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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 53
Gots: 3 | 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.

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ccrida

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage bomber poured into a tumbler, Oaked Age Monk's Mistress is dark, hazy brown with a creamy tan head leaving clingy, foamy lace.

Smell is big wood, vanilla, coconut, bourbon notes, more on the sweet side though then alcohol, really just some light phenols. Incredibly yummy.

Taste is awesome to the point of shifting your world view. Had this on draught at the loft too, and though it was too enjoyable to review, the bottled version isn't too far removed. Again, big wood, bourbon without the heat, nice brown sugars without being overly sugary, tempered by the very enjoyable vinousness, which I assume is a manifestation of the bourbon barrel, malt/candi base and esters, a beautiful confluence. Bourbon, red wine and BSDAs are my absolute favorite drinks, and this combines them all.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, just enough dryness on the finish to keep it very nice. The light digestibility is aided thanks to the spirits, allowing this to slide down the throat better than no other.

Drinkability is crazy, this is an incredible beer. Especially because I'm pretty indifferent to the regular Monk's Mistress, it reinforces what a masterpiece to me this is. Smooth and tasty, perhaps their best beer I've had. Nitro at the loft only confirms my preference for bottle conditioning in all cases.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 08:28:59 | More by ccrida
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a footed glass at Ale Arsenal. From notes. Reviewed 2 November 2013.

A good beer, but a more fruity, less complex (milder) version of Monk's Mistress. Interestingly, it seems almost fresher than the normal version on-tap, mostly because it's softer and less sharp/spicy. I actually think I prefer the non-barrel aged version.

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4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Brewery off the Nitro Tap and in a MS Goblet

A- Wow... As with the nitro pour on this beer gives it a minimal but attractive creamy brown head, a perfect look for a rainy alaska day. As I drank it the beer yielded its typical dark brown black color that only shows light in the bottom of the glass.

S-Again this beer's scent has been improved though the bourbon aging, getting a stronger vanilla scent and an even stronger alcohol/ warming scent than the standard Monks, on top of the typical brown sugar, cinnamon, with the slightest hint of a warm biscuit lingering.

T- Well this is where the nitro really packs in the complexity. There is really too much going on here to describe, but the oak is strong on the front of the palate, intermingling with the warmth of the alcohol which is more noticeable than in the non-oaked version. More dark fruit, brown sugar, slight cinnamon bitterness/ spiciness, with that biscuit finish, more than that but what can I say really, the nitro almost does too much (but not really)

M-This is where the beer could improve, really too cloying and bready in the mouth, small sips are required, but it is a big nitro beer so really par for the course.

O- A really special and fantastic beer that has a lot going for it, so complex with a deep range of flavors that really give this oaked nitro version the regular Monk's a shot into that special dimension.

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08-11-2013 09:16:49 | More by oceanman907
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Alaska

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.

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07-16-2013 18:09:21 | More by Kuaff
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A: Dark as shitballs with virtually no head and a kale, dark green, tuquoise hue through light.

S: Bourbonnn. Sweet sugar, oatmeal, nutmeg, brown, sugar, dark barley extract, beat sugar, molasses, peat smoke over red wine tips and molasses ginger barbeque sauce (no this was no cooking concurrently)

M: OOOHHH MAN (YEM style) punches with old ale succinctness with all the flavors in the nose wrapped in a candied bacon package grand slammed with a bat forged from the essences of the nose polished with bourbon viscous used motor oil broiled high.

M: Smooth, rich, milky, full, contemptuous yet refined.

O: Widefooted ninja front kick of awesomeness. I would fight for a sixtel of this.

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Oak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.