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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: 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (503) - Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2014
2012 bottle. Incredibly sweet nose of caramel, toffee, light oak, and a hint of cinnamon. Pours a clear medium copper. Sweet (almost sugary) taste with caramel, brown sugar, a mellow, boozy acidity, and a bit of sharp oak. Medium body and a bit sweet, watery mouthfeel. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (3037) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2014
"Born in 2012" - Light brown colour with thin but lasting head. Aroma is syrupy sweet with lots of boozy dried fruit rather like a sherry. Flavour is similarly sweet and rich with dried fruit dominating. There are some woody and spicy notes lingering in the background too. Quite thick and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCametron (1780) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle with Benh at the Bow Bar. Good times. Pours Amber with a cream head. Loads of sweetness with a novel ammount of hops to balance it out. I feel that barleywines have a tendency to get sickly after a while so half a 330ml bottle is more than enough for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8464) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2014
(bottle, 35.5cl, vintage 2012) Clear, amber colour with a medium-sized and slightly tanned foamy head. Slightly sour and leathery malty aroma with notes of caramel, as well as fruity aspects of plums, citric hops and a tinge of booze. Sweet flavour, medium to full bodied with a calm carbonation. Slightly syrupy and juicy malty start with dried fruity notes of raisins and fruit cake; moderately sweet and fruity finish with subtle bitter hops and a warming alcoholic strength. Quite easy-going for a Barley Wine. 22.IV.14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2259) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle. Nice deep amber with off white head. Resinous aroma, pine, lots of caramel and toffee. Similar flavour, big caramel bomb with some resinous pine. Nice sweetness with a bitter finish. Solid stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (993) - - MAY 17, 2014
Transfer From BA - Poured from bottle into chalice glass. Appearance - Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a head that fades fast and leaves almost no lacing. Smell - Sweet fruits and maple are initially present followed by a bit of citrus and some alcohol. Taste - Sweet dried fruits and breadiness of malt are initially present. Then a nice big cherry flavor hits. These give way to some alcohol taste (but not overbearing) and a small floral hop flavor shining through at the end. Mouthfeel - This is superb. A little sticky; its creamy and thick with the perfect level of carbonation. Wonderful for sitting back and sipping. Overall - A good barleywine which doesn’t break the bank. A good by and perfect for any day with not much going on when you feel sipping away.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (2160) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle at home. Sweet, dry, a little thin, toffee, some light juicy pine, bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gendv138 (1206) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4 ounce draft (2011 vintage) at ChurchKey poured into a snifter. Pours a caramel brown/amber color with off-white head. Aromas of caramel and floral notes. Tasting notes of caramel, pine, floral notes. Medium body with a dry finish. Not as good as I hoped, maybe I’d like this better fresh but since this beer is retired that likely won’t happen.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
miquelcrush (1362) - Granollers, SPAIN - MAY 4, 2014
Cervesa amb poca presència d’escuma, aroma i gust avinat, cada glop és diferent. Cerveza con poca presencia de espuma, aroma y sabor avinado, cada sorbo es diferente.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (1621) - FINLAND - MAY 4, 2014
A copper beer with a quite weak and beige head. The aroma is powerfull, riped fruits and some berries, lots of caramell, strawberries and raspberries, plums, some pine needles, also hint of vanilla and marzipan. Complex and rich aroma. Taste of strong maltyness, slightly caramelly, herbs, some pine needles, the end is dried by bitterness, dry wood and marzipan. A slightly biting end. Full bodied, slippery and smooth to drink. The great and powerfull beer, a complex and easy to enjoy.

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