Purchased at: Monks Cafe – Philadelphia PA
What makes this beer different: Very smooth for the style
Will I be drinking this again: Yes
3/20/2010: This weekend is the big celebration of the suds in Atlantic City NJ. Hotels are super expensive in AC so the girlfriend and I got one in Philly. I have always heard good things about Monk’s cafe so we decided to give it a shot. Gotta be honest I wasn’t sure impressed. Sure they had a lot of hard to find bottles, but it was super pricey and they only had 6 taps there. Not sure about you guys but I like to have a good amount of choices on draft when I am at a beer bar.
When I went to buy the Old Engine Oil the bartender said that this was served at room temp. I have never had a beer at room temp so I figured I would give it a shot. Also note that it was actually kind of warm in the bar so it was probably warmer than normal. Surprisingly it was very drinkable at room temp. Not sure if it was due to the temp but there was almost no smell to it at all. The taste/mouthfeel reminds me of an English Porter. Sweet chocolate malt, with a bit of bitter in the aftertaste. Honestly its odd but its harder to pick out flavors with a beer at this temperature. Mouthfeel is a little light but good. If you have never tried a beer at room temp, give it a shot with this one. Its weird at first but once you take a few sips its no big deal.
Picture of the day: What exactly does this sign mean?