Beer: Big Muddy Monster
Brewery: Big Muddy Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Dark, muddy waters here. Tiny head that recedes quickly.
Smell: Is this a Brown Ale? Initial waft is pine, mint, grapefruit, and rubbing alcohol if you sniff at it long enough.
Flavor: The name “Monster” is definitely apropos. It tastes like all the flavors of a Brown Ale and all the flavors of an IPA. Isn’t there that term…what is it…”flavor country”? Well, I’m going to use that term and make a billboard that says, “Welcome to flavor country, population MONSTER.” But anyways. Flavors. Honestly, I’m having a difficult time discerning individual tastes in this big muddy mess. It tastes like being dropkicked by a ton of roasted malts and then punched in the mouth by a variety of hops. Clearly, those are this Monster’s fight tactics.
Feel: Thinnish body with high carbonation. And it just feels DENSE.
Concluding Remark: This is my first time trying anything from Big Muddy Brewing outta Murphysboro, Illinois, and what a way to start. This Monster Brown Ale is an intense Brown Ale-IPA hybrid, as stated in the “flavor” section of this programming. Perhaps it isn’t the most delicious beer of all time, but powerful as hell. Just as a Monster should be. While the flavors are a little MUDDIED (groan, pun), you’ll keep trying to figure out what you are drinking until it’s gone and all you’re left with is a faint memory of what once was.
Kind of like a yeti spotting.
So, on that note. Naturally, I was wondering if the Big Muddy Monster was some legendary Illinois cryptoid, because that’s just who I am. And guess what?!?! IT IS! Could this beer get any better?
Apparently, some hairy brown globby monster was spotted causing a ruckus in Murphysboro in 1973. In response to what this monster was, an eyewitness said, “I don’t know, but I saw this substance and smelled the smell.” Cryptozoologists definitively agreed that this was big foot. (OMG IT REALLY DOES EXIST.) This is an artist’s rendering:
What I’m saying is that this is one scary beer for beer style classicists. But for those adventurous types, go put on your drinking and cryptoid-hunting gear, and fetch yourself a Big Muddy Monster!