Thomas Creek Conduplico Immundus Monachus - Thomas Creek Brewery
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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
3.08/5 rDev -20.2%
Ah the synthetic cork. Not only did it fail to properly preserve this beer as was evidenced by some dark oozing and mold around the top but it was also a total bitch to remove, requiring a rabbit ear corkscrew.
So the beer was nearly dead flat, oxidized, but still retained some flavor and aroma. It was not a drain-pour.
No head to speak of, but a dark BSDA color, not quite stout or porter black.
Aroma was tame, some dried fig, malty, toffee.
Taste was a little too malt syrupy sweet, making the yeast hard to detect. Kind of like an overly sweet Scotch ale. No identifiable hop bitterness.
Thomas Creek has had some adventurous beers that have kind of missed the mark but are still an interesting drink (Up the Creek). They really need to reconsider using the synthetic cork. It works great for wine bottles but they screwed something up here. I will continue to try Tom's beers but will avoid the synthetic cork & cage.
11-10-2012 04:31:51 | More by listenatjoes
3.28/5 rDev -15%
Poured into a Duvel tulip on 8/26/11
Thanks to PDXHops for the bottle
"Kinda like an Imperial Belgian Black IPA."
-MbpBugeye, who could tick no more
Medium brown; much darker in the glass. 1 1/2 finger head of toasty brown foam is riddled by large bubbles. Thin layer of bubbly retention. Thin strands of lace.
Aromas: roasted chocolate and coffee; Belgian-style yeast; earth; tangy dark fruit notes blend into the mix; very light spice; hints of tea leaves; no trace of alcohol. Not gonna lie - it smells kind of odd.
Tastes odd, too. However, it works for the most part - mainly because it tastes just like it smells (funny how that works, huh?). Sugary; dark fruit notes - raisins, plums. The fruit is juicy on the finish. Burnt chocolate and some roasted coffee undertones. Dry earthiness picks up towards the finish. Some tobacco notes.
Full enough body with a slick viscosity. Moderate carbonation is more fluffy/fizzy than it is prickly. Fruity residuals.
01-06-2012 04:08:02 | More by Ryan011235
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
3.4/5 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
3.43/5 rDev -11.1%
Reviewed out of a medium snifter glass.
Appearance: Poured a 1 finger head with creamy and frothy head that literally coated my glass. Looks as though I had a porter float. Jet black in color.
Smell: I get a ton of dark candied fruit with layered dark sugar slices. A bit of roastiness on the tail end of this sensory experience.
Taste: Opens with a sweet figs, dates and prunes and mottled Belgian yeast. Roasted malts, with a hint of cold and slightly over brewed coffee. These two flavor profiles in a sense come together and almost show signs of perfect union but reject each other leaving the palate confused. The abv is barely noticeable till the finish. A booziness manifest along with a slightly sticky aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The palate is left a bit dry.
Overall: When I read the style I was extremely excited to pair this with dinner. After dinner I allowed my palate time to rest and reassess this brew. I would love to try this on tap. I recommend this to those seeking a new style with a unique execution.
01-04-2012 23:55:41 | More by capra12
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
3.63/5 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
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
Pours dark brown - black with tan colored head. Good head on it and is maintained well.
Smell is not great. It's not bad. It's just average. A little chocolate and some roasted malt.
The taste is alcoholy. And, I agree with a reviewer below: A bit funky.
It had good mouthfeel and nicely carbonated.
Overall, it just seemed like an attempt at a high alcohol beer.
01-26-2011 19:59:53 | More by ChristianBlack
3.75/5 rDev -2.8%
Dark ale with fruity roasted malt flavors.
Dark mahogany in the New Belgium snifter. Nice lacing and feels well carbonated on the tongue. Raisins and fig jam flavors, a woody edge, and rather sharp. Sweetness grows as it warms. Label claims 54 IBU, but it doesn't seem that hoppy. Quite a residual bitterness, though, which is not a plus for me as it overwhelms the interesting flavors. Pleasant and very drinkable, but not much of the funky side of the Belgians. I wish for more complexity and mellowness.
Minor rant: what's with the plastic cork? Like we're going to pretend to age this stuff in ye olde cellar. Where are the damn pliers?
03-31-2011 05:36:52 | More by mactrail
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours a deep opaque black body with a vigorous caramel colored head. The head is very thick with large bubbles that pop and take away some of the mass of the head after the initial pour.
Smell is not impressive. It has hints of caramel and some alcohol with hints of chocolate and roasted malt.
The taste is far more rigorous. There is a high amount of roasted bready malts along with some strong but not abrasive chocolate malts. Some belgian funk notes accompany the roasted barley and caramel notes. There's hints of raisons and dark cherries.
It's very creamy in the mouthfeel.
01-08-2011 05:49:26 | More by chaz410
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
3.88/5 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
Thomas Creek Conduplico Immundus Monachus from Thomas Creek Brewery
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