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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: 1506   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Big malty hoppy aroma. Head was fairly short-lived. Clarity was only fair. Tasted Monster 2000 in Nov. of 2003 but it still had plenty of higher alcohols. Hard to believe but it still tasted "young."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (29135) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2003
[Vintage 2001 sampled November 12, 2003] The aroma is sweet malty with notes of alcohol, and apples. A fantastic aroma. The color is dark amber and it has a beutiful though disappearing head. The flavor is slightly fruity and sweet malty in the beginning with good notes of slightly sour apples, bananas, and burnt caramel. In the middle a slight but undistingable alcohol runs over the tongue. It starts out gently but explodes in a cascade of flavor impressions in the end. A beer doesn't get much better than this. Great thanks to Garret Oliver for bringing this one to Denmark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2003
2003 Bottle. Smelled of biscuits and alcohol. Very sweet and malty with a mild alcohol taste, which is to be expected. This is a very warming drink. I would have liked more hops in this, especially in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Ah, now this is a tasty beverage. A bw with lots of character and personality. A very fruity, yet subdued, malty and full of enjoyable qualities. The flavor also has some nice hoppiness, not nearly enough, but enough to be noticed. This was great to drink on a chilly night. Would be great to keep in a flask.

   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 (2612) - 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 (7634) - 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.

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