Urban Monk
Fonta Flora Brewery

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #262
Ranked #6,140
4.19 | pDev: 7.4%
Fonta Flora Brewery
North Carolina, United States
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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.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 37
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Urban Monk from Fonta Flora Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 37 ratings