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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (4412) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle to half-pint glass (2012 vintage; shared with the Mrs.). Looks solid; a mostly transparent deeper orange with off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells sweet and malty with notes of caramel and mild citrus. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. A good example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
subsonic (82) - Pataskala, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
"Aroma is strong and fruity, mainly apple, with a bourbon-like overtone. It pours a clear coppery orange with a thick and rather persistent pale tan head. Fruity, malty flavor has a firm but not vicious alcohol bite and a touch of honey-like sweetness, as well as a bit of hoppy bitterness. Smooth texture has average body and some good fizz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DonutSeducer (20) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Average barley wine. Initial tastes of sweetness opening up to faint citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnar (4863) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle from my European Secret Santa 2013. Pours clear copper with a small off white head. Aroma of rubber glue,caramel and grains.Taste is moderate sweet, plums and alcohol. Full bodied. sticky mouthfeel. Say no more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Umoyk (34) - , - DEC 24, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2014 Really nice. The bottle was a bit more than a year old, so it had developed nutty, sherry-like aromas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (1225) - Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle, 2012 vintage - very slight foamy head, clear medium copper color, earthy hop and malt aroma and flavor, good shot of alcohol, dark fruit notes, pretty complex and good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (660) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours clear amber with no head or lacing. Caramel and orange aroma. Taste has notes of bitter caramel, orange peel, vanilla and smoked cheese...hours or stilton. Finish is bitter and syrupy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geiserich (3102) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle: Dark orange to amber color, low off-white head. Flavor is inetnsive malty, very fruity ( apricot, peach, plums), notes of caramel, roasted malt, candy. Roasty, hop bitter end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewbie (451) - New York, USA - DEC 19, 2013
12oz bottle. 2009 vintage. amber color, thin head, syrupy pour. not much in the aroma, little hop background. sweet tasting, very slick and syrupy in the mouth. caramel, little bit of alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lupulucid (185) - - DEC 16, 2013
Monster is a gentle wallop of boozy goodness. It is friendly and accessible with some charm. It has some grain expression that is appealing and provides some complexity. Overall more balanced than intense or complex... other than the booze part.

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