99 Red Baboons | Blue Monkey Brewery

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Blue Monkey Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2010

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
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3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark cola like colouration with similar CO2 property, slightly ruby like against the light. This one raised a smaller than expected head that died too quickly and left only skanty lace.

S - Plenty of burnt malt and bitter choc aroma some mild caramel or sugar sweetness but overall this one is pretty pedestrian and not overly exciting.

T - Actually very sweet. Plenty of choc and red fruit like a dark version of a Cadbury fruit and nut bar. Hazelnut, monkey nut come through strongly and the fruit seems to be on the sweet dried fruit side.

MF - Reasonably thin with some pretty decent lingering qualities and a slight cloying finish.

O - Not a bad brew by any stretch of the imagination but not a real stand out Porter for me either. I suspect this one would go well with mild game such as farmed rabbit or venison

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Photo of Honeybourne
3.12/5  rDev -15%

Photo of joeymcjoe
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2013, so it's a little out of date. Acquired from Sainsbury's as part of their 2012 Beer Hunt - hopefully it's still good. The label describes it as a dark, malty brew with a fruity hoppiness; lying somewhere between mild and porter. We shall see...

Poured into a straight pint glass. A layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle suggests conditioning with live yeast. A dark reddish-brown hue with plentiful carbonation. Produces a massive head of beige, meringue-like foam with superb stability; this lasts for ages before settling as a thick surface layer. Great lacing. Aroma of light, fruity hops with hints of white grape and mild citrus, underpinned by dark, grainy malt, a touch of caramel and earthy yeast. Possesses a faint, lingering acidity and a twinge of vanilla essence.

Tastes of subtle dark malt with fruity aromatic hops and a mild, dry finish. Notes of white grape, mild citrus, grass, chocolate malt, faint roasted grain, caramel, earthy yeast and a whisper of stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a touch of spiciness and a delicate bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, accompanied by pleasant carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, followed by an aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops, mild stewed leaves, faint chocolate/caramel and earthy yeast.

Unusual but nice, and dangerously drinkable. It looks fantastic, with a perfect head. The aroma and flavour showcase fruity hops upfront followed by darker caramel malt and a restrained bitterness. Lovely body for the style. As for whether it is more porter or mild, I'm inclined to go with the latter. However, the addition of aromatic hops give this mild a modern twist and extra depth. Tasty and moreish - worth sampling if you chance across it.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle BBD of before July 2013: poured at home into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 5th June 2013.

Looked good: very dark with a full, deep tan coloured head.

Malty molasses rule the nose and taste, but there is more to this beer than just maltyness. There is a robustness to the malts flavours, yet subtle hints of hidden fruitiness and a hop bitterness below the surface.

The label asks the question: is it a Porter or a Mild, it's a blend of both, too thin to be a Porter, but too rich for a Mild. A hybrid beer, the missing link between Porter and Mild maybe?

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Photo of woosterbill
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handpump halfpint at Cask Pub & Kitchen.

A: Clear, deep reddish-brown body with a half-inch head of fine tan foam. Spotty lace. Ok.

S: Dark fruit dominates, with some mildly roasty notes behind. Leafy hops underneath it all. Good.

T: Sweet fruity malt up front, with cherry and chocolate in equal measure. Dryer, lightly bitter hops on the finish. Light coffee aftertaste. Good.

M: Light-to-medium body, light carbonation. Ok.

O: According to the pump clip this is a hybrid Porter/Mild, and I'd say it fits more into the latter style. Tasty stuff.


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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the 2011 Belfast Beer Festival.

Ruby red with a creamy film. Light minty nose with a hint of roast.
Light brown sugar, some roast and red fruit, blackberry and slight ash. Slight hoppy finish that tingles.
Sweet finish and ashy comeback. Creamy, soft, light to medium.

Irish stout in disguise? Drinkable to a fault - at the expense of depth. Mellow overall and hugely sessionable.

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99 Red Baboons from Blue Monkey Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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