Barrel Full Of Monkeys - Cherry - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
3.3/5 rDev -18.7%
From a 355 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dense opaque pitch back hue, with a short tight mocha head that retains as a thin cap.
Aroma of dark dried fruits, some woody rum and raisin character that tends to dominate, along with some faint dark chocolate.
Prominent flavour is wood and whiskey at this point, somewhat sharp and acidic in fact, some dark grains and chocolate linger in the background and rise up in the finish, with intermittent spikes of sour cherry surfacing throughout. Most enjoyable on the aftertaste already.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel, while there is practically zero carbonation the weight tends to come from the grains, a bit watery but certainly not thin.
Perhaps I didn't get around to sampling this in its optimal window, I really enjoyed the original RIS and the subsequent barrel-aged version, however taken at face value this version doesn't seem better at all from the original with the additions to the final product.
01-01-2013 23:49:03 | More by IronDjinn
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4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
355ml bottle, fast on the heels of the 'regular' barrel-aged version. The label depicts the same familiar funky monkey a la barrique, but now with a perfunctory 'Cherry' sticker plastered due north.
This beer pours a solid black, no light, no way, with one finger of foamy chocolate milk head, which leaves a few reaching arcs of lace around the glass as it quickly abates.
It smells of cherry liqueur, an edgy oak woodiness, roasted chocolate malt, a mild oily nuttiness, and soft, rather overwhelmed leafy hoppiness. The taste is dry roasted chocolate malt, tart cherry pit acidity, subdued vanilla and caramel notes, both from the malt and from the barrel, a further mildly strident woodiness, soft office coffee undertones, and meek leafy, weedy hops. 10 whole points of alcohol, once again, get lost in the mire.
The carbonation is average, spread about in just the right way for such an affair, the body a glistening, newborn medium weight, and in tough for any smoothness accolades, as the tart fruit and underlying metallic booze do take their toll. It finishes pretty dry, quite beyond expectations, as the almost sour cherry fruitiness actually overcomes the heretofore pungent multi-toned caramel and vanilla weightiness.
Wow, I've rarely seen a beer change so much with a singular additional ingredient introduced - the cherry (whatever its origin) does a doozy on an otherwise solid and already complete beer - the sourness really mediates the big barrel and hefty RIS incumbents, producing something along the lines of the offspring of an RIS and a kriek lambic. Interesting, and pretty drinkable, to be sure.
07-26-2012 03:27:47 | More by biboergosum
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Thanks to dresden for this bottle. Drank the day after the regular version for comparison. Poured in to tulip glass.
A - Poured black with a red glow visible during the pour. Half a finger of medium brown head formed and reduced to a thin layer.
S - Tart cherry aroma up front that gives way to roast, bitter chocolate and sweet molasses notes. The tart and sweet are in a good balance.
T - Tart cherry flavour up front. Roast and semi-sweet chocolate enter mid palate. The tartness returns in the finish with a touch of sweet molasses. After a few sips the tartness becomes less dominant and more integrated with the base beer flavours.
M - Medium body; creamy. Light carbonation.
O - This was excellent but I prefer the regular version. The intense licorice and espresso notes that were in the regular version were masked by the cherry.
09-28-2012 23:51:01 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Appearance- Pours a dark brown/black with a 1/4 finger width of mocha head.
Smell- red wine, roasted notes (malts) and dark chocolate, bourbon.
Taste- The tart cherries are the star of the show followed by the bourbon and the roasted malts. Nice woody taste near the end.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Slick feel to the body. Finishes dry.
Overall- Surprising combination of flavours in the monkey series by Paddock Wood. The tart cherries act as a missing link in the previous installment, providing uniqueness to the palate. Overall, an interesting twist on an RIS.
08-17-2012 02:53:20 | More by leaddog
4.16/5 rDev +2.5%
355ml bottle poured into tulip a few weeks back, cheers Kmat10 for cracking one of my wants
A very dark liquid with a cola edge, a thin film leaves some polka dot lace and that's not bad for a small pour
S cherry cola, bourbon and fudge, a little smoke and chocolate
T more of the same really, faintly reminds me of cherry cough syrup but tastes better then that sounds
M almost full, enough bubbles to give it some life and the booze is well hidden
O lots of cherry shinning through the dark malt, this one comes together quite well, I wish I had more of it
I'd like to sit down with a whole bottle and give this one some attention, for now I'm just glad I got to try it
12-14-2013 02:18:38 | More by wordemupg
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
11.5oz bottle into a tulip.
A - Pours black with a sticky mocha head. I swear there's a tinge of redness in the head here, but maybe I'm just crazy. The head recedes to a thin ring, and leaves a plethora of sticky chunks of lace all over the glass. My only gripe here is, I wish they had done a different label for the cherry variety, rather than just a sticker.
S - I was wondering just how prominent the cherries would really be in this brew before I opened it, and if they would really show through. Now I know, and boy do they ever. A ton of tart cherries on the nose, giving the aroma a rather vinous quality. The oaky/bourbon like character I recall form the original BFoM is definitely masked under a great deal of cherries. There's subtle touches of roast, with dark chocolate and coffee making a slight appearance, but this brew is clearly all about the cherry. I also get a touch of something catty in here, which is throwing me off.
T - Wow, the cherry onslaught continues in the profile. While it isn't quite as dominant as was in the nose, the profile changes a ton compared to regular BFoM. The traditional qualities of an RIS are a little more prominent here, with roasted malt, coffee, and oak all coming through, but the whole profile is permeated with an intense cherry flavor that has me thinking back to Cantillon Kriek.
M - Doesn't seem as thick and viscous as regular BFoM, and the carbonation is almost non existent. While I say this isn't quite as thick as the original, this is still one beefy ass stout.
D - I gotta agree with biboergosum here, this almost drinks like some sort of RIS/kriek lovechild, and in the end it's pretty damn tasty. I'm interested to see if there are more BFoM offerings coming from Paddock Wood, as this was surprisingly good.
12-18-2012 02:30:25 | More by Converge
Barrel Full Of Monkeys - Cherry from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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