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Monkey Face Porter | Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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Monkey Face PorterMonkey Face Porter

Brewed by:
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This is a medium bodied robust style porter with significant roast character from chocolate and black malts. This beer finished extremely dry with a hint of the Willamette Hops used to create this perfectly balanced porter. Monkey Face Porter is perfect after a long day at the mountain or on the river!"

Grains: 2-Row, Chocolate, Crystal
Hops: Willamette
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.014
I.B.U.'s: 34
Alcohol: 5.0

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-28-2002

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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 62
Photo of ebrauser
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle to a pint glass

App: Dark cola with thin tan head. Not as much body or lacing with the head as i like

Aroma: Sweet malts, dark fruits, cherries and raisins.

Flavor: Definite smoke, but more masked by sweetness than a smoked porter. Dark fruitiness with caramel and strong coffee tones.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for a porter. Drinks a lot like cola

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Photo of constantine_272
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Exceptionally dark. Slightly cloudy. A hint of dark brown, but mostly black. Whitish cream colored foam that mostly dissipated. Left a sticky mess on the sidewalls.

S: Sweetness, malt, dark caramel, toasted chestnuts and charred oak and vanilla.

T: Roasted grain and coffee is obvious. Toasted oak is very straightforward also. Vanilla and caramel throughout. Slightly sweet with a minor bit of coconut, but finishes with some crispness but the sweetness prevails. I appreciate how the char flavor is not overpowering.

M: Medium body, not thin and not overly heavy. Medium dryness but leaves a little bit of residual sweetness as an aftertaste.

O: Overall, a solid porter. The minor coconut flavor isn't exactly my favorite beer not, but its my only real complaint about it.

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Photo of rye726
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass at cellar temp. A near black, dark brown with a silky espresso head. Nose has a good amount of chocolate along with some dark malts and nice mellow hops. Taste is well balanced. Goof beer to wash down a burger I guess. Medium body is well carbonated and drinks nicely.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"If hooking a car battery up to a monkey's brain will help find the cure for AIDS and save somebody's life, I have two things to say... the red is positive and the black is negative."

--Nick Dipaolo

Charred walnut with bright scarlet accents when backlit with morning sunshine. One more small handful of chocolate malt and the beer would be opaque. The cappuccino colored crown is tight-bubbled and looks mighty fine. It also lays down an impressive array of finely dotted lace.

One big whiff is all it takes for the aroma to prove its worthiness. There's plenty of power and a wonderful chocolate maltiness that could just as easily be coming from an American stout. The beer smells like it will favor sweet and won't be very hoppy.

Monkey Face Porter isn't quite as impressive on the palate, but it's still good beer that goes down easily enough. The proportions of pale, chocolate and crystal malt are just about right. A little more of each would be great, however, and would add both depth and breadth to the flavor profile.

Sweetness and bitterness are pretty evenly matched. The hint of sourness flashing in at the edges isn't a problem in a beer of this style. Specifics include Baker's chocolate, dark caramel, medium-dark fruit and black tea leaves. The finish features a light char and an enjoyable amount of Willamette hop flavor and bitterness.

The mouthfeel could use more heft and more bubbles. As the beer warms... it doesn't improve much. There's definitely room for improvement here.

Monkey Face Porter does not deserve electrocution by car battery, nor is it shockingly good. It's a close second to 20 Inch Brown as CLBC's best beer. With more malt, it just might challenge for the top spot.

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Photo of beertunes
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this recently as I was digging through some old boxes. I think I got it from Chumba526 over a year ago, thanks Tyler. If someone else sent this one to me, Thank you!

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured pretty much solid black, none of the translucence that I look for, with just the thinnest ring of white head that had no retention and left some light lacing.

The aroma was was nicely bold, solid roast and, somewhat surprisingly, a solid chocolate presence. There was some nice providing a solid foundation. The flavors were the same, with the grain and roast being dominant and the chocolate having a background note.

The body was much thinner than I look for in the style. But, that thinness improved drinkability. This bottle went down quickly and I was left wanting another. Overall, a very nice brew that's probably worth some effort to try.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap at "The Lodge" in bend , Oregon.
The beer is a nice dark brown colour, almost black like a stout.Smallish "coffee n'creme" coloured head.
The aroma is of slightly burnt malts, some dark chocolate..and a faint whiff of coffee.
I was surprised that this beer had a smokey aspect to the taste, and a dry finish. Inbetween are hints of black coffee and a slight taste of chocolate.
The mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side but overall not bad.
I liked this porter..the smokey aspect was great.
Like other Cascade lakes beers..this doesn't seem to do well in bottle..or maybe they have to be drank very fresh.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with reddish-mahogany highlights, although it appears black in the pint. The foamy tan head holds exceptionally well; eventually dropping to a creamy collar that leaves some spotty lace. The nose is distinctly mocha-ish with notes of coffee and sweet chocolate swirling amidst a toasty maltiness. It's creamy and smooth across the palate with a medium body and fine carbonation. The flavor is rich with bittersweet chocolate, deep roasted coffee, some fruit, and a lightly grassy/resinous hop flavor. It finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and roastiness. Very nice.

