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Momi Hiwa - Avery Brewing Company

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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 191
Gots: 49 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  17.09% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MinorThreat on 06-10-2013)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Extreme in every sense, this is the most un-Porter-like Baltic Porter that's ever been experienced. Its insane gravity, sweetness, savory, rum and coconut infusions that kick this whole thing out of orbit. Man, I'm a sap for beers like these.

Its un-beer-like theme starts as the beer pours with the color of dark coffee but the consistency of maple syrup. With no real head to mention, the ale obviously prefers a quite and calm demeanor and brandy-like legging as opposed to head retention and lace. A quick swirl of the snifter provides a inky sheen to release aromas and allow the beer to breath.

All man- the intimidation of aromatics start with heavy chocolate, black-strap molasses and a plethora of burnt sugars for a char-sweetened taste. Then the strong booze note pulls from the sweetness for a pleasantly firm scent of spiced rum, fortified brandy, fine port and aged sherry. Lush with its savory scent- the culmination is nearly meaty with a not-so-mild soy sauce nuance. As the complexities build, a final hint of coconut and oak rise as I head in for that first sip.

Its lavish, succulent taste is fortified with fudge and bold roast coffee backed by molasses, buckwheat and burnt toffee as it provides a stranglehold on the tongue. Only sliced through by the strong alcohol flavors of brandy, rum and sherry wine- those well-aged flavors provide a savory and salty taste to round out the sugars and a spiciness to balance them. Cherries, raisins, plumbs, prunes, figs and dates all pull from the savory darkness and continues to release secrets with every sip. Again, an extended finish of slowly receding sweetness and booze reveals oak, caramel, vanilla and unmistakable coconut.

Much more like a barley liqueur than of beer- the weight of the uncarbonated beer rests weightedly on the tongue to allow all of those strong flavors to seep into the taste buds in unabashed fashion. Viscous and chewy, the beer's boozy sweetness clings to the mouth and resists the urge to any type of closure or finish. Lingering like fine port, the beer easily replaces any desert on the menu and is the perfect closure to any meal of rich cuisine.

Momi Hiwa is a clever ale that bridges the worlds of frigid Baltic regions, tropical islands and zymurgy gone wild. Its certainly a beer that drinks like a meal!

BEERchitect, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle $10.99. I picked this up after hearing the hype and despite being leery after the heat of Uncle Jacobs. Solid choice. Dark, brown color but not quite black. No head. Aroma was sticky chocolate, rum, coconut, sugar, and alcohol of course. Flavor was more chocolate, coconut, booze, sugar. I was actually quite surprised how the sweetness overpowered the alcohol, I had no problem finishing my six ounces. Good stuff.

ArrogantB, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of FTowne
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: head is non existent. Dark color similar to flat Coca Cola. No lacing. Death in a glass.

Smell: rum soaked toasted coconut. Dark chocolate. More alcohol.

Taste: Mounds candy bar injected with dark rum. Sweet, sweet, with a nice alcoholic heat. Making the hair on my toes curl up. Dessert beer on steroids.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin. Lifeless. No carbonation. Leaving a sticky film on my lips. Wut?

Drinkability: I couldn't imagine having more than 12 oz of this in one sitting. That being said, would drink again.

FTowne, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

BMart, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of dnphoto
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Scent of cat food initially: Quite uninviting. First taste has a huge sweet flavor that masks the coconut. Finishes with a more complex, heftier slight-burnt flavor. Too sweet. Aroma of cat food dissipates as it warms up. Boozy, but not overdone. Heavy bodied. Overall, this is just too sweet: I'm glad I just shared a 12 oz bottle among 3 people.

dnphoto, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of spoony
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle into a snifter. I failed to note the bottle/batch number, but it was released in Summer 2013.

A-The brew pours lightly for the style with a cola-brown/black appearance. The head is very short-lived (as you might expect at 17 % ABV) and the beer is flat in the glass with little carbonation.

S-This is a sweet beer with lots of brown sugar, rum, toasted nut, coconut, and booze going on. I get just a hint of licorice bitterness underneath all the sugar. The booze is warming, but not bad for the high ABV. Inviting, if a bit sweet.

T-The taste is seriously sweet with coconut, brown sugar, and dark rum. I did not pick up any of the licorice (or anything bitter) that I noticed on the smell to balance out the huge sugar going on here. The ABV is moderately aggressive with a slight burn at the end, but not as bad as, say, Rumpkin.

M-I am surprised by how light this beer is on my palate. It is not a hefe, but this is no motor oil, either. There is also a lightly prickly carbonation. Still, it is hugely sweet and full of alcohol, so it sips slowly despite the lighter body.

O-I like the smell of this stuff a lot. It smells like a Mounds bar, with just a hint of bitterness to balance things out. Unfortunately, the sweetness just dominates the taste and makes this beer something of a one-trick pony. A whole 355 ml bottle of this stuff would have me running for the dentist to get some cavities filled. That being said, in a small dose, this makes for a good after dinner drink.

spoony, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of mevett89
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black. Not much of a head, but what it has is dark brown. I think (hope) that's a bit of coconut oil floating on top. (From reading the other reviews, I'm pretty sure that's what it is.)

Aroma: dark and roasty, with some caramel notes.

Taste: strong! Sweet with an alcoholic bite. Lots of caramel and other sweet notes (a bit too sweet for me). The coconut melds it all together nicely. No hop presence.

Mouthfeel: very smooth with some beautiful creaminess.

Overall: very complex, and pretty delicious, though a little to thickly flavored and sweet for my taste. A dark and mischievous brew.

mevett89, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

ant880, Jul 15, 2013
Momi Hiwa from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.