He Who Walks Among Monsters
Timber Ales

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Timber Ales
New York, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.28 | pDev: 5.84%
Feb 21, 2022
Sep 23, 2020
He Who Walks Among MonstersHe Who Walks Among Monsters
Notes: He who walks among monsters is a collaboration with our friends from The Seed. This Imperial Stout has been aged on coffee, maple syrup and cassia bark.
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Photo of Scotchboy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Scotchboy from Idaho

This just hit the spot for me and checked all my boxes - the richness of the red hue on the black body & creamy head of this one was extremely inviting. The cassia character was executed perfectly, fully present from nose to palate to finish but never spicy or cloying, nor was the maple syrup character ever out-of-whack to send this one into sugary pastry territory. It was just VERY GOOD all the way around, well-executed. My only complaint; would have loved a bit more coffee character in mine.

Feb 21, 2022
4.64 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Jan 19, 2022
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3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by orcrist_cleaver from New York

Not gonna call this a decadent dessert stout, but more like a morning sippy as you roll out of bed and have odd convo at the corner diner.

Dark, thick viscous. Deep tan head. Quite sticky on the sides.

Somewhat smoky, mildly sweet aroma reminiscent of burnt bacon mixed in with maple syrup and pancakes made on a blackened flattop; they even added some out-of-season blueberries and cream on top.

Sticky on the lips, but has a fluffiness on the palate with a drying carbonation.

Something on the line of redhots melted on that new non-stick pan to impress your friends. Only you didn't stop there, but added grade A maple syrup. Chocolate bagel and maple walnut cream cheese vibes. Light roast coffee; vietnamese coffee á la Two Roads Saigon Scooter.

Apr 27, 2021
4.25 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Jan 18, 2021
4.23 by loganburgh from Michigan on Jan 01, 2021
4.33 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Dec 08, 2020
3.85 by minterro from California on Dec 06, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint very dark chestnut brown + very dark cola brown + dark garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of light roast coffee + chocolate + maple syrup + cinnamon over the top of moderate aromas of dark roasted + slightly charred + chocolate + caramel malts with a moderate amount of maple syrup + caramel sweetness and a light aroma of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of dark roasted + slightly charred + chocolate + caramel malts with a moderate amount of maple syrup + caramel sweetness. That is followed by just shy of strong flavors of light roast coffee + chocolate + maple syrup + cinnamon. Finally there is a light flavor of earthy hops. Overall there is a light to moderate amount of roasty bitterness which fades away quickly leaving complex malt flavors + cinnamon lingering.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost syrupy with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Drinks very easily considering the strength of this beer and a the alcohol is very well hidden with a wonderfully smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable flavors and aromas from the rich complex malts to the coffee + cinnamon + maple. Excellent and I would gladly grab another of these - would be a perfect post-run breakfast beer for the next time I’m up in the mountains doing some trail running.

Dec 05, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cbutova from Massachusetts

A- Darkness pours out of the can into a tulip with a brew that is as black as can be and a thick foamy head. The head takes on a dark cocoa brown hue and has pretty good retention. A small ring at the edges remains leaving webs of lacing.

S- Coffee, dark roast malts, maple syrup and spicy, earthy cassia bark that brings cinnamon notes. Suggests a moderate sweetness and the malts bring chocolate and roast barley notes. Maple takes a slight edge over the rest but pretty nice balance of everything.

T- Opens up like a great maple latte espresso drink and a moderately high sweetness. Chocolate and roast malts follow alongside the spicy, earthy and peppery cassia bark which brings a strong but still balanced cinnamon note. Slightly boozy, some licorice hints and the maple grows with warming to become the frontrunning flavor here. A lot of very bold flavors but it is smooth despite the cassia bring pretty strong and peppery.

MF- Thick and just luscious. The body is oily and slick and has a slightly frothy texture. Carbonation is on the lower side and the beer finishes with a nice warmth.

Liking Timber Ales so far. They manage to make stouts that are loaded with flavor, really bold ones and are sweet but still not a cloying disaster with a nice boozy edge. Maple latte with a scoop of cinnamon.

Nov 25, 2020
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Nov 23, 2020
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4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Recommended by the guy at Fort Point Market in Boston

Canned 9.16, opened 11.20, poured into a tulip

Pours a muddy motor oil, like its been driven too long. Thick and viscous. Dark thin creamy brown layer immediately evaporates to a ring.Good lacings

Aroma is maple, coffee, peppery spice, cinnamon ( cassia bark)

Taste is cinnamon ( cassia bark) without the burn. Coffee, roast malts, maple. Reminds me of a Viennese coffee with cinnamon. Sweet

Thick, syrupy mouthfeel, low sudsing

Good beer

Nov 22, 2020
4.23 by vfgccp from New York on Nov 08, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

Pours out super thick and dark. Not even a finger of head, but very dark brown when it does appear. Not much retention either.

Nose is for the par with other Timber Ale stouts. Really roasty malt, combining with coffee, providing this almost acrid scent. This is brighter than Morning Shakeout though. Now doubt because of the maple. Some cinnamon.

Taste is malt, coffee, chocolate, maple, cinnamon(I know its Cassia). Not as dry as the Morning Shakeout either. The maple bringing enough sweetness to counteract.

