Monster29 | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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103 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
103
Reviews:
16
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
12.29%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
32
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 16
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3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Derek!

Very dark mahogany color with a small off-white head. Intensely sweet nose of maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. There’s a surprising note of hoppiness in the background. Definitely some booze in there, too. The flavor is also very sweet with the sample maple syrup, brown sugar, and caramel flavors. Might be a hint of chocolate, too. An underlying grapefruit flavor along with some light pine bitterness and rather surprisingly well hidden ABV. Very good beer, but not sure why a growler was considered a necessary serving size by the brewery.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/23/2012 and 7/8/2012

Growlers shared by Tim and Andrew, thanks!

A: Brown that's near black with a small light brown head.

S: Toffee, brown sugar, caramel. There's a restrained sweetness that's balanced by earthy and lightly citrusy hop character.

T: Dark toffee with some caramel. Earthy hops with a touch of pine and a lower moderate bitterness. A little brown sugar. Well hidden alcohol.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Really smooth for the ABV. Nice to try but not something I'd want more than four to six ounces of.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nate for picking me up a bottle from the most recent 4 Elves Party at Dark Horse!

poured into a tulip glass.

vintage 2012. bottle number 711 of 888. batch number 3406.

Appearance: Very dark brown almost black bodied beer with a thick cap of light khaki head. The cap stays around for a while, then slowely drops to a ring. Decent lacing on the glass. This beer definately stains the glass.

Smell: a sweeter nose dominates this beer. First detected smell was bitter cocoa and black licorice. Then the dark fruit notes mostly dates and fig notes. Followed by more sweetness like maple, brown sugar, and molasses. I get a touch of spiciness that reminds me alot of cinnamon. Astrigent booze note and a hint of pine and grapefruit hops on the backend of the nose.

Taste: Yeah, it pretty sweet just like the nose. A truck load of raisins and prunes. Brown sugar, molasses, a touch of smoke, caramels, milk chocolates, and toffee. Leathery and molasses notes in the middle. You get just a hint of earthy hops in the backend of the beer, the beers malt profile is just so big... that the hops are fairely muted. Finishes with even more raisins and prunes. Nice complex big and bold beer!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Creamy, silky, oily, rich, and coats the entire surface area of your mouth. You can just tell this beer is huge... just a massive beer. I honestly think that this beer has a way thicker mouthfeel than Dark Lord. TRUE STORY! And where the heck is the 17% abv? I honestly get no booze from this beer. This is insane!

Overall: It honestly reminds me of a DFH World Wide Stout with a little influence of an American Barleywine, Old Ale, and a Quad all rolled into one beer. This is a really nice beer and I was really glad to try it out. Just cant believe how easy this drinks for 17% abv. Honestly speakless about this fact. I easily drank the entire 12oz bottle myself. Probably my favorite Dark Horse beer that i have drank to date!

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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Duvel snifter. Didnt think I'd get the chance to try this but thanks to TATURBO for the hookup!

A: Poured vigorously into the glass, has a cola like appearance and left about a half inch of khaki colored head.

S: Dark fruits galore! Plums, dates, raisins, candied sugar, caramel, toffee, you name it, its all there.

T: identical to the nose, but also super intensified. everything carries over to the taste and then some. Absolutely can not believe this beer weighs in at 17.5%! An amazing sipper to enjoy on this cold winter night, but one could drink this dangerously fast if not careful.

M: Lower side of medium and completely works for this one.

O: outstanding high abv beer, bursting with flavor and meant to be sipped and savored... and I have no problem doing so. Would love to enjoy one.. or two of these every winter. Phenominal and definately worth seeking out or trying if given the oppurtunity.

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Monster29 from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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