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Brooklyn Monster Ale

 (RETIRED)
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74
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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: 1559   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2004
2003 Very little head, red body. Nice alcool and malt aroma. Has sweet fruit, malt and alcool flavors.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2004
12oz Bottle No Date This one poures a dark amber with a big head that settles down quickly. Aroma is somewhat vinous and port like. Sweet malt and fruity. Body is medium and smooth. A definate warming sensation is coming on. Slight metallic after taste, sweet not the greatest.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2004
Deep copper with an off-white head. Strong alcohol nose. Reminds of port wine. Fruity. Complex. Very rich. Good barley wine but there are much better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2004
Dark ruby color with medium head from draught. Reminiscent of a Doppelbock with sweet toffee flavors and slightly sour finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 13, 2004
Poured copper with almost no head. A bit of burnt molasses and alcohol aroma. Taste was toffee and even more alcohol. This was indeed a Monster.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2004
Ruby pour with a thin creamy head and spotty lace. Cobweb aromas of sweet malts and sharp hops. Flavor is very similar leaning a bit towards the sour end though. Interesting beer. Thanks to Jay!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 8, 2004
Mahogany ruby color with very light quickly dispersing head and light lacing. The aroma is dusty and malty with some light fruit and hops. The flavor is sweet and tart with a sour type finish. Unique and average barleywine.

4
   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

3.8
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2125) - 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.


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