Thomas Creek Conduplico Immundus Monachus - Thomas Creek Brewery

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: PDXHops on 12-23-2010)
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Photo of rramsey
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I visited the brewery and tasted their offerings. This one is one of their atypical selection. I sampled a small glass a the brewery and feel in love with it. Upon getting ready to leave a grabbed a growler to go. This beer pours dark, with a good level of carbonization. The taste, and after taste is awesome. There are so many things going in in this one. It is dark and pours with a tan head of about two fingers. Reminiscent of porters and stouts, this one is one a could drink every day during the fall and winter. Goes great with a good cigar on the patio during the evening after a long day at work. This would be my favorite Thomas Creek offering in their atypical series followed closely by the banana split stout. This is available in champaign type bottles in stores. If you run across it, pick one up. You won't be disappointed,

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a barely translucent dark chocolate brown with a fairly thick and frothy, if not too persistent, tan head. (BTW, somebody please tell Thomas Creek that those plastic corks SUCK - they are a bitch to get out of the freakin' bottle!) Malty aroma has tones of molasses and caramel and a brandy-like fruity note. Satisfying flavor has molasses, malty, caramel and brandy tones, as well as hints of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. It is slightly sweet, balancing the sharp alcohol edge nicely. Thick-bodied texture is syrupy and somewhat tingly, leaving a finish that has tones of brandy, molasses and maple syrup. Screw repentance and enjoy this one!

Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml received in a recent trade with funkydelic. Thanks again Cameron!

Pours a very dark chocolate brown color that appears black in the glass and completely opaque with a one finger frothy beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

The aroma of this beer is slightly sweet with a nice toasted/deep roasted malt presence. Hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal, coffee bean, toffee and caramel as well as some subtle earthy hops and dark fruit. Slight lactic creaminess and while it has a deep roast character, it doesn't smell acrid or burnt.

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice chewy mouthfeel. As the aroma suggests, this beer is very toasty/roasted up front with a slight acrid bitterness that lingers throughout into a long dry finish. Hints of burnt toast, roasted coffee/espresso bean, oatmeal and dark chocolate. The roasted malt flavor is countered mid-palate by the esterey Belgian yeast notes that gives off subtle sweetness and dark fruit notes. Faint hints of raisin, plum and fig. This along with a nice lactic creaminess balances things out while adding complexity and fullness to the palate.

The ABV is excellently masked with no trace of alcohol heat or warmth, making this beer extremely drinkable. I have to slow myself down from pounding the whole 750 in a manner of minutes. Recommended.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of raszputini
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredible. Pours jet black with a thin brown head. Smells of burnt malts and alcohol. Taste includes sweet malts, coffee, chocolate, belgian sugars and yeast and mild alcohol. This brew is amazing. Most Belgium style stouts leave me unfulfilled, but not this one. You've the heavy chocolate and coffee tones, the distinctive burnt malts. This is as close as I've found to a traditional Russian Imperial from a Belgian style.

Photo of jabergess
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Brick Store pub in a tulip glass. Wow. Really loved this one. Dark toasty flavors, more like coffee, not like chocolate. The 10% ABV wasn't really present, but I felt it aftwrworda. More malty with little or no hop presence but it wasn't over power in the sweetness so I know they had to be there. I would highly recommend this as dessert beer after a nice hearty meal. Or maybe as a meal itself?

Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikesgroove included this beer in one of our recent trades. I love getting things that I haven't heard of, thanks Mike.

I'm just going to refer to this one as Monachus to avoid typing the whole name, I always gloss over names that are more than one word when I run into them.

The body is a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a little bit of yeast to it. The head is a finger and a half thick, and brown in color. Good retention, but not very much lacing.

This is a pretty unique smelling beer. I swear it smells like a dry champagne right off the bat, which is both interesting and pleasant. The roasted malts are obvious after the fruity smell.

