Stone / Juli Goldenberg / Monkey Paw 24 Carrot Golden Ale
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 12.67%
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
458
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Stone / Juli Goldenberg / Monkey Paw  24 Carrot Golden AleStone / Juli Goldenberg / Monkey Paw  24 Carrot Golden Ale
Notes: First Release: October 2015

2015 marked the seventh year of our American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned Stone Homebrew Competition. Juli Goldenberg, this year’s winner, added carrots, raisins, cinnamon and more to a Belgian-style golden strong ale to create a beer that is the liquid embodiment of carrot cake.

As the name implies, this beer is richly aromatic and envelopes the palate with decadent flavors of cream cheese frosting, cinnamon, vanilla, carrots and raisins plus subtle malt sweetness, ending with a medium-dry finish. It’s nothing short of brilliant and well deserving of the 24 karat (carrot?) golden opportunity to be brewed by Stone and distributed across the country.
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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 458
Photo of StJamesGate
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with white legs. 3.75
Spiced candle wax + thick cream. 3.75
Candy sweetness, sneaking spice, big creamy vanilla middle, earthy golden raisin, and loong finish of cinnamon, cream, then cloves. 4.25
Medium, round, crisp. 4

Lactose and vanilla make for a good cream cheese frosting effect. But cinnamon and Belgian cloves combine to hit too harsh. Carrot-y burps. Too many parts struggling with each other + some big Belgian character. Points for experimentation but too busy. 3.75

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
Notes from 10/21/15

Really enjoyed this one probably more so than others….but I love carrot cake so a little partial here.

A bright golden elixir with some yeasty haze that emits a soft glow when held to the light. Has a neat stack of lathery shampoo like suds.
Not distinctly carrot here but I definitely get the raisin fruit and some sweet vanilla spiced cake. Has a trailer of Belgian yeast traits and more fruity spices with some honey like sweetness.
The flavor is more vanilla spice cake with some caramelized carrot adding in a layer of distinct sweetness. Not at all vegetal which is nice. Lots of spices going on here ranging from cinnamon and clove to coriander with white pepper and a bit of that bubbleyum in the mix. Fruity with the raisin perking through. Very light and bouncy on the palate – playful with a super dry finish. Attenuated well with some modest alcohol noted.

For what they were going for I think it’s a real fine attempt. A little disjointed at times but with some aha moments where it does all come together.

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Photo of EMV
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Aged a little over a year.

L: Medium golden pour with insanely foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Yeast and toasted grains... vanilla and lemon peel. Fruity.

T/F: Very creamy... definitely a Belgian with yeasty goodness, toasted malts, and a bit of booze (ABV pretty well hidden). Complex, with spice and vanilla... not sure I'd have picked up on carrot cake if they hadn't told me but I think it shines through a bit. Fruit and icing. Well carbonated... zesty mouthfeel. Finish is off-sweet but pleasant.

O: Very tasty beer... in general love the Stone collaborations, and this one didn't disappoint. Had this at it's release and I think the year in the cellar smoothed it out nicely. Glad I have a few more yet to consume!

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Photo of Jaredkylemccann
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a tasty enjoyable specialty beer. The raisins cinnamon and vanilla definitely showed. It was somewhat carrot cake like. The funny thing is that this beer was retired and I just bought it yesterday.

They are weirdos at one of the liquor stores I go to. And they're only selling outdated beers. Like they still sell stone enjoy before October 31 and right now it is January. I think those should be discounted.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

**
12/25/16
Bottle to goblet. Golden yellow color. Small head, lacing. Aroma, is yeast, lactose. Taste is light spice (cinnamon, sugar,)....a lot like carrot cake, with some Belgian Wang. Very interesting, not something to buy over and over again.
**

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cool to try such a rare one of a kind beer. Unfortunately didn't get my hands on this in Texas until a year and 3 months later. That being said, unlike many Stone beers this one did not disappoint with the aging. I read the story about Juli's initial beer and was intrigued. Always love trying these rarities.

Orange golden ale with a light head and medium light carbonation. Smells like Belgian yeast, some fruits, a little pale malt. Some definitive sweetness to the somewhat creamy waft.

