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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: 1566   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2771) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2014
A few years vintage. Into a snifter at cellar temperature. Misted, chestnut orange, still with no head after a short settle. There is plump, pale stonefruit and caramelised citrus on the nose along with notes of pear, Sauvignon grapes, sherry, soft alcohol spice. On the palate it is sherryish, vinous, boozy and slightly buttery with enough caramelised fruit to keep it lifted. Sweet, fortified notes, Muscat and Moscato, dwindle long between heated sips. Light perfume. Moderate carbonation shifts its medium body along nicely. Slow sipping stuff, but nothing complex here. Wanted more as I love this brewery. (35,5cL, BBE 11/14, Mane Liquor, Belmont)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yumyum (219) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Initial tasting of a fresh bottle left me disappointed. Found it almost medicinal in nature. Retried a 2012 bottle and found it to be quite good. Alcohol has mellowed as expected and the melding of flavours makes it quite enjoyable. Pperfect amount of carbonation for the style. Surprisingly. Good retention with respect to the lacing. Wouldn’t recommended this as a fresh botle which I guess won’t be an issue since it is retired. Couple xyesrs makes a world of. Difference. Mostly caramel and dark fruits. At one point I swear I picked up a hint of cherry in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (994) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
2012 bottle. Pours a clear, bright ruby/caramel with a ring of a head. Aroma is sweeter with big caramel, bread, dark fruits, and almost a brandy barrel. Taste is sweet but balanced. Bready biscuit with caramel, dark fruits, and a bit of fruityness, probably from the yeast. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. A but syrupy in the mouth with a mild alcohol warmth. Overall very tasty. Caramel and dark fruits with a great mouth feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elbernays (1050) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle at home from drinkstore. Pours cloudy chestnut with tan head that disappears. Aroma is malts, caramel, hazelnut, liquorice, alcohol. Flavour is caramel sweet malt, raisin. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. ABV managed well. Nice for style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (811) - New York, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottled in 2007. So it is a 7 year old beer. Color is murky brown caramel. Little to no lacing. Aroma is amazing. Caramel, figs, vanilla, toffee. Flavor is similar. Caramel, figs, toffee. As expected, very little hop presence. Slight hop finish. Very slight. Almost cask-beer mouthfeel. Can’t believe how well this held up. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rayaron (1060) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle 330ml. Hazy reddish-orange with small beige head. Quite intense sweet aroma, raisin, fruity (peach, apricot), syrupy, dulce de leche, some herbs, faint onion notes, some alcohol notes. Very sweet flavor, bourbon, quite alcoholic, sugary, raisin notes, some fruitiness, milky, syrupy, slightly buttery. Creamy texture, light carbonation, medium to full-bodied. Very good although it’s too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (3551) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2014
bottle. didn’t realize this whael was retired. Aroma is slightly oxidized and papery. Taste is lightly peppery. otherwise kind of flat. meh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (710) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2014
12oz bottle from 2011 to snifter. Nice malty barleywine with low hop bitterness. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (2213) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2014
Pours deep caramel with a medium off white head. Aromas of caramel, ripe apple, figs, dates, toffee, prunes. Taste is caramel, figs, dates, ripe apple, prunes, toffee. Mouthfeel is quite smooth with low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (1155) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2014
I was pleased to find this on tap on the South Side of Chicago. Pours a clear caramel color with small off-white head and not much lacing. Aroma is full of fruitcake, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste is sweet with a bitter boozy finish. Body is full. This one is a sipper for sure.

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