5 Monks - Avery Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev -1.8%
From a 355 ml bottle (July 17, 2014) into a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated August 26, 2014.
A-The beer lacks anything you might call a head. There is just a thin film of foam sitting on top of an iced-tea colored beer. The brew is murky with reddish highlights. It is not as dark as you might expect for a quad or quint or BSDA or whatever.
S-The aroma is huge and boozy...almost over-the-top. I smell caramel, vanilla, and oak (presumably from the bourbon barrel), as well as a the base beer flavors of molasses, dark fruit (plum), tobacco, and alcohol. It is hot, but not unbearable and about what you would expect for the ABV.
T-The taste is similar with huge bourbon flavors of vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, oak, and alcohol. The big bourbon flavors don't overwhelm the base beer, however, and I can still taste plenty of tobacco, molasses, overripe fruit, clove, and pepper. The sweetness is big and reminds me a tawny port.
M-The feel is medium in heft with a solventy, syrupy feel that you would expect at this level of ABV. A quick hit of sharp carbonation keeps the beer from feeling cloying.
O-I was skeptical of this beer at first since I have not enjoyed other barrel aged quads that much and because the huge ABV sounded gimmicky, but color me converted. The flavors from the barrel are huge, but this beer easily holds it own and the result is a monster that is perfect for sipping as a dessert.
09-01-2014 02:35:43 | More by spoony
4.44/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic barrel aged aspects and an alcohol presence that is well hidden for its high ABV.
Serving type: bottle.
09-01-2014 01:14:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev -8.7%
Poured a fresh bottle into a 6 oz festival type snifter. This is a review getting into the second half the bottle.
A: Deep coffee brown looking. For 19.4% thought it would be thicker but it's relatively translucent through the sides with a toffee brown look. Some carbonation thin lacing.
S: Hard caramel toffee. Candied sugar. Sweet all around without the hard alcohol.
T: Overwhelming. I don't know if this is just a bad bottle but it's just over the top alcohol. Gets better as I have more of it. The after-taste is nice though almost bubblegum vanilla candy. Hard alcohol up front that dissipates. Kind of reminds me of what Black Tuesday would be as a quad super fresh. It's got spice and cloves and feels like Christmas.
M: Heavy alcohol coming in. Drinkable though. Not thick and not very coating but sugary.
O: Oh boy, I am a huge fan of Avery's releases like this... especially the sours. Uncle Jacobs also seemed a bit over the top but this just is pretty unrefined. Maybe I got a weird bottle. It's odd how the bourbon is. It's almost rum like because of how the other components of a quad come in. There are some redeeming qualities like the aftertaste but I got 2 bottles for the cellar. I'm hoping I just got one of those bottles.
08-26-2014 03:01:00 | More by putonyourwalkingshoes
5 Monks from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.