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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
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1560   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - 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 isn’t 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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3668) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2004
Bottle 2003 version, DBF 2004. Deep chestnut brown , moderate white head and low condition. Big sticky sweet malty nose with hints of toffee, Full bodied and malty sweet in the mouth but with a good balance of hop bitterness. Some roasted malts become apparent in the finish along with a tingle of hop bitterness. A pleasantly strong barleywine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
2002, 2003 bottlings, rating is for 2002:

deep amber brown, off white head. aroma of cedar, butter, toffee, dark bready, whole wheat toasty malt. flavour is sweet, roasty and malty as hell. very english tasting. some cotton candy, marshmallow and vanilla notes with some boozy flavours. burnt sugar finish. very nice.

3.6
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1032) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1557) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.7
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (16477) - 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.


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