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Barrel Of Monkeys - Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

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14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devil's Canyon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kaseydad on 02-15-2010)
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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 batch, bourbon barrel aged.

A: Pours a deep, deep red with a mid-sized and fluffy light brown head. Head sticks around forever; great retention. Very thin but widespread lacing everywhere.

S: Lots of caramel and toasted sugar. Very malty and loaded with dark fruits. Hints of oak and toffee to boot.

T: Not as much bourbon but still notable. Caramel, toffee and dark fruits. Loads of dark bread. Boozy throughout.

M: Very heavy but the alcohol cuts it decently.

O: The reviews scared me a little but this was surprisingly good. Super malty, little bourbon but just enough to add some complexity.

Dope, Nov 24, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of nickd717
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Toronado for Barleywine Fest 2010. As the top Devil's Canyon rater on this BA and RB (really impressive I know), I felt like I had to give this one a shot. I instantly regretted it, not because it was terrible, but because it was mediocre and there were a lot better options available.

Pours clear dark brown with minimal head.

Aroma is caramel malt, whiskey, and booze. Wow, lots of booze here.

Flavor is also pretty hot and boozy. I love Heaven Hill rye, but it didn't do much here, although it was detectable. You can't save an unimpressive beer by -bal aging it in the barrels of a good rye I guess. Some caramel malt and roast as well.

Medium-full body with the ABV not very well-hidden. This is 16% but seems like it's above 20%.

Drinkability? Eh, not really.

nickd717, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: dark reddish brown. Egg white head. Dissipates fairly quickly. Not too cloudy.

S: smells sweet and a very light hint of bourbon.

T: it's a little sweet for my liking, and the bourbon doesn't come through for a bourbon barrel aged. It is pretty good and definitely does not taste like 14% abv.

M: it has a nice feel, leaves a great taste after.

O: the biggest problem is that it's a bit too sweet in my opinion. Maybe in some time that will calm down, but right now it's a little much. For $10, though, it's a good buy. Also considering this is a small time shop, it's pretty good. The 3.5 overall comes from comparing to other barrel aged, but beats up on non-aged barleywines.

Mightykingmalard, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

largadeer, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Matchews
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Matchews, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of KevSal
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big BA barleywines are a tradition for niner playoffs. Big win over the packers!

this guy has come a lonnng way since i first had it years ago, had it side by side with CW ba bw and bcbbw

poured from a 22oz bottle, 120 of 700 into my 49er tulip

a- looks good, about right for a babw, with nearly no head but a lot of soda like bubbles.

s- surprised how good this one smells, malt and bourbon upfront followed by a bit of peat and slight smokiness. dark fruits follow. getting pretty excited for it

t- big and chewy, surprisigly well balanced for a 14% beer! sticky dark fruits, bourbon and a bit of peat, works really really well. wow good job fellas

m- at first i thought it was alright, but after some thought mouthfeel plays a big part in the balance of this guy. medium bodied and good carbonation. alch well restrained.

o- was not expecting much from this guy having had this before, but this one really surprised me. eveything i like in a bug beer, well done on hiding the alch! compared to the other 2 its not bcbw but it was surpisingly way ahead of cw bw by a large margin. good job devils canyon, this is your best beer yet! hopefully i run into a few more bottles

go niners!!'

KevSal, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of gtank
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Retrospective review from a few days ago, nevertheless:

A big barleywine. Had there been less alcohol involved, it would have been far too sweet. As it was, a beautifully-pouring beer with a full body, mild fruity nose, moderate-strong alcohol taste with a notable presence of molasses and cherries. This example didn't show the vanilla and spice I expect of a barrel-aged beer.

Overall, a delicious barleywine but a somewhat mediocre beer. Glad to have tried it, wouldn't seek it out again.

gtank, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of humulusphile
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

humulusphile, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Lare453, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured up at the 2010 Toronado Barleywine Festival with brownish amber body with weak tan head. The mild aroma has bourbon and aged caramel covered oak as well as a mild alcohol medicinal smell. The taste is definitely bourbon barrel aged with robust bourbon notes moving into a mixture of mild oakiness, molasses, prunes, ripe cherries and sugar stewed raisins. The sweet dark fruitiness is kind of subdued with the bourbon booze far more forward followed by mild smooth oak notes. Nice barrel forward beer that still allows rich tasty dark fruity esters to seep out.

BigMcLargeHuge, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of kaseydad
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the 2010 Toronado BW festival. The notes state this beer used a high gravity yeast and in a Heaven Hill barrel.

Dark red amber pour with no head to be found. Big boozy aroma with some slight hops and a cough syrup smell. A mad rush of booze in the sip and a slight burn on the swallow. Not harsh in any way, but be warned. Thin mouthfeel. At 16.9% this is a definite sipper beer but a nice high alcohol beer. Stayed true to the style though a little less booze would have made the session more enjoyable.

kaseydad, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 27, 2013
Barrel Of Monkeys from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.