Parade of Souls

Florida
United States
Parade of Souls by Barrel of Monks Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
80
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20
Description 

Parade of Souls is our Belgian inspired version of an Imperial Stout. It is dark as night, but don't be afraid of the dark! Bold and velvety notes of chocolate and dark fruits are there without the harshness found in many stouts. Join our parade, and through darkness may you find the light.

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ABV: 
10%
Judges Review 
Rodney A. Tillinghast's picture
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

I waited patiently for the head to settle in my glass after a vigorous pour into the snifter. Waves of dark brown streaks within the head took on an alien brain likeness. The high alcohol in the beer held the glass lacing intact. Several intense ester-derived aromas arose as the sample warmed, including vanilla, dark chocolate, apple candy, and burnt toast. The beer featured a terrific malt character, burnt figs and low-to-medium earthy hop bitterness. It finished pretty full, but seemed to be missing some of the roasty character that is more true to style. I would have like some more supporting hop-derived complexity, which would have added additional layers of flavors. While the Belgian yeast changes the character of the beer, some of the more traditional elements central to a good Imperial Stout seem to have been left behind.