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Monster29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 67
Gots: 32 | 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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4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Dark Horse tap room.

Wow!!! First off it pours a deep dark black purple. Not much head to speak of. It has a thin light brown ring that still sits.
Smells of molasses, brown sugar, hops, and booze. Smells sweet and lovely.
There are some great favors here! Big raisin, malty, smokey, sweet brown sugar, a little booze, and a decent hop finish. This is a complex beer to say the least. It reminds me of Jewbelation 15, but better in every aspect.
Mouth feel is creamy, rich, and a tad bitter on the finish.

One of my favorite over the top beers of all time. The alcohol is so well hidden.

JDizzle, Sep 04, 2012
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rjacobs6, Dec 09, 2012
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4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz blue waxed bottle into a Founders 15th Anniversary glass. Bottle #275 of 888, Batch #3406. I can't thank steimie enough for this beer!

A - Pours a near black body. Holding it up to the light shows some ruby edging but this is one dark ass barleywine. No real head to speak of, just some thick khaki edging with large bubbles. A swirl coats the glass in a long lasting alcohol lace with bits of foam. This falls down the sides ever so slowly. For a normal barleywine this looks great, but for one that is somewhere around 17%....well, color me impressed.

S - Starts off with sweet raisins and burnt caramel, then comes a huge wave of savory something. Its not quite at the level of soy sauce, but its certainly savory. Leather, bitter dark chocolate, and candied peaches. Booze, booze, and more booze. The smell is overwhelming, confusing, and exciting.

T - Raisins, caramel, molasses, chocolate, leather and maple syrup. Very syrupy and rich with just a touch of savory on the end. This is like drinking bourbon soaked raisinets. Finishes with some mild alcohol warmth, kind of like what you'd find in a well put together barrel aged beer. 17%? This is just lost upon me. Very sweet, but never "too much" or "cloying". Just the perfect level of decadent richness. The taste is just....perfection really.

M - Thick and syrupy with a bit of spritz. It is on low end of carbonation. Despite this, I find myself drinking this far too quickly.

O - This is what I wish Raison D'extra was like. Its syrupy, sweet, and rich beyond belief....but its just so damn tasty. I really enjoy high abv, highly attenuated, overly sweet booze bomb. This beer nails every bit of that to a T. The barleywine equivalent of Black Tuesday.

davey101, Jan 21, 2013
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4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to adamdd for sending me a growler of this. It was greatly enjoyed by several consumers yesterday evening. Amazing, enormous barleywine. Probably my favorite non-barrel-aged barleywine I've had. Pours an opague dark brown with plenty of carbonation in spite of the growler being filled several days prior and shipped from Michigan to Denver. Smells and tastes of burnt toffee (which is what I found to make this beer so great), brown sugar, various dried fruits, and is far less boozy than the 20% ABV would suggest. Body is one of the thickest I've experienced - thick, almost syrupy. You could make a Monster29 sunday with this. Overall, outstanding. I really hope for the chance to try this again, as well as any barrel-aged version that may be released. Thanks again Adam!

waltonc, Jun 09, 2012
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Monster29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.