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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: 1542   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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ffaoe (269) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Strong malt aroma. Light brown and hazy. Little head. Taste is strong but balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yirg (21) - - AUG 12, 2014
355cc bottle poured into glass. Hazy dark amber color, with small off white light brown head that doesn’t stay for long. Full body, medium-high carbonation. Sweet malty taste. Medium bitterness. High ABV is very obvious. Overall quite nice, but not amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnicolaescu (991) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 11, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2014 BOTTLE 355ML from Boystout’s Israeli aunt. Look: cloudy read-amber, small beige head. Aroma: rich, intense sweet and tart dried fruit - cranberries? Taste: sweet and sour dried fruit, some alcohol, spicy phenolic bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rtrineto (3) - - AUG 2, 2014 does not count
The best barleywine Style that i've ever drinked, great taste awsome aroma. Looks like a nut cake with alcohool. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (2749) - FINLAND - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle. Amber clear-ish. Earthy cedary, sweet dark malty (raisins) nose, some greenery too. Full medium body. Sweet malty, but not too much, smooth dark bread, or cake actually, molasses. Flavourful, nice. As a barley wine a bit dull though. Or could be more intensive. Isn’t cloying or that hard to drink though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1159) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Orange brown hazy pour with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet raisin and caramel. Taste is overly sweet raisin. Burnt raisin if that is even a thing. Very good, just a bit too sweet for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrFecesious (1136) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
2007 bottle. Very cloudy burnt orange and no cap. Aroma of caramel, raisin, slight licorice, candied sugar. Quite oxidized unfortunately. Taste is watered down sweet. Pretty much a bottle of wet paper. Too bad. Was gifted this, so I’m not sure what storage this went through before I got it last year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (8299) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 16, 2014
bottle with thanks to pivnizub! Hazy pale yellow, creamy white head. Hoppy nose. Sweet and malty, quite full-bodied with a touch of alcohol and some grassy-resiny hops. Shy fruity touch, citrus mainly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmykalH04 (35) - - JUL 14, 2014
A- Pours a orangish brown with a light tan head S- Caramal and malt, definately get some sweetness T- Caramel malts with a smooth sweetness to it. M- Medium with good carbonation. O- This beer is very straight forward and if you wanted a barley wine this definately fits the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shain (97) - ISRAEL - JUL 12, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2014 Bottle 355ml. Pours dark clear copper-brown. No head. Weak but pleasant aroma of sweet wine, soy sauce, malt and some banana notes. Mouth feel is velvety and thick, no carbonation, alcoholic and sour tang in top of throat. Taste of wine, complex and rich, sweet, some wine-like tannins and fruity sourness. Alcoholic notes, banana and chocolate liqueur. Weak roasted flavors, some wooden, aged notes. Complex, warming and thick, mostly sweet with gentle bitterness and slight sourness. Very winey/liquery, sherry, fruity. Bitter-sweet tannic after taste. A strong complex sipping beer for wine and liqueur lovers, indeed a barley wine more then a beer. Very good.

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