The taste wasn't exactly carrots, but definitely a high quality, toned down creamy Belgian golden ale. A little bit of the cinnamon, some cloves. No bitter like some of these guys describe. An extremely warming ale, definitely good for this December season. Such a nice good feeling in my body consuming the obviously well done ale, made with love. Some of that vanilla obviously providing these magical touches.

I have no doubt the original recipe contained more carrot cake and cream cheese, among the other ingredients (cinnamon, nutmeg maybe?). All those are a bit turned down in the distributed form, but this ale has not lost its unique, award-winning characteristic. I would buy this form ALL THE TIME if it was a regular release, especially in a six pack. Talk about warming the bones.

Some nice apricot and light pear accenting the warm sweetness, medium bodied and perfectly so. Let it warm just a little out of the fridge to get the best character.

Thanks Stone for always collaborating, spreading amazing ideas, and providing beer that blows minds. A little costly but that's the curse of living down here. Thanks Juli for the awesome original recipe.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.51/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mind this bottle is a year and 3 months old. I don't think that time has done this one justice. Pours cloudy yellow, thin head, loose, melty lacing. I'm catching a hint of spice, but besides that it seems a bit watered down, which makes me sad because I can tell that it was fantastic in it's hey-day. Alcohol is hidden well. The video clip on Stone's website over this limited release is worth a look. The further into the beer the better I feel, the better it tastes (more spice), and the wobblier my head feels. It still has great body.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

40 IBU's, 8.5% ABV, hopped with Hallertau & Czech Saaz
Pours out to a very hazy medium orange, well, carrot color. Forming a large mousse like off yellow head with beautiful retention and lacing. The nose is a belgian golden strong...apple juice and pears with some green bananas. I don't know what crack Stone is smoking on their webpage, but I'm definitely not picking up carrots, raisins, cinnamon or vanilla in the nose at all. Mouthfeel is a bit biting in the bitterness and carbonation and alcohol, finishing dry with a lingering firm bitterness. The taste opens with the apple cider and pears, followed by a very brief flittering taste of cinnamon and raisins, then replaced by the firm bitterness. It has a harsh follow through with the bitterness and the very strong alcohol flavor. Pretty hot for 8.5%.

Sorry, but served blind without all the hooplah on the bottle, no-one would know that this is supposed to taste like carrot cake. Not remotely close. That being said, it's a decent belgian golden strong with a weird cinnamon flavor and thats about it.

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Photo of jaketaz
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would never guess this to be carrot cake flavored based on taste alone. There's a lot of text on the label, I read the whole thing with much interest as carrot cake is my single favorite dessert of all time. The taste disappointed me as I can't sense anything clearly carrot cake about it. Had I not read all the info I would've likely enjoyed this more, since it is a pretty tasty Belgian Strong with higher than usual aftertaste and aroma of spices (I get clove and vanilla mostly). Drinkable, rare, high ABV, lots of things I look for in a beer, but unfortunately I can't give it as high a rating as I want to since for me it doesn't deliver on its carrot cake promises. Side tip: I recommend serving at room temperature or at least letting it warm up from fridge temp for about 5-10 minutes, which enhances the aromas and makes the cream cheese frosting taste a little more prominent.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Juli Goldenberg, this year’s winner, added carrots, raisins, cinnamon and more to a Belgian-style golden strong ale to create a beer that is the liquid embodiment of carrot cake." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Golden Ale with carrots, cinnamon, raisins and vanilla beans added. Collaborative release between Juli Goldenberg, Stone Brewing and Monkey Paw. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a straw white tone over a moderately hazy amber body with abundant lively carbonation and fine sediment in tow. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Belgian pale notes forward, smooth bread malts, light grassy and fruity hops and a mild yeasty spiciness. The additions of cinnamon, raisins and vanilla are complimentary without controlling the beer overall. The raisin and cinnamon notes come through most prominently, with the vanilla fairly mild and the carrot not generating much aromatic quality. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Many of the qualities of the aroma come through in the flavor, with pale bread malts, light grassy hops and spicy yeast tones, and a soft graininess on the back end. The subtle addition of carrot juice is noticed, pairing fairly well with the cinnamon and raisin notes, while the raisin tones are still the strongest contributor to flavor. The additions are collectively a bit drier and tangy than anticipated, resulting in a slightly tart and moderately undersweetened carrot cake imitation. Finishes moderately dry, tangy and slightly grainy. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly tangy, grainy and dry over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) The addition of carrot makes this a very unusual beer, although it doesn't come out to exactly the slice of carrot cake I would have desired. The strongest flavors in this ale are the raisin and cinnamon, with the vanilla barely making any impact at all. Ultimately this beer's shortcomings are the dryness of the malt body and the graininess making some slight distractions from the drinkability of this beer otherwise. Ultimately, this would have fared better in a lower gravity Belgian Golden with more residual sweetness and body, but this version is decent, and a unique experience for the carrot addition, even though it doesn't come off as a key player in the flavor. 3.5

