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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: 1506   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3283) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenima (242) - 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 (92) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciaranc (794) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 8, 2014
12oz bottle from Redmond?s. Clear copper amber, fine big frothy head. Intense, resiny, malty nose, glace cherry, sherry, perfume and alcohol. Flavour is sweet stewed fruits, sweet malt, more cherry. Heavy body, middling carbonation. Warning finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Weezel (174) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Satyroneto (92) - - MAR 10, 2014
Cor de cobre com leves tons de rubi; espuma levemente amarela de baixa fermentação e baixa persistência; Aroma de caramelo, frutas vermelhas, alcool e um toque de brandy (complexo); Paladar de caramelo, conhaque e álcool com um final de intensos amargor e álcool; retrogosto alcóolico e amargo; licoroso. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2561) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2014
14 mar 2014, bottle. Amber, clear, some steady bubbles. Nose is rich, golden syrup, yellow raisins, big alcohol. Med body, mildly fizzy, a tad syrupy. Fruitcake. Raisins, nuts, alcohol. Really good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
c0fein (178) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2014
330ml bottle 2012 @ home. From Saveur Biere. Production date 3242.

Fine pale see-through reddish colour. Low circle foam goes around the glass. Good taste but I miss more intense grip. Feels first too simple but gets much better when getting warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanscourt (698) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hermod (3032) - 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.

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