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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: 1516   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2003
malty/sweet aroma. i really enjoyed the flavor of this one. there is a perfect balance of bitterness, maltiness, and sweetness. The alcohol flavor is really well hidden. delicious.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2003
Very fat beer, a little rough on the throat, with all that alcohol. Aroma of brandy and sugar and a slightly grassy taste. Definitely in baby liqueur territory here with all that raisiny, brandy flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2003
2003 bottle. Deep amber color with a small light brown head. Malty rasin and alcohol aroma. Strong malt and alcohol flavor followed by a nice hoppy bitterness. Could use some aging to smooth out the edges.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1853) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2003
2003 Bottle: The beer is a dark amber color. There was a bit of a head, but it went away almost immediately. There is a sweet aroma to it. It seems to be comprised of many different fruits. Also a hint of alcohol to the nose. It has a rich, sweet malty taste. Slightly syrupy, with a hint of alcohol coming through. Very rich and warming. I'm glad I let this sit for about a year to mature. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Pretty nice beer. Big in taste has a barleywine nose. Nice warming beer. Clear caramel color. enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2003
2003 bottle. I like this much more than I remember, and it hasn't even aged. Maybe this years is the best yet, who knows. Clear carmel brew. Big Barleywine nose. Flavor is big and malty. Appropriate alcohol notes are there. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2003
ruby weds terra-cotta in this head-shy monstrosity. the lace is dotty and temporal, and staggers home in an uncertain descent, numbed by the rising fumes of alcohol. the nose is candy-bar caramels and scotch malts with rose and praline, all trying to distract you from a vast open-air pit of alcohol. on my first sip, i involutarily said "ouch" -- but in a nice way. it was in response to a gentle but warning bite-- reminding me to take it slowly. as a brassy liqueur of honey and the resin of ancient vanilla trees, it's convincing-- but that sharp-toothed carbonation confirms it's a beer. like an ipa is a celebration of hops, this libation is a fine celebration of the too -often denigrated but essential component of beer: the ABV. here it is, dominating the lightly citrus heath bar flavors and moderate bitterness. the demi-bourbon puissance lifts the hops right into your sinuses. like the maligned hunchback of notre dame, this monster has far more nuance and sensitivity than the brutish form may suggest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2003
2003: Malt and vanilla nose. Really thick syrup type of palate. Had a tobacco, pipe, smoke, wet cigarette taste. Didn't notice much of the alcohol. Nice thick flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6038) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 RERATE: 2003 bottle at blind tasting hosted by kp cellar: Nose seemed a bit medicinal and soapy around the edges. After 4+ years it still seems too young and brash. I am not holding much hope that this beer will improve over any more time. AR -2, AP +1

Original review(3.4): 2003 version, thanks Joe for the tasting: Amber hue with a small head and almost no lace. The aroma made up for the appearance. Nice spruce, floral hops, toasted malt, doughy yeast, apple, smoke, vanilla, smoky and lighty alcohol nose. The initial taste was sweet, fruity and had a dusty undertone, unique! Then I got a biting acidic and alcoholic finish, a touch rough but should smooth out with age. Despite being rough around the edges, this brew was still easy to drink for a Barley Wine and should age gracefully over the next year or two. If you have a bottle of the 2003, I recommend letting it set for a spell.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2003
2000 Millenium bottled edition - released by UncleJimbo. Nice clouded dark caramel chestnut brown with a thin, soft, fluffy, momentary tannish head, lace fleeting in semblance if at all. Aroma is pretty full and packed with a good amount of darkened fruits, raisin, plum, fig, black currant, and cherry with a brandy-like alcohol misting off and covering the overall quality with notes of horse blanket mustyness, leather, and ethanol. Taste is pretty smooth and mellowing, malts are ample, warming as hell, whew...lots of warming in this one. A little too much for me on this one. Flavors are malty sweet with dark fruits of raisin and plum, with notes of cherry, low sweetness, a bit chewy in the finish which was nice, some caramel comes through. A very slight hop bitterness comes through as well. But overall the flavors are a bit short lived in appearance. Would like to have it roam around some more before it decides to fade, which it does a bit to quickly. As it warmed it gained some length, which helped me enjoy a bit more. Feel is pretty darn creamy and soothingly easy, smooth, a bit gripping near the middle, builds like smoke, but mildly biting overall with some light chewyness. After each sip I swear I was breathing fire out my nose. What an amazing effect. Whew...this is one barleywine that messes with your head. Boozy, potent, warming, "monster" sipper...whew... I need to sit down... I don't know if I'll be able to get back up. Wow. I'm done.

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