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Menagerie #8 - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: duceswild on 10-31-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap during Baltimore Beer Week and also at an Evolution event.

Beer pours a dark plum color with a little cloudiness. Lacing on the glass is a cream color. The smell is where this beer is coming through. Smells of sweet red grapes, with some oak, and candied sugar. Taste continues with these scents and compliments it well. During the taste I felt that the notes I was getting was similar to a Cabernet. As the beer warms more of the wonderful complex flavors from this beer come out. Moderate carbonation through out the mouthfeel. Both times I had this beer, the ABV was listed differently. Once at 9.1% and once at 9.5%. Regardless of the final ABV, it is somewhat well hidden though you know this is a higher ABV beer from tasting it.

Overall, I really liked this beer and will seek it out in the future.

The beer menu notes on this beer say it's a Dark Belgian Strong w/ Belgian Candi Sugar, Wildflower Honey aged in Syrah, Cabernet, Zinfandel, and Merlot Oak Barrels.

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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into tulip

A- Black with a four finger tab head.

S- Red wine, oak, tart, hints of raspberry and cherry, sweet, balanced.

T- Red wine is the first thing that I notice, I am getting floral and honey notes, alcohol, tart fruits, some chocolate, complex, barrel forward but still balanced.

M- Smooth, medium to full body, lots of carbonation.

O- A solid beer that worked well with the wine barrel. Gets better as it warms. I have had this on tap also, and felt it was better, less carbonation and had a little more chocolate. Excited to see how this ages. Another fine beer from Evolution.

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4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, from a snifter at the brewery in Salisbury, MD.

It's if a full-bodied beer, with a complex flavor. The big surprise was the finish, which I expected to slightly burn considering the alcohol content. Instead it was smooth, almost watery. Dangerous!

The nose is chocolate, and somewhat floral.
The taste is similar to a mix of their porter and esb, but has some separation.
Finished the beer with their brisket sandwich w/ root beer sauce - which meshed nicely, too.

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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque cola with tons of thick light tan head.
S: It smelled like tannic red wine grapes and metallic oak, with some sweet wild honey and toffee and dates and sourdough.
T: It tasted like sweet wild honey and dates and earthy toffee, with some tannic red grapes and dry oak and a bit of sourdough and nutty malt. It had a clean sweet and tart aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little smooth natural carbonation. Beautiful refined body.
D: This was a very nice and unique BSDA, with well executed wine barrel aging. The scent and taste were very complex and enjoyable, and the body was nearly perfect. The finish was fairly smooth, with well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink but worth sipping. Not sure how it would age, but I really enjoyed it fresh. Well done, Evo!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was at State Line the other day, and was pleasantly surprised to see on the shelf.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with red hilights. Head retention was very good, with considerable stickly lacing as well. The nose was very impressive as well. The label indicates that the beer is aged in red wine barrels, the that's definitely what you get on the nose. There is a considerable wine aroma, along with dark fruits, vanilla and light chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the wine flavor imparting a slight sour flavor. This beer reminds me a bit of the always excellent BFM Bon Chien beers, though it's not quite as complex or sour. On the other hand, the moderate sweetness in this beer is countered very nicely by the light sour wine flavor, and the finish was long and complex. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to full, and I thought the alcohol was very well integrated into the flavor profile (no heat or heaviness on the finish).

A very good beer from Evolution, and it was a beer that seemed to open up more and more as the beer warmed (the wine flavor was a bit less pronounced, and I got more dark fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate, and even some light licoris). Very nicely done.

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Menagerie #8 from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.