Midnight Monk
Terrapin Beer Company

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American Black Ale
3.76 | pDev: 11.44%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Vintage 2014 bottle poured into a snifter shows a headless cola colored body that leaves spotted lacing over legs.

Aroma is slightly vinous sour, roast and fruity.

Flavors develop throughout the pallette. Up front is cocoa and fruit, including grape, raisin, and apricot, then a hint of banana and clove, and the finish is subtle hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is lighter with a clean finish.

Overall a very nice example of the style. There is a lot going on in here.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Russian Rive pint glass.

A: Very dark brown and nearly opaque – nice and stout-ish looking. Low visible carbonation, and a half-finger of tan head with good retention.

S: Burnt coffee, roasted malts, and some raisins/dark fruit (yeast esters, I assume). Lesser notes of dark cacao and some resinous hops.

T: The taste is complex – I still get roasted malts and a good bit of coffee up front. The bitterness doesn't hit until near the swallow and it seems like a mix of hop bitterness and the malt roastiness with some residual mocha flavor. In the middle there's the Belgian yeast character – apple, pear, maybe a touch of clove, but more just overall fruity. Citrus rind and resin hop bitterness in the middle as it warms for a bit. Not overly sweet – or maybe just balanced by the bitter flavors.

M: I’m not certain about the ABV, but there's an ethanol sweetness and burn to this, especially towards the end – not overbearing but noticeable. A heavy mouthfeel for "style" (whatever that is), and the carbonation sensation seems adequate.

O: I like it, but it's like trying to listen to voices shouting in a crowded room – big flavors all competing with each other. It's not that they clash, but I'm not sure they seamlessly compliment each other either. I'm not in a hurry for my next one, but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin film (perhaps a third of an inch) of head which drops quickly to a ring clinging to the edges of the glass. Some rocky bubbles persist. Dark brown body, opaque.

Very nice aroma- black, roasted malt with some orange-y hop. Some spice, a little chocolate, dark bread, and raisin become more prominent. Roast actually seems to drop off as the beer warms. Near the end the beer smells like spicy banana bread.

Starts with a chocolate and fruit complement. Hop bitterness and roasted malt kicks in mid-palate, with a little fruity ester (banana, dark fruit) kicking up. Finish provides warmth and a slightly medicinal character. Chocolate and dark fruit eventually become what the beer is mostly about- and it is a nice backbone for occasional flourishes of spice and citrus. Raisin in particular is present to a clearly discernible degree. No strong roast flavors. Medium and agreeable hop bitterness, doesn't overshadow or surrender to the other qualities of the beer.

Alcohol warmth on the end. Medium body.

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Photo of Billolick
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage

12 oz bottle

Near black pour, dark khak cap, leaves decent looking webs of lace

Chocolate malty nose, with some citrus peel

More chocolate along with some minty hops on the palate....not quite getting the "Belgian" qualities here, but that is ok. This is a tasty dark IPA Kinda brew with moderate complexity and character...nothing amazing , but worth a try

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black decent tan head that quickly dissipates very good lacing.

Smell - slight hoppy notes some sweet fruit sweet malts.

Taste - well balanced mildly hoppy wheat flavor.

Feel - Medium body clean feel.

Overall - A decent beer I might have again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle picked up back east. Black and bitter, small creamy head, but lots of lacing. Aroma is equal part roast grains and hops, with hops taking over the taste. Bitter finish

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Photo of ryho
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The outlook from everyone here seems to be "meh", but I really enjoyed this one. A friend I shared one with also agreed. The flavors from all the different styles don't completely meld into one flavor, but I still really enjoy everything that's going on in this beer.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Take off your robe and slip into the night to get one step closer to the Holy Grail of all beers. "Midnight Monk" Belgian-Style Black IPA will have your senses juggling all the complex flavor and aroma this beer has to offer." Brewed in the style of an American Belgian Black India Pale Ale. Available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft. Available as a seasonal vintage release in the Monster Beer Tour series.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Terrapin snifter glass. Served above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed head of a tan mocha color over a dark oak brown body, near black. Retention is above average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.5

(Smell) Forward notes of spicy and fruity yeast, banana bread and clove up front, with a background notes of toasted grain, midnight wheat and soured mash. Hop notes of tropical fruit lie among it all but their flavor is overshadowed by the sharp phenols and potent yeast, and their bitterness combines with the spiciness and grain alcohol. Potency is medium/high. 3

