Old Monk 10000 - Mohan Breweries & Distilleries Ltd
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3.3/5 rDev +39.8%
I had no idea what this was, and I couldn't find anything on the label telling me. All I know is that I can guarantee seeing "American Malt Liquor" listed as the style drops its score 20 points automatically.
Well, it doesn't look like much. It's a very pale "straw" yellow with a fizzy white head that dies quickly and leaves a foam that dies fairly quickly too. It manages barely a modicum of thin, spotty lacing.
The aroma, while a little nondescript, is actually pretty interesting. It's neither negligible nor offensive. It does offer a bit of fusel alcohol, though not at crazy levels, and none of the awful creamed corn or overly vegetal notes other malt liquors do. It does have something like raisin, some sweetness in that regard, and an interesting yeast note. Malts are sweet and bready. It's far from special, but it's not the nasty stuff I think of from most American versions.
The taste is much the same, and the main elements are the raisin-like dark fruits sweetness and interesting, sort of earthy yeast notes. Alcohol is noticeable but doesn't give me the impression of paint thinner like many beers of its kind. There's a grassy note and it even has a little hops bitterness to it, albeit very lightly. This is a good example of a terrible style, by far the best of its kind and all the more so if "best' can be equated with "least offensive."
It's a little slick, and not entirely clean, but it provides a constant crispness and a carbonation that isn't overbearing but doesn't fade off. It's light-bodied, as expected. There is a bit of smoothness to it.
One thing: don't let this sit in your fridge for months or you'll only get the bad.
04-15-2013 04:09:13 | More by Brenden
3.38/5 rDev +43.2%
Mohan Meatin Limited - Old Monk 10000 Super Beer
"for Sale In U.S.A. Country Only"
No Batch No. / Mfg. Date marked
With a name like "Old Monk 10000 Super Beer" it's got to be good, right?
Appearance: Clear gold body (I can't quite make out my fingerprints through the glass, but it's close). A short head of bright white froth holds well and leaves some nice lacing behind.
Aroma: Yeasty fruitiness. Dark fruit. Raisin. Some sweetish malt. Bread.
Flavor: Fruitiness dominates, displaying sweet dark fruits as well as some fresh grape. Phenols back that up with some spice/clove, vanilla, and a hint of plastic (maybe even a touch of burnt plastic). Canned corn/Dimethyl Sulfide. Some grassiness in the finish may be from hops, but who knows for sure? It's sweetish, overall, from end to end. A moderate bitterness holds it together along with the yeasty spiciness and the alcohol (which hides pretty well while it's cold, but appears once warmed, bringing with it a light note of ethyl acetate/nail polish).
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Medium-full body with just a bit of a sugary edge. Smooth, for sure.
Drinkability: For what it is, and I'm not really sure what it is, it's O.K. Is this really a malt liquor made in India for export to the U.S. market? How bizarre is that? And why the Belgian character? But on the other hand, if it is - it kind of works! I like it better than quite a few malt liquors out there. Technically it could be better, but so could most malt liquors.
03-06-2011 03:19:40 | More by NeroFiddled
1.83/5 rDev -22.5%
Won a bottle of this in a wager with Maltmaster420. Thanks Chris! (I suppose)
Poured from the 650ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright golden color, with a small, wispy white head for a crown. Aroma is, uh, interesting. Slightly smoky pale and adjunct malt, a bit of corny sweetness, and some mildly sweet fruit. Palate is all over the place - sweet pale malt up front, a bit of tropical fruit in the middle, and an oddly smoky finish that lingers.
Mouthfeel isn't too bad for this style of beer, but still isn't exactly a particularly pleasant experience. A bit creamy, but more foamy if you aren't careful. Although not entirely unpleasant, it's difficult to finish the entire bottle of this one. Not going to be buying this again.
09-12-2007 06:43:09 | More by ElGordo
1.8/5 rDev -23.7%
Poured from a brown 24 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. This was the high point for this beer. Smell had notes of plastic. Taste is very bad, plastics,sour, is that nyquil, maybe cough syrup, yuck. Feels light and blech in the mouth and is not drinkable. I was able to get through about 16 ounces of this, the rest went down the drain.
02-20-2011 15:02:13 | More by tone77
2.1/5 rDev -11%
From the 650 ml. bottle with no noticeable lot code or date. Sampled on July 17, 2009.
My gut reaction is that this must be India's answer to OE800. It pours golden-yellow with adequate clarity and a bubbly, short-lived head. Its appearance was probably its best feature. The aroma is a somewhat offensive burnt bread and stale malts mixture. The taste also has a kind of stale malts flavor and it almost tastes like it was there to cover up the obvious alcohol content. This was a difficult beer to finish but I did because I am too much of a cheapskate to pour it down the drain.
