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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: 1565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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 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) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maddog (478) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8798) - 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 (6600) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3699) - 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.

   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.

   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 (1039) - 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.

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