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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

48 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
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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Reviews by tpd975:
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tpd975

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice rich deep dark brown hue with a nice tall off white head. Awesome retention with nice thick chunky lace.

S: Lightly roasted, with nice Belgian yeasty notes. Subtle oak with very light banana.

T: Not as bold I thought it would be. Fresh oak, belgian yeast with hints of banana. Light roasted malt and chocolate and dark fruit. Subtle for a BA beer but really nice nonetheless.

M: Medium in body, smooth, rich, sweet, malty, good.

D: One that you could sit down and sip on all day. No indication of the ABV here!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 23:25:47 | More by tpd975
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-19-2014 08:32:59 | More by zestar
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AgentMunky

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 02:38:39 | More by AgentMunky
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itracy63

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-03-2013 02:46:06 | More by itracy63
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-02-2013 23:53:13 | More by largadeer
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

08-24-2013 01:21:53 | More by Gonzoillini
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oceanman907

Alaska

4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

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

Alaska

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 18:09:21 | More by Kuaff
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TheCrowsNest

California

4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 17:28:34 | More by TheCrowsNest
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unclekeith

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-06-2013 16:39:21 | More by unclekeith
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lakersfan16

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-28-2013 16:50:13 | More by lakersfan16
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elNopalero

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours a thick black pitch black. There’s an aroma of smokey chocolate. A whiff of tobacco. Some light coffee.

It’s smoothly flavored, and lightly floral. I find notes of dark stone fruit, some plums and figs, and a sweetness rounding it out. Delicious in its intensity.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-03-2013 05:41:45 | More by elNopalero
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-06-2013 01:26:30 | More by sprucetip
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-15-2013 15:11:44 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-12-2013 06:10:23 | More by spycow
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

11-13-2012 06:04:37 | More by ReeseMax3
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

10-29-2012 01:06:20 | More by t0rin0
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CharlieMurphy

New York

4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Midnight Sun 6/14/12

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2012 08:01:59 | More by CharlieMurphy
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-29-2012 02:41:45 | More by ygtbsm94
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-04-2012 13:32:56 | More by whartontallboy
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Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-23-2011 23:55:05 | More by jophish17
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Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-06-2011 21:04:25 | More by bespin15
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Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-17-2011 02:54:26 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-15-2011 01:15:06 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Oak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.