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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: 1546   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Clear copper/red body with beige head(a rather large head for a barleywine). Aroma of plums, yeast, faint alcohol, malt, very faint vanilla. Flavor is tangy, yeasty, and vinous. Warm fruity aftertaste with mild alcohol flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Pours a deep copper with no head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Dark fruits, caramel, mild hops, spices, and alcohol on the tongue. Thin mouthfeel for a barley wine. Has a slight iron flavor at first but that fades. Not the best barley wine but it's very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 Sherry colored with a thin white head. Aromas of plums, bread, and rum. Plummy favors, with an alcohol + bitter hop blast. Finishes peircingly dry, with hops, stale bread, and alcohol. Like a red ale on steroids. No the best barley I've ever had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 14, 2004
2000 Vintage. Murky ruby color with a thin off-white lacing around the edges of the glass. Aroma of vanilla, sweet and rich dark fruits, alongside bready yeast and a tangy malt character. Bitter/sweet in flavor with a rich malt and yeast character, brown sugars,caramel/toffee, sublte fruit a with warming alcohol finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2004
This beer had a very strong sherry aroma and a dark red wine-colored appearance. The alcohol is definately noticable but not too strong. Sortof has a fruity taste and aroma. My first time having barley wine in my short rating experience. Very good

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Not tops in the Barley Wine category. But if you want to get loopy, this is a good choice. Below standard for Brooklyn who makes some of my favorite beers. Better than average, but there are plenty better Barley Wines.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1429) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2004
2003 bottled: Beer pours nice amber red color with a big off white head that mostly diminishes. Aroma is a bit understated, although notes of malt, alcohol, raisins, and a little mustiness. Rich, complex flavor begins spicy, then some serious sherry likness kicks in the finish is quite warming. Definetely a big winter beer and a good one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2004
Bought on my holiday to New York. Strong toffee and caramel nose with cognac hints. Dark bronze hue with an off white head. Rich sweet taste of toffee with cognac hints and a sappy complex. A warm barley wine not as good as my favourite to date Old Nick

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymow (893) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Nice fruity aroma, subtle and not overpowering. Decent flavor - more or less a typical barleywine. Not bad, but I was expecting a little more. It just didn't knock my socks off, but maybe I was expecting a little too much.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8338) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 2003: Has a thick and dark amber color with minimal head, a floral nose full of sweet maple, light hops, and sugary malts. The flavor is dominated by a sweet cherry and wood character, with a fairly obvious blanket of alcohol, giving this a very thin and "young" personality. Though it is unaged, it is still quite sweet and flavorful. A moderately strong barley wine with hints of Christmas spice.
2006: Maple and bacon and pecans in the nose, big malt profile, lacking any real depth of flavor, with a lightly spicy, dull hop presence. Lighter on the tongue than it should be, less chewy than I like, but still nothing to complain about. Won’t win any awards for best barley wine, but it’s tasty.


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