My liver got the night off last night, but I'm back for more tonight. Tonight's beer is Rogue's Monk Madness Ale. When I bought this, I was thinking it might be a Belgian attempt from Rogue, which I'd be very curious about. Reading the bottle now, it seems they're going more for traditional malt and hops. Not that that's a bad thing
. I paid $5.69 for a 22 oz. I went poking around Rogue's website to see if I could find the ABV, but it's not there. The bottle says it's 68 IBUs, and the website 108. I'm not sure which is right. Apparently this beer is new, is only available in the winter, and only comes in 22's. Heh. It looks like I should also review the hazelnut brown nectar, which looks to be sponsored by David Sklansky:
Anyway, on to the review.
The beer pours a nice medium brown color with a good but not excessive head. It laces my glass nicely.
This beer smells, well, of malt and hops. I was pretty solidly wrong about it being a Belgian imitation. The taste is great, though. It's just slightly sweet, and it's got a good dose of the floral hop flavor I love. The beer I've reviewed here that's most similar to this one is Stone's Arrogant Bastard, and I'd say I like this one slightly better. I think the hops are just a little bolder, and the malt slightly darker. I'm going to give this beer
. It's a shame it's only going to be a winter seasonal and that it won't come in sixers. I could see myself drinking a lot of this beer.