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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: 1557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2004
2003 Bottle. I drank it straight from the bottle. Very full bodied. Nice aroma. I can taste the roasted malts and a bit of hops that tingles as it goes down. Nice balanced flavor with the bitterness well defined.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1031) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
My First Barley wine. At a recent tasting I got to try the 2002 and the 2003. The rating is for the 2002. Pours red/orange and hazy. Thick creamy head with a very hoppy oak aroma carrying lots of alcohol. Body is of more syrup than the slightly prickly 2003. Very rich. Flavours of Rasins, smokey malts, cotton candy. Very warming. Lightly fruity with a sweet finish. Hides alcohol well. The 2003 is slightly better in appearance but is not nearly as rounded in the other areas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Monster it is. A potent aroma sets the tone for a bath of hops, with heavy malt covering. The flames only subside when the hops and malt are at the peak (in the middle). Otherwise the fruitiness is buried. Good ingredients - too "Imperial" for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2004 2003 version. Pours a deep clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is hoppy. Taste is very sweet/malty and has plenty hops, dark fruit and a sour/bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Nice lacing on the glass. Pretty good, but not the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2004
A dark red colored barley wine. Has a fruity odor and a hoppy after taste. Heats your throat up as it goes down. Will lay you out in a hurry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2004 2003 vintage. Small fizzy off-white head. Delicious-looking reddish mahogany color. Aroma has alcohol, orange, fruity bubblegum, caramel. Flavor is a light oak with some resiny hops, tobacco(?). Full body and almost syrupy. Some kind of alcohol or hops burn on the tongue. Pretty good... alcohol could be better masked. Maybe its just me today, but by the end of the bottle, its a bit much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
Amber color. Good American Barley Wine, malty without being too sweet, and with a strong hopping, giving also some fruitness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAY 21, 2004
2003 Bottle. Pours dark brown with no head. Smell is fruity and roasted malt. Taste is slightly hoppy with an alcohol after taste. It warms your stomach up with every sip. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2004
Bottled. DBF 2004. Light brown. Rich, flowery hoparoma with notes of hops. Nutty, unbelievably malty flavour with a distinct but pleasant sweetness. Noticable ABV. Full-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Sampled from bottle at Danish Beer Festival 2004 (#33).
Amber colored beer with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet and heavy with lots of malt and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is also sweet malty and spicy with alcohol present. Nice and warming but too evident alcohol. A typical barley wine.

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