Stone Brewing's
24 Carrot Golden Ale
3.44/5.00

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Photo of Stevem68
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look is pale golden with a pure white 1 finger head. Aroma is Belgian yeast with some sweetness. Flavor is Belgian yeast with a creamy sweetness. I get the icing on a carrot cake flavor, not really carrot cake but definitely the icing. Feel is a little thins but still very smooth. Overall interesting and some nice flavor notes but after that nothing special.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

24 Carrot Golden Ale Stone and Monkey Paw 8.5% ABV. dated 9/16/15 - 10 months old!!!
Look - yellow with a hazey wheat beer look. The white head goes on for days as soon and you poor it and dissapates to a small ring that sticks around, tons and tons of lacing.
Smell: Smells like a belgium wheat beer to me, sweet, champagney smell, like a Belgium strong ale.
Taste: Tastes like a Belgium wheat beer with a smoothness and sweetness. There is the bubble gum sort of sweetness maybe that is from the carrots they added. I can taste the vanilla and a somewhat cakey kind of taste, but none of the raisins, cinnamon, or carrots. The vanilla and milk sugars may give it a cakey, or sweet and light fluffy flavor, but it is not outwardly carroty. I would have liked that because I love carrots in general. So the carrot cake flavor does not shine through really in this one. Never did I taste anything close to that, just bits and parts of the ingredients. It does give it a unique flavor. There is a sweetness to it and the alcohol does stand out quite a bit at the end.
Moulth feel: It is very light and fluffy almost. That must be because of the active carbonation that is coming from the bottom of the glass.
Overall: If they were really going for it to taste like carrot cake I think that they failed at that goal. It may have lost some of those flavors as this bottle is 10 months old. As a very different kind of Belgium style beer it succeeded. I am a big fan of wheat beers and this one is unique and has a good flavor profile.

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Photo of colts9016
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OMG. It taste like carrot cake with a side of a Belgian beer. This beer is straight ridiculous. I have no idea how they did it. This beer left me stupefied. The beer is not sweet yet it is like drinking carrot cake. A golden orange color with a white head. Nice carbonation bubbles dance lazily in the glass.

The nose is raisins, carrots, earth, milk, yeast, floral, perfume, toasty malts, caramel, vanilla, and cinnamon.

The taste is a strong belgian yeast, with a firm yet flexible backbone of malt. The flavor leap over the palate with raisins, carrots, cream cheese icing, perfume, nutmeg, caramel, toasty malt, and vanilla.

The finish is carbonated, and semi lasting.

I really still do not know what to think of this beer. It is good, it is strange, sip, sip, are you kidding me.

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Photo of woemad
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $9.49. My first “carrot cake” beer. Bottled on September 16, 2015, per the stamp on the neck, I bought this a good six months ago with the idea of splitting it with my Dad (he’s a wine guy, but Carrot Cake is his perennial choice for birthday cake), but we would always forget about it, so it spent much of that time in my parent’s fridge, 150 miles from my home. Pretty sure it won’t be terribly fresh-tasting!

Poured into a 12oz River City snifter, the clarity of the slightly coppery amber color of this beer is impressive. Initially, there was a finger’s width (I have somewhat wide fingers) of bubbly, bone-white foam, but it dropped to a slim foam collar quite quickly, leaving spotty lace.

