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Scorched Monk - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 4
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Cynic-ale on 11-10-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

woodchip, Mar 30, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

bluejacket74, Sep 20, 2014
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dtomes, Jan 04, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

zappoman, Apr 29, 2014
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threedaggers, Feb 20, 2014
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2.36/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

sweemzander, Jan 05, 2014
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maxcoinage, Jan 10, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 09, 2013
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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.

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Scorched Monk from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.