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Brooklyn Monster Ale

Formerly brewed at Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Brooklyn, New York USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 1539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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Brooklyn Monster Ale is a classic barley wine, a style of ale originally brewed by the butlers to the English and American aristocracy. It is brewed from three mashes of heirloom British malt and spiced with aromatic American Willamette, Cascade and Fuggle hops.

After four months of aging, it has a magnificent burnished copper color, an aroma redolent of sherry, citrusy hops and fruit, a soft, warming, complex palate, a spiritous finish, and a strength of 10.8%.

It is vivacious when young, but will age gracefully for many years, becoming more complex over time.

Food Matches

Brooklyn Monster Ale is a fine accompaniment to cheeses, ice cream, flourless cakes, crŤme brulee and good cigars.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Bottle - 2000 vintage. Pours hazy brown with a thin ring of bubbles and some lacing. Malty aroma with notes of maple syrup, alcohol and turpentine. Sweet, sweet flavor, brown sugar also with astringent quality and bitter finish. Smooth body, kind of thin for the style and no carbonation to speak of. Maybe past itís peak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Amber color with small off white head. Aroma of malt, citrus and bread. Sweet malt flavor with hints of dark fruit and caramel. Has a nice dry finish that is very warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2004
200th site rating for the Monster. Barlywines are always interesting. This oneís been hybernating for about six weeks. These are my impressions, tons of head. Dark amber color, Eggshell foam. Looks rich, acts rich but does it tastes rich? This is definitely the best Barleywine to date!!! Not too overpowering, excellent flavor. Nice hops without tearing my face off like the other barleywines have. Says English style Barleywine. I prefer this to the others Iíve had. Tasty, full bodied, great beer. If you havenít tackled the Monster you should try to. It doesnít always have to overpower to be a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Light ruby red colored with no head to speak of. Smells alcoholic and of dark fruits. Flavor is thick with dark cherries and alcoholic. This barley wine is more on the sweet side than the bitter side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2004
2003 vintage sampled 7/17/04. Red body, medium off-white head, fruity, slgihtly vinous, malty nose. Sweet flavor, somewhat sugary, malty, some bitterness in the finish. Lacks the assertive hoppiness of many well-known American examples. This probably would be better with some more aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToolHead (266) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 "This Monster Ale was born in 2004"... 35.5 cl bottle. Served in cognac snifter. Reddish amber color. Nice, compact head. Warm, malty aroma with obvious alcohol presence, plenty of fresh hops, and fruity sweetness. Big, warm, aggressive flavor w/ powerful malt backbone and assertive, bitter hop finish w/ plenty of alcohol. Thick, full, slightly sugary mouthfeel. Definitely a sipping-beer, but a well-balanced one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maddog (400) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2004
For a beer to be called a barleywine, it better live up to the hype. This ale is rather disappointing in that the body was thin and puny. For an 11% ABV brew, I canít believe the overall palate and body is so thin. You know a barleywine falls short when it doesnít knock your socks off with a burst of complex flavors and bouquet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Pours brown/reddish, with big aroma of fruit, peat, fruit, some hops, and red wine. Tastes very fruity, malty, with hints of red wine, peat, prunes, tons of other fruits, and port in the finish. Winter-warmerish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2004
12 oz bottle, snifter. Average sized, creamy, off-white head is slowly diminishing. Clear, dark red body. Bread, cookie, caramel, nutty malt (H); flowery hops (L); light alcohol, prune, peach, wine, butterscotch, ginger aromas. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish. Mineral aftertaste. Medium-full body, oily texture, slightly alcoholic, average carbonation. The bottom line is: an unfortunate overipe peach flavor is present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Bottle pours a viscous translucent reddish amber, small fizzly cream colored head, respectable lacing, with virtually no carbonation.   Definite alcohol on the aroma.   Slight hint of sweet malts, salt, and toffee, otherwise its mainly alcohol.   Forwardly grainy, slight muttled vanilla and caramel.   Sweet, but as much as I would have liked.   Slight alcohol and flora, but the alcohol isnít overly harsh.   Very warming tho.   Finishes slightly bitter, a tad thin, and somewhat medicinal (probably the 11% ABV).   I think this one would have been better had they toned down the 11% and brought up the sweetness just a tad.   Decent, but prefer Boardhead and Old Ho over this one.   Thanks goes out to austinpowers for the trade!

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