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Judge's Review: 92 Rating - Overnight Celebrity by Monday Night Brewing

December, 2018
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Overnight Celebrity by Monday Night Brewing is a flavored and barrel-aged Imperial Porter and is being evaluated as a Mixed-Style Beer (category 34B in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines). The Mixed-Style Beer category is a is a catch-all category for hybrid beers that are not covered elsewhere in the guidelines.  Imperial Porter is not a BJCP category but this type of beer is typically a stronger version of English or American Porters. Porters are noted for their black color and typically highlight dark malt flavors such as coffee, chocolate, and caramel. This Imperial Porter was brewed with espresso beans and coconut and was aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels; this beer measures in at 11.5% ABV.

This porter pours black in color, opaque, with a small dark brown head. The aroma is a very inviting, rich and complex blend of espresso, dark chocolate, maple syrup, bourbon, and vanilla. The flavor continues with rich dark chocolate, espresso, bourbon, toasted oak, and a lighter, sweet maple syrup. This beer finishes with strong chocolate and espresso along with a prominent sweetness. The coconut is not noticeable but coconut and bourbon often contribute similar flavor profiles. This is a very pleasant barrel-aged strong beer; enjoy on a cold night near the fire.  Cheers!