Monk Suffers Serious Sugar Rush On Barbados
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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
3.8 | pDev: 10.26%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a thin layer of tan-khaki head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Sweet dark caramel malts, Belgian yeast, clove and other spices, raisins and other dark fruits, residual raw sugars, some booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisins, plums, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove and other spices, residual and raw sugars, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate-mild carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, fruity, spicy, and warming finish.

D - Nice and complex but well balanced. The raw sugars add some nice complexity.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with 17.07.2012 stamped on it, label says best before 2015. Served in a goblet, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing. Aroma is sweet, the brew smells like candy and brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel, and molasses. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like brown sugar, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, and a bit of pear. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and sticky with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, and I wouldn't mind trying it again sometime in the future.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown; only very slightly translucent with a thin film of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Sweet up front. Brown sugar, caramel, Belgian yeast, cloves and candy sugar

T - Sweet brown sugar up front with Belgian yeast and caramel flavours present as well. Candy sugar, dark fruit, a touch of chocolate round out the palate.

M - Medium body with a decent chew. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (semi-proper!). Poured dark brown with a one finger very light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sugar, dark fruit, caramel, figs, spices, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, sugar, fig, caramel, fruit, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The aroma on this one made me believe that it was going to be quite sweet with a big dark fruit profile playing games with my palate with just a kiss of alcohol to remind me of the ABV. However, the sweetness didn’t show up overly in this one as the dark fruit profile definitely dominated. I really wish this had not been the case. The alcohol was quite subtle on the flavor though which was welcomed. Worth trying if you get the chance, but that is about it.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at POPE, Philly, PA

Served in a stem glass, a dark burgundy-brown color, thick and opaque, no visible carbonation, and a slight cap of tannish bubbles for a head that receded to a ringlet. Nice aroma of caramel and even a bit of chocolate. More of the nose in the taste, caramel malts, chewy chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits, with a slightly phenolic twinge that was well within tolerance. Towards the heavier side of medium-bodied, chewy, and overall quite good.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark ruddy amber. Thin light tan head dissipates slowly into a thin film and ring around the glass, leaving lacing. Sweet aroma of brown sugar and dark fruit with a slight tropical fruit element. Flavor starts with dark dried fruit, brown sugar and molasses. Finishes rather abruptly with a mild brown sugar and light hop aftertaste. Tastes rather oxidized, although this appears to be a fairly fresh bottle. Initial flavors are good, but this is fairly sweet and I'd like a bit more pleasant transition in the finish. The sweetness was well advertised in the name, so it was expected. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin mouth feel. An interesting take on a dark Belgian that I'm glad I got to try.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy very dark amber to medium brown in color with some garnet/ruby hints when held up to the light. The beer has a thin beige head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Smells extremely sweet - lots of different sweet sugar smells like brown sugar and molasses. Additionally there are notes of dark fruits and maybe even a hint of banana. After it warms up a bit, it reminds me a little of a spiced rum.

T: Very sweet with lots of sugar components adding to the sweetness including the brown sugar and molasses. Along with the sugar sweetness there is a moderate presence of dark fruits and lighter notes of spices.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Enjoyable but definitely a slow sipping beer due to the fairly intense sweetness. The alcohol is very well hidden. Another interesting Evil Twin beer with an amusing story on the bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down, leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of dark fruits and muscovado sugar in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has sweet flavors of dark fruits and muscovado sugar (similar to molasses).
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It is somewhat sweet, but the muscovado sugar adds some new flavors other than the usual brown sugar or Belgian candi sugars.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger khaki head that vanishes leaving no lace. Very dark brown color, yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Brown sugar nose and flavor is molasses and brown sugar but not cloying. Higher ABV is hidden. Expensive at $9.99 for a 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap yesterday at Sessions.Poured a slightly hazed amber/brown with a thinner tannish colored head atop.Dark fruit and phenols were prevelent in the nose along with some brown sugar,as it warmed alcohol played a bigger role.A perfect name for this beer because it's really sweet with brown sugar and sweet alcohol dominating over top of clove-like phenols.Not a fan of overly sweet beers like this,way to expensive for what you get here in my opinion.

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Photo of jono311
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark burnt brown with a medium dark tan head

S-rock candy sugar and dried fruits like figs, raisins, dates, maybe an apricot too.

T-Seriously sweet, rich brown sugar, creme brule levels of burnt sugar and carmelization, with dark dried fruitiness similar rum soaked raisins. Just a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel- Sugar sugar and more sugar. this beer is for the sweet tooth for sure. the finish is extremely long and hangs on the palate for the rest of the evening.

O-Very good if you take your dark ales on the sweet side. Definitely lives up to its name. Not anywhere close to a balanced beer but for what it is its great.