The nose is of that of a well-made Belgian Strong Golden Ale. It’s sweet, a little spicy and slightly earthy. I just get wisps of dark fruits and vanilla, the latter of which is fine by me, as I usually find that when vanilla is put into a beer, it’s done with a heavy hand. I do not get anything that makes me think of carrots.

The flavors are much like the nose. It’s sweet, but not to the point of being cloying. There’s some dark fruit flavor, but it’s very restrained. Ditto the vanilla. There’s some spiciness, perhaps from the cinnamon, but it’s really not much different from what one would expect from something brewed with a Belgian yeast. Stretching my imagination, I can kinda see where someone would think it was reminiscent of a carrot cake made with cream cheese frosting, but I really don’t get any flavor that reminds me of actual carrots.

Fairly light bodied, with that light, slightly effervescent mouthfeel that can be elusive to American brewers of Belgian style beers.

While this somewhat falls short at making me think of Carrot Cake, it is one of the tastier Belgian Strong Golden Ales (or whatever you want to call the style) that I’ve had. Maybe if fresher, it might have been more reminiscent of carrot cake, but might have also been more off puttingly odd. I don’t know, and won’t unless Stone continues to brew this and I can grab one that’s fresh. I do know that I’m really enjoying this particular bottle.

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Photo of dar482
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer hits of orange, clove, vanilla, carrot cake sweetness and biscuity sweetness and lingers with some sugary cream cheese frosting onto a dry finish.

A well done Belgian style brew with gentle touches of spices to accentuate a familiar carrot cake flavor.

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Photo of obywan59
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden with a light haze and an initial 2 1/2 finger whitish head that recedes leaving no lacing.

The aroma at first seemed to be primarily cinnamon with raisins and hints of vanilla. but then it all came together and it really did smell like carrot cake with vanilla/cream cheese icing.

Upfront, the taste is Belgian spice, but the carrot cake rises in the aftertaste. I also get a tart citric aspect and a light bitter follow through.

Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. A hint of syrup. Lightly drying and astringent in the end.

A very good Belgian! The carrot cake isn't in your face, but it does punch through from time to time, and that's okay, it's not really carrot cake, it's beer.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone/Monkey Paw/Juli Goldenberg's 24 Carrot Golden Ale, carrot cake Belgian ale,brewed with carrots, cinnamon, raisins, and vanilla beans. 8.5% ABV.

A: Clear golden, with a touch of sienna/orange. Less than a finger of frothy, white head. Pale yellow in the dimple. Emaciated lacing, and faint sheeting.

S: Some carrot aroma, but the cinnamon overpowers it. Even less raisin, but it's there.

T/MF: Carrot cake is more a thing on the palate, although, the hops wreck the effect a bit. Resinous and ashy. Not a good fit for what they were going for here. Eh. Could have been worse. Cake note has a bit of sweetness to it.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 09/16/15

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, very nice touch of spices, slight carrot, some vanilla. The taste is very nice malty, yeasty, nice sweetness, spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg). Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden orange body, clear, with off white creamy head, loose carbonation. Smell is powerful with spices and biscuit being the anchors, with mild sweetness and mild vanilla adding nuance. The flavor makes it obvious this is a Belgian-style ale, with tons of spicy yeast notes and mild malt in the background. It could stand on its own, albeit remain underdeveloped, but the carrot cake notes come through to elevate it. Carrot sweetness is apparent, if not actual carrot flavor, with baking spices, mild nuttiness, raisin, and a pinch of vanilla coming through. I can't determine the milk sugar outright, but I think it's contributing to the malt flavors. Body is creamy yet medium bodied.
This is not liquid carrot cake, but rather a good Belgian-style beer with a carrot cake theme. It was obvious to get those flavors, even when they weren't the main show. I liked this one a lot, it makes a good case for inventive, stylized beers that don't jump the shark.

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of perfume which comes through in flavor as an almost a candy like fruit. Creamy. Gold color and clear. Light lace. It's a bit like a creamsicle. The taste grew on me as the tasting went on.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date of 09/16/15

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden orange in color with a half finger width, off-white head that fizzes away to reveal a mostly barren surface.

