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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
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 04:36:03 | More by mikesgroove
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle. Bourbon version.

Appearance: Pours a vaguely clearish, dark reddish-brown body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Man, it's like cramming your damn face into a vat of dark fruit syrup. Dark malts with a strong bourbon barrel influence, heavy on the vanilla.

Taste: Dark maltiness displaying a blend of molasses and chocolate. Heavy on the dark fruits, vanilla, and brown sugar. Tons of sweetness from the word "go". Some slight alcohol warmth. Bourbon-soaked, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-carbonation. Luscious, sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: You'd have to be a complete yutz not to love this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 01:07:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-12-2013 06:10:23 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

11-15-2011 01:15:06 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Beast - thanks Frank! Served in a Russian River tulip. This is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Bottle dated 3rd week of December, but not sure what year?! Label is of the newer variety, so guessing 2009.

A - Pours with a finger of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring and some wisps. Near transparent ruby-brown body, with minimal lace left behind.

S - Oak, vinous notes, dark fruits, vanilla, light char, chocolate and a hint of alcohol. I'm guessing this was aged in wine barrels. (Note - confirmed this batch was a blend of beer aged in both bourbon and wine barrels.)

T - Taste is milder than the nose, but alcohol is better disguised. Lots of oak, light vinous cabernet notes, brown sugar malts, and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Pleasant, but not overly mind-blowing or exciting.

M - Smooth, with no trace of alcohol warmth. A somewhat sticky medium-full body with a dry tannic finish. Unobtrusive medium-low carbonation.

D - A solid beer that I enjoyed quite a bit, but only in the middle of Midnight Sun's extremely high quality output. I'd gladly have this again (particularly if they continue to mix up the barrels used in new batches), but I wouldn't ship to Alaska for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 22:49:45 | More by MasterSki
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 19:00:40 | More by weeare138
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a chalice.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige tan head. Good retention with some nice lace rings. Color is a bronze hued amber with a little ruby hue to it.

Aroma: Big oak and dark dried fruit flavors. Plums, licorice, raisins, toffee, toast. It is fairly sweet.

Taste: Really toasty. Caramel and toffee with light chocolate notes. Dark fruits and oak. Licorice, plums, raisins. Dried apples. Some spice.

Mouthfeel: Dry and toasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends rather dry.

Overall, a decent Belg strong ale, but I wasn't overly impressed. I was kind of let down with this one. Kind of drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 00:48:52 | More by mothman
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

08-24-2013 01:21:53 | More by Gonzoillini
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 22:40:30 | More by glid02
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ccrida

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
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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AgentZero

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 05:07:26 | More by AgentZero
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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 : )

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 01:01:37 | More by RoyalT
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gford217

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Jeremiah for this bottle, 2009 vintage.

Pours dark mahogany that shows through a brilliant deep copper when held up to light. There's a big creamy tan head that sticks to the glass aggressively on the way down and leaves a thick cap throughout.

The aroma is so complex and not quite as sweet as I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of candi sugar, caramel, dark fruits and chocolate, but the most interesting part is the clean oak aroma, almost spicy, with hints of bourbon and vanilla.

The taste is super smooth and a big combination of dark fruits, candi sugar and bourbon and oak. There is a bit of dark chocolate and vanilla and the same spiciness I got in the aroma. The bourbon burns a bit in the finish.

The mouthfeel is velvety with strong carbonation, sweet and spicy all together on the palate.

This is an excellent, excellent beer, probably slightly better than the original, which is quite a high hurdle for me. Extraordinarily drinkable for the listed 11.5% ABV. The barrel character really evens out the underlying beer. Wonderful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 03:06:39 | More by gford217
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-04-2012 13:32:56 | More by whartontallboy
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tpd975

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 15:20:08 | More by hopdog
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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-23-2011 23:55:05 | More by jophish17
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a dark bronw liquid, mostly opaque, tight light tan head, quite dense and creamy looking.

S-smokey wood, notes of olive, sweet plums, pepper, chalky and ashy in the back.

T-the sweet dark fruity esters up front, olives, touch of pepper, notes of chalk and ash in the back.

M-extremely smooth and creamy on the palate, syrupy but thin and falls off in the back.

D-this is a little off, has some different flavors going on. not impressed and really a little offensive.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 00:28:38 | More by cpetrone84
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AgentMunky

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%
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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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

California

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle provided by WeeHeavySD at the SeaO'Floydster tasting, thanks for bringing this Jon, this was actually the eleven percent bourbon barrel aged verision rather than the cabarnet, reviewed from notes, poured into my Stone sampling glass

A-Very dark brown and almost black, 3/4 inch creamy light tan head, good retention, not much lacing
S-Bourbon, oak, vanilla, raisins, Belgian yeast, prunes, figs, caramel, and candied pecans
T-Starts off with big bourbon and vanilla taste, sweet malts and Belgian yeast in the middle, warm finish with lots of vanilla, oak comes out more later on and it sustains some dryness throughout, much more hot than the normal Monk's Mistress, and this has a lot more overall strength in both feel and flavor
M-Sweet, boozy, and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, taste lingered well
D-Alcohol was hidden nicely for a beer over ten percent but still a little heavy, got sweeter as time went by, lots of malt too, could have used more toasted notes for balance but still drinkable

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and was my favorite of the four Midnight Sun beers that night, I hope to try the other version of this soon, barrel aging made an already good beer even better in this case, would like to drink again, recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 05:18:27 | More by Floydster
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Kevin for sharing this!

A- Body is a translucent very murky dark brown hue. Pours with a 2 finger or so foamy light tan head. Leaves behind some lacing.

S- Lots of dark fruit such as plum and raisin are the highlight. There is also a hint of woodiness, peppery spice and spicy Belgian yeast. Light smokey and tart acidic sour tones can be detected in the background.

T- Lots of peppery spice and mild dark fruit flavors upfront with a quite prominent Belgian yeast backbone. There is a slight metallic note that comes across for the finish with a good amount of peppery spice and belgian yeast. Hints of dusty wood and a mild smoke can also be detected throughout adding to the complexity. A mild sweetness and mild spiciness linger.

M- Soft carbonation, and a body that is very smooth and yeasty. well done.

D- This is a good, enjoyable brew overall, although I liked the regular Monks Mistress a lot more. Its a bit more complex than the original but has a much milder character and the profile is all over the place is some ways.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 17:56:53 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Oak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.