Monster29 | Dark Horse Brewing Company

BA SCORE
4.15/5
104 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
104
pDev:
11.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
32
Trade:
6
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2.25/5  rDev -45.8%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

I love how Gordon Lightfoot pronounces "Detroit"... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep sunset garnet-amber topped by a half-finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises boozy molasses and candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the orange peel seems like the stronger component. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, this is a decent b-wine, but one that seems like it's resting on the laurel of its strength more than anything.

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3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is very dark for a barleywine with no head or lacing. Nose features molasses, light maple, heavy caramel, and vanilla. Taste is very sweet with plenty of molasses, maple, and a bit of off flavor in the middle. By mid palate, this brew is a train wreck and the finish is hard to swallow. This one is cloyingly sweet. Mouthfeel is syrupy and mildly carbonation. Overall, a messy barleywine.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark dark brown. Not quite black. No head. Appears flat in the glass. Doesn't look much like a barley wine. Aroma is a mixture sweetness and roastiness. Molasses, raisin, and something like toast. Taste is like fermented molasses and nothing else. Well nothing else other than an unpleasant dry, astringent, oddly green chlorophyll-vanilla taste that is entirely out of place. Mouthfeel is sweet, thick, viscous, and syrupy. Mild bitterness, but dry and astringent on the finish.
This beer isn't right and I am at a loss to explain the high rating. This is barely even a BW, but even ignoring that, this just isn't a very good beer. It is one note, overly sweet, and has a punishing aftertaste.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and brown sugar flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the bourbon barrel aged variant is much better in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the 4Elf party into a snifter.

A: Pours a blackish body, looks like a stout. Light tan head.

S: Figgy, mild dark chocolate, dates and raisins, some mild dark fruit-like oxidation character. Rich and pleasant.

T: Intense raisiny sweetness, sherry-like, vanilla, light roasted malt and dark chocolate, cinnamon.

M: Thick-bodied, light carbonation, a bit syrupy.

O: I liked this beer after sitting down with it for a few hours. The "13 malts and 10 fermentable sugars" make it a bit too sweet, but this is miles ahead of many other barleywines in the same ABV range in terms of complexity and body, and the alcohol is very well-hidden. I'm curious as to how it compares to the barrel-aged version.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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