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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,059 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,059
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 69
Gots: 83 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taxguyjase on 09-10-2009)
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Reviews by zhooker:
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zhooker

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought my lil bro a 4-pack for his birthday, shamelessly expecting that I would be offered a can. Needless to say, he delivered. The packaging -- a 4-pack of cans sealed in a rough cardboard cube -- is quirky, unpolished, and attractive.

Cracked open the can and poured it into a large snifter-type glass. The color was brown and dark amber, with the occasional lighter caramel hue. About two fingers of head formed and quickly dissipated to practically nothing. There was little to no lacing as the glass emptied, but nice legs streaked down the glass.

A sweet, roasted aroma wafted from the glass. The sweet includes both fruit notes -- at first I thought of apricot, but the can reveals it was probably fig -- and candied scents that were caramel-esque. The roastiness softened these sweet tones.

The roasted malts were the highlight of the first sip, the sweeter tones coming in the back. The sweetness overcame the roasted flavors quickly, by the third or fourth sip. The same fruit qualities of the nose come through in the mouth. What I thought was something caramel-like in the aroma feels more like vanilla on the tongue. By the end of the glass, the sweetness has really become too much -- creating a sugary thickness on the back of my tongue. This is really a warming type of beer, perfect for a comfy winter evening.

The almost sickly sweetness dominates the mouthfeel, building throughout the glass. The roasted malt flavors are present all over the tongue.

This brew is a little too sweet for me to enjoy more than one or two on any given night. The fruits and spices and vanilla all make it feel like late fall or early winter, somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would gladly sip another sometime when the weather cools down.

Serving type: can

06-08-2010 02:59:27 | More by zhooker
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A - Dark mahogany body with an ambivalent combination of bright ruby and muddy brown highlights. Khaki head with ok retention and low lace.

S - Sweet cherry cordial, muscat grape. A little artificial on the cherry note. Touches of cedar and caramel.

T - Very similar to the nose. Sweet (maybe overly sweet) cherry pie filling. Oak, caramel, molasses, pumpernickel bread, and raisin bran muffins.

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The 12 oz can poured clear, dark red-brown with a semi-durable tan head that left fine sticky lacing.

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Cinnamon, vanilla and figs in the nose.

Cinnamon, vanilla and figs dominate the flavor which also has a touch of oak and a malt base. Moderately spicy. About equal balance of bitter and sweet.

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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.