I'd go back for another bottle, its the kind of after dinner dessert beer that one could sip into the evening.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Now that's a name for a beer right there! Get some! It pours a deep (prolly should be three E's in there...) ruby-sienna topped by a finger of dusty cream-tan foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, light molasses/maple syrup (hard to tell this time), green apple, caramel, clove, dark wheat, and a touch of pear. The fruit notes really seem out of place here, for some reason, almost intrusive. The taste holds notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, red apple skin, light plum, light toasted wheat, fig, a kiss of maple syrup, and clove. The muscavado sugar really works well here. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta grainy feel. Overall, a very nice Belgian-style brew, one that seems to definitely benefit from the special sugar. Good times.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong, fruity flavor has hints of malt, yeast and horehound, and is quite sweet, maybe a bit too sweet. It pours a clear Coca-cola brown with an average light tan head. Flavor fills the mouth, being almost candy-like, having fruity, horehound, malty and caramel notes - tasty, but a bit sweet for a beer. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a good amount of fizz. Overall, very drinkable if a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.56/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Churchkey. Beer is dark, brown, slight brown head. No lacing, low carbonation.

No aroma.

Beer is boozy, sweet, sting, roasty, dry, not a fan. Not again. These beers are even more expensive than his brothers beers and I'm somehow less impressed.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear mahogany with one finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Lots and lots of sugary sweetness--candy sugar and bubblegum dominate. There are some sweet bready and plum aromas mixed in, but they're subtle in comparison.

T: Similar to the aroma, sugary flavors dominate with candy sugar and bubblegum. Slight dark fruit and roasted malt characters peek out toward the finish.

M: Medium body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and sweet without any of the crispness that a Belgian beer should have.

O: Not a bad beer, but not particularly good either. The sweetness really dominates, creating a thickly sweet beer without much complexity.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours a dark brown with a sliver of cocoa head. Not much lacing on my snifter glass. Minimal smell- in fact, it's so weak I can't pick anything out individually. Taste is that of sweet, dark fruit, malt, and slight alcohol. Not bad, but it's a tough style to compete in. Feel is light, and fairly smooth. Not a bad beer, but you can find much better for the style. Cheers.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mahoganny brown body with an eggshell head. No lacing. Aroma of malt, molasses and booze, with a Belgian yeast backbone -- stings the nostrils a bit when warm. Taste is predominantly sweet. I have difficulty picking out the individual flavors. Malt, esters and booze -- but above all else, sweetness. Borderline cloying. However, extremely smooth. Mouthfeel is too lightly carbonated; almost flat. Also, a kind of lactic aftertaste that coats your entire tongue.

Not a fan of this one. Too sweet, strange mouthfeel and an unappealing lactic aftertaste.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with red edges, a nice foamy, rich, tan head that fades slowly and leaves rings of lace.

Rich and malty with dark fruits, rum, burnt toffee, and vanilla hints.

The flavor follows with a strong malty richness, loads of caramel and toffee, rum notes, cola flavors, residual sugars, and hints of vanilla. Dark fruit throughout, plums and raisins. Rich, complex, and sweet middle but semi-dry finish keeps it from being cloying.

Smooth and creamy, medium body

Easy to drink, delicious and very enjoyable.

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Photo of gford217
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours a deep clear copper with a big creamy beige head that recedes slowly to a solid cap.

Aroma is very sweet with lots of cane sugar and caramel malts. Plenty of booze soaked fruits, plums and raisins especially.

Taste is more of the same though it's actually a little less sweet than I was expecting. There is lots of cola-like sweetness with cane sugar, various dark fruits and vanilla. There is more of the Belgian yeast coming through which evens the sweetness a bit.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and well carbonated.

I really thought this was going to be a diabetes-inducing beer given the title and the nose but the taste is more balanced than that. Really solid Belgian dark.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep brown with red highlights. A little hazy. Slight tannish head with medium size bubbles.
Smell: cane sugar, candy. Sweet but a hefty malt takes the edge off. Nice.
Taste: well done. This Muscavado/Barbados sugar works. Sweet but not too.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark pure-brown body. Just the faintest bit of light khaki colored foam. No lacing.

S: Tons of caramel, brown sugar, a pinch of molasses and rum-like fruit sweetness.

T: Like the nose, this is one healthy blast of sugary sweetness. Surprisingly, despite the clear abundance of residual sugars, I didn't find it to be cloying at all. There is a nice cane-rum like flavor that brings some

M: Given the sweetness, the medium body, gentle carbonation and smooth finish, helped keep any cloying vibe away. Impressive.

O: A robust assault, but ultimately lacking the depth and complexity to become a fixture in my home.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 68 ratings