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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: duceswild on 10-31-2012)
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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

wyatt13, Oct 13, 2013
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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.

maximum12, Nov 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Thorpe429, Apr 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Sarge3130, Mar 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

mattafett, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

lurpy1, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

GeoffreyM, Oct 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

jp312, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

BeerThursdays, Dec 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

IPAchris, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

confer, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

djrn2, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz snifter
Deer Park, Newark, DE

A: Pours a really dark chestnut color. Fairly dark. Initially a thin layer of slightly tan head. Some lacing bits and alcohol feet for sure on this big beer.

S: Getting lots of vinous notes on nose. Lots of that wine barrel character. Sweet candied sugar, molasses, some toffee hints too.

T: Sweet malts. Wine hints. Candied sugar. Dry finish. Long lingering flavor surrounds the mouth.

M: It's a full bodied mouth coating beer.

inlimbo77, Dec 27, 2012
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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.

DIM, Jun 09, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Signature Snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a towering three inch head that soon crumbles bearing bumps and crags on its way down to a 1/4 inch head. Not so resilient streaks of lacing.

S- Sweet, somewhat effervescent aroma of Belgian yeast and candi sugar.

T- Sharp flavor of mildly roasted malt combined with the sweet candi sugar. Strong, but I wouldn't go so far as to say boozy although it is noticeable. Smooth and drinkable, but not overly complex, especially for a barrel-aged Belgian. There are some woody notes but nothing too apparent.

M- I think it's the medium-high carbonation that gives the drink such a kick. Mostly full body and a somewhat chalky feel.

O- Pretty much a standard BSDA. Was hoping for a bit more since I've loved previous entries in the Menagerie series.

Immortale25, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

briandaube, Jul 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

rondufresne, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore beer week. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark mahogany color with some red at the edges when the light hits. There is a ring of creamy tan head around the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some mild molasses. There is a red wine note mixed in with the sweetness along with some grapes and a slight note that reminds me of soy sauce.

Taste: Less tart than the smell. Red wine and lots of dark fruit and dark malt sweetness. There is a flavor in there that reminds me of grape jelly. The finish is mildly warm in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with full, foamy carbonation and a finish that's a bit dry.

Overall: I thought this was a very different strong dark beer. The wine and malt blend together nicely, but the beer manages not to be overly sweet. I'd have more in the future.

oline73, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Metatron6, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

tobelerone, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

InspectorBob, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

MrBoh, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

kjkinsey, Mar 09, 2013
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Menagerie #8 from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.