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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: 1502   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2003
2003 bottle. Deeper copper color, small head due to the alcohol. Malty and fruity aroma along with alcohol of course. Sweeter flavor with a bit of, but not much, hop bitterness. Warming effect. Full, oily body. Enjoyable, definitely a sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2003
03 bottle. Reddish colr with a small head. Strong alcohol aroma with some light fruit. Strong alcohol taste. It is strong and a barley wine but nothing stands out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
2001 bottling. This murky beer pours the color of dull, dirty copper with a minimalist interpretation of a head. However, this small ring of tan foam sticks around for the entire party. The aroma is very vinous, with some sweet malt in the background and just a touch of hop spice. This is truly a delicious smelling beer. I could almost be happy with the bouquet alone. The initial sip is indescribeable. The second sip has a strong oak character to it which is very nutty in a way, but also somewhat smoky. The buttery, butterscotch flavors are subtle. This beer is at once intense and powerful yet subtle and cunning. The alcohol is noticeable, but not in a distrcting manner. A strong fruitiness is also present in this beer. Cherries come to mind, as well as chocolate and other sweet flavors. It seems that every sip reveals a new flavor. The mouthfeel is very smooth, with minimal aftertaste. The velvety mouthfeel greatly enhances both the flavors and the overall experience of this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2003
2003 bottle. Attractive copper color with a pleasant, moderately malty aroma that had hints of toffee and fruit. Full-bodied flavor that had a lingering, slightly sweet taste. Great for sipping slowly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Bottle 2000 vintage. Fruity nose plum/fig with a rum like nose. maybe some sherry. Clear copper color. not much head. Sweet flavor carmel some hop to it. sour too. Kinda oily, but finishes quick. Nose waas my favorite part. Another o.k. beer from a brewer I don't enjoy all that much

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7575) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2003
2003 Bottle: This brew pours a pretty dark amber/mahogany color with a thin and quickly dissipating light beige head. Thin and quick lacing. Aroma of malt, toffee and alcohol. Rather rich with a bold malt flavor. Warming alcohol aspect is maintained throughout, yet it never becomes a hindrance to the drinkability. The finish is hoppy enough to keep it from becoming cloying, and overall this is a well-done Barley Wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2003
2003 bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, molasses, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, resin), with notes of peach and apricot, light notes of cask wood, sherry, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A fairly genuine British style barleywine...more malty than hoppy, shows some aged character, and leans to the sweet side. Well balanced for the style, and although I don't find it particularly complex, it's pleasant to drink and a refreshing break from the typical over-hopped American barleywines.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 28, 2003
2001: Firstly the aroma was incredible - reminded of Bigfoot. Flavor was tremendous, and not alcoholic. Went down smooth, and left me craving for more. 12 oz. bottle for $2.00 at Harrington's in Chelmsford, MA. Talk about a bargain!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2003
2003: Pours a copper mahogany with a thin head. Sweet complex caramel malty aroma with some alcohol. Body starts syrupy sweet with lots of thick caramel malt and dark fruits, but turns sharply alcohlic toward the finish. A decent barleywine, but needs to conceal its alcohol better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5164) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2004 Mine has a different label. It’s silver and has Monster written predominantly on it. However, the beer has a rich malted and alcohol filled nose. A slight metallic hint as well. The taste is better with malt sweetness, alcohol, hops and bitterness to it. Finishes bitter too. I think less of this than I do about the Dominion Millennium, but my friends think the opposite.

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