Monks’ Dark Ale is a well-balanced medium bodied ale with a smooth creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation, and no alcohol warmth or astringency. The aromas are predominantly hazelnut and chocolate with hints of raisins and stone fruits, with no diacetyl evident. This ale pours with nice lacing and a lasting tan head. Flavors include toasted hazelnuts, raisins, caramel malt, and mild green apples. No phenols are evident. The subdued, yet present hops create a light, crisp, refreshing, taste. The finish is dry with mild caramel and green apples and a slight roastiness, inviting another sip of this all-season dark signature ale.
Monks’ Dark Ale pairs well with any chili based foods, hearty stews, or any roasted or barbecued beef or poultry. It is a wonderful compliment to cheesecake for desert.Hops: Magnum, Yakima Golding