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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: 1482   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenima (208) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle from 2009 by trade. Raisin and caramell in the aroma. The taste is plums, raisins, caramel and figs. Complex. Great bw! Balanced between sweetness and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghendrix (85) - Cardiff, WALES - MAR 6, 2014
2012. Pours deep amber, very rich, thin white head. Aromas are caramel, apples, fleshy fruits, biscuity malts. Taste is sweet at first, bitter finish, growing more so. Slick mouthfeel, heavy body. Warming alcohol. Pretty good barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hermod (2811) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2014
2012 bottle. Clear, mahogany color, thin white head. Dried fruits, plums, oranges and alcohol in aroma. Somewhat complex, nice. Sticky and alcoholly at first when cold. Plums, bread, hops, brown sugar in flavor. These somehow comes in layer as the beer warms up. Long warming finish. Sipper, and a nice one it is. Classic barley wine. Grows on you with every sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3149) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle. Clear orange pour, thin white head. Aroma of brandy, varnish, pine, sweaty hops and some tangerines. Flavor is quite bitter, some aged hops and a bit spicy. Thick body, low carbonation. Although a bit old, still well drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanscourt (555) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2014
English hop aroma. Flavor of alcohol strikes first. Still cold so might take a little while for other flavors to come to play. Definantly a sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Weezel (104) - Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
2011 bottle. Has stood up well over the years. Aromas are pouring out of honey, big yeast, and blackberries. The taste is cohesive compared to fresh and the alcohol is hidden. Wish there was a little more zing to it. All together really good still.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2014
Dark caramelly pour with a tiny white head. Sweet vinous aroma of plums, apricots, caramel and raisins. Heavy on the sweet side, and not alot of bitterness. Pretty abrupt finish, which has some bitterness to it. All in all, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (239) - - FEB 18, 2014
(2012) Pours a hazy amber. Strong smells of fruits, caramel, and a little earthy. Sweet taste of plums and alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (2582) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2014
Poured medium amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, lightly vinous. Full body, flavour is bitter sweetness, medium nuttiness, plum, alcohol, dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4356) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Definitely has some brown sugar to the aroma more than molasses. The color is a nice orange, quite white head. A pretty good barleywine, it’s sweet at the finish but not overly so. Also, a relatively light body. Tasty.

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