Oak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Oak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong AleOak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong Ale

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91
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 54
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This version of Monk’s Mistress - aged in American Oak Barrels - takes seduction to the next level. Its dark, daunting flavors become softer, rounder and more fascinating as they meld with toasted oak and its prior tenant. This temptation is beyond irresistible.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2005)
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Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This lady came out a nice, deep burgundy in color and lacked a head, which is not uncommon for the American Strong Ale style.

Smell – The deep, winey notes come on strong at the very first whiff. There is also a mild bourbon aroma as well to go with the oaky base.

Taste – The fruits are the highlight at the taste. They are strong, dark, and lusciously ripe. I also enjoyed the strong but tame alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel – This ale is medium-bodied. The flavors are tiered which makes each sip a roller coaster ride.

Drinkability – This ASA manages to be strong and potent while still maintaining a smooth and satisfying character.

Comments – The illustrious Ms. Skyhand busted out this gem at the first annual Bavarian Betta’ Beer Fest and boy were we all surprised . . . and happy : )

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Corey - thanks! An older bottle with the original label.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet dark malts with smooth molasses and booze-soaked dark fruits - figs and raisins with hints of plums. Also present are light hints of vanilla and lighter hints of oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as well-integrated. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by boozy and moderately sweet dark fruits. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens with the addition of dark molasses flavors. Near the end of the sip a slight amount of heavy oak works its way into things, fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer but I was a bit let down after being blown away by the standard version of this beer. Both are very good but if you can only get your hands on one, go for the non-oak-aged.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 release. 11.5%

Ahh, my first bottle of this since an 05 vintage about a year ago. Excited.

Pours a deep ruby red brown color with a very large head by barrel aged standards that is off white and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is full of dark fruits. Figs and caramel, a little belgian yeast in the nose, and seems like some slight spices as well. Little bita booze.

Wow. Incredibly smooth. They definitely cranked up the smoothometer on this one. Skibbledy-doo-bop! Huge sweet dark fruit notes lurk and intimidate like Hall and Oates in a dark alley. Some vanilla like presence is in there. Creamy. The barrel aging is just about perfect on this one. Great bourbony presence without being too heavy. It was in barrels for quite some time if i remember right, so im glad they had the patience to let it sit. Very well done. The finish is not bitter at all, but it is a tiny touch hot at this point, but thats to be expected in a beer this large.

Mouthfeel is exquisite here. Nice and viscous, super creamy, and perfectly carbonated. Really can't complain about anything here. I would give this a 5.5 if i could. Smooth Jesus couldn't have done it better himself.

Drinkability is damn fine for a beer of this size, and a beer this extensively barrel aged. It is still a tiny bit hot at this point, but nothing at all worth griping about, and like i said before, if you picked up an 11.5% barrel aged beer thinking you were gonna slam it out of a brown bag at the company picnic this summer... well...that's what a fool beleives.

Overall, another excellent beer from Midnight Sun. These guys keep shelling out way more beer than the average brewery of their size is capable of, and nearly all of it is as top shelf as it gets for a good price. If this brewery is not in your top 10 list by this point, your palate is in serious need of a Messina style breakdown.

Now serving excellent panini's, soups that will make you wanna quit the doobies, and an assortment of other great food, Midnight Sun is a must stop on any beer geeks list in anchorage. So hop in the trans-am (if you can find your keys), crank up some yacht rock, and git on down to the brewery for some good ol' drinkin, grubbin, and a few nostialgic tales between friends.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Goldorak
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not totally, but almost opaque, somewhere between really dark brown and black.

Smell: Very british, old ale aromas that forebode a very heavy brew. Cocoa and port, hazelnuts, and a lactic mix of sweet and sour, no doubt from the oak.

Taste: Decent roasted malt, I really didn't pick up much vanilla, vinious or woody flavors I was expecting. Frankly the regular Maîtresse du Moine was fine enough as it is to make this barrel-bastardized version, which did nothing but stole part of the soul of an otherwise very good Beer, only to leave a less complete, less complex, more cloying shadow of it's former self. It's still allright, boasted a surprisingly subdued alcohol finish, but just another example that this barrel-aged craze is taking on way too much proportions.

