Thomas Creek Conduplico Immundus Monachus - Thomas Creek Brewery
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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
4.25/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
01-05-2012 22:56:46 | More by Mississipping
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
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
3.4/5 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
3.85/5 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
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
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
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!
08-23-2011 01:32:06 | More by Cyberkedi
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a cloudy dark brown with two fingers of dense latte colored head that settles to a persistent quarter inch with a ring of splotchy lace left behind. Smell: toasted nuts, brown sugar, a little fig, mildly roasty. Taste: dark fruit - prune and raisin, almond, heavily toasted dark bread, dark brown sugar. Medium bodied, creamy, mild carbonation. Good, not great.
07-24-2011 02:40:46 | More by babaracas
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
06-16-2011 18:55:14 | More by Hojaminbag
4.35/5 rDev +12.7%
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?
05-21-2011 22:28:32 | More by jabergess
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
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
4/5 rDev +3.6%
A pretty solid beer from this ever improving brewery. Pours black with a somewhat slight head, but what there is sticks around as a ring. Smells rich and roasty with some dark fruitiness and some bitter chocolate notes. Nice. The taste is a little more mellow. Still nice balance, with bitter chocolate and dark fruit, and even a touch of cranberry. There is less roastiness and not really a Belgian yeast note, but the fruitiness and dark chocolate combination is lovely. Very smooth, and with a late bitterness that adds some structure. The alcohol is also extremely well hidden. A soft, rather than punchy beer. I enjoyed it.
04-17-2011 01:38:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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
3.63/5 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
4.4/5 rDev +14%
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.
03-29-2011 03:33:23 | More by corby112
4.35/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
03-17-2011 00:22:43 | More by raszputini
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
03-10-2011 02:58:50 | More by gford217
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
Thomas Creek Conduplico Immundus Monachus from Thomas Creek Brewery
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