Oak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.63/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22 oz bomber courtesy of the fair Skyhand. Thanks Kim!
Pours a deep mahogany with orange and slightly tan hues. A small tan head tops this one off. Retention is okay and lacing is the same. The head gives way to a small white collar that is quite nice and just a bit inviting.
Smell is dark chocolate covered cherries, oakiness, and quite a bit of dark fruits (figs, raisins, etc). Slightly wine-like.
Taste is dark fruit (see above), very mild bourbon flavors, chocolate, cherries, and that same wine like character from the nose. Taste is slightly nutty and just a bit off of what I would think an American Strong Ale would be (which in this case is good). All of the flavors seem to be brought together quite well by the oakiness of this beer. Alcohol in this beer is hidden remarkably well.
Mouthfeel is great, sweet but not too sweet, coats the tongue and leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
Overall, a unique and pleasant experiance. I feel honored to be one of the few people to have had a chance to try this. A very good beer.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2005 01:40:40 | More by LuckySevens82
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
4.44/5 rDev +6.2%
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
4.68/5 rDev +12%
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
4.73/5 rDev +13.2%
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
Oak Aged Monk's Mistress Dark Strong Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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