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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Monk's BloodMonk's Blood

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very good

1,058 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,058
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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Photo of jdense


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can shared with buddy at end of night of beer debauchery 9.28.2010 poured into wine tumblers.

One finger of light brown head, very quick dissipation with minimal lacing on top of dark brown body with garnet highlights, a bit of visible carbonation when held up closely to bright light. Nose is fairly sweet, plums raisins, a bit of spice, and some floral hops. Taste mirror the nose, the plum esters predominate. Mouthfeel is on the full side, not a lot of effervescence, with a fairly dry finish. Certainly the best BSDA I've had in a can, but I was a bit perplexed to see this was contract brewed in Maryland. What gives on that??? Pretty wicked alcohol kick minimizes drinkability, one shared is sufficient. While I like the convenience of cans, I'll pass next time.

Serving type: can

10-01-2010 14:50:42 | More by jdense
Photo of woosterbill


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Rather muddy, appropriately sanguine body with two fingers of soft, pillowy tan foam. Pretty good retention and some sticky lace. A bit more sediment than I'd like, but overall pretty good.

S: Burnt sugar, dark fruit esters, candied ginger, plenty of booze, and a weird vegetal hint; rhubarb?. Interesting at times, but really not a terribly inspiring nose considering the style. A little overbearing with the sugary sweetness.

T: More straightforwardly malty here, with the candied fruit and dry esters coming on the back side, right before a huge wave of alcohol. Not bad tasting by any means, but a bit too hot for 8.3%. There really isn't all that much going on, but it's pleasant for the most part.

M: Slick, sticky medium body with low, fine carbonation. A little lifeless.

D: Quite smooth, but also rather boozy.

Notes: This is an enjoyable brew, but it doesn't come close to standing out as a BSDA. Compared to just about every other beer in this style I've had, this one falls somewhat short. Still, it's a pretty decent value, and I always like getting a tasty beer out of a can.


Serving type: can

09-30-2010 02:00:15 | More by woosterbill
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a tawny brown, some slight turbidity in the Sam Adams glass. A good two fingers of thick, creamy head form up and look to be around a while. The head is fading back ever slowly, leaving a thick wall of lace behind.

Aroma - had a nice toasty grain at the opening. Notes of spice, light vanilla and cinnamon ride below the Belgian yeast scent.

Taste - good toasty grain, some anise in support. Alcohol presence is felt mid-palate. Light spices follow, sort of a clovey flavor, raisiny, and more abv heat. The malt persists, keeping some of the grain element around throughout. Finishes warm, toasty, with the Belgian yeast having more impact than any added spices, though the vanilla does come through more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - a fair amount of smoothness, low carbonation. Creamy and full feeling.

Drinkability - the first Belgian style I've had in a can, and one of the best canned beers, period.

Serving type: can

09-22-2010 02:54:58 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Offa


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep, slightly reddish brown, it has a slowly shrinking small tan head with hint of orange.

Aroma is pineapple, toasted grain, dry wood, hints of fig and sawdust.

Taste is alcoholic up front but this soon mellows, with wood, stewed fruits, dried cherries, hints of dried fig skin (only the skin - not the whole fig), lightly sweet up front with lingering light woody bitterness from finish through the aftertaste, but all is quite subdued and not firm, the elements generally fleeting traces that soon go. It still stays a bit alcoholic and the character noted above soon is muddled and more bland and subdued. It is good but not great, the character ultimately rather bland and simple, losing interest yet staying rather heavy for what you get. Feel is pretty good, but again this beer is heavy for the character.

I'll add that I find this unusual since I generally find 21st Amdt beers to be very good, often exceeding expectations.

Overall, this is decent but very unimpressive, a heavy beer with little character and less complexity to warrant such heaviness.

Serving type: can

09-21-2010 21:12:41 | More by Offa
Photo of Vdubb86


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for this the last beer of NMW.

