Monk Chai Winter Porter - Village Brewery
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3.88/5 rDev +9%
1.89L growler, procured at the Co-op in bustling Okotoks, while visiting me dear ma for Mother's Day this past weekend - apparently Village's mandate to supply only Calgary establishments for the time being extends to Calgary-based companies' satellite community stores.
This beer pours a clear, rather dark brownish amber hue, with three fingers of super-puffy, silken foamy, and tightly bubbled ecru head, which leaves some nice snow rime webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.
It smells very much like gingerbread - caramel malt, cloves, weak ginger, cinnamon, a bit of spent yeast - with additional dark chocolate and black tea notes. The taste is much fuller - dense, and slightly roasted caramel malt, hints of butterscotch, the eponymous chai tea - clove, cinnamon that is more candy-like, rather than metallic, almost faded ginger, and black tannins (a decent-sounding band name, no?) - milk chocolate, dry, earthy yeast, and a subtle leafy hoppiness.
The carbonation is quite low and unobtrusive, but seemingly supportive enough, the body a sturdy medium weight, and genuinely smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, not-so-sour milk, cocoa, and even cinnamon facing enough spice and nondescript hop bitterness to keep things from going off the reservation.
Well, truth is indeed told in this one's advertising - it is surely a winter porter, the expected seasonal spices derived from judicious application of the chai (though I'm not aware of any monks being harmed in the course of brewing this offering). I may be drinking this on the cusp of summer weather, but I've been assured that the label stamp (Dec 16, 2013) is the bottling (growlering?) date, and my experience thus far seems to bear that out. Tasty, pretty drinkable, and a final emphatic closed door on the particular time of year that this represents.
05-14-2014 05:03:17 | More by biboergosum
2.73/5 rDev -23.3%
A-Pours a solid, opaque black color with a finger of slowly dissipating tan foam.
S-Very interesting. You get all of the usual roasty chocolate flavours that you'd associate with the style, but the chai spicing offers a nice counterpoint on the nose.
T-Wow. I enjoyed the nose, but this combination of flavours just not entice my tongue at all. Overall it blends into a very medicinal taste that reminds me unpleasantly of echinacea.
M-Medium carbonation keeps it pretty dry for porter, but it's quite enjoyable.
O-I applaud the legitimately bold move here by mixing these incongruous ingredients in the brew, but frankly it coalesces into a taste that I can't get behind.
03-31-2014 04:39:01 | More by Trancesexual
4.1/5 rDev +15.2%
Had a friend pick up a couple of limited edition growlers from the brewery. I guess I got the last "branded" one and that made me feel pretty special. Anyway, served my buddy's growler slightly chilled into pint glasses and wow does it ever look and smell good! I pick up all of the spices mentioned, maybe minus the mint which, to be honest, may have been a little off-putting. It poured a dark brown with ample head that stayed there the whole time. Lacing was very strong throughout and the smell just kept coming. The taste was great too with a nice mouthfeel and not at all watery. I get where the whole chai thing comes from and I definitely saw the concept unfold as I drank it. This beer is one of those beers you definitely have to keep an open mind while drinking, and I think some smoked gouda would open it up even further. I've still got my growler left and I'm thinking about cracking it soon as I was told my the brewer that it should keep about 6 months in a cool location.
01-10-2013 18:17:51 | More by zachloveshisbeer
3.7/5 rDev +3.9%
A - very nearly pitch black, finger of head retained at a thin cover with consistent lacing
S - pleasant chi tea spices, dark chocolate and roasty notes, touch of cinnamon
T - chi, nutmeg, cinnamon, more subtle porter notes of roasty and chocolate malt, definitely an interesting mix
M - medium body with decent carbonation, feel is consistent with a decent porter with an added spice kick
O - a well executed and original first seasonal brew from Calgary's newest brewer, I think this is better than their current flagship brews
11-25-2012 03:29:17 | More by joemcgrath27
3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
Village Brewery's first seasonal entry.
Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a half finger width of bubbly beige head.
Smell - Roasted malts, chai spices (cinnamon, clove, light ginger), chocolate.
Taste - Chai tea spices (as picked up in the aroma along with cardamom) along with the roasty malt flavours and a hint of chocolate. Slight earthy hops with mild bitterness. Chai spices last in the long finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall - A well-crafted first seasonal by Village Brewery. Warm chai spices shine through and blend well with the roasted malts. Good body without breaking into watery territory (as I find some porters can be). If you can get your hands on one of the limited growlers in Calgary, pick one up - definitely worth a buy.
11-25-2012 03:04:45 | More by leaddog
Monk Chai Winter Porter from Village Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.