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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: 1486   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brandon1989 (228) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
(2012) pours a slightly hazy amber color and a medium sized head. the aroma is earthy hops and slightly fruity. the taste was similar with a little bit of booziness in it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2014
2012 vintage. Aroma is mostly boozy, slightly hoppy and sweet fruit. Medium red body, mild bitterness. Alright barley wine, good but not amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mstrcrwly (183) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Pales in comparison to other barleywines..disappointing..especially foran ABV of 10%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttoadee (553) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Deep amber pour, little cloudy, thick controlled head. Beautiful malt on the nose. Chewy sweet. Middle is mild but deep malt. Alcohol is well managed. Beautiful molasses finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (4460) - 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 (4873) - 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 (1229) - 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

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