Year of New Beer: Never Be Violet, Monnik Beer Company (Louisville)

Written By: Dion on 05/14/2018

A deliciously decadent barrel aged barleywine is given a shot of blueberries, and the result is fantastic. The berries don't have a huge impact on the nose, as the layers of caramel, dark fruit, and alcohol steal the show. The tongue, however, is where the blueberries begin to shine. Initially they provide the slightest bit of tartness before receding under brown sugar, toffee, and earthy oak. A subtle, warming alcohol builds as the blueberry returns on the finish, sweeter at this point, adding even more depth to the flavor profile. Outstanding beer. Well done. Many thanks to the folks at Blue Stallion for putting Monnik Monday together!