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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: 1516   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (8853) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle: Hazy, light amber coloured, big, table and lacy off-white head; dried fruits - mainly raisins - and caramel and nuts in the nose, "woody" hops in the background; medium to full bodied, moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, a bit sticky, but soft; lingering sweet-fruity finish, caramel and molasses included; gets drier in the bitter-sweet aftertaste. Very nice drop...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (4082) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - APR 23, 2014
Honestly said I expected way more. Way more fruits, way more deepness, way more grapes, way more deepness. This one is drinkable, it is quaffy, but it lacks some aromas I expected. Yet, it has its berries and alcohol, some raisins and nuts. But not enough of them. Or maybe not enough to make that one more enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
McTapps (4082) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - APR 22, 2014
Pours out of the bottle in a hazy brown colour with low airy head and medium to smooth body. Aroma of raisins and barley. Taste of raisins, rum, plums, barley, hops, straw and dark berries. Light sour but also little bit thin and watery finish with lots of dried fruits in the end. Nice one but no excellent one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1296) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 22, 2014
Small bottle. Terrible label. Nose is metal, caramel, citrus. Flavour is metal and toffee, bitterness is well balanced but pretty metallic tbh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erasmus_ro (1369) - Alabama, USA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle, 18/04/14. Pours a rich and dark amber with a good-sized, off-white head. Aroma is somewhat vinous, loads of caramel, a bit sherry-like. Taste is a lot of caramel, stinginess, some pine, some dark fruitiness, fairly sweet, light salty liquorice. Full with medium carbonation. An alright barley wine, but nothing that really sets it apart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BLADT (625) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 7, 2014
From 2012 bottle. Dark, hazy orange. Thin head. Large, boozy nose of butterscotch candy, dried orange peel and mild smoke. Wet, yet viscous mouthfeel. Loads of malts, unflavored kvass, cheery liquor, and vanilla syrup. Everything is dessert wine sweet. A real sipper. Full bodied. Overall, more complex than it is good, but still enjoyable. An enjoyable end to an evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TEOlogen (10) - - APR 3, 2014
................................ Nice ale! ......... Ish................ But a wee bit strong.......... Volat Percutit Revertitur!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2377) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber with beige head. Ripe fruit aroma: raisins, plum, pear cooked with wine, some cinnamon and a little soy. Alcoholic, a little vinuous. Full body, smooth, long, fruity, a little alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2014
bottle. deep amber with small head. big boozy barleywine. booze lightens as it warms, but is still out front in every sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (7397) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlichoranges Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr süß malzig, Karamell, holzig, alkoholisch. Geschmack angenehm malzig fruchtig, wärmend, Karamell, alkoholisch.

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