Thomas Creek Conduplico Immundus Monachus - Thomas Creek Brewery
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Reviews by brandonlovesbeer:
3.03/5 rDev -21.5%
I tried this from a growler. I live in Greenville, SC so it was fresh from the brewery that morning at the local Beer and Wine growler fill location. The brewery is right up the road from my house.
Appearance: It was nearly black. Lots of carbonation. But the head was thin and dissipated fairly quickly which was expected with the 10% ABV that this beer has. It was a beautiful beer to look at.
Smell: At the front were strong chocolate notes. Tobacco notes, medium Belgiany aroma. Some prune and date aroma. Hop presence was mild. There was a hint of some mild bitterness. Definitely nothing like the supposed younger brother of the "Dirty Monk" who's flavor and aroma would be comparable to a medium to strong dark IPA and also one of my favorite beers ever.
Taste: First impression was champagne. The effervescence was the first thing I noticed. It strongly tickled my tongue. The sweetness was the 2nd thing I noticed. This is very similar in sweetness to Stone's Barley Wine. Again, nothing like "Dirty Monk." My feeling is that it is way too sweet. It's sweet but dry. The Belgiany flavor definitely comes across. The alcohol is not prevalent in the taste but certainly warms as it goes down. The chocolate flavor tastes almost like real chocolate, but the sweetness was also as strong.
Mouthfeel: It was actually a fairly thin mouthfeel. I think the effervescence was at fault here. I was expecting this to have a chewier mouthfeel but it seemed very thin.
Verdict: After looking at it and smelling this beer, I was expecting a much more appetizing beer. I have been licking my chops trying to find an affordable bottle of this beer, and finally I found the 64oz growler fill for $9 bucks. I was not ready for a barley wine. It is not advertised as a barley wine, but that is certainly what it tastes like. Every barley wine I've ever tasted, this is definitely a relative of of that style. I find that it is no way related to the "Dirty Monk" except for having Belgian in the name of the style.
If you're looking for a barley wine, then this would be a good choice for you. But if you're looking for a higher ABV of the "Dirty Monk" then you will be sorely disappointed.
Overall, it's an okay beer. But it's taking me a while to drink this. I can usually get through a growler on my own in a couple days drinking a 12ozer, or more, at a time, no matter the abv. I've had high ABV imperial IPA's and polished off a growler in one sitting, but I'm drinking this 6oz at a time because that's about all I can handle of it. If you're not a sweet beer lover, the best way to drink this is to eat some cracker jacks or a hand full of chocolate chips before drinking it. That will cut the sweetness substantially so that you can enjoy the other flavors.
But in the spirit of full disclosure, I like hoppy beers and bitter wines. I'm not a fan of sweet beers or sweet wines. But I think what turns me off the most with this beer is that it is billed as higher ABV of "Dirty Monk" and it ended up being the farthest thing from it.
03-18-2012 07:28:57 | More by brandonlovesbeer
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4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
Poured into mu Ommegang goblet a deep garnet with a thinner but well laced beige head atop,big fruit in the nose along with spiced cake and brown sugar notes,the yeast gives off a spiced coffee cake element that goes well with the big dark fruit.Spicy and sweetish upfront,again there is a real "cakey" flare to it,a real nice earthy almost herbal note in the finish lets you know this was made by American hands.I really liked this beer it wasnt over the top in sweetness and the yeast was not overbearing,great job!
03-02-2011 21:36:50 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
Dark mahogany with a small off-white head.
A unique aroma and flavor that is hard to characterize.
The flavor is sweet ... a bit too much so despite some tartness.
Spicy, but without having much attractiveness or identity.
More prune flavor than any beer I can remember.
O - A rich and interesting brew that is better than the description above portends.
10-04-2011 23:11:05 | More by chinchill
3.55/5 rDev -8%
The cork required a vise to pop, yet there was some leakage in shipping. Some oxidized flavour, no carbonation. Very brown, mollasses with yeast, and towards the end of the bottle tart and hoppy. Rather a cross style, something of an imperial porter, and a Belgian. Worth a try.
03-13-2012 03:04:56 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
Had at the Brewery Bash back around Halloween, and just realized this was the brew they had on! Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a dark dark brown with a minimal tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, slight chocolate, and subtle hop. The flavor was of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and slight hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. It was kind of light on flavor if I'm completely honest. Nice aroma however. Really glad they decided to bottle this one on a limited scale so the masses could try it.
01-12-2011 20:45:14 | More by thagr81us
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
First and foremost, this was an annoying beer to open. It started fizzing on the drive home but I couldn't drink it right away. I left it in the fridge for a few hours and when I got home I had to use pliers to uncage and uncork it. Shockingly, it had tons of carbonation yet.
750 mL bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.
A: It pours very dark brown with a finger of khaki creaminess.
S: Dark roasty malts, with some tany and sweet dark fruits, and cherries.
T: It has a wonderful balance of sweet, tangy, and roasty.
M: It has a creamy but-not-too-thick body with some stickiness.
O: This is an absolute gem but I hope the bottling issue gets fixed.
09-20-2011 21:46:36 | More by bucklemyshoe
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
750ml Brown/black/ruby pour, small amount of tan head. Retention and lacing are low.
Aroma has prune, molasses, brown sugar and some red fruits.
Taste actually pretty similar with the molasses and brown sugar and more heavily present currant. Finishes a fruitcake or rumcake.
Not a ton of carbonation on a medium body. Could have been a tad more carbonation probably. Alcohol is warming but not really overly present in the mouth.
