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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: 1572   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westchesterco (1664) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2015
On draft at madfox it is a golden amber color with slight head. The aroma is a sherry and the taste is a sweet flavor that resonates bitter sweet in the finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (3762) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2015
Bottle. Hallamshire House, Sheffield. 2012. Clear amber. Halo of white head. Big, sweet, caramel malts. Dried vine fruits. Fairly boozy. Hint of banana esters. It’s big, but not necessarily complex. Taste is dry. Light sweet. Some bitterness at the end. Chewy, full palate. Finishes boozy, long dry, and light bitter. Decent, especially with a piece of peanut butter chocolate cake...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (6671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2014
2010 vintage on tap at the Petrol Station. Somewhat hazy burnt orange with its own inner glow. Small off white foamy cap. Big nose of a slightly metallic bite but also lots of copper malt and fruity ester toast. Big malty flavor of almond and toast and some light tree fruit esters and booze. Not very sticky but it has a very slight metallic twang at the end but it’s still enjoyable. Nice boldness yet quaffable. Lots of light toffee malt and almond tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jw0406 (1050) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2014
12 oz bottle pours a burnt orange color with a small white head. 2011 vintage. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, light spice. Full bodied, time has balanced it out nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2576) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Pours hazy amber with next to no head. Aroma and taste of caramel, dark fruits and a little citrus. Smooth and sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (3618) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 9, 2014
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- 2012 bottle. Hazy dark amber with a thin rim head, thin streamers of lace. Mild aroma of malt and caramel. Taste is strong dark toasted malt with fruit cake candied fruit and light spice that becomes only moderately hopped on the swallow, with the malt taking over again for a long finish. Big, bold, very tasty, but a lot to deal with. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2828) - 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 (221) - 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 (1026) - 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 (1135) - 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.

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