This one pours a dark brown with garnet fringes adorned with a tan foamy head. The malty aroma is very enjoyable to myself. It smells to me of banana, coriander, cinnamon, and brown sugar. The taste however is mainly of the banana and clove from the Belgian yeasts used. There is a booze flavor to it that can be detected through the clove. The best part of the flavor is definitely the aftertaste which comprises of mainly a marshmallow flavor. When combined with the caramel and chocolate malts it gives it an aftertaste that seems almost to be like a s'more. This is really a very tasty brew and even at it's higher ABV, I feel that it's rather smooth and easily drinkable.

Serving type: can

09-20-2010 03:59:07 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of SirSketch


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Best canned beer label I've seen! Once poured, a rich, thick, tan head forms. A very eerie blood-red colored beer.

S - Very fruity aroma. The figs play a large role to that, I'm sure. Strangely, I got a tart orange juice smell. A slight acidity is reminiscent of a sweet red wine, but a solid malt presence as well.

T - More Belgian yeast characteristic than the smell gave. Still very fruity and acidic. Vanilla and oak combine to give a flavor similar to bourbon barrel aged beers.

M/D - Somewhat thin mouthfeel on this beer, but it does come off velvety, which is nice. Overall, an interesting interpretation on a Belgian dark ale, but it could pack more malt flavor inside.

Serving type: can

08-28-2010 23:41:47 | More by SirSketch
Photo of GarrettMD

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark red hue with half a finger tan head. Head retention is good, lacing is good.

S - Malts and dark fruits dominate the aroma. Slight bready-ness comes through as well.

T - Same dark fruits and malts as the aroma. Sweet malts come through and work well with the fruits, plums, figs, cherries.

M - Medium bodied, good level of carbonation. Finish is very sweet with a nice cherry taste. Entire beer is very crisp.

D - Very good drinkability. ABV is masked very well. Despite being a sweet beer, it is very easy to go back for another sip.

Serving type: can

08-16-2010 21:28:21 | More by GarrettMD
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another great extra thrown at me that i decided to pop open this evening. served cold and allowed to warm up, this one was consumed on 08/14/2010.

nice dark garnet pour. thick looking with a nice head of off white that caps it off quite well to a height of around two inches. smooth lacing flows down the sides of the glass

aroma is a little muddled. figs, dark fruits, lots of malts, and hints of raisins, but nothing really taking the lead and showing off for me. still though nicely put together and warming brings this out quite nicely. smooth and even feel, a bit filling at times even with more then adequate carbonation and a creamy finish. warm and soothing up front with figs, raisins, hits of spice and a touch of caramel malts, but i sit and wait for it to go somewhere that it never really does. nice clean finish with a light dryness and sweet touch to the palate.

overall not bad. i could drink it without issue but there is nothing really calling me back to it again.

Serving type: can

08-15-2010 02:32:07 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of russpowell


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to WoodyChandler for this one!

Pours a garnet hued chestnut with 2+ fingers of khaki colored head. Nice oily sheen to this, average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, cherry & dark chocolate, plus plums. Holds up pretty well over the course of 12 ozs..

T: Plums, figs, faint brown sugar & a touch of prunes up front. Oaky dryness, leafy hops, more pruney action once warm, faint dark cherry as well. Finishes with a bit too much woody dryness, port notes, figs & plums

MF: Medium bodied, slick, but carbonation is a bit sharp. Becomes somewhat warming after a while

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV & style, but more of a good entree' to the style versus a great example...

Serving type: can

08-15-2010 02:10:48 | More by russpowell
Photo of rudzud


1.55/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - Murkey rust color with hardly any head that immediately disappeared with hardly any lacing.

S - Has to be a bad can or something. Just smells, well, rotten. Can't pick up anything other than an offputting smell. Wow.

T - If I pinch my nose I can drink this. Not because the taste is bad, but because of the smell coming off it. I can pick up yeast, carmal, and some weird fruityness.

M - Smooth with little carbonation. Ugh, the smell.

D - Just cant get past the smell. Its horrific! Definate drain pour this can is. Very shocked. I was pretty sure I had drank this before and liked it so I went after a lone can of this. Just must have been a rotten can. This should be much lower rated, but I remember how good this was. Would probably be mostly 4's or so if I had a different can.

