Arbor Brewing Violin Monster | Arbor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.76/5
Very Good
117 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arborbrewing.com

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A geographical approach to the werewolf legends results in identification of a major werewolf area stretching from mid-Germany into the Netherlands and Belgium.

With this in mind, we have created a strong, dark, spice ale using ingredients from those regions.

Brewed with Midnight Wheat, warming spices, and a hint of brown sugar, the Violin Monster is black as night and packs a punch at 9.5%.

Unleash your inner beast with Violin Monster Dark Ale, but beware...it finishes with a bite!
Awwwooo!

Added by TheBrewo on 08-31-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,975
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
117
pDev:
15.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
32
Trade:
2
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Photo of Quackershnoc
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: really black; creamy, dark khaki head that hangs around

Aroma: lots of spice-big clove, nutmeg; slight nuttiness; roasty malt backbone; hint of banana

Taste: starts with some roasty notes; a bit of chocolate; moves into nice malt spine-like brown baked bread; spices kick in here; a little earthiness; ends with light notes of banana; a little more malt; big spice-clove, nutmeg, cinnamon; more light earthy notes; aftertaste of spice, wheat, and dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: creamy; viscous; medium bodied

Overall Impression: this is a cool beer; there is a lot going on in there-much more complex than I was anticipating; it’s pretty spice heavy so I don’t think I could drink a lot of these back to back, but on a cold fall evening it’s really nice; I will definitely buy this again

From notes taken 11/04/2014

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Photo of Rostie
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lonewolfwmv
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's surprising that reviews aren't higher for this beer. I'm sure most who reviewed never had a Dark wheat style before, I know its my first one. But this beer is beautiful in every way.
When fresh the beer pours as a stout but smells like a red wine with its dark, nutty fruity aroma. The taste is also a bit like wine although you know it's a beer. It has flavors of barley, malt, red grape, berries, nuts, molasses, and nutmeg. Not very impressive fresh. It's a hard one to take down and the alcohol presence is rough. However put some away to age for a year or longer and you will see it turn into a totally different beer.

Aged 1 year this beer turns into a stout with strong flavors of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and coffee. There is still some wine, grape, berry presence but it moreso has a creamy chocolatey, vanilla, coffee taste. Don't knock on this beer until you age it. Haven't read one review on here as to how this tastes with a year on it and let me be the first to say it ages gracefully. So therefore I give this beer a perfect score.

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Photo of ZeneralGodzilla
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this twice. Two dfferent batches. My first was one of the best beers I've ever tasted. The second was only passable. Not sure what happened.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raziel313
1.44/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of JDoHo
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jamesod
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrainBamage
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Pours dark a slight head in the center and around the edge of the glass. Smells of fermented berries, quite strong. There is bitterness on the tongue, but otherwise smooth going down. Tastes like fermented nuts and berries. Average beer, but first I've had in this style, so a little hard to judge.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a growler via Jungle Jim's in a snifter. This unique Autumn ale pours a deep
murky black with a nice light brown head of foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin
pool, and light lacing. Nose of pumpkin spices of clove, nutmeg, and allspice notes
mixed in with dark sweet malts. Flavors flow off the charts with nutmeg and clove
blasting in the front and rear of the taste, some dark malt notes strike a tone of light
black strap molasses and toffee mixed with a subtle bitter orange note and herbal hops
melding into the rear but still overtaken by the spices. Nice mouth feel, warming, smooth,
nice wheat mouth feel, full, and a finish that is well spiced.

Overall this is a good ale, yet more than one is more than enough to get the hint. Some of
the spices are extremely forward and could use a good dose of balance.

Violin Monster is a feller from the Michigan Area who is well....a violin monster....and pretty good
from the youtube clips I saw.

Cheers

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Photo of clager
2.56/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bushbeer75
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle - not dated

Arbor Violin Monsters' body is almost black in hue. A 2-finger bubbly chocolate milkshake like head was produced. The head sank to form a collar of foam with hit and miss lacing clinging to my tulip glass. The nose detected the smell of toasted malt, followed by sweet caramel/toffee, and a light somewhat peppery spice, The taste is very similar to the nose with the addition of chocolate along with a dash of sweetness from brown sugar. The mouth feel is creamy with a medium carbonation and a high-medium to full body. The finish is lightly bitter and warming from the alcohol.

Violin Monster makes a nice Fall/Winter drink. This ale is one of my favorite Arbor Brewing beers.

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Photo of G-CraftBeer4life
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Its close to an aged wine... It's very full body and you can taste that initial fruity kick but then it dies down only to pick back up in the end with a kick that you know its not messing around.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breakingbland
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sava's.

Pours virtually black with a foam ring. The aroma was sweet and spicy as was the taste. The sweetness in the taste, though, was almost cloying -- to the extent that this beer might be best served alone rather than pairing with food. While the mouthfeel might be appropriate for this style, it seemed to be a bit on the thin side. Carbonation was a bit light.

A good beer: I'll look for it again.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of coz
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grand-Raggedy
2.27/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of salinasa
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BryanPeterson
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Arbor Brewing Violin Monster from Arbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 117 ratings