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Brooklyn Monster Ale

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1513   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, crème brulee and good cigars.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2004 Bottle at DBF 2004. Served too cold, had to warm it up. Chest nut appearance. Malty aroma. Malty flavor and alcoholic, could not taste the promised 70 IBU’s. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Pours a dark caramel color with a small off-white head and lazy carbonation. Aroma is malt, light hops, and some fruit notes. Flavor is heavy caramel, nice hop bite and some fruit. Body is nice and rich and the finish is medium. This is a good barelywine.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2004
2003 bottle. Clear brown color. Very funky aroma. The malt is there, but also a kind of phenolic/smokey/sour aroma. Luckily it is not in the taste. Intensley malty with some hops. A good barleywine, but the funky aroma keeps it form being great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2004
2003 bottle. Goes without saying, in a barleywine there is going to be a lot of malt character. Brownish color, almost no head. Not a highly hopped offering. The hops only show through in the very end, with a trailing bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2004
2003 Very little head, red body. Nice alcool and malt aroma. Has sweet fruit, malt and alcool flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2004
12oz Bottle No Date This one poures a dark amber with a big head that settles down quickly. Aroma is somewhat vinous and port like. Sweet malt and fruity. Body is medium and smooth. A definate warming sensation is coming on. Slight metallic after taste, sweet not the greatest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2004
Deep copper with an off-white head. Strong alcohol nose. Reminds of port wine. Fruity. Complex. Very rich. Good barley wine but there are much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2004
Dark ruby color with medium head from draught. Reminiscent of a Doppelbock with sweet toffee flavors and slightly sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 13, 2004
Poured copper with almost no head. A bit of burnt molasses and alcohol aroma. Taste was toffee and even more alcohol. This was indeed a Monster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2004
Ruby pour with a thin creamy head and spotty lace. Cobweb aromas of sweet malts and sharp hops. Flavor is very similar leaning a bit towards the sour end though. Interesting beer. Thanks to Jay!

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