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Judge's Review: 91 Rating - Tie 9 On by Monday Night Brewing

October, 2020
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Tie 9 On by Monday Night Brewing pours a dark black color with opaque clarity. A sudsy mocha-colored head of large bubbles is persistent almost the entire time the beer was consumed. The initial aroma consists of a medium-high sweetness, which is quickly followed by medium barrel lactones of vanilla and slight char giving an impression of a gooey, caramelized roasted marshmallow. As the beer warms up, there is a slight note of fresh cherry pipe tobacco. Very low dark chocolate helps round out the aroma as well as wisps of ethyl alcohol. A medium-high malt sweetness is apparent on the initial sip and is cut by a medium-low warming alcohol with a medium-low hop bitterness. 

The flavor consists of barrel character of medium intensity, medium-low vanilla, low cherry-like notes, light dark chocolate and light char. The flavor of ethyl alcohol is apparent, and it is smooth and not harsh hinting to a high-ABV, well-fermented beer. In the finish, the drinker is left with a medium-low lingering bitterness, low roast and light chocolate, which is more apparent in the aftertaste than the initial flavor. However, a medium-intense lingering sweetness weighs heavy on the palate and affects both this beer's drinkability and possibly masking its full potential with regards to depth of flavor. This beer has a medium-full body with low carbonation and light alcohol warmth along with a nice creaminess due to the viscosity of the beer and low carbonation. 

Overall, this is a well-brewed stout with several nice layers of flavors. This beer would have benefited from being a touch drier as I found the residual sweetness to possibly get in the way of the depth and complexity hiding behind it. However, this is still an extremely nice stout to drink, contemplate and enjoy.