Serving type: can

08-10-2010 05:07:20 | More by rudzud
Photo of DoctorDog


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown/ruby appearance, and nearly opaque. ~1/2 fingers of tan, effervescing head, which dissipates rapidly to an oily cap.

S: Rich with raisins / dark fruits and cherry, quite vinous. Hints of alcohol.

T: Dark fruits abound. Sweetness is slightly on the high side. The oak notes come through fairly pronounced here, while I did not detect them in the aroma. A bit of a spicy bitterness to the finish, perhaps contributed to by the cinnamon (?). Alcohol presence is noted, but blends well into the mix.

M: Slightly low carbonation- Falls a bit short of where it needs to be here, and the beer suffers slightly for it. Medium feel.

D: Decent. Nice flavor and aroma....lags in the mouthfeel....one and done sipper

Future outlook: An enjoyable beer that could use some slight tweaking to make really good. First BSDA I've ever had in a can, and I'm inclined to snag a few sometime to see how they age.

Serving type: can

08-09-2010 03:04:50 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of siradmiralnelson


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Orval chalice.

A. Poured 1/2 finger of head that disappeared very quick. Not much lacing. Color is chestnut brown.

S. Dark fruit, cherries, candi sugar, spices, some alcohol, raisins. Nice complex aroma. Nice fruit smells.

T. Caramel malt. Candi sugar. Sweet dark fruit. Cinnamon, was kind of faint but added a nice touch.

M. medium/full bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth. ABV is well hidden.

D. I can easily say this is the best canned BSDA I have ever had. Easy drinking. Nice mix of spice flavors and dark fruit.

Serving type: can

08-07-2010 14:32:18 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of stakem


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken on 5/27/10

Poured from a can into a snifter. Monk's blood appears with less than a finger of tanned head that receeds fairly fast. The color of this brew is a hazy amber color with red hues around the bottom and more of a brownish color across the top.

Aroma is sweet, fruity and floral. The malt is evident in a very candy sugar sort of way. Sweetness of the aroma comes off a bit like plums and raisins with a bit of mineral character thrown in as well. Taste is very malty sweet with dark sugar flavors similar to plum and raisin with some other spices included. Moderate alcohol presence and a touch of hops on the backend.

Medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. This is quite an easy drinking brew. There is a lingering flavor somewhat like vanilla. Slightly drying as it warms and the spice character starts to stick to the tongue. The spices tasting increasingly more like a bland grated cinnamon hang in the mouth increasing it's drying aspect. This cinnamon flavor is a bit out of place and brings out more of the belgian yeast flavor that tastes a bit green.

Serving type: can

07-20-2010 14:24:00 | More by stakem
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Revisiting this one over a year later. Ratings remain the same, still quite delicious.

Pours a reddish brown color, somewhat cloudy with not much head and a fair lacing.

Smells spicy and sweet, with dark fruits, brown sugar, and a little bit yeasty.

Tastes very much like the style should, spices, yeast, fruits, and a sweet brown sugar flavor that lingers. There's a slight alcohol taste. Very nice overall flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, not much carbonation, and just a faint sweet to bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is a tad heavy going down, but when you're in the mood for something thick and flavorful, this is a great beer.

Got this one as an extra in a trade, and a very fine extra it was! The revisit was also obtained in a trade, and I was quite happy to have it again!

Serving type: can

07-10-2010 20:52:13 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of GbVDave


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pours a muddy, caramel-brown with some rust colored highlights. The head is tan colored and nearly non-existant, mostly just a full bubbly ring that doesn't leave much lace. Carbonation is lazy.

S: I shared a can of this at DLD '10 with brokenleadedcask and that particular can had a definite asparagus aroma. This can smells more like what I imagine the brewers intended. Caramel, molassas, and candi sugar with raisins, booze muddled figs, cocoa, brown sugar, and ok maybe just a miniscule asparagus scent.

T: See above. Loads of caramel, dark fruit, and candi sugar. The dark fruit and alcohol are both more pronounced in the taste compared to the smell.

M: Starts off like it's going to be a huge sweet and syrupy mess. Those hints, however, quickly turn quite bitter and dry. In fact, it finishes very dry.

