Desverger (867) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from SuperBest - Clear amber/copper pour with a off-white/beige head. Yeasty, sweet malts, caramel, some slight spice, earthy herbal and floral hops. Not bad.
Temptation (164) - - NOV 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice reddish color, brilliant and transparent, crowned by a little beige head. Aromas to roasted malts, vanilla, some honey, toffee, maybe a coffeish hint. Flavours to toffee, ginger, with a resinous touch to balance. Astringent finish. Not bad, but too dry for the style. I prefer another barley wines, and another Brooklyn brews.
simon_martin (1) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2013 does not count
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
2012 vintage tastes like Special brew (Carlsberg) on steroids. It was terrible! Looked okay, smelt strong, tasted of ass. Best avoided where ever possible (unless you have 2 annoying friends ordering it for you). Just got the taste of ethanol out of my mouth. Love other Brooklyn Beers but not this one, maybe the 2013 vintage will be better??
to14go (26) - ISRAEL - OCT 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown color. Nice sweet alcoholic smell. Heavy body. Really sweet beer. Too bitter for barley wine. Alcoholic finish.
Lukaduke (1472) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage. Pours a nice medium golden color with a finger of eggshell foam that falls of quickly. The nose is caramel, boozy toffee, a bit of vinous fruit. the palate is softening nicely...I recall buying my first 4pk of this before a Phish New Years show @ MSG back in 1998.. I remember chugging all four in line on my way into the venue. I hate that band now but this beer is still delicious... Nice creme brulee roundness and still a boozy bitter edge that is finding its place nicely with age. Looking forward to following the progress of the case in my cellar.
Pyrmir (2419) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from bottle @sbwf13. Clear deep amber with off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, grass, spices, yeast and bubble gum. Taste of caramel, earth, herbal hops, alcohol and faint roasted malts.
Chad9976 (1017) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter. There was no freshness date, though the label indicates it is a 2012 vintage. It cost $2.99 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful, clear hue of copper/burgundy. Plenty of carbonation visible. Pours to a small, off white, soapy head which mostly evaporates and doesn’t lace the glass.
Smell: Confectioner’s sugar, rum, slightly buttery.
Taste: It’s hard to screw up the barleywine style. There’s so much malt used in these types of beers they lend themselves to complexity. And while I wouldn’t say Brooklyn Monster Ale is in any way bad, it’s definitely not on par with some of the greats on the style.
Like most barleywines, Monster is an especially sweet beer. The malty character creates for a taste akin to pure toffee syrup. There seems to be a bit of peanut brittle or other nutty character as well, which imparts some rustic, slightly astringent flavor. I’m not sure how old my bottle is, but I’m surprised to find the hops are still quite strong. There’s a strong bitterness on the finish along with some dryness from the alcohol. While these two components of the palette are indeed enjoyable, they’re not exactly delicious. It’s also rather repetitive - no new flavors develop as the beer warms (believe me, I waited). I could see being a good complement to the right dessert or cheese, but on its own this is just plain good.
Drinkability: I think the name Brooklyn Monster Ale is a bit of hyperbole, since that name would seem imply a beastly brew. In actuality, this beer is quite tame and calm. The mouthfeel is a little thin, though it’s extremely smooth going down. In fact, the aftertaste is rather clean with just some residual dry bitterness. At 10.1% ABV, this beer should feel like a liquid brick, but it drinks like something much tamer. There’s only mild warmth and actual alcohol character to the body. Though one serving is quite satisfactory.
digopossobon (81) - MACAE, BRAZIL - OCT 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Foi direto para a lista das favoritas!!
Cheirosa! Melhor dizendo, perfumada!!! Lúpulo.
Sabor forte de malte, lúpulo e álcool. Delícia!!
Trappist1 (204) - Diest, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Gramercy Tavern NY, bottle 2008. Amber, copper red. almost no head. Nose: old bottle effect. The barley wine finish gives a small sweet tingle. Has a very strong body, sweet, soft, gently, warm, alcoholic. Although five years old, the beer does not feel over its top (tasted in oct ’13). Goes very well with desserts.
marv3mania (127) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Appearance is a dull copper color with a thin tan head which dissipates very quickly. Aroma is lots of rich and sweet malts, caramel, toffee, molasses, and dark fruits. Taste follows the nose, but there is a sharp, warm alcohol taste as well. Definitely a sipper. It’s okay.