Very fruity. Although I do pick up notes of the dark fruit that characterizes this style, such as dates and plums, I find that lighter fruit is more plentiful. A little bit of the sparkling white wine flavor sticks around, adding white grape skin to the flavor profile. I also pick up pretty noticeable flavors of pear and green apple. Even a hint of tartness comes along with those. Behind the fruit is a little bit of clove also. The malt profile has some body to it also, with some sugary sweetness, bits of bread and a big roasted character.

Carbonation is little above average here, and the body is a little bit below. I have to say that it suits this beer though.

This is my first beer from Thomas Creek and I was pretty impressed. I very seldom find American-made Belghian styles that are actually worth buying, but this one might be an exception if I could get my hands on it. The fruit character is excellent, especially in the aroma.

Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours very dark, opaque mahogany, not quite completely black, with a big bubbly tan head that leaves excellent lacing and lingers as a thick cap for a long time.

Aroma is mainly dark roasted malts, coffee beans and cocoa powder. There is only a hint of the expected dark fruity Belgian character.

Taste takes on a little more Belgian character with some sweet yeasty notes and even a hint of tartness on the back of the palate. There dominant flavors are still the dark chocolate malts and heavily roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel is dry and roasty, somewhere between imp porter and Belgian dark, with strong carbonation. Very smooth despite the roastiness.

This is a really solid mix of Belgian and porter and having had the Stone Belgo OG last night, I think this is a better mix of Belgian yeast and American style. Been pretty impressed with the last couple Thomas Creek offerings I've had.

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of jmdrpi
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Mississipping
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a hint of amber only when held to light. A large tan head billows from the body and takes its time to settle. Decent lacing left behind on the edges of the glass.

S: Roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee, with a hints of dark fruit. A bit of leather and tobacco are in the background as well. Pretty dynamic aroma that is quite pleasant.

T: The taste follows the aroma pretty well. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee come to the fore. A bit of smoke and tobacco with a constant, yet subtle, sweetness that carries throughout the glass. Not what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it.

M: Pretty full-bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Creamy and slightly sticky, but not cloying.

D: Really an unexpected and tasty treat, and one of the only beers from TC that I've thoroughly enjoyed, thus far.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color with ruby tints and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of tan-colored, long-lasting, foamy head. Very good lacing.

S: Surprisingly, this beer had a strong aroma of coffee. Also had a big shot of malt as well.

T: Tasted of coffee, roasted malt, a little caramel and some Belgian yeast. A slightly unusual flavor (mainly due to the presence of coffee) for the style, but definitely tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An easy to drink beer. One of Thomas Creek's best efforts. Drinkable.

Photo of PDXHops
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first beer in Thomas Creek's Atypical Series, Conduplico Immundus Monachus is an imperial version of their Dirty Monk. 750 ml corked and caged bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

After an embarrassing struggle with the cork, I finally resort to using a corkscrew and unleash a substantial 3-finger creamy beige head atop a body that appears near black at first glance, but upon further inspection is deep brown with cola highlights when held to light. The head settles down slowly to a thick skim and leaves scattered streaks and patches of sticky lacing.

Quite a complex nose, full of dark fruits both sweet and tangy, tobacco, molasses with hints of dark rum and burnt brown sugar.

Very nice flavor profile. Plenty of caramel and perhaps light chocolate sweetness, but it's not overly sugary. In fact, a nice roastiness lends a touch of balance and dryness toward the swallow. At times it seems a touch smoky, other times potently sour. Yeastiness, molasses and a tart dark fruitiness are definitely in play. Hints of nuttiness and a vague woodsy character. The mouthfeel is smooth, almost velvety soft, and the alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

Overall impression: This definitely falls into the "dangerously drinkable" category. Great kickoff to the Atypical Series.

Photo of zac16125
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jmbraxton
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MeisterSmudge
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Thomas Creek Conduplico Immundus Monachus from Thomas Creek Brewery
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