07-18-2009 00:17:40 | More by puboflyons
2.25/5 rDev -4.7%
A: Against natural lighting appeared a buttery-maize with a pristine sharp clarity. A sudsy bright white head sits atop only briefly before dissipating to a polished surface. Visible carbonation was extremely soft, almost to the point of cask-like, with vastly spaced and separated instances of micro-bubbles that rose in a steady stream like line at a moderate pace. Overall very typical macro-like appearance, which by style is what I guess they were shooting for.
S: Dried corn and a dried butterness is vaguely resembled on the nose. The strength and delivery was so light to the point it could be considered moot, where I struggled to obtain any scent for several minutes like a bloodhound with a runny nose. Stalky green corn stems appear on the fade.
T: Spicy and buttery start to the flavor. Dried corn with instances of green leafy stalks highlight this limited spectrum of flavors. Rating this per style, I would say it is slightly below average on a very good day against other not so good beers per style. A bit of dried white corn appears on the close.
M: A flat and lazy mouthful does little to make me what to hold this any longer then possible. Thought light, it wasn't exactly watery either with a slippery texture, a common theme im seeing in their line of beers.
D: By style, drinkability was below average, there just enough reason to drink this in multiples and have to say I struggled through half a bomber before I threw in the towel. This actually made me respect their other beer "Golden Eagle" a bit more, and isn't an easy thing to do. Epic fail.
07-01-2010 23:26:31 | More by beerthulhu
1.7/5 rDev -28%
It's over 9000! That's alot of zeroes. Been psyching myself up to drink this, the bottle has been sitting on top of the fridge for awhile now, marinating. The gleeful, malicious look in the monk's eye on the label doesn't help...his disdain is palpable for all heathens that may fall for this demon drink.
Ice cold out of the freezer and into a Gaffel stange glass. A few large bubbles at first, like a glass of juice. A steady pour generates a few centimeters of foam. DOA after a minute, it looks just like apple juice. First sips, foul taste of... smoky candle wax? Artificial, filmy feel, it's lack of sweetness betrays the mild sweet apple and smoke aroma. Drainpour. Stay far away from this cursed malt beverage...
"For sale in U.S.A. country only." This has got to be some cruel joke...
03-26-2009 01:02:46 | More by emerge077
2.03/5 rDev -14%
A-Clear golden-amber with thin light head despite an aggressive pour. Head quickly faded.
S-Sweet caramel, toffee, and butter, blended with a syrupy sweet grain aroma.
T-Sweet band-aid phenols upfront, buttery (possible diacetyl) midpalate that carries over into finish that brings out the alcohol. None of them are too in-your-face, but they're all there, and there's not much else.
M-Hard to rate...band-aid and buttery characters coat tongue and roof of mouth. Overall mouthfeel is unbalanced...the sweetness is overpowered by the flaws, and the faint hops in the finish don't emerge enough to compete with the alcohol syrupy grain texture that coats the mouth.
D- Poor. The only way to salvage the rest of the bottle is to pair it with something very, very spicy that will numb my taste buds. I'm making some spicy Mexican rice that should do the trick.
05-04-2008 01:44:48 | More by BoitSansSoif
2.85/5 rDev +20.8%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a thin white head that is active during the pour and then dissipated quickly to a film and ring around the glass. Aroma of sweet malt and undentifiable light estery bandaid or exotic fruit, hints of banana. Flavor is almost uncategorizable, starting off all right with sweet malt, lightly grainy, but developing odd fruit and medicinal flavors. Finishes with sweet malt, with sweet adjunt components and the closest I've had to genuine bandaid in a beer. I've only had hints of this before, so it's almost endearing. Light bodied. The flavors are low key, which actually is a plus, because some of these would not be an asset in higher concentration. As it is, it kind of a very oddly flavored, amped up adjunct beer, so the malt liquor style is the best fit; American malt liquor meets odd, exotic fruits and friends. It was intriguing enough to keep me interested for a whole glass, but probably not a repeat performance.
04-05-2013 02:41:09 | More by LiquidAmber
3.48/5 rDev +47.5%
From the bottle to a beer glass-
Look: Clear yellow, visible bubbles, plain white head of modest size
Smell: Smokey and rich
Taste: Smokey all the way through, but not harsh, faint chemical flavors to mask the alcohol (which it does quite well)
Feel: Carbonated and oily
Drink: If you can enjoy the strange but different burnt flavors, it's no hassle to drink it. High alcohol and a lack of complexity would make it hard to down more than one I imagine.
10-01-2009 02:27:49 | More by SteveS1
1.27/5 rDev -46.2%
Picked this up on a recommendation while in the liquor store looking for an Indian beer to go with my meal. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Never had a malt liquor before and didn't know that's what I was getting.
