Monster29 | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A double barley wine style ale

Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Dark Horse tap room.

Wow!!! First off it pours a deep dark black purple. Not much head to speak of. It has a thin light brown ring that still sits.
Smells of molasses, brown sugar, hops, and booze. Smells sweet and lovely.
There are some great favors here! Big raisin, malty, smokey, sweet brown sugar, a little booze, and a decent hop finish. This is a complex beer to say the least. It reminds me of Jewbelation 15, but better in every aspect.
Mouth feel is creamy, rich, and a tad bitter on the finish.

One of my favorite over the top beers of all time. The alcohol is so well hidden.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz blue waxed bottle into a Founders 15th Anniversary glass. Bottle #275 of 888, Batch #3406. I can't thank steimie enough for this beer!

A - Pours a near black body. Holding it up to the light shows some ruby edging but this is one dark ass barleywine. No real head to speak of, just some thick khaki edging with large bubbles. A swirl coats the glass in a long lasting alcohol lace with bits of foam. This falls down the sides ever so slowly. For a normal barleywine this looks great, but for one that is somewhere around 17%....well, color me impressed.

S - Starts off with sweet raisins and burnt caramel, then comes a huge wave of savory something. Its not quite at the level of soy sauce, but its certainly savory. Leather, bitter dark chocolate, and candied peaches. Booze, booze, and more booze. The smell is overwhelming, confusing, and exciting.

T - Raisins, caramel, molasses, chocolate, leather and maple syrup. Very syrupy and rich with just a touch of savory on the end. This is like drinking bourbon soaked raisinets. Finishes with some mild alcohol warmth, kind of like what you'd find in a well put together barrel aged beer. 17%? This is just lost upon me. Very sweet, but never "too much" or "cloying". Just the perfect level of decadent richness. The taste is just....perfection really.

M - Thick and syrupy with a bit of spritz. It is on low end of carbonation. Despite this, I find myself drinking this far too quickly.

O - This is what I wish Raison D'extra was like. Its syrupy, sweet, and rich beyond belief....but its just so damn tasty. I really enjoy high abv, highly attenuated, overly sweet booze bomb. This beer nails every bit of that to a T. The barleywine equivalent of Black Tuesday.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to adamdd for sending me a growler of this. It was greatly enjoyed by several consumers yesterday evening. Amazing, enormous barleywine. Probably my favorite non-barrel-aged barleywine I've had. Pours an opague dark brown with plenty of carbonation in spite of the growler being filled several days prior and shipped from Michigan to Denver. Smells and tastes of burnt toffee (which is what I found to make this beer so great), brown sugar, various dried fruits, and is far less boozy than the 20% ABV would suggest. Body is one of the thickest I've experienced - thick, almost syrupy. You could make a Monster29 sunday with this. Overall, outstanding. I really hope for the chance to try this again, as well as any barrel-aged version that may be released. Thanks again Adam!

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Monster29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 104 ratings