D: I really like the idea of a BSDA in a can. I certainly don't think this would be a great beach/picnic/bbq/block party beer, but it would be so fun to unleash this on BMC drinkers at a pig roast!


Serving type: can

07-09-2010 23:28:27 | More by GbVDave
Photo of bamadog


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received this as an extra in a trade a few months ago, and I wish I could remember who sent it to me as I would gladly thank him. So, if he happens to read this and knows who he is, thanks! Review is from notes taken on 7/7/2010 and poured from the can to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a deep and rich mahogany brown with some slight amber highlights; starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger light tan fluffy head; body is pretty clear and shows light and slow carbonation and modicum of bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass; head fades slowly to an uneven and incomplete skim; only a couple of spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Hmmm... Not very strong or robust, but there are hints of dark fruits, mostly figs and raisins, and a slight hint of tart cherries.

Taste: Much the smell, not especially potent, but the dark fruit (figs and raisins) and the lightly tart cherries are present (mostly in the aftertaste); there's a bit of a burnt sugary/caramel maltiness in the middle; slight vaporous alcohol lingers.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is present, but it comes across as mostly soft and the body is pretty smooth overall; a moderately moist stickiness is left all over the palate; the belly is actually left a little warm.

Drinkability: It's not bad, and I kind of dig it, but I do wish the scents and flavors were much more potent and robust, and with an ABV of 8.3% and the slight lack of flavors, it wouldn't be worth drinking more than one in a sitting. Definitely worth a shot though, especially for something that comes in a can.

Serving type: can

07-08-2010 02:24:17 | More by bamadog
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to Trey for providing this one. Tried this after the train wreck known as Hell or High Water Watermelon Wheat. I am more excited about this one.

The pour, even when aggressive, doesn't yield much carbonation. The color is a deep brown that lightens up to some amber as the level gets low. No lacing.

The aroma is nicely balanced with some dark fruits - figs and dates - from the Belgian yeasts. There are also some great notes of caramel. I wish there was a bit more complexity, but this is still pretty good.

The taste brings the caramel back around, but this time, it completely drowns out the other flavors. There is a warm sweetness that comes in at the end though.

A bit too smooth for a Belgian, in my opinion. It did make it very easy to drink, though. Though this beer wasn't my favorite, I would certainly drink it again.

Serving type: can

07-04-2010 02:35:52 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of krisandajt


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this tasty beer a bunch of times, but haven't yet given it it's proper review. Time to remedy that...

Appearance: With an easy pour, the beer is a deep, robust reddish brown color. There's very little head on top of this bad boy, but I blame my girly pour for that. A quick swirl in the glass shows some smooth, soapy lacing sliding down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Plenty of dark, sweet, candied fruit, a bit of booze, and a slight bready kind of quality.

Taste: The dark, sweet fruit takes the lead here. Plums and cherries stand out the most. There's a nice Belgian yeast quality to it, and despite what I picked up in the nose there's not too much booziness going on. Not exactly a mind blowing beer, but it is a good tasting one.

Mouthfeel: Could use a tad more fizz, but I'm nit-picking with that. Nice medium body, good texture.

Drinkability: An enjoyable beer, it has some nice flavor that doesn't go overboard. A great beer to relax with and take the edge off the day. Try it if you can get it.

Serving type: can

07-02-2010 23:27:58 | More by krisandajt
Photo of scifan

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved this one as an extra in a trade with emmasdad. Cool looking can, poured it into my Portsmouth balloon glass.
Pours a dark chesnut brown with a light tan head that looks impressive at first but quickly settles down to mere ring around the glass.
Sweet dark fruits dominate the aroma. Plum and raisin come to mind. Also picking up some nice spicy yeast as well. Hints of vanilla and oak linger in the background. I thought the nose was a little subdued at first but as the beer warmed it came around nicely.
First sip reveals dark fruits flavors, and a slightly fruity, spicy belgain yeast character come through. Left with a slightly sweet aftertaste. The alcohol lets itself known as well.
Thought this one was a little too thin and just a touch overcarbonated. Overall a good american style belgian. Glad to have tried and wish I had regular access.