Pours a golden yellow with a thin white head that's gone quickly. It's still got some bubbles flowing up like Champagne, if it kept the head around longer it would actually look good.
The aroma is terrible, some malts in the background, but it's mostly a band-aid medicinal taste. The flavor isn't much better. The malts come through a little more, but the medicinal taste is overpowering. The mouthfeel is dry and pleasant. I could only drink enough to complete this review. The rest of the 22oz bottle is going down the drain.
10-28-2009 01:09:20 | More by mjaskula
2.58/5 rDev +9.3%
Seems to be an attempt at making a higher malt/higher alcohol beer to emulate a tripel. But, it falls waaay short. (Emphasis on waaay.)
The appearance is nice enough. Yellow-orange color, nice and clear. The head is white, and vanishes away relatively fast considering the quantity of sugar in the beer.
The smell is at first sweet, like honey or a sugar syrup, but after a bit of warming, a medicinal smell (band-aids) start to mix in.
The taste is very sweet, with a bit of alcohol tang. I can't quite discern a particular fruit flavor from the beer, just 'fruity' overall. It reminds me a bit of a mead made with a generic honey.
The mouthfeel is fizzy, and definitely has that diacetyl slipperiness to it.
Overall, I would say that this is not a beer that is best drank on its own. With the savory nature of Indian food, it seems to be a bit nicer. The sweetness is balanced out better in conjunction with a nice curry.
02-22-2008 19:12:48 | More by Bobzilla
1.25/5 rDev -47%
Aromas are slightly smoky pale and adjunct malt, a lot of corny sweetness.
The taste is all adjunct, corn, corn, corn. Flavors are all over the place; sweet pale malt up front and an oddly smoky finish that lingers. This is one of the worst beers I have ever had honestly.
Although not entirely unpleasant, it's difficult to finish the entire bottle of this one. Not going to be buying this again. This beer shouldn't be allowed to have a monk on it; Belgian monks would rather drink their own... well you know, than drink this beer.
11-22-2010 03:53:05 | More by claspada
2.15/5 rDev -8.9%
Warning! Just because a Top beer store can get a beer doesn't mean that it is a good beer.
Whiff of skunk when I popped the cap.
Pale yellow beer with no real head. Looks like Malt Liquor.
This smells sweet and fairly floral. Mild scent of malt but this really smells more like Sake than beer.
Taste is sweet and sulfur and kerosene? and ashes. Second taste is smoother but this is really the Indian Revenge for IPA.
I have tried to find the good points of this beer; but it doesn't have one.
Mouthfeel is beer; it isn't bad in this respect.
How to rate the drinkability of this is hard. Budweiser is better. I can say with confidence that this won't make you puke! Unless you were queasy before you try this and then well, you will be screwed!
05-29-2006 04:29:04 | More by Zorro
2.33/5 rDev -1.3%
I wanted to buy something at this little store off the highway in Delaware. The logo "Go for Monk" caught my eye. This beer is not as bad as I expected and didn't seem soaked in alcohol.
There was a bit of brief head on top of a pale ochre body. Nose is sweet and malty, but not as astringent or soapy as sometimes befits the style. Sweet corn throughout the flavor but not abusively enough to make me wince.
I have fairly low expectations of malt liquor and this strange bottle with its smiling, jowly monk on the label more or less passed them.
07-05-2012 02:54:04 | More by daliandragon
2.03/5 rDev -14%
Old Monk 10000 superbeer was a but of a mystery to me. It was placed next to a few belgian ales in the refrigerated section of my local Indian owned liquor shop. When I asked the owner about it he told me it is an Indian beer and fairly strong. Ever eager to expand my beer experiences, I went ahead and got a bottle.
After drinking this beer, I'm pretty sure I bought the Indian equivalent of Hurricane high gravity malt liquor. The beer is generally as per usual for the style, but there is some really odd aftertaste. I'm hoping that it is the attempt to have a belgian-y yeast flavor, though I can imagine it may be worse things. Not a beverage I would procure again
05-20-2010 02:10:02 | More by Ghenna
2.33/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours golden yellow with plenty of clarity. A thin creamy white head slowly fades.
The smell is of light grain, light fruitiness and a touch of rubbing alcohol.
The taste is of sweet grain with an odd taste that is not easy to describe. Something like moldy wood. There is a smoky note to it. Alcohol is fairly well-hidden for style and abv. Not as harsh or husky as other examples of the style, but not particularly pleasant.
It has a certain creaminess and is not impossible to get through the body, but beware of the nasty aftertaste that clings on for too long.
