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Brooklyn Monster Ale

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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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, crème brulee and good cigars.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5136) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2012 I look forward to the release of this one each year . This is my favorite of the yearly production beers from Brooklyn. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz bottle this beer poured a nice mahogany color with a small tan head. The aroma was malt, molasses and a nice hop presence. The flavor was caramel, malt, and some hops - particularly on the finish. A nice barleywine that is strong, flavorful and no too heavily dominated by the hops.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freekyp (1543) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Sharply bitter with a sweetness that was not cloying. Clear deep amber with a slight, quickly receding tan head. Alcoholic but somewhat hidden. Not thick and syrupy like some other barleywines. Slick mouthfeel with some fruity notes.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkElf (3037) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
(12 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) I rated this beer when it first came out in 1999, and it was very hot with harsh bitterness, but several years of aging have been very beneficial for this barleywine; Sweet and malty, this barleywine has a fairly strong bitterness throughout, but it never overpowers the sweet maltiness, an area where the aging has helped tremendously; Its potent alcohol is very apparent; Typical palate for a barleywine: sticky, syrupy and full bodied; Very malty and sweet nose; Medium amber color and very cloudy, but I was sampling the bottom of the bottle; Small, light tan head fades to a ring very quickly

3.4
   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 it’s peak.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - 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.

4.2
   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 one’s 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 I’ve had. Tasty, full bodied, great beer. If you haven’t tackled the Monster you should try to. It doesn’t always have to overpower to be a great beer.

3.5
   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.

3.2
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToolHead (266) - København, 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maddog (407) - 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 can’t believe the overall palate and body is so thin. You know a barleywine falls short when it doesn’t knock your socks off with a burst of complex flavors and bouquet.


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