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Photo of NoHipTee
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently delighted to find this bottle in a hotel bar while in Oregon.
Light taste despite the very dark color of the beer in a glass, not heavy or very "filling" at all. The flavor was good with a very nutty while slightly bitter after taste that did not linger on the palete too long. A very drinkable dinner beer that need not be saved as an after dinner porter. The light smooth flavor would go well with anything off the barbeque but also be rich enough to be enjoyed as a stand along after dinner drink. I enjoyed the delightful deep flavors of this smooth beer. The "porter" name led me to believe that it would have a heavy after taste but it was not heavy at all. I am anxious to reccomend this beer to my local outlet.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudgy brown color with a modest head that leaves a fair amount of lace behind

Smell: Roasty, with chocolate and espresso undertones; a bit oaky, too

Taste: Roasty flavors, up front, joined by a tootsie roll chocolate character through mid-palate and after the swallow; a bit of hops underneath, but chocolate, coffee and slightly smokey oak flavor dominate the profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Far better to my tastebuds than the overall score would indicate - seems like there may have been some changes for the better at this brewery

Thanks, Docer, for the opportunity

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a dark brown color, tan head settling fairly quickly to a thin layer of foam clinging to the glass. Very malty aroma, a faint bit of aroma hops as well. Taste is amazing, very dark and roasted malt flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly middle of the road, a bit thin on the finish, but just right in the moisture department. A Solid choice, and a fine example of the style. Another great Oregon beer.

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Photo of Docer
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Buddy Pete picked me up a growler of their Red, and a 6-pack of this porter... lover their stuff!

- Pours a nice coffee black... clear as best as I can see it at the edges of my pint glass... nice off white to mocha head.. about half a finger down to a slight slew and a ring..

- Rich chocolate malt profile... slightly sweet, roasted and a touch of coffee.... loving the smell... sweet oats, grain.

- Wonderful zingy porter... nice bitter earthy hop.. and a backdrop of sweet oats and chocolate malt... a very pleasant and drinkable porter.

- Only slightly chalky, thin to medium bodied.. slight creaminess to it....

- Super good porter... I rather like its simplicity and flavor combination... very balanced.

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Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with scarlet highlights when held up to the light. Head is a half-inch of creamy tan goodness that subsides more quickly than I would like. Aroma is rich, full of chocolate malt, lactose sweetness, and a roasty, mocha quality. Palate is chocolatey roasted malt up front, with some more lactose sweetness. The fruity hop profile comes out mid-palate, building to a slightly bitter finish. Body is velvety smooth, could stand to be a little creamier, but still very nice. On the whole, a tasty and drinkable porter.

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Photo of slaintemhor
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR. last Sept. The colour was basically black but with dark ruby hues when held to the light. Only a thin ribbon of tan head around the rim. The aroma was quite roasty and smoky. On the palate, lots of froth with plenty of roasted malt character, maduro tobacco, dark chocolate and a dry, lengthy finish. I wonder if it's this yummy out of the bottle.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a difference a pint makes. I originally reviewed a 12 oz. bottle of Monkey Face purchased from a reputable merchant in Portland. It was awful. It was desperately wretched. It was a bottle of pain. (See below.)

Seven months later I went to the source and drank an imperial on tap at The Lodge. My impression went from, “This some repugnant shit” to “a bold brew with abundant smoke yet also a splash of cream.” Though that ridiculous monkey on a rope should be torn from the label and boiled in a vat of banana gravy, the beer itself is not nearly as bad as my initial bottled experience would have it. In fact, it’s quite good.

Monkey Face is impenetrable brown with wide swaths of lace and a solid, toasty aroma. The finish is clean, the mouthfeel is rounded, and there are no distracting or unwanted complexities. Moreover, the flavor is sustained for the duration of an imperial pint; not many porters can say the same.

In the end, this is a damn fine beer. But it’s hell in a bottle.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a dark brown with reddish hues, off-white creamy head that stuck around, and left glass coating lace.

S- Big roasted coffee and malt notes, some cocoa.

T- Big roasted coffee and malt, lots of cocoa, nutty, bready, brown sugar, and some cola notes.

M- Incredibly creamy, smooth, soft carbonation, dry, and medium bodied. Perfect mouthfeel for a porter and a little creamier than I expect for the style.

O- This is a great porter with complexity, balance, and a great mouthfeel.

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Monkey Face Porter from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
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