For $13 I probably wouldn't bother again, but a good attempt into a Belgian style.
01-31-2011 01:14:36 | More by Bung
3.4/5 rDev -11.9%
Dark blackish brown, thin layer of tan foam on the surface. Not much lacing in the glass. Persistent ring around the edges, not a lasting head of foam though.
Anise, clove aroma, oxidized dark malt, vinous, dried currants.
Tangy flavors of vinous cherry and currants, light smoke, tobacco leaf. Chewy and full bodied with some perceptible alcohol. Light prune sweetness, some roast and bakers chocolate. Lingering roast, light spice and tangy fruit. Oxidized malts come through in the taste a bit. It's ok, best shared, nothing too wild really.
11-27-2011 02:13:55 | More by emerge077
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
750 ml caged and corked bottle, $12.99. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like dark fruit, roasted malt, anise, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses and a bit of spice. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some tangy fruit and brandy flavors. It's a unique tasting brew, but I like it a lot. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating, and also has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good Belgian style imperial porter. Definitely worth a try!
11-30-2011 23:13:07 | More by bluejacket74
3.35/5 rDev -13.2%
A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin cap with some lacing.
S: Roasted malts and cocoa powder up front followed by sweet, dark fruits like plums and raisins. There are also traces of bubblegum, banana, molasses, and some yeast in the aroma.
T: Very sweet up front with lots of dark fruit notes followed by molasses and yeast. The roasted malts don't really kick in until the finish, providing some bitterness to go along with the yeasty flavors. Slight alcohol burn and then a surprisingly strong aftertaste of roasted malts. The flavors clash a bit.
M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit thick and sweet, lacking the attenuation I prefer in a good Belgian.
O: An interesting beer that I think could be done well, but falls a bit short. A good nose promising interesting flavors, but then the flavors clash in an unfortunate way. I'd like it if the roasted malts were more present initially to counter the sweetness of the beer rather than being in the aftertaste.
05-02-2011 21:07:11 | More by n2185
3.63/5 rDev -6%
On-tap at Brewvival 2011. Randallized with black cherries and figs.
Pours a dark black with a creamy tan head. Big aromas of dark sweet malt, Belgian yeast, chocolate, and cherries and figs from the Randall. Big BSDA flavors of brown sugar, figs, caramel, chocolate, and Belgian yeast, highlighted nicely by the fresh cherries and figs. Creamy, with a medium-full body. This is a bit fiery going down, the 10% isn't hidden too well. Carbonation is a bit low, but that's to be expected from the Randall. Not bad, but ultimately not too memorable.
03-30-2011 20:39:39 | More by jsanford
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
So excited to have Thomas Creek experimenting with some new beers. This is the direction they need to take IMO. i proudly opened this one up and served it into a snifter.
Popped the top and out poured a delicious looking ruby tinted brown liquid. Nice clarity, with a touch of sediment at the bottom. Very nice three inch high head of tan colored lace formed on the top and hung around for a good few moments before settling down to just a thin layer of lace and some nice side glass presentation. There were a few touches of carbonation visible as well drifting up toward the surface.
The aroma was very rich, with a nice mixture of sweet caramel notes and dark fruity yeast. Hints of plums and raisins were all over this one, as was a sweet liqueur type aroma, which gave a hint to the alcohol that lie within. A nice touch of spice as well, with hints of nutmeg.. The flavor followed suit perfectly. Opening up with a nice sweet malty flavor that warmed from within, it quickly became much more complex. A small boozy flavor coming in behind it, was laced with nice bits of spice and rum soaked raisin flavors. Definitely a sweet Belgian here, with the malt profile clearly dominating. There were some lingering flavors of roasted nuts as you got toward the end and the long lasting finish, had the slightest of sour bites to it. Very complex indeed. The overall profile though was quite mellow with nothing really dominating in one way or another, and a very smooth and creamy Mouthfeel. The carbonation never did let up and led to this one never coming across as dull or flat throughout the session. The alcohol was a touch noticeable at first, but never distracting, and was just enough to let you know this was indeed a nice sipper.
Overall, this was Very rich and complex, and delightfully smooth I could have had this one again and again. Seemed to go over very well with the family, as it was the first bottle that was emptied.
04-23-2011 00:08:18 | More by mikesgroove
4.01/5 rDev +3.9%
On tap into a tulip
Enjoyed at Homegrown Brewhouse
A: black with mocha colored head, head has very good retention and leaves a moderate amount of lacing
S: huge black licorice is by far the prominent aroma, subtle dark fruits
T: black licorice, roasted malts, dark fruits. Not terribly complex but very tasty
M/D: full bodied, carbonation on the higher side, ABV very well masked, and drinkability is very good
O: I really enjoyed this one. Not very complex and not very Belgian in my opinion, but very good nonetheless.
08-17-2013 20:40:59 | More by zac16125
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Picked up this 750ml cork&cager from the Greenville Beer Exchange where they will exchange your money for delicious beer.
A - Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours dark garnet, almost black, with a thin/medium dark khaki head.
S - Dark raisins, tart cherries, tobacco, rich roasted malt, brown sugar.
T - The taste starts off with an interesting blend of a bit of dark fruit, pomegranate with a bit of a baker's chocolate and coffee flavor. Mild alcohol aftertaste that masks the ABV pretty well.
M - Slightly thinner than medium bodied.
01-30-2011 01:26:12 | More by HeyItsChili
Thomas Creek Conduplico Immundus Monachus from Thomas Creek Brewery
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