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Monster29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Monster29
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 68
Gots: 30 | 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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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -27.7%

09-18-2012 22:42:21 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Derek!

Very dark mahogany color with a small off-white head. Intensely sweet nose of maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. There’s a surprising note of hoppiness in the background. Definitely some booze in there, too. The flavor is also very sweet with the sample maple syrup, brown sugar, and caramel flavors. Might be a hint of chocolate, too. An underlying grapefruit flavor along with some light pine bitterness and rather surprisingly well hidden ABV. Very good beer, but not sure why a growler was considered a necessary serving size by the brewery.

Serving type: growler

08-04-2012 21:00:51 | More by womencantsail
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-27-2013 00:02:31 | More by spycow
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 23:02:57 | More by TMoney2591
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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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mdfb79

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-12-2014 05:24:55 | More by MarkyMOD
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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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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.5%

01-06-2013 01:36:51 | More by Gonzoillini
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-21-2014 10:29:03 | More by zestar
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/23/2012 and 7/8/2012

Growlers shared by Tim and Andrew, thanks!

A: Brown that's near black with a small light brown head.

S: Toffee, brown sugar, caramel. There's a restrained sweetness that's balanced by earthy and lightly citrusy hop character.

T: Dark toffee with some caramel. Earthy hops with a touch of pine and a lower moderate bitterness. A little brown sugar. Well hidden alcohol.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Really smooth for the ABV. Nice to try but not something I'd want more than four to six ounces of.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2012 16:57:50 | More by HopHead84
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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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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

10-28-2013 14:19:03 | More by drummermattie02
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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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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

12-14-2013 20:25:57 | More by Rhettroactive
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Duff27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-16-2013 23:32:06 | More by Duff27
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 11:28:06 | More by tectactoe
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ehammond1


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Sour Fest 2012
Bottle Share
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.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2012 01:06:02 | More by ehammond1
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Florida9

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 01:48:10 | More by Florida9
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 01:46:02 | More by homebrew311
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Monster29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.