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Monster29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Monster29
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

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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Filabee

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -45.8%

04-05-2014 03:52:49 | More by Filabee
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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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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -27.7%

09-18-2012 22:42:21 | More by t0rin0
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -24.6%

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

I love how Gordon Lightfoot pronounces "Detroit"... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep sunset garnet-amber topped by a half-finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises boozy molasses and candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the orange peel seems like the stronger component. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, this is a decent b-wine, but one that seems like it's resting on the laurel of its strength more than anything.

01-07-2013 23:02:57 | More by TMoney2591
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -24.6%

Appearance is very dark for a barleywine with no head or lacing. Nose features molasses, light maple, heavy caramel, and vanilla. Taste is very sweet with plenty of molasses, maple, and a bit of off flavor in the middle. By mid palate, this brew is a train wreck and the finish is hard to swallow. This one is cloyingly sweet. Mouthfeel is syrupy and mildly carbonation. Overall, a messy barleywine.

01-06-2013 01:46:02 | More by homebrew311
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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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hannydawg

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

01-10-2013 02:08:43 | More by hannydawg
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Florida9

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -21%

Dark dark brown. Not quite black. No head. Appears flat in the glass. Doesn't look much like a barley wine. Aroma is a mixture sweetness and roastiness. Molasses, raisin, and something like toast. Taste is like fermented molasses and nothing else. Well nothing else other than an unpleasant dry, astringent, oddly green chlorophyll-vanilla taste that is entirely out of place. Mouthfeel is sweet, thick, viscous, and syrupy. Mild bitterness, but dry and astringent on the finish.
This beer isn't right and I am at a loss to explain the high rating. This is barely even a BW, but even ignoring that, this just isn't a very good beer. It is one note, overly sweet, and has a punishing aftertaste.

01-06-2013 01:48:10 | More by Florida9
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zachary80

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

03-13-2013 06:47:31 | More by zachary80
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

09-12-2013 19:32:38 | More by CityofBals
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

09-01-2013 13:57:22 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

05-08-2014 00:49:44 | More by XmnwildX12
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and brown sugar flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the bourbon barrel aged variant is much better in my opinion.

08-26-2013 16:31:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

12-14-2013 20:28:56 | More by IrishColonial
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-25-2013 06:48:10 | More by drewone
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

12-19-2013 23:26:23 | More by mikeincharleston
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mdfb79

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

03-19-2013 14:58:34 | More by mdfb79
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pyite

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-02-2013 15:41:12 | More by pyite
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

12-14-2013 20:31:26 | More by billab914
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roblund

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

03-20-2013 14:23:57 | More by roblund
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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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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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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-13-2014 05:20:49 | More by jegross2
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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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Monster29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.