02-10-2008 02:41:18 | More by jwc215
2.1/5 rDev -11%
The bar tender at an Indian restaurant recommended this when I asked if they had any dark beers. They didn't, but he seemed to think this came closest. In fact it was just yellow. I poured the beer myself. The head was thin and bubbly and dissipated quickly. There looked to be lots of carbonation, but the mouthfeel was not fizzy. The smell was strong alcohol and very sweet. The taste was also very sweet and strong alcohol. The bottle says 8% but the alcohol taste was even stronger. After drinking a pint, I also felt like I had had more than one pint of 8% beer. The bottle says it is a beer for beer-lovers. I don't know about that, but it is for those who want a strong beer. I probably wouldn't order this beer again, but it is worth trying once for variety's sake.
08-26-2006 06:42:35 | More by PhiloPsych
2.75/5 rDev +16.5%
Pours a three finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Maybe a sweet nose. Flavor is sweet but hops are trying to balance, menthol in the background. $3.45 for a 650ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
07-30-2008 22:57:05 | More by jdhilt
2.15/5 rDev -8.9%
Courtesy of Zorro through BIF 120/190.
Looks a lot like an American Macro. Pale yellow with no head....very bubbly. Smells like sweet rice and corn. Tatse is not good...not sure where the whole "super beer" on the label comes from. Sweet and sour at the same time. I actually drank this with a friend of mine from India. He said this is what they would drink if they wanted to drunk off of beer not liquor. Take that for what it's worth. Crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel.
06-24-2006 21:43:52 | More by Imstillthegman
1.1/5 rDev -53.4%
I mean, really. How can you not try this beer? Hailing from India. With a Manufacturing Date section clearly on the label...yet blank. Even a blank Batch Number. And the slogan, "Go for Monk". It screams quality.
Visually it is very nice. A clear golden amber with a thick head. But it fizzes out quickly. It smells like a copper penny. Oh, god. The flavor. A copper penny soaked in some sort of medicine. Or maybe floor cleaner. It leaves a fantastic metallic taste on the tongue. And alcohol. 8% never tastes so strong. Reading a couple of other reviews, I figured out what it tastes like. A wet band aid. Seriously. It's a very cheap malt liquor. I guess I'll have to try Old English and compare. But right now I'm pouring this out.
02-15-2010 00:21:03 | More by skinny0ne
1.95/5 rDev -17.4%
Presentation: 650ml, tall thin brown glass bottle, looks like an extended standard Teutonic affairs. Main label is black punctuated with gold and purple accentuated with white text. Listed as Imported Old Monk 10000 Super Beer. Below this, the offering is further promoted as This beer is made for beer lovers to discover the special taste. Listed at 8.0% ABV and For sale in USA Country Only. Finished with a reverse and neck label, the crown cap looks home made and says Mohan Meakin Limited Estd. 1855 with a letter E in the middle in red text. Label has a Batch No. and Mfg. Date area but no information relating to either of these.
Appearance: Fresh urine sample with a quickly fading head soon has it looking like stale cat piss.
Nose: Hospital corridors and pine disinfectant assault the nostrils but clean them with a ruthless efficiency. Nasal hair is sterilized by alcohol stained phenols with only a hint of Skunk to add some redeeming features. Id rather smell my own bedsheet trapped farts though I have been known to enjoy then on occasion I have to say.
Taste: Ghandis embalming fluid gently peppers the sweet malts and cleaning fluids. Finish is of TCP Antiseptic with a rounded Dettol influence to satisfy the sponsors. Sweet and putrid.
Mouthfeel: Average feel but weaker than most.
Drinkability: More Tea Vicar!!! Im watching Criss Angel and I wish he could make this fucker disappear.
Overall: I think I just mummified my internals. Go for Monk, so says the Neck Label, so I did, but wish I hadnt. Well I think I would rather be a Monk than have to drink anymore of this stuff.
Goes all the way to Eleven .Minus Eleven.
Computer Says No!
08-31-2006 07:49:27 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.45/5 rDev +46.2%
Had this at an Indian Restaurant on Ventura Ave. in LA.
Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Clear, bright, and pale with a 1.5 finger white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Faint bright character of some kind of odd sweetness - maybe corn and a slight medicinal band-aidy aroma. Yeast makes an appearance. Then a Sprite-like aroma.
T: Kind of fruity and slightly yeasty at first. Corn and medicinal notes. Sweetish with a dry finish like a bad white wine.
Notes: As an Indian beer I'd say this was pretty good. As a beer in comparison to most other beers. Not very good, but still drinkable. Not the hellish experience most here made it out to be. It washed down my Indian food pretty well...
01-29-2011 06:48:06 | More by BucBasil
Old Monk 10000 from Mohan Breweries & Distilleries Ltd
61 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.