(Taste) The flavor falls similar to the aroma, albeit less sharp and phenolic up front. Toasted caramel syrup and pale malt body with a soft and clean dark malt blend plus candied sugars creates a forward sweetness, met with a yeasty midsection of spices and cloves, lots of banana bread flavor. The hop profile is a last minute inclusion, finishing with sweet tropical fruit notes of mango and soft pineapple. Cleaner and better overall than the aroma suggested, although there's admittedly too much flavor going all over the place in this beer with limited focus. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky soft, moderately slick and lightly chewy, quite dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. The body is medium for the style and medium overall. Balance is very sweet and spicy over bitter. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) I can't say I have had a Belgian-American Black Imperial India Pale Ale before but Midnight Monk probably sums its qualities up best. I think it's a bit messy in places, fairly sweet and spicy from a heightened malt and yeast profile, with very little hop bitterness and shallow hop flavor. I was also surprised to see that there was very little specialty malt character, no roast, no black patent, no coffee or chocolate to balance the malt sweetness and yeast profile. There's certainly a Belgian-style footprint in this beer but I'd sooner classify this as a "Hoppy" Belgian Dark Ale over a Black India Pale Ale. There's a whole lot going on in this beer but I don't know that I appreciate the collective chaos. 3.25

Terrapin Beer Company's
Midnight Monk Black India Pale Ale

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Spiegelau IPA glass.

A: Creamy, dark khaki topping rests above a rich, chocolate pour. Thin, film lace band.

S: Flowery citrus, dried, cocoa with a dry chocolate powder fade. Average awareness.

T: Flavor was dark, moist, coffee grounds, dry, bittering citrus, with woody-chocolate notes. Dry earthy leaf bitterness, roasted barley with dried grapefruit peel. Sweet burnt cake with a dry, bittering finish.

M: Smooth silky texture on the mouthful, milky depth, light carbonation with a dry bittering hold.

O: Earthy bitterness, roasted citrus peel hopping. With a name like midnight monk was expecting a bit more belgian yeast influence. This beer was a bit off balance, high in alcohol content, deep dark roast that overtook any yeast or hop quality, which was a bit pedestrian and middle of the road.

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Photo of Shreegs
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black IPAs are becoming a favorite for me. This one is good, and more abv than most at 9.8%. I think Terrapin prices their brews one level above their worth...and this one doesn't stand out for me.

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Photo of teromous
2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a creamy yet fizzy light tan head. It has good head retention. Good lacing.

Aroma: I get a distinct alcohol aroma along with a pine aroma. I wouldn't really call the alcohol aroma a negative given that it is 9.8% ABV, but it isn't winning any bonus points. It's fairly average smelling. I don't get that fresh burst of hop aroma.

Taste: Big malty flavor backed by a wealth of acrid roasted malt flavor and a mild pine presence at the back. The bottle distinctly states that this is a "Belgian Style Black India Pale Ale" but I'm not picking up any Belgian yeast character or any similarity to other hoppy beers from Belgium.

Mouthfeel: It feels pretty thin on the palate, but it has a good supporting bitterness with a touch of tingling on the tongue.

Overall: I won't be picking it up again. It isn't memorable and the beer was mildly interesting to drink at best. I really wouldn't recommend it...it feels like a Black IPA for Black IPA sake...without any solid construction.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pour with a nice head. A good blend of black IPA hoppyness (mostly of the floral variety) and the Belgian ale yeast. Big alcohol there but you cant really detect it. I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Terrapin Midnight Monk has a very thin, almost nonexistent, cream colored head, a very dark brown appearance, and pretty much no lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark-roasted barley malt, raisin, and hop oil, and the flavor is of those elements, with some low-level bitterness at the end (this is 88 IBU?). Mouthfeel is medium, and Terrapin Midnight Monk finishes wet and boozy. Like most Terrapin beers, it falls short of being anything one would really want to pay for. For the money, you’d probably come out better off with Budweiser (as a point of reference). For $3.29 a 12-oz. bottle, it is no sort of value, to say the least.


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Photo of TOOSE
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Not sure this is exactly an IPA, but did enjoy it. More sweet smoky malt flavors and aromas than hops, but definitely a nice Belgian style ale with a little kick.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light black in color with a trace of light getting through. A half inch of khaki colored head rests on top. Brussels lacing. Aroma is full of sweet dark malt and piney hops. The taste is a blend of sweet dark malt with chocolate notes and a hint of piney hops. The mouth is smooth and creamy. It's like a milk stout meets black IPA.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Roasty maltiness with a nice hop character. flavor was slight coffee with chocolate, and hops were piney and earthy.

Body was nice a silky with a little thickness and good depth.

Appearance was dead black.

Overall a nice beer that I would get again, considering the High ABV drinks really easily and pleasantly

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

A 12oz bottle picked up at Brusin Ales in Asheville, NC on Sep 6,2014

A - Pitch black, with 1 finger of head and nice sticky lace left all over the glass

A - Belgian candy yeast, piny hops, malt. Awesome combo for sure.

T - Belgian candy up front (not too sweet), piny and citrus hops at the end. Freakin great! It gets tastier each sip as my palate adjusts. High ABV totally hidden

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated. Oily slick aftertaste

O - A belgian black IPA. Combines a few of my favorite styles, but not sure I have had one like this before? Terrapin nails it. Tasty as hell. I hope they keep this one around a long time.

