate, dates and raisins, some mild dark fruit-like oxidation character. Rich and pleasant.

T: Intense raisiny sweetness, sherry-like, vanilla, light roasted malt and dark chocolate, cinnamon.

M: Thick-bodied, light carbonation, a bit syrupy.

O: I liked this beer after sitting down with it for a few hours. The "13 malts and 10 fermentable sugars" make it a bit too sweet, but this is miles ahead of many other barleywines in the same ABV range in terms of complexity and body, and the alcohol is very well-hidden. I'm curious as to how it compares to the barrel-aged version.

01-20-2013 04:06:21 | More by Etan
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-23-2012 03:58:13 | More by Zaphog
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-10-2013 17:34:36 | More by liamt07
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

5/5  rDev +20.5%

01-13-2013 15:34:15 | More by ROBSTARR
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

12-14-2013 20:25:57 | More by Rhettroactive
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a_beckman25

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-10-2014 03:32:04 | More by a_beckman25
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MMBrew

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

07-14-2013 02:53:47 | More by MMBrew
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +8.7%

Thanks to Nate for picking me up a bottle from the most recent 4 Elves Party at Dark Horse!

poured into a tulip glass.

vintage 2012. bottle number 711 of 888. batch number 3406.

Appearance: Very dark brown almost black bodied beer with a thick cap of light khaki head. The cap stays around for a while, then slowely drops to a ring. Decent lacing on the glass. This beer definately stains the glass.

Smell: a sweeter nose dominates this beer. First detected smell was bitter cocoa and black licorice. Then the dark fruit notes mostly dates and fig notes. Followed by more sweetness like maple, brown sugar, and molasses. I get a touch of spiciness that reminds me alot of cinnamon. Astrigent booze note and a hint of pine and grapefruit hops on the backend of the nose.

Taste: Yeah, it pretty sweet just like the nose. A truck load of raisins and prunes. Brown sugar, molasses, a touch of smoke, caramels, milk chocolates, and toffee. Leathery and molasses notes in the middle. You get just a hint of earthy hops in the backend of the beer, the beers malt profile is just so big... that the hops are fairely muted. Finishes with even more raisins and prunes. Nice complex big and bold beer!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Creamy, silky, oily, rich, and coats the entire surface area of your mouth. You can just tell this beer is huge... just a massive beer. I honestly think that this beer has a way thicker mouthfeel than Dark Lord. TRUE STORY! And where the heck is the 17% abv? I honestly get no booze from this beer. This is insane!

Overall: It honestly reminds me of a DFH World Wide Stout with a little influence of an American Barleywine, Old Ale, and a Quad all rolled into one beer. This is a really nice beer and I was really glad to try it out. Just cant believe how easy this drinks for 17% abv. Honestly speakless about this fact. I easily drank the entire 12oz bottle myself. Probably my favorite Dark Horse beer that i have drank to date!

01-17-2013 05:36:20 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Monster29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.