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Brooklyn Monster Ale

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Formerly brewed at Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Brooklyn, New York USA
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


GSH1976's rating

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GSH1976 (208) - Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Pours a clear, light colored copper color with little foam. Aroma is sweet with caramel malt and dark fruits evident along with alcohol. Taste is sweet but not overpowering with a little bitterness in the finish. The body is medium. Not a bad beer but it lacks the complexity of many other barleywines.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (3842) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"barleywine is like pizza - a so so one is still a good beer, and that’s what happened here. very fruity (good) but rather lacking in complexity and hops (bad). pretty reddish in color (good) but thin for a bw. 2009 bottle a slight disappointment."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillemsUrenkel (532) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - SEP 29, 2014
12 fl. oz. bottle, 2012, from Bierzwerg. A dark amber in the glass, nearly no head. Alcohol and dark fruity wood on the nose. Starts smooth, dark fruity, heavy cookie sweetness, malt, alcoholic warming. Hop and bitterness in the second row. Nearly no carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2167) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2014
From a bottle recently purchased. Pours hazy reddish copper with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like very dry raisin, astringent alcohol, earthy, a little nutty, cracker malt. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like alcohol, dried fruit, earth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (555) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Pours a hazy amber with light white head. Has a strong dark fruit and caramel. A very thick and syrup-y beer with raisins, other dark fruits, malts, caramel, and high alcohol. A fruity malt aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
355 ml bottle. Pours a clear orange copper with a short lived beige head. Aroma is tons of malt, caramel, barley, brown sugar. Flavor is brown sugar, overripe fruits, burnt caramel, toasty, barley candy. Finish is lemoney, herbal, more soft than bitter. Lingering barley candy, overripe fruit and toast. Full body, soft mouthfeel, weak to average carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (753) - SPAIN - AUG 24, 2014
Botella de 35,5 cl, adquirida en Slainte. Color ambar. Sabor a malta, caramelo, dulce, ligeramente a alcohol. Buena Barley Wine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mile (3007) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle (10,1%). Dark golden, hazy, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate to full, malty - lightly grainy and sugary sweetish aroma, some caramel and dark fruits, light herbal hoppyness and alcohol. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel and light dark fruits, light - some herbal hoppyness, light alcohol. Finish is average, malty - lightly grainy and sweetish, light caramel and light dark fruits, light - some herbal hoppyness, light - some alcohol. BW with caramel and decent bitterness. Not big fan of the style, but this one is not overly too sweet (with help from 10,1% and bitterness).

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ffaoe (237) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Strong malt aroma. Light brown and hazy. Little head. Taste is strong but balanced.

3.3
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnicolaescu (800) - 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.


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