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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: 1546   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mithe (969) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 5, 2014
(Bottle 0,355l)
Aroma : Fruity, alcohol, spicy.
Appearance : Hazy golden-orange color. Almost none head.
Taste : Alcohol, spicy, medium sweet, some fruits, light caramel, medium bitter.
Palate : Medium-full body. Spicy, strong alcohol warm finish.
Overall : Very strong, warming, sipping beer. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrDrood (37) - GERMANY - NOV 2, 2014
2012er Barleywine mit stolzen 10,1% Umdrehungen. Kupferfarben mit leicht bräunlicher Krone. Malziges Aroma, etwas Honig und Karamell. Im Mund wieder Malz und Karamell, Bratapfel und Sherry. Schöne Nachspeise nach einem guten Essen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukasmh (284) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear copper golden with creamy half finger beige head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, malts and lot of dried fruits(raisins). Subtle fresh hops. Some port notes. Taste is medium sweet for the style, malts, burnt sugar and dark fruits. Finish has some fresh dry hoppy bitterness. Medium body and some booze. Warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eduardovl (992) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 330ml bottle served in a tulip glass. A: Pours a beautiful deep clear amber color forming a small yellow head. Low retention and only few lacings left S: Sweet and fruity in the nose. Toffee and caramel. Dark fruits. Raisins mainly. End is composed of flowery American hops T: Sweet as a barley wine should be. Fruity too. Toffee. Caramel malts backbone. End is bitter hoppyness. Not much of alcohol can be felt given the high ABV. Warming beer. Molasses M: Full creamy molasses body. Low carbonation. Sweet upfront and a hoppy bitter aftertaste O: Good drinkability. Good quality Brooklyn beer [ BA Review @ 8/15/2012 ]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobyFischer (118) - FRANCE - OCT 14, 2014
Grand Barley Wine, robe ambrée surmontée d’une mousse blanc cassé. Au nez : fruits secs et puissantes notes de houblon cascade et d’alcool.Bouche complexe, multitude de saveurs : Malt, banane, caramel grillé et notes madérisées (vin cuit, vin doux). Explosif !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaboon (1659) - FINLAND - OCT 4, 2014
Pours copper with white head. Aroma is fruitcake, sherry, floral, citrus and forest. Odd. Flavour is fruitcake, medium to heavy sweet, light to medium bitter and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heather_B (25) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Smells super freaking boozy. Looks like dark caramel. Tastes super boozy but manageable since this is 4 years old. Not bad, though. Thanks, Adam.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6286) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"barleywine is like pizza - a so so one is still a good beer, and that’s what happened here. very fruity (good) but rather lacking in complexity and hops (bad). pretty reddish in color (good) but thin for a bw. 2009 bottle a slight disappointment."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillemsUrenkel (729) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - SEP 29, 2014
12 fl. oz. bottle, 2012, from Bierzwerg. A dark amber in the glass, nearly no head. Alcohol and dark fruity wood on the nose. Starts smooth, dark fruity, heavy cookie sweetness, malt, alcoholic warming. Hop and bitterness in the second row. Nearly no carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2722) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2014
From a bottle recently purchased. Pours hazy reddish copper with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like very dry raisin, astringent alcohol, earthy, a little nutty, cracker malt. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like alcohol, dried fruit, earth.

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