Menagerie #8 | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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60 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
evolutioncraftbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by duceswild on 10-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to damienblack for this bottle, the last survivor of a fall-time trade. Big 22 oz. bottle that would be very difficult to stuff in your pockets & smuggle into a Twins game. Split with my wife (who picked it out).

The pour is obnoxiously carbonated, billowing at the slightest provocation, & I have to pause at the halfway point. The beer, what I can see of it, is dark, arterial-blood red. Nose is rife with wine barrel, strong Belgian yeasts, & a healthy dose of sugar cane.

Menagerie #8 isn't twisting my nipples. Whatever subtleties are noted on the label are drowned in candied sugar, rabid carbonation, & yeastiness. Might be a few wine notes in here; hard to tell amidst the overbearing opening. Tartness that might be the wine, or an impending infection, right on the end. Half a bomber? Put it on my honey-chore list.

Glancing through the other reviews, it's hard to believe this is the same beer. I didn't know this was released a year ago, but something has gotten into it. Doesn't even rise to average; my first disappointment from a good brewery.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.07/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Highly carbonated Belgian beer with a mild tartness and strong candied sugar notes.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz snifter
Deer Park, Newark, DE

A: Pours a really dark chestnut color. Fairly dark. Initially a thin layer of slightly tan head. Some lacing bits and alcohol feet for sure on this big beer.

S: Getting lots of vinous notes on nose. Lots of that wine barrel character. Sweet candied sugar, molasses, some toffee hints too.

T: Sweet malts. Wine hints. Candied sugar. Dry finish. Long lingering flavor surrounds the mouth.

M: It's a full bodied mouth coating beer.

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Photo of DIM
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

a: Very dark mahogany, pours wirh a thick, uneven head.

s : Pleasant but kind of subdued. The wine barrel plays a very prominent role; with vinous chocolate, leather, and tobacco. I also found some candi sugar sweetness and floral alcohol.

t: Definitely wine barrel first and foremost. Vinous and tart with chocolety leather, some non-grape dark fruits, a little sugar, and lingering oaky-tobacco heat. I'm really liking the chocolate in this one.

m: Kind of abrasively fizzy.

o: I liked this one for sure. I might have liked it better as 50% aged in wine barrels kind of beer. Absolutely unique and memorable.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Signature Snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a towering three inch head that soon crumbles bearing bumps and crags on its way down to a 1/4 inch head. Not so resilient streaks of lacing.

S- Sweet, somewhat effervescent aroma of Belgian yeast and candi sugar.

T- Sharp flavor of mildly roasted malt combined with the sweet candi sugar. Strong, but I wouldn't go so far as to say boozy although it is noticeable. Smooth and drinkable, but not overly complex, especially for a barrel-aged Belgian. There are some woody notes but nothing too apparent.

M- I think it's the medium-high carbonation that gives the drink such a kick. Mostly full body and a somewhat chalky feel.

O- Pretty much a standard BSDA. Was hoping for a bit more since I've loved previous entries in the Menagerie series.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore beer week. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark mahogany color with some red at the edges when the light hits. There is a ring of creamy tan head around the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some mild molasses. There is a red wine note mixed in with the sweetness along with some grapes and a slight note that reminds me of soy sauce.

Taste: Less tart than the smell. Red wine and lots of dark fruit and dark malt sweetness. There is a flavor in there that reminds me of grape jelly. The finish is mildly warm in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with full, foamy carbonation and a finish that's a bit dry.

Overall: I thought this was a very different strong dark beer. The wine and malt blend together nicely, but the beer manages not to be overly sweet. I'd have more in the future.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Menagerie #8 from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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