Arbor Brewing Violin Monster | Arbor Brewing Company

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Arbor Brewing Violin MonsterArbor Brewing Violin Monster
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
Ratings:
110
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
15.06%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
30
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raziel313
1.44/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of JDoHo
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jamesod
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrainBamage
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
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 -2.1%
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 -33.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of dmorgan310
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bushbeer75
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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 -17.9%
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 +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breakingbland
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of coz
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grand-Raggedy
2.27/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of salinasa
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BryanPeterson
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hardysf
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Should of read the label before buying. Got good reviews and thought I should try it. I will say this though, they got what they were going for, just not my cup of tea.

Pours a dark brown. There are quite a few spices in this, maybe some nutmeg, cinnamon and other fall notes. Strong aroma. Sweet malt base with a prevalence of chocolate. Belgian strain of yeast is also not for me.

I can see how others like this though. Brewers got it right, not my style.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Arbor's Violin Monster a few weeks ago at Boyne Country Provisions. I've been meaning to try this beer and since I was I able to track it down I knew I had to to try it, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it goes great with the name and it's eye catching just like the actual Violin Monster. It poured a dark brown color that took on more of black color when held to the light with just a little bit of tan head that died down to a pretty thin ring that faded away and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little better head retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with yeast being the first to show up and it's imparts a big ripe banana aroma and it's the aspects that sticks out the most about this beer. Up next comes some candied sugar like aroma with some dark malts showing up imparting a little bit of a chocolate like aroma along with a little more sweetness. This beer has a nice aroma, but I thought the yeast was just a little too dominating.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with that banana yeast still being the first to show up and it still sticks out the most. It's followed by some of those dark malts which impart a light roasted and chocolate flavors with a little more sweetness coming through on the finish along with a slight bit of bitterness and a noticeable boozy flavor with some more of the yeast showing up in the aftertaste. this is a nice tasting beer, but I still think the yeast is too dominating and the alcohol could have been hidden a little better.

M- A little smooth, a little boozy, slightly crisp, a little velvety, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this beer was nice and it's a nice example of the style, but when it came down to it there wasn't really as much balance as I was hoping for and it seemed like the yeast got a little carried away. This beer had ok drinkability, one glass would be enough, it's too much to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a pretty nice looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the balance, the yeast was just a little too overpowering. I might get this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down. It's not a must try, but if you really like the style I think it's worth a shot. All in all I felt like this beer came pretty close to falling in the middle, it wasn't bad by any means, but it didn't have anything that set it apart and made it memorable besides the label. It's not a favorite Arbor beer and it's just a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, but with s a little more work I think this could be a great beer.

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Photo of 98green
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jduprey007
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Loudog1411
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vogie
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Is this a stout or a wheat? When I ordered this it looked like a dark stout but had the aroma and flavor of a dark wheat. Definitely an interesting brew that challenges the definition of a wheat beer.

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Arbor Brewing Violin Monster from Arbor Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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