Mouthfeel is thick and dense. Mild carbonation. Like a decadent dessert.

Overall, this is very similar to many other Timber Ale brews. The maple brings something new. I wish they would venture into more varying territory though. It seems like they're playing it safe. I'd like to see something different from them.

Nov 05, 2020
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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Damian from Massachusetts

Drank from a 1 pint / 16 fl. oz can purchased at Fort Point Market, Boston, MA
PKGD 09/16/20
Served in a tulip

Super viscous, near pitch black appearance. The dense, oily looking body was topped by a small, finely beaded, saddle brown head that quickly dropped to a thin halo. A singular thick, pockmarked ring of lacing stuck along the back portion of the glass and a patchy blanket coated the front.

The aroma was fantastic. Really rich and complex with an enormous malt presence. Both roasted and caramel malts. Dark roast coffee also came through strong. Cinnamon was noticeable as well. (Apparently this was the cassia bark.) Creamy lactose-like notes were also detectable. Touch of maple. Quite sweet overall. The cinnamon notes really intensified as the beer warmed. Hint of booziness too.

The flavor profile was perhaps even better than the nose. Super malty and robust. Roasted and caramel malt notes came through strong. Big, creamy lactose-like presence too. Loads of cinnamon/cassia as well. Semisweet chocolate was also noticeable. Touch of maple. More roast and espresso on the back end and the finish. Hint of booze. Considering the ABV, the alcohol was remarkably well buried.

Outstanding mouthfeel. Super thick and viscous, even for the style. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, fairly zippy effervescence that fluffed up beautifully.

Timber Ales are cranking out some amazingly rich and decadent pasty stouts that can definitely compete with the limited-run offerings by Tree House, Trillium, etc. Although the ones I tried so far all pretty much taste the same (and contain basically the same ingredients), they are really enjoyable and surprisingly easy to acquire.

Nov 01, 2020
3.74 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Oct 31, 2020
4.29 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Oct 27, 2020
4.5 by SkiBum22 from New York on Oct 26, 2020
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4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by NYNorseman from New York

Deliciously thick and dark. This floats out of the can as thick as they come. This pours like chocolate syrup, and as it warms the maple becomes more pronounced and intoxicating, and the coffee notes ride the wave. I've never tasted cassia bark but after tasting this wicked concoction, I wouldn't mind building a tree house in a Cassia tree! The 12 ABV comes through sensibly but does not smack you in the face. This is a perfect beer to be drinking exactly one week from Samhaim when the spirit portals open and the magic and mysteries of the night skies collide. I'll be searching for another one of these. Great collaboration between The Seed and Timber Ales. Happy Halloween!

Oct 25, 2020
4.31 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Oct 25, 2020
4.13 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina on Oct 24, 2020
4.5 by paulish from New York on Oct 23, 2020
4.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Oct 19, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5
by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

Can. No hyperbole. This poured thicker and blacker than any beer I remember encountering. Uncomfortably thiqqq. Like pen ink. Stupidly viscous. The head is dark as hell, too. Intimidating. Aroma is a nuke of darkness. Cinnamon is very prevalent. Burnt caramel. Dark roast coffee and Hershey's™ syrup. Flavor is decadent. This beer is scary. I have never felt a beer so oily, rich, and dense. I am honestly a bit worried about drinking it. Woah, too metal for me.

Oct 18, 2020
4.76 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Oct 18, 2020
4.25 by petewheeler from Maryland on Oct 18, 2020
4.37 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Oct 17, 2020
4.13 by 22Blue from Kansas on Oct 16, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Nice dark, dark brown pour with thin (but dense) burnt toffee lacing.

S - Bold nose with dark roasted malt, coffee, char, and maple syrup.

T - Taste is deep and complex with layers of flavor: char and light smoke, delicate black licorice, light coffee roast, sweet maple syrup, cinnamon, and ends with a smoky licorice roasted malt finish. Finishes balanced and not one flavor overpowers the other, the balance is perfect.

M - Thick and syrupy in texture with a tad bit of dryness on the very back of the tongue while the rest of the mouth remains wet with some slight coagulation on the palate. For a big ABV beer, there is no warming on the way down - impressive.

O - This beer is just impeccable. I'm going back for more - highly recommended.

Oct 15, 2020
4.21 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Oct 11, 2020
4.46 by EMH73 from New York on Oct 10, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by zeff80 from Missouri

16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace. It smelled of maple, molasses, dark chocolate and toffee. Sweet chocolate and maple taste with toffee, caramel and subtle coffee notes.

Oct 06, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A sweet and alluring aroma of coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of a good amount of malt (present throughout, but not a big factor), lots of coffee (warming and quite prominent), some woody notes (a subtle quality), a good shot of chocolate (not overpowering, but definitely present), a bit of cinnamon, and a decent amount of maple syrup (quite sweet). This is a complex, big, and excellent flavor.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: An incredibly well made, easy to like stout. Drinkable.

Oct 05, 2020
4.03 by Allurex from Kansas on Oct 02, 2020
3.93 by Holderness from Massachusetts on Sep 30, 2020
4 by McBraniel from Virginia on Sep 27, 2020
He Who Walks Among Monsters from Timber Ales
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 35 ratings