Ante Meridiem

Georgia
United States
Ante Meridiem, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Don't sleep on Ante Meridiem. Our massive (13.5% ABV) Imperial brown ale is aged in Georgia's own ASW Distillery bourbon barrels. We add locally roasted coffee from Batdorf and Bronson, Ugandan vanilla beans and maple syrup. The result is a boozy, sweet, satisfying drink that works well with chocolatey desserts, ice cream, or a Connecticut-leaf cigar.

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ABV: 
13.5%
IBUs: 
45
Judges Review 
Rodney A. Tillinghast's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Ante Meridiem by Monday Night Brewing was judged as an Imperial Brown Ale (Style 33B—Specialty Wood Aged Beer). Weighing in at a hefty 13.5% ABV, as I sampled the thick dark brew, it was hard to find any perceived hotness from the alcohol. Although I was able to coax a head out of the beer, it fell back into the liquid quite quickly, and there was good evidence of alcoholic legs left over on the glass when I was finished. Although I started out with the beer around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, as I let it rest to open up there were layered, complex aromatics blending into a wonderful impression, including vanilla, dark cacao nibs and butterscotch. 

The taste backed up the aroma, and I appreciated that it had enough firmness in hop bitterness to counter the immense original gravity load. Although I didn’t get coffee in the aroma, there was a distinct “dry” finish to suggest it, and some bourbon warmth in the final impression. There is mention of maple syrup as another special ingredient, but in a beer this complex, I can’t say that it stood out as an identifiable flavor. 

In the size of its bottling at 500mL, this is still a great beer to bring to a group setting for sampling.  It has the flavors for those who favor something sweet, but does not range into the insipid area for those that are looking for more of a balanced heavyweight sipper.

Brewery Introduction

Monday Night Brewing is an Atlanta-based craft brewery. We brew beers for the weeknights – balanced, flavorful ales that pair well with food.

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