Smell - Spicy clove and cinnamon aroma. Vanilla. Light banana and raisin.

Taste - Sweet and spicy upfront, with sugary notes and faint raisin riding beneath a wave of cinnamon and clove. Mild vanilla. Toasted malt and caramel come through near the finish, along with some mild, burnt crust-like bitterness. The aftertaste lingers with bittersweet notes of that burnt crust and a vague fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light, spritzy carbonation. Mostly dry finish.

Overall - Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't buy it again. Any carrot flavor that might have been went unnoticed, but carrot cake character was certainly present.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $8.38
Purchased: Feb. 21, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 21, 2016
Misc.: Bottled on Sept. 23, 2015

Really looking forward to this one. Stone? Check. Monkey Paw? Check. Carrot Cake? My favorite and check.

Poured an orangeish, semi-clear color with three fingers of off-white, frothy head. Minimal wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled cloves, apple, green grapes, skunky malts, cinnamon, caramel, sugary cake frosting, carrot cake (OK, I’ll bite), Circus Peanuts and earthy grass. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted better than the smell and…. carrot cake? Yes. Got sugary carrot cake cream cheese frosting, cloves, cinnamon, apple, vanilla, raisins, earthy grassy malts, sugary caramel, graham cracker, honey, nutmeg and even hints of pumpkin. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Oily-to-sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Long, sugary finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This was definitely a carrot cake beer, but just a bit too sweet even for me. I like the Stone (and Monkey Paw and Juli Goldenberg) are ballsy enough to try something like this though. (Overall - 3.50)

3.60 | 82 | B

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Photo of Shippy
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, bright yellowy-orange with a bubbly white head. Aroma is somewhat sweet and has characteristics of a belgian, with some vanilla. Taste is quite good with carrot, vanilla, some mild bitterness, and a bit of spicy bite on the end. There is mild carbonation and the feel is more full and creamy than I expected, which works very well to make this beer seem like carrot cake. Overall, this beer does a great job of imitating carrot cake with its flavors and feel. The vanilla and carbonation even add an aspect reminiscent of whipped cream to top it off. Very well done.

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Photo of NanookinTexas
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone Brewing Co. 2015 Collaboration; Juli Goldenberg/Monkey Paw/Stone Brewing Co.; 24 Carrot Golden Ale; Bottled on 09/23/2015; 8.5%ABV; 22oz. Bomber; $8.99, Acquired at Cost Plus Imports World Market in El Paso, Texas; Poured into an Ommegang Brew Stem.

L: If poured agressively it develops a 1" to 1 1/4" white head, that dissapates quickly, with nary a trace of any lacing. If poured gently, it may get a 1/4" to 1/2" head. Pours a cloudy pale orange colour.

S: The nose of this brew is very faint, some nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, allspice, notes; mixed in with some hoppiness. As this brew warms the alcohol comes through. Very faint carrot aroma.

T: More of the same as listed above. The spices are more noticable than the carrot. There is an almost syrupy characteristic to this brew as it warms. For me, this is a "sipper." Takes on a sour, tangy finish.

F: When cold, it as a more astringent character. As it warms it takes on a smoother, silky, texture, with the sour, tangy finish mentioned above.

O: This brew, in a way, reminds of the pumpkin brews I had this past Autumn - in this case, due to the very faint flavor of carrots in their natural state (as a vegetable, I love carrots, and I love a good carrot cake), it is more the spices and hops that are highlighted.

Some will enjoy this very much, of that I'm certain. If this were produced again, I would not seek it out. Sitting on a shelf next to a Well's Banana Bread Beer, I'll go for the Well's everytime.

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Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like metallic hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with some creamy bready malt.
T: It tasted like metallic hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with some sweet vanilla and cinnamon and bready malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with lots of carbonation. Big bubbly body.
D: This was an interesting brew, but the scent and taste weren't as unique as the label suggested. The body was decent, but the finish was a little harsh, so it wasn't very easy to drink. Probably not for aging. Not recommended.

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Stone / Juli Goldenberg / Monkey Paw 24 Carrot Golden Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 458 ratings