Midnight Monk
Terrapin Beer Company

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From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
ABV:
9.8%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 11.5%
Ratings:
190
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 13, 2018
Added:
Sep 04, 2014
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  29
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: None
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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GrumpyGas from Illinois

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.

Jan 13, 2018
 
4.54 by rachel_and_alex from California on May 20, 2017
Photo of WOLFGANG
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

2014 Vintage.

Feb 26, 2017
Photo of macrosmatic
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by macrosmatic from Florida

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.

Jan 07, 2017
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3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by lwcreasy from Virginia

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.

Nov 21, 2016
 
4.09 by bmjivi221 from Virginia on Nov 13, 2016
 
3.75 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Aug 27, 2016
 
3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 20, 2016
Photo of Billolick
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Billolick from New York

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

Apr 02, 2016
Photo of Dragginballs76
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

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.

Jan 27, 2016
 
4.06 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on Jan 23, 2016
 
4.02 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on Dec 20, 2015
 
3.75 by ledouge from Virginia on Dec 16, 2015
 
3.29 by hypnotoad1 from Virginia on Dec 16, 2015
Photo of stevoj
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by stevoj from Idaho

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

Dec 11, 2015
 
3.71 by hophugger from Virginia on Nov 05, 2015
 
3.33 by Roberto11232 from New York on Nov 02, 2015
 
3.5 by Dave_Treat from Virginia on Oct 26, 2015
 
4.04 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Oct 24, 2015
 
4 by petewheeler from Maryland on Oct 02, 2015
 
4 by McBraniel from Virginia on Sep 27, 2015
 
4.34 by LouDogg114 from Georgia on Sep 17, 2015
 
3.98 by Washuffizi98 from Tennessee on Sep 07, 2015
 
3.95 by jkermitj from Mississippi on Sep 07, 2015
 
4 by Jho3325 from Indiana on Aug 23, 2015
 
4 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2015
 
4 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2015
 
3.87 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2015
 
3.96 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2015
 
3.49 by oberon from North Carolina on Jul 13, 2015
 
3.25 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jul 05, 2015
 
3.41 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Jun 26, 2015
 
3.71 by hopkrid from Florida on Jun 16, 2015
 
3.27 by MPSTARR from Florida on Jun 09, 2015
 
3.58 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania on Jun 08, 2015
Photo of ryho
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by ryho from Georgia

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.

May 30, 2015
 
3.67 by Mike from New Hampshire on May 29, 2015
 
4 by JF1917 from Georgia on May 18, 2015
Photo of J-Rye
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by J-Rye from New Jersey

Good beer overall, but, every single time that I drank one, I ended up with a headache. I've been a little wary of this brewery since.

Apr 27, 2015
 
3.78 by coopdog1000 from Florida on Apr 19, 2015
Midnight Monk from Terrapin Beer Company
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