Photo of itracy63
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, nearly opaque with only the slightest bit of light coming through on both the sides and the bottom of the glass. Very rich color, with slight reddish tints, but mostly just a deep russet brown. A smallish maybe one finger high head of gold and tan

wood and oak like aroma mixed in as well.. Lots of oak notes still underlying, however these were now being layered in with a good bit of dark fruity notes, plums, or raisins perhaps. Still a touch hot from the aroma, as the alcohol was very discernable. There was definitely some spiciness to it as well, like a good spiced rum smell almost. Very dark and complex, I was getting the feeling that this one was going to put a hurting on me. A full on blast of spiced alcohol was the first thing that I noticed, kinda hot, but as it warmed it mellowed out and by the end of the session had all but blended into the background and simply become an outstanding ale. Loads of dark fruit notes were permeating through the flavor. Prunes, Raisins, Figs all very discernable in the flavor and really adding balance to it

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tabhill
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bespin15
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of weeare138
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for breaking this out...
Appears a dark brown with a red hue. It leaves spotty lacing around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, oak, caramel, chocolate, vinous, along with a touch of something reminding me of nutty peanut butter.
Taste is nutty, chocolatey, and vinous with some notes of dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is just slightly thin with a nice nutty finish.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to timmcd64 for getting me this one….

Pours a viscous and nearly opaque black color with deep copper highlights. Malty, dark fruit aromas in the nose. The beer’s flavor features a huge, almost over-powering maltiness and besides a robust and complex dark fruit profile (raisins, plum, etc) there are also strong notes of dark rum, some roasty coffee bitterness, chocolate, and tart oakiness. The lingering finish is vinous and fruity. A thick mouthfeel with very mellow carbonation.

Very good but incredibly thick and malty, getting through a bomber of this was a bit too much: had it been a lesser beer I might not have finished it all. Recommended.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of ReeseMax3
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of hopdog
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks a ton for this one!).

Poured a dark brown with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, almonds, some dark fruits and port. Vinous tasting with oak, almonds, dark fruits, vanilla and caramel.

Notes from and tasted on 1/19/06

Photo of AgentZero
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Brownish beer with red on the edges, no haze. Tan head that left minimal stick on the sides.

S - A lot of oak and wine qualities to this one. There is some caramel malts, vanilla, and hints of bourbon.

T - This kind of reminds me of a barrel aged scotch ale in some respects. Some brown sugar, spice, and dark fruits. Not a huge fan really, but it's okay.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - I wasn't a huge fan of the taste or feel of this beer. I thought it was kind of boring and not the easiest thing in the world to drink. I'd probably pass on this in favor of many other things in the future.

Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown with a thin beige head. Fantastic aroma complexitites, it has this great biscuity character at first the leads into some nice Belgian phenols melded nicely with oak. The oak works so well with already fantastic quad, dark fruit, hints of spice.

Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sixpoint
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've had in a long time.

Unbelievable chocolate port aroma; a controlled oxidation type nuance of raisins and sherry.

Flavor is more nutty than chocolate. A very distinct toastiness as well, with a smooth almond type nuttiness in the finish. A little bready without being too grainy.

Subdued alcohol lingering under a warming finish. Velvet mouthfeel grabs tongue slightly but is immersed by a cleansing of mild hops.

Squeaky clean aftertaste makes impression fleeting but indellible. A fantastic creation.

Photo of irishevans
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Kuaff
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I sure was excited to find this oak-aged version of one of my top favorite beers ever! As usual, cellar temperature into my snifter.

Like regular Monk's Mistress, it's a deep, dark murky brown that appears black if you're not holding it right up to some light. A one-finger beige head that's miniscule in comparison to the collossal cloud which crowns the non-oak-aged one.

It smells much like the standard version (you can see my review of that one for more details), but with an intense aroma of bourbon and vanilla that kind of blends with the original aroma to create a milky chocolate smell. Smells kind of earthy, and a raisin scent really jumps out too.

A very sweet vanilla and bourbon taste at first. This characteristic takes a prominent position in the profile. Some maple syrup too. The flavors of the original beer are still there (again, see that review), but just a bit buried. It definitely has more alcohol heat than the original, but the booze is still pretty well-masked.

As sweet as this beer is, it's fitting that the mouthfeel is syrupy and sticky, hehe. I think it's a little less carbonated than the original.

Well, it's a fantastic ale still, but to me, it just doesn't quite have the balance of the stadard version. However, the oak-aging is an interesting tweak to say the least, and it's still pretty delicious. If I'm ever in the mood for a heavy dose of bourbon and sweet vanilla in addition to the fabulous flavors of the magnificent Monk's Mistress, this version will certainly fit the bill.

Photo of sprucetip
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Oak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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