Crown Royal Barrel Aged Blue Monk | Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square

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Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by biboergosum on 01-30-2014

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 1
Reviews by schnarr84:
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz chalice at the Century Park location. Bring on consolidation, already!

This beer appears a murky, opaque dirty dishwater brown colour, with a skinny film of loosely foamy, and mostly just soapy beige head, which leaves some iceberg shelf lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of dense bready caramel/toffee malt, a touch of treacle and nougat, boozy woodsy vanilla from the CR barrel, besotted dark raisins, orange cream, sticky pine resin, and a subtle, late-arriving spicy graininess. The taste is sugary sweet grainy caramel malt, more subdued toffee and molasses notes, somewhat acrid woody barrel notes - raw vanilla, wet sawed planks, and blithely spiced whisky - kind of tart, indistinct citrus, and struggling earthy, herbal hops.

The carbonation is pretty ineffectual in its seemingly lazy presentation, the body an adequate medium weight, and sort of riddled with thin barrel barbs when it comes to any attempted smoothness, though a mild airy creaminess has the temerity to seep through. It finishes on the sweet side, the still heady malt joining with cheap Canadian firewater to duly remind me of what I've gotten myself into.

Well, all a whisky barrel could do to Blue Monk is fuck it up, and while I find Crown Royal abysmal at best for what it's supposed to be, it doesn't cause any real problems here, rather it thins things out a bit, and lends both further sweetness and a corresponding rye spiciness, without affecting the complexity one way or another. Nice to try, but I guess I'm just a Classic Coke kind of consumer.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Crown Royal Barrel Aged Blue Monk from Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square
3.89 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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