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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: 1577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4336) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2016
12 oz 2009 bottle served in a clear goblet (from 2011 notes). Pours a hazy reddish amber with a coat of bone head that quickly reduces to a lasting ring. Aroma - quite boozy. My 2 most recent tastings (Hopslam and Trois Pistoles) had ABVs nearly as high but smelled less boozy. All is not bad here, however, and the alcohol odors are accompanied by some nice fruity tones and the smell of toasted malt. Taste - not as nearly as boozy as the aroma suggests, at first, with a nice toasted malt taste. This is soon overpowered and replaced by a sherry or port-like finish. Insufficient aftertaste. Insufficient hops, even for the English style. Improved with warming. M - smooth but perhaps a bit too thin and very slightly unpleasant effects of alcohol on the tongue. Noticeable warming on the way down. Semi-dry. O - no question I enjoyed this, but I’m hoping to find more appealing examples of this fairly unfamiliar style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thmsboyd (193) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2016
355mL bottle BBE: Nov 2014 (aged). Lightly chilled (approx. 12 degrees). Pours a cloudy chestnut-ruby body with small, tight, creamy fawn head giving full coverage. Sweet, high intensity nose of dried fruit and assorted candy including mint, liquorice and butterscotch, with herbal/basil notes and a more onion-like character also present. A high-medium maple sweetness is balanced by a light bitter chocolate and the high abv, which lends a gentle warming, spirit-like quality. Full-bodied with a thick, almost syrupy texture, carbonation is low-medium, and the finish is long and warming. An incredibly complex ale that conceals its high abv well. Comparisons to a sweet sherry are inevitable, and this would undoubtedly hold its own against the very best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamaty (1915) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 28, 2015
Ambar anaranjada, de un par de dedos de espuma ocre. Turbia, buen aspecto. Aroma acaramelado con notas de naranja. En boca buen cuerpo y bien de gas.sabor magnifico, de cierto tono licórico, con recuerdo a cointreau, por las notas de naranja. Acaramelada, malteada en la base. Muy cremosa, muy sabrosa. Excelente.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackadutton (65) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Keg at Mother Kelly’s. Pours dark copper orange colour with two finger off white head.Aroma is of caramel, toffee, booze, sherry, dark fruits,leather and tobacco. Taste is of sweet salted caramel, sherry, plums finishing with hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Very good barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (6741) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2015
Keg at mother Kelly’s London. It pours a clean copper color with medium off white head. Aroma is rich sweet with caramel and dark fruits. Taste is sweet and bold with light booze and light tangy red fruits and red wine. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, super tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tognetta (744) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - OCT 7, 2015
Vermelho acobreado, espuma de baixa formação e persistência. Aroma com álcool bem presente, uva vermelha presente, bem maltada, açucarada. Paladar de dulçor e álcool intensos. Corpo licoroso, baixa carbonatação. Aftertaste característico de uvas, doce, duradouro.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weordie (874) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2015
Pours brown with little to no head. Aroma is nutty. Quite a nutty flavour too, some red fruits like plum and cherry with a malty finish. One of the better barleywines I’ve had

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (1113) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2015
2014 vintage - Draft at Hopcat GR - pours a hazy orange . Mild caramel aroma. Soft fruit notes and sweet caramel , very nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (1464) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2015
The foam is hardly found in this beer. The fragrance is sharp contrast, both fruit, malt and alcohol. A pronounced vinous aroma, which is on par with the best vintage wines I have tasted. And what a taste! It explodes in the mouth with an abundance of fruit (plum, orange, raisin and a lot more). Then enter the alcohol briefly on stage, leaving a good warm feeling before malt sweetness and hop bitterness are united in something I have never tasted better before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2015
a bottle from 2012, smells of cigars and old leather, malt and butterscotch, dark cloudy amber brown colour with some foamy off-white head. is sweet at first with whats left of the hops giving a little kick in the finish, flavours of vanilla, cherry and cigar smoke and maple smoked bacon? i cant quite pinpoint what it is! very nice and smooth

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