Thomas Creek Dirty Monk Belgian Porter - Thomas Creek Brewery
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Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
Growler fill from GBX. Cracked it while brewing up a batch in the garage. Poured into DRH Snifter. Great looking beer with generous off white head and good lacing throughout. Smell is of dark fruits, chocolate, figs, rosted malts and a touch of burnt wood/smoke. Looks and smells like a trappist ale. Taste was quite unique and fantastic. Get a big rush of the dark fruits, figs and malts on the front with a subtle floral hop finish. Reminds me of a SB Apt 12, without the alcohol hit. That is a compliment to keep the big bold BDA flavors and make it quite sessionable. Feel was rich and creamy with a touch of silk and perfect carbonation. A tough brew to sit down. Overall- A great beer with a lot going for it. Enjoyed the flavors and malts that were balanced well. The name is a bit misleading, as I don't see this as a porter, but an easy drinking surprise that I hope to hit again. A sleeper that is a must try.
02-24-2013 22:35:31 | More by TheDinger
4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
Sampled at the brewery - 6/8/2010.
Murky & dark ruby-brown in color. Aroma is full of roasted & chocolate malts. Taste is rich dark chocolate with a slightly smoky & bitter finish. Cannot really detect the Belgian influence, which I would assume to be the yeast used, but regardless, this is a fine & delicious brew.
06-12-2010 20:06:31 | More by branimal9
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
Reviewed from my notes:
A: Dark brown with almost no head when poured into pint glass by waiter.
S: Sweet malt, coffee and hint of chocolate.
T: Definitely sweet malt dominates with a touch of vanilla as well as chocolate and coffee.
M: Full bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Full flavor and full body describe this Belgian dark ale. Very enjoyable and I will seek it out again.
09-13-2011 21:22:43 | More by Paincane
4.2/5 rDev +4%
Growler shared by Dan - thanks!
Pours a dark purplish-black color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of ripe plums and figs backed by solid amounts of smooth roasted malt and hints of dark chocolate.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors with large amounts of dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of crisp dark fruit flavors - plums and figs with hints of pears. The fruit flavors fade slightly into the background, allowing the malt flavors to carry through to a mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have a few more.
Overall I was a fan of this beer. Whereas most Belgian Porters or Stouts I've tasted skew more toward the lighter fruit flavors I found this to be more of a blend of a BSDA and Imperial Porter. An interesting beer that's well worth a shot.
09-14-2010 22:57:13 | More by glid02
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
Another new one from Thomas Creek . I was eagerly awaiting its arrival. I had heard very good things and could not wait. Well when it showed up on tap you know I had to be all over it. Big pour here, much bigger then I expected as it comes out dark as night with a huge tan head that is maybe four inches high at its zenith. Slowly trickling down it leaves a ton of lacing in its wake with a really rocky and cratered cap along the rim of the glass. First hints of roasted malts, smoky with a good bit of rich molasses and caramel coming through now. Well rounded with a great balance to the profile. Hints of dark fruit, a touch of light chocolate coming up as it warms now. Velvet like feel is great for coating the mouth and providing a great soothing flavor. Rich dark chocolate, smoked, campfire like notes and a sweetness that comes through on the finish that just caps it off wonderfully.
Overall this may be my favorite from them to date. Rich, well balanced and just wonderfully put together.
04-13-2010 01:58:55 | More by mikesgroove
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
Presentation: Poured into a pint glass(I know, tomorrow I'll use my tulip) and as a result will probably have to update my review. I've already had a few 'quality' DIPA's and this taste may be skewed. THANKS to GREEN's off Piney Grove in Columbia for this FABULOUS GROWLER!
A: Pitch black, but I have no daylight to see through. Nice thick, fluffy, 3+ finger light tan head that dies down but leaves just as thick lacing.
S: Hints of roasted malts, some belgian yeast aromas, and chocolate.
T&M: Medium bodied, maybe on the lighter side. Definitely more of a porter and lighter than a 'Dark Belgian', somewhat watery on the finish. Dark chocolate feel and smoother than one would expect from a dark belgian. It just fades with a bit of a fizzle. Hints of dark fruit and mild roasted malts. Finishes semi-dry.
Very good overall. I would have to say that it is tops for any dark belgian or porter that I have had. Not a favorite style of mine, but definitely the best Thomas Creek offering I have had to date. Quality product that is absolutely worth a try.
07-19-2010 02:28:11 | More by cdizinno
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
Thomas Creek Dirty Monk on tap at The Wineshop at RiverGate in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Appearance: Very black! Very low carbonation, faint lacing. Thin for a porter.
Smell: Roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate. Very light in the nose, though.
Taste: Richer than smell and mouthfeel, but still light. Tea aromas. A bit of a Black IPA (and what on earth is a "Belgian Porter" anyway?)
Mouthfeel: Upfront carbonation that recedes soon. Bitterness lingers in the mouth. Medium body.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could chug a growler! A little watery but tasty nonetheless. I had never heard of "Belgian Porters" but can't wait to try more. Nothing earth-shattering here but fine.
09-20-2010 19:39:45 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.78/5 rDev -6.4%
Served from growler into a Delerium Tremens snifter. Poured deep dark brown with a one finger tan head that subside to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, nutmeg, and a subtle piney hop note. The flavor was of roasted malt, subtle hops, slight coffee, and cream. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one was pretty good for a Belgian porter, but wasn't great. I do however prefer some of the other Thomas Creek offerings over this one, but this is also not my favorite style either. Good for what it is and worth trying for any fan of the style.
10-11-2010 15:27:50 | More by thagr81us
Thomas Creek Dirty Monk Belgian Porter from Thomas Creek Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.