Urban Monk
Fonta Flora Brewery

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From:
Fonta Flora Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #270
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,489
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 8.45%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
36
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 28, 2021
Added:
Feb 15, 2014
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  7
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Brewed in exchange for a notorious painting, the Urban Monk is a good friend, Ohio native, amazing artist and our Imperial Stout. Aged on local American single malt whisky soaked oak spirals from Blue Ridge Distilling Co. in Golden Valley, North Carolina. Expect deep notes of American hooch, toasted oak and roasted cacao.
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Rated: 3.83 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Feb 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.17 by HopBroker from Washington

Dec 20, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois

Jan 17, 2020
 
Rated: 3.73 by Eziel from Ohio

Jan 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by rspauldi from Texas

Dec 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle poured into a snifter
2018 vintage

A- pours deep black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that has good retention

S- smoked barley gives a peat-like aroma up front, followed by caramel & chocolate. Undertones of oak, whiskey & campfire

T- smoked malt up front gives notes of campfire, followed by notes of chocolate and caramel. Mid-palate gives some oak and whiskey, the finish is more smoked barley

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- the smoked barley takes center stage with noticeable oak and whiskey undertones
Sep 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.99 by Mateo2699 from Texas

Jun 12, 2018
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Rated by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Feb 2018
May 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Griffin2 from Virginia

Apr 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Jul 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by Mantooth from North Carolina

Apr 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.52 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Apr 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.18 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Mar 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by atrocity from Virginia

Mar 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.82 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Feb 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by ha-sheem from North Carolina

Jan 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Nov 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by BMart from Pennsylvania

Oct 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.19 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Oct 20, 2016
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Large shared bottle. Essentially black body with an excellent tan head.
Modest whisky barrel impact but vanilla, wood and whisky are all evident.
Full body with medium carbonation.
Sep 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by jmiah22 from Michigan

Jun 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.29 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by JMUbrewz from Virginia

May 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by suckaj from Florida

May 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by wcu80 from Georgia

Apr 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona

Apr 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona

Apr 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.56 by thatoneguymike from Georgia

Mar 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Mar 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.52 by IrishColonial from Texas

Mar 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.46 by esktime from Ohio

Feb 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.42 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

Sep 21, 2015
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Rated by belljt33 from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Turkish Monk- Aged on coffee, cardamom and Defiant Whiskey spirals.
Feb 08, 2015
 
Rated: 4.81 by Jamato14 from North Carolina

Jan 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by JdoubleA from North Carolina

Nov 21, 2014
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Arrives with a whipped cream mocha head perched on the pitch black liquid; lacing webs the side of the glass

Smell: Chocolate, Bourbon and vanilla

Taste: Chocolate fudge and coffee, up front, with the Bourbon tones building but not dominating the mid-palate; toasted oak and vanilla tones add complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation

Overall: As good a Bourbon barrel stout as I have tasted from a North Carolina brewer; if this was bottled it would give BA Sexual Chocolate and Event Horizon a run for the money
Nov 09, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by aleckpa from North Carolina

Nov 09, 2014
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Reviewed by krenmr03 from North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
9.1%? Unbelievable. Soft mouthfeel, no alcohol bite, a ton of chocolate throughout. Just a hint of bourbon/oak way in the background, letting the beer itself be the focal point in typical Fonta Flora fashion. SRM = 40+, and a nice medium brown head. Overall, a fantastically drinkable imperial stout. Get some.
Feb 24, 2014
Urban Monk from Fonta Flora Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 40 ratings