Scorched Monk - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 18.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cynic-ale on 11-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of Beemanick83
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Whisky taste light cherries can taste the oak

Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about a half inch light tan head that fizzles away quickly. There isn't much lacing. The brew smells like tart cherry, smoked malt/meats, plum, oak, earthiness, and a bit of vanilla. It tastes like smoked malt/meat, plums, tart cherry, red wine/grapes, oak, vanilla, citrus peel and some vinegar. I think each sip starts off smoky, and then the tartness kicks in. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall I liked this brew, I enjoyed the smoky/tart combination. It's a unique brew, and definitely worth a try!

Photo of zappoman
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep ruby, turning into more of an amber as the glass empties.

Smell: Wine, oak barrel, leather! in my first review..., with a gose undertone.

Taste: More oak, more wine, and tartness. The tartness is like an apple. This tastes like a tart green apple dipped in wine! The smoke has either dissipated, or it melded nicely with the flavors. I feared a super overpowering smoke, which is why I held onto it for 5 or so months. The sourness is not sweet as it is more akin to a gose's tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin, carbonation really compliments the beer.

Overall: Let this warm up! This seems like a good time to drink this beer if you have been put off by the label mentioning smoke and sour. I went into this beer with a lot of fears, but the flavors have melded together.

Photo of sweemzander
2.37/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a medium mahogany with reddish highlights minimal froth.

(S)- Sour and smoky. Light oaky cherry meets nail polish remover.

(T)- Initially, it has a sharp twang of acidity that quickly flows into a meaty jerky background from the smoked malts.

(M)- It has a good carbonation level. It is very initricate because of its oddness with sour and smoky at the same time. Very odd indeed.

(O)- It is unique for sure, I will give it that, but just a bit too unique for my tastes.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

With an incredible and "old world" bleed of sour into smoke, this collaborative effort between the ever-steady Struise and the relative newcomers to local craft brewing yields an adventurous taste to excite the stand-alone drinker and the folks looking for perfect complement to rich and meaty dishes.

Glowing with deep ruby, garnet and tawny brown hues- Scorched Monk gleams with outstanding clarity early but with hazy rust with its final pour. Its part-fizz, part-froth foam churns about the surface with light ivory froth. But soon after its initial erection, it folds back into the beer for a nearly still look halfway in.

Sourness is front and center as the nose dips into the glass. Sharp cherry, lemon, lime and apple frame its scent but does so in the most dry and acidic scent. Its light sea brine and saltwater taffee scent grips the olfactory senses with a fruity-dry and candied "Sweetheart" note. But a late waft of mesquite rises as the first sip draw near.

Its taste is one of those strangely captivating combinations of taste where impressions of fruit and candy are present but are void of the associated sweetness from those elements. Instead, its tart flavor is all about the sour citrus fruits of lemon and lime but also weave in the orchard varieties of tart green apples, under-ripened berries and sour grapes as its clean sourness leaves the palate refreshed and clean. Only in its aftertaste do the flavors of smoke reveals itself.

Certainly light bodied, the beer's lively carbonation gives a lift and an exaggerated effect to the beer's sourness that springs to life with high acidity, low earth and a slight linger of tart. Its finish is quick, refreshed and crisp- not revealing any hint of its near 10% strength.

Though Scorched Monk will do great with all those smoked meats, especially doctored up with vinegar based sauce- but it really comes to life because of its clean sour character and its tepid smoke auras. Where smoke is usually overdone, this beer uses modest restraint for the benefit of balance.

Photo of mactrail
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

I think this is one of the wretchedest beers I've ever tried to drink. Even if you like sours, there's not one right thing about this.

Appearance: Dull rusty cherry root beer in color with some half-hearted coarse bubbles quickly dissipating to flatness.

Smell: Vinegar nose and the smell of fresh latex paint.

Taste: This tastes exactly like the classic infected Weizenbock where all the sugar turns into tart dishwater. Aftertaste is a cigarette butt doused in the murk. A truly horrible bitter metallic taste completes the scene.

Mouthfeel: Some coarse club soda with a flat woody astringency.

Drinkability: More like spewability. The smoked cardboard or whatever they threw in here is exactly the wrong flavor to go with the wild yeast. The chemical bitterness gnaws at the back of the tongue.

Really, though, I think the more evocative name for this would be Scorched Sh*t Jeans. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle. My most expensive drain pour ever.

Photo of AlexFields
1.5/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Awful stuff. The contents of a hospital dumpster lit on fire.

Photo of JGam115
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sanguine, laced foam. Molasses, lite funk, charcuterie. Lite bodied sour, smoked fine charcuterie finish. Really interesting

Photo of barczar
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lightly sour aroma with caramel malt and a hint of smoke.

Tart, with bandaid smoke and vinous notes throughout. Apple emerges late.

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Hazy light mahogany to ruby in color, small beige head reduced to thick lacing pretty fast, even considering the big carbonation (pretty easy to hear from afar).
Tartness, really funky, fruity with faint cherries and dark berries, but rather vinegary, with a very clear leather note, almost a bit.. chemical. Green apple cider. Smoke and wood under it, with some oaky vanilla, a bit of peat, a strong wine note too.
Funky sour mash dominates the taste, with apple and grape vinegar, some red berry tartness, Morello cherries and zingy lemon rind. Gets "chewy" with some malts, multigrain crackers, a bit of sweetness (just a bit!) hinting some dried dark fruit (faint raisin and prune) and hay. Can't help it, but there's paint thinner in the taste, this beer is just that funky. Not sure if it's a good thing or bad. Really great wood notes to accompany the funk towards the finish, with straw, faint horseblanket, but really clear barrel notes, great oak, with a bit of the smoke creeping through. Dry, mildly bitter, begging for a new sip.
Light to medium body, but quite carbonated, with a fizz that fits along with the tartness. Aftertaste is mostly woody, tart, faint hints of red fruit and some lingering smoke.
Fits perfectly in the Flemish Old Brown style, tho with some tweaks and a nice (if not underwhelmed) smokey note. It's nice, but it does have a share of off notes and, personally, i expected some more... innovation. Still, great stuff.

Scorched Monk from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
83 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.