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Menagerie #8 - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

57 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: duceswild on 10-31-2012)
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Reviews by Greywulfken:
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Greywulfken

New York

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: opaque black beer in a chalice glass with a slim head of tan foam

S: some merlot-esque wine notes, some light burnt sugar malt

T: barrel aging beer in wine barrels is going to ensure a beer/wine hybrid, and that is what you get here - the red wine flavors of cherry, berry, currant, and dark grape are all present, and for me, initially somewhat more dominant than the candi sugar and honey and malts of the beer; as the beer warmed, I thought the beeriness became more apparent, but this was never a hoppy or bitter brew.

M: medium-to-thin - again, had a red wine feel (like a merlot/cabernet sauvignon blend), some tartness (which was more equitably attributable to the beer as much as the wine barrel-aging).

O: I have two strikes against me in reviewing this beer: one is that I am not a big wine drinker, and two is that I have a handful of BSDAs I like (quads excluded - I love those!), but would otherwise probably not rank it among my favorite styles. That said, this was a very interesting and enjoyable drink - probably would've been great accompanying any food you would pair with red wine - and another example of the good work Evolution is doing with barrel-aged products. I'm not a big fan of Chimay Blue, but respect it as a stout representative of the style, and with that in mind, I would say that this beer reminded me somewhat of what a red wine-barrel aged Chimay might taste like. If you like the Chimay and similar BSDAs, this beer will no doubt please you.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 01:26:56 | More by Greywulfken
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wrightst

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-07-2014 02:59:13 | More by wrightst
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briandaube

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-01-2014 23:10:25 | More by briandaube
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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

03-29-2014 00:12:34 | More by Sarge3130
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lurpy1

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

03-13-2014 19:47:56 | More by lurpy1
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-06-2014 14:10:48 | More by InspectorBob
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

12-23-2013 05:10:07 | More by jwat
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to damienblack for this bottle, the last survivor of a fall-time trade. Big 22 oz. bottle that would be very difficult to stuff in your pockets & smuggle into a Twins game. Split with my wife (who picked it out).

The pour is obnoxiously carbonated, billowing at the slightest provocation, & I have to pause at the halfway point. The beer, what I can see of it, is dark, arterial-blood red. Nose is rife with wine barrel, strong Belgian yeasts, & a healthy dose of sugar cane.

Menagerie #8 isn't twisting my nipples. Whatever subtleties are noted on the label are drowned in candied sugar, rabid carbonation, & yeastiness. Might be a few wine notes in here; hard to tell amidst the overbearing opening. Tartness that might be the wine, or an impending infection, right on the end. Half a bomber? Put it on my honey-chore list.

Glancing through the other reviews, it's hard to believe this is the same beer. I didn't know this was released a year ago, but something has gotten into it. Doesn't even rise to average; my first disappointment from a good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:30:57 | More by maximum12
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mattafett

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

11-05-2013 03:13:20 | More by mattafett
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

10-17-2013 14:34:38 | More by GeoffreyM
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wyatt13

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

10-13-2013 15:18:10 | More by wyatt13
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jp312

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

09-22-2013 21:48:35 | More by jp312
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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VeganUndead

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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MrBoh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-18-2013 01:33:50 | More by MrBoh
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

a: Very dark mahogany, pours wirh a thick, uneven head.

s : Pleasant but kind of subdued. The wine barrel plays a very prominent role; with vinous chocolate, leather, and tobacco. I also found some candi sugar sweetness and floral alcohol.

t: Definitely wine barrel first and foremost. Vinous and tart with chocolety leather, some non-grape dark fruits, a little sugar, and lingering oaky-tobacco heat. I'm really liking the chocolate in this one.

m: Kind of abrasively fizzy.

o: I liked this one for sure. I might have liked it better as 50% aged in wine barrels kind of beer. Absolutely unique and memorable.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 17:33:04 | More by DIM
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Menagerie #8 from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.