Big Rock Monk's Misery | Big Rock Brewery

Big Rock Monk's MiseryBig Rock Monk's Misery
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Big Rock Monk's MiseryBig Rock Monk's Misery

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by schnarr84 on 03-26-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

read the label whilst visiting my favorite beer store and was intrigued enough to try it. Once I got home and saw the big rock cock on the bottle cap I admit i was shocked.

Colour was in line with what expected, maybe slightly darker. Points deducted for fizziness and next to now head retention.

Impressive for a Big Rock product...herbs, twigs, and other classic Scottish ingredients were detected without any trace of their Trad malts...

Flavours were well represented...herbs, peat, a slight smokiness. Again I had to ask..."This is a Big Rock beer???"

Body could have been s tad more chewy given the ABV, but over all OK

All I can say is WOW...good on ya Big Rock...keep it going...

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Photo of LDuke
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. The marketing blurb sounds like it was written by someone who takes Game of Thrones way too seriously. Anyways, nice to see Big Rock taking a crack at this esoteric style.

This beer pours a murky, very dark brown cola colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly finely bubbly tan head, which leaves little beyond a few sparse specks of pinprick lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, herbal medicine, earthy florals, wet green tree detritus, and well, no indication of that single hop-cone that they purportedly dropped into this whole batch. The taste is more dull bready malt, this time with a touch of neutered caramel, muddled herbal and medicinal vegetative notes, a subtle smoked wet earthiness - not quite peaty, but somewhere close - and further leafy, floral notes - just not of the hop variety, it's actually quite surprisingly hard to explain.

The carbonation is pretty understated, almost to the point of apparent flatness at times, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of watery in its rather plain smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the graininess of the malt thankfully bubbling up, among the generally faded herbal, twiggy, and medicinal essences.

Well, it took mining the outer reaches of the beer classification spectrum, but Big Rock has indeed made a beer that doesn't really taste like the Big Rock house style - all it took was dropping one main ingredient entirely, and adding a bunch of wild herbs and spices to distract us thusly. Not something that I'd want to drink very much of, even though it is capable in its adherence to the style - I guess I'm just happy to live in this modern world of ours, where the hops roam, wild and free.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of leaddog
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark nut brown with a finger of fizzy beige head.

Smell- rosemary, touch of lavender, thyme, floral notes.

Taste- Herbal flavours as noted in the aroma (predominantly rosemary) along with peat moss. Mostly savoury in its flavours. Aftertaste is like bitter moss and soil.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation.

Overall- Good to see Big Rock explore new grounds into ancient styles of beer. However, I'm not entirely sold on the execution of this brew. The taste of rosemary is overpowering and the lingering aftertaste is unpalatable.

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Photo of Bodega95
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. This is a curious foray for Big Rock and I agree that this brew certainly does taste unique, so much so that even non beer drinkers should notice something is different. I suspect the flavor and mouthfeel will polarize, and admittedly, I love hops so much that my interest in such a beer is completely based on historical curiosity as opposed to any intrinsic virtue or feature of gruit ales per se. The brew is a dark and rather hazy cola brown with minimal light tan head, somewhere between a Scotch ale and a porter color-wise. Aroma is decidedly herbal, spicy, and floral. Smells like a spice rack with some individual components discernible (e.g., rosemary, lavender, allspice, something creamy and sour almost like yogurt?). Palate initially reminds me of a rather flat spiced Dr. Pepper or root beer, with a distinct cinnamon curry note that builds as you sip. I get this mixed herb and spice flavor throughout, start to finish, along with some cherry, molasses, tobacco, and pub peanuts. The Big Rock house yeast character is downplayed here. Body is curiously empty and thin and the carbonation is very low, which provide an odd contrast to the herbal and dark malt flavors. I do dig the aroma but the hops are solely missed here. I agree with the consensus opinion that beer is too sweet without them, with these other botanicals just not up to snuff when it comes to providing balance. Still though, this is a worthy tasting experience that will increase your appreciation for beer history and the key role played by pot's cousin in our favorite beverage.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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