Barrel Works Series: Monstrosus | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4.35/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
stbcbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by gatornation on 04-10-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
58
pDev:
5.75%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
17
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Gaddabble
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ian_graf
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ummswimmin
4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of gasanesthesia
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DruC4
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Properly cellared 1 year old bottle. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head that dissipates slowly to thick patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, bourbon, plum, dates, a hint of cherry and ethanol. Flavor is dark toasted malt with slight char, plums, dates, raisins, oaky vanilla and lots of bourbon. Finishes hot with notes of caramel, cocoa and more bourbon. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good mouthfeel. A monster of an imperial stout that is closer in profile to a strong ale due to the very nice dark fruit notes. Like a lot of Southern Tier brews, a touch sweet, but well withing the style for a big stout or strong ale.Too huge to be a classic imperial stout, but a damned fine bit strong barrelled stout with good bourbon flavor. Aptly named, but it's a good monster. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of BAsbill
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzy
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Version bottled in July 2017 (detail on label).
Black colored body, with a thin edge of brown when presented to light. Tan head, with swirling islands fed by carbonated bubbles. No lacing.
Aroma has bourbon barrel notes, chocolate notes, and boozy burn.
Taste has alcohol burn, oak bourbon barrel, chocolate, toffee. Behind the alcohol is dark fruit, such as prunes and figs. Dark bready malts. Low hop bitterness.
Totally has a coating and heavy mouth feel, which exposes all aroma and taste aspects.
High alcohol, heavy barrel influence stout. Quite the show with the rising small bubbles reinforcing the cap islands; the islands swirl about. Overall sweet but slammed with the barrel and high ABV.

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Photo of arizcards
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of a handful of cases that made its way to Arizona last fall with one landing at the Craft Beer Hop Stop. Picked up a bomber bottled in July 2017 for $19.99.

Nose is roasted malts, vanilla, and some bourbon.

Initial sips were very warming. Roasted malts, vanilla, and bourbon are featured. Hopping is pretty adequate but it does finish a tad bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, very satisfying.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Definitely playing in the league of BCBS and Parabola, just lacking some of the nuances those beers offer. Cheers!

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, very black. Dark walnut highlights at the rim with a thin, quick, fine dark chestnut head. Rings of lace top legs on the walls of a Dogfish Head Snifter.

The aroma is initially strong bourbon with dark chocolate. This is followed by light chili and cinnamon notes, all quite rich. Faint, yet undeniable smokiness comes out of a charred malt.

The flavor opens with bourbon and vanilla atop a mild bitterness. The middle presents bittersweet chocolate, figs, plum pudding, and a chocolate char. Alcohol returns to draw out and lengthen the finish with late sweetness. Warmth allows this beer to mellow very well.

The palate is creamy and smooth with a velvet texture. The dense body is perforated by fine carbonation. Alcohol is as expected, though with a mild heat. Warmth draws out creaminess.

This is an excellent match for a dim, soft, snowy day. All is quiet and warm inside while a puppy beckons to play.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled July 2017. Poured from 22 oz. bottle into tulip glass. It pours jet black with a half finger of creamy, mocha-colored head and lacing. It's a very attractive pour. Lots of bourbon on the nose, along with roasted malt, chocolate, anise, char, tobacco, and a slight oakiness. The bourbon is evident in the first sip but it doesn't overwhelm the other flavors: dark chocolate, burnt coffee grounds, oak, tobacco, raisin, and fig. The dark fruit is outstanding! This stout has a creamy, fairly viscous mouth feel with light carbonation, and there's no escaping the 14.7% ABV, which is clearly evident from the first sip. It's best to share the bottle! Overall, I'm very impressed. Southern Tier sometimes brews gimmicky beers but this is a solid barrel-aged Imperial Stout.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

**
03/01/18

Bottle to snifter.

Look: thick black appearance. Super thick. Almost no head, Just a Touch of lacing at the edges. Jostling the beer just gives a little bit of extra lacing in the middle Butthead does not form.

Aroma: heavy malt, mold, licorice, vegetable. Lots of cool malty smells, not usually found together.

Taste: beef stew, charred malt, smooth whiskey. Raisin, fig, dates. Dark fruit. Lots of oak here too. Coffee, chocolate, yeast, mold. Seemingly Infinite tasting notes. Unique, I dare say.

Feel: superthick...is that a word...little carbonation, but not really needed as this drinks like a meal.

Really interesting stout. So much going on. Not perfect, but awesome in a lot of ways. Wasn't sure about this one, but I am officially impressed.

**

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 7/2017. Pours dense pitch black color with a small fairly dense tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, smoke, char, licorice, raisin, date, pepper, leather, and roast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Mild increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, smoke, char, licorice, raisin, date, pepper, leather, and roast/oak earthiness. Very mild roast bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, light smoke/char, dark fruit, pepper, leather, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild slickness, stickiness, chalky roast, and oak tannins. Mildly increasing warmth of 14.7%, minimal barrel booziness. Overall this is a fantastic BBA imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Pretty similar to most of the Bruery stouts on flavor profile. Not as deeply roasty or charred on black/roasted malts like some others; but still extremely rich and complex. Outstanding barrel integration and balance; without feeling overly boozy, tannic, or drying. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 18.00(Including tax)/bomber ($ 0.818/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Undated bottle, stored at 42 degrees and served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Black, opaque, lively but thin effervescence.
Head – Small (Maximum 1.5 cm, aggressive pour), brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a 0.5mm partial ring fed by effervescence. No layer, no lacing.
Lacing – None, as expected for a high alcohol (14.7% ABV) barrel-aged product.
Pour – Dark brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Chocolate, figs, dates.
Flavor – 4 – Begins with alcohol cresting over the semi-sweet chocolate and dark fruit. Ends withalcohol and the start of a gastric alcohol burn. No hops, no barrel, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Full, almost syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4.25 - Certainly better than expected from Southern Tier. I was pleasantly surprised by the absence of the cloying sweetness that I expect from ST non-IPA products. The flavor is not bad; it just lacks any trace of barrel. Nor is the flavor anything markedly outstanding. Although a mild gastric burn starts, it never progresses beyond mild and may be better described as warming. The appearance, aroma, and palate are consistent with better barrel-aged imperial stouts. One and done.

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Photo of rab53
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petrusek23
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thoglund
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, label says July 2017 but I don't think this was released until October 2017. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like dark fruit, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, molasses and vanilla. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, with dark fruit, roasted malt, molasses, bittersweet and milk chocolate, caramel, woody, bourbon and vanilla flavors. The dark fruit flavors in this are stronger than I thought (not that it's a bad thing). Mouthfeel/body is full, it's chewy and slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's a little boozy, but it's still easy enough to drink especially for being 14.7% ABV. I thought this was a good imperial stout, certainly worth picking up if you've never had it before. $19.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Dodger88
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lupercmda
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Barrel Works Series: Monstrosus from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 58 ratings