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Photo of rangerred
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a fairly thick dark tan head. Good head retention and a solid ring of lacing all the way around the sides of the glass.

Aroma has notes of Belgian yeast along with hints of cocoa and lightly roasted malt. Unfortunately it is on the light side and doesn't really pop like I was hoping for.

The flavor is definitely unique and not something I have really experienced before. It is really the perfect mixture of soft, Belgian character in the way of banana and clove mixed with light cocoa and roast. A pretty hard hit of bitterness comes in late to clean everything up.

Overall, a unique beer from Terrapin and it works pretty well. My biggest complaint would be just the lack of pronounced flavor or aroma. Everything is just a little too light for my tastes.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pitch black like a stout. Pretty thick head that is toffee colored and holds well. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S-A bit salty, hops come through as well. The funky Belgian yeast comes through a bit on the nose, but it is mostly hops, salt and some bitter-sweet malts

T-Salty and hoppy on the front of the palate as it fades into a softer flavor at the back of the preceding flavor coupled with a bit of the funky Belgian flavor.

MF-Crisp, medium-bodied. Finishes clean and a bit dry.

O-A pretty good beer. Really just tastes like an IPA. It would be better if the Belgian yeast flavors were more prominent

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev +13%

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 12.99/ 4 pack. No bottling date but just released earlier this month (09/14). Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours deep, dark, near-black brown with a finger and a half khaki head which recedes to a partial halo, leaving small splotches of lace behind.

The nose is a damn-near even blend of what might be expected from a Belgian black IPA- roasty, piny and yeasty notes in harmony. Chocolate, citrus, vague coffee, an apple note that I associate with Begian yeast, roasted malts, a whiff of bannana and a hint of pine.

That style bending blend continues in the flavor. Bitter roasted malts, chocolate, citrus rind, dark coffee, mild bannana, pine, spice, apple peel, a little earth and a dab of alcohol. Everything blends quite well and this goes down much smoother than it's near-10% abv might insinuate.

Semi-creamy, medium feel with moderately sharp carbonation. Dangerously easy to drink with an aftertaste of cocoa, coffee, mild orange peel and a yeasty spice.

More fine work from Terrapin. Both Belgian IPAs and American Black ales can be hit or miss for me but Midnight Monk is a journey of flavor that's worth taking. The yeast really brings the roast and hops together in a way that makes all three elements compliment each other. I suspect that I'll be picking up another four pack soon.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
4.25/5  rDev +13%

A: Pours black with ruby highlights and two fingers of khaki head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Belgian candy sugar and spices on the nose with some roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, and a little bit of bubblegum and piney hops.

T: Roasted malts here with semi-sweet chocolate, some Belgian spices, candy sugar, a touch of char, and earthy, piney hop flavors bringing up a finish that is moderately bitter with a light alcohol presence.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is quite drinkable despite the abv.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The Belgian, roasted malt, and hoppy aspects all come through in the aroma and flavors and mix surprisingly well.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Bottleneck says Vintage 2014.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a few small bubbly patches of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Big hop nose that's actually quite citrusy with some dark roast trailing behind it. Also a bit of booze.

T- Oh wow. A unique and pleasant synthesis of dark roast, citrusy hops and Belgian yeast all working in harmony to make a great flavor profile. It's really the yeast and hops that come into play most with the dark roast providing a solid template. And damn, 9.8%? Now I see why the price tag's so high, but it's worth it.

M- Sharp from the hops with a solid viscosity from the dark roasted malt. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- I was skeptical going into this one but now I'm considering getting a whole 4-pack after purchasing this single. In a sea of Black IPAs, this one stands out as unique and fully satisfying.

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Photo of Zach136
4.4/5  rDev +17%

12 oz bottle, 2014 vintage reviewed live.

Appearance: Pitch black body with a beige head that dissipates to the thing lasting collar - 4.00.

Aroma: Big bubble fun and fruit belgian yeast notes. Light roast, but light to no hop character - 4.25.

Flavor: Piney hop character, fruity yeast and the lightest roast. Blind folded IDK if I could pinpoint this as a black IPA and that makes me happy - 4.50

Mouthfeel - Medium light bodied, refreshing and drinkable - 4.25.

Overall - I'm typically not a fan of Black IPAs at all. I don't like how the flavors meld. I saw this beer and figured someone just ran out of ideas for another IPA variant and half expected to drain pour and be angry that I paid +$3 for a 9% IPA. Luckily I was wrong, this beer is delicious. A great meld of light bitterness hop character, assertive Belgian yeast and light, non-harsh roast character. I'm very, very impressed. - 4.4

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, hops, and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops, malt, dark chocolate, and an indeterminate spice. A nicely sweet, well balanced flavor. Very smooth and tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a silky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an easy to drink and well made beer. Very much drinkable, subtle, and flavorful.

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