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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: 1552   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
(2002) dark copper color (brown/red), no head, aroma has several elements – alcohol, definite hop presence, a fruity mix (prune/plum/cherry), wine like, a light earthy character as well; flavor is very potent, alcohol definitely present, hops are also highly noticeable, a sweet-candy/fruity flavor mix – prunes, but more sweet – alcohol has a quick bite, very well done

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2004
2003. Clear reddish amber with a thin, white head. Sweet, hoppy aroma that is strong on the citric hops, sweet caramel, spicy alcohol, pine resin, light fruitiness of melons and raisins. Pretty mellow mouthfeel. Pleasant flavor profile with strong malts starting out before the hosp coming in to relieve and eventually close. Not extemely bitter in the finish and not the biggest beer in the world, but certainly pleasant and worth visiting again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2004
dark red in color. more carbonation than im used to for a barley wine- but regardless- it was good. fruity smell, and a nice hoppy aftertaste. not as good as old stock ale by any means- but damn good. for brooklyn beers, ill take a black chocolate stout please.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Beautyful red amber color with just the right thickness head to make it reasonable. Aroma isnt terrible interesting, mostly barley malt and a tad of other side notes. Flavor hides the 11 percent nicely, and is a quite reasonable barley wine. Im not a huge fan of the end to this beer, it is a little more of a bitter bite than the warming feeling I have experienced in other brews (old horizontal comes to mind.) Regardless, a fine brew that I would not say no to in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5521) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Poured a brownish red color with a small off white head. Malty sweet aroma, spices, clove and some raisons as well. Very sweet taste with alittle alcohol as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Bottled 11-12-03.Aroma is fairly melllow but pleasant.Sweet vinous,estery(as stated).Pours out mohogany,decent short lived head/some spotty lace.Tasting very fruity w/that signature Brooklyn off taste.Very easy drinking clocking in at 11%.Some hops in there well(to lend a needed tingle to the palate).A very enjoyable barley wine.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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