Serving type: can

06-30-2010 03:27:10 | More by scifan
Photo of OneDropSoup


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Dark reddish-brown with a thin coating of beige head. No highlights so much as a burnt orange haze against the light.

Smell has a sweetness like fruit & bubblegum, or cherry pie filling. A little vanilla, some cooked orange peel & apple, a spiciness not unlike potpourri.

Tastes of dark fruits (plums, raisins, fig, dark cherries), cinnamon, a little bready yeast & some alcohol heat. Not bad but a pretty generic Belgian dark character, nothing "popping" for me.

Medium-full body, a little chewy. Ends dry but leaves a sugary feel in the aftertaste.

Not bad, but like I said, kind of generic. Not sure the booze is worth the pay-off.

Serving type: can

06-27-2010 14:23:50 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of Bendurgin


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tulip. Pours a dark ruby color with a rocky light tan head that is about a finger and a half. Decent head retention on this beer. I smell dark fruits; mainly cherries come to mind. Vanilla a hint of alcohol run through my nostrils. but I mostly smell cherries. Also a spice that I couldn't quite pinpoint until I read the can. Cinnamon. That's what I'm smelling, but it's faint. Rich malts and dark fruits dominate my pallet on this. A caramel sweetness is present and it finishes with just a little spiciness from the cinnamon and a touch vanilla. This is very rich and the flavors are nicely layered. Decent mouth feel, the body is a little lighter than I would expect and the spiciness from the cinnamon detracts a little bit, but nothing overly offensive. Glad I chose this as a night cap.

Serving type: can

06-24-2010 02:56:51 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in a Kasteel chalice.

An interesting read on the outside, an interesting concoction on the inside. It pours a very dark garnet-brown topped by a half-finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises figs, dark roasted malts, raisins, and a bit of oak. The taste holds notes of everything listed above, along with brown sugar and some bitter chocolate powder. The body is a heavy medium, with a light carbonation and a thick, almost chewy feel. Overall, a strong Belgian, especially considering its aluminum origins (such has been my experience). Get some!

Serving type: can

06-23-2010 14:28:38 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of albern


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If anything, this is a complex beer with a huge palate of overlapping flavors. The beer pours a fairly thick, syrupy, cloudy, slightly dull brown mahogany color. There isn't much head or lacing to the beer, but it has the consistency of very heavy brown sugar syrup.

The nose is woody and oaken, with plenty of ABV and raisins, and slightly rum soaked florals coming through. The taste is really complex, with a slighly different experience with each taste. This is a full bodied, Belgian dark, with lots of ABV, wooden and oaken notes, lots of spices, lots of candied sugars and probably some brown sugar too. This is a really malted up affair. There are slighly booze soaked fig or raisin notes, there are almost some nutty flavors coming through too. There is a nice dash of vanilla, although I'm not getting much cinnamon as the label proclaims. The oaky almost cherrywood flavors are the most pronounced. This is a really fine beer. The aftertaste is fairly modest, all things considered. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 17:46:06 | More by albern
Photo of ahalloin


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

Received as an extra in a trade with my man Rob in SF! Thanks man!

Pours a clear rusty glowing amber-copper color with an light tan head of minimal proportions but good lasting power. Nice look for a Belgian Strong Dark. A little on the clear side, but good.

The smell has a nice mix of toasty malt, dark fruits (raisins, plums), with touches of cinnamon. There is a slight astringent oak touch in the background.

The taste matches up well with the smell. I get prunes, raisins, and toasted malt in the front, moving to a hint of roasted chocolate, finishing with a slight bitterness and alcohol astringency. Finish is less dry than the benchmark Belgian strong darks like Rochefort 10, etc.

Mouthfeel is full but with a slightly lesser amount of carbonation than I would like. I would classify it as medium low carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. I think a drier finish would certainly help, and maybe try to lose the alcohol presence a touch.

Serving type: can

06-08-2010 23:22:36 | More by ahalloin
Photo of 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
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,058 ratings.