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Brooklyn Monster Ale

 (RETIRED)
overall
95
77
style
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: 1506   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.


Ferris' rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (3019) - Burnaby, British Columbia, - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle - 2011 Vintage - Sweet caramel, molasses and dark fruits. Clear mahogany with a persistent off white head. Brown sugar, initial sweetness that gets to a bit of bitterness and finishes with alcohol and heat. Flavor of ripened red fruits and brown sugar again. Finish is a bit cloying. A big beer, that is better shared.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrFecesious (920) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (7774) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmykalH04 (34) - - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shain (35) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (835) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours a transparent dark amber with a thin layer of off white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, and booze. Taste of dark fruit and caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Burgers (272) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2014
2012 Clear amber colour with fair head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol and red fruits. Taste mainly sweet. Mouthfeel quite syrupy.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (555) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2014
12 oz bottle that reads ’Born in 2012’ on a sliver background label. This is a rich and hearty lae that lives up to its reputation. What a shame it’s been retired.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinfull (791) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Orange/amber color, medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel , dark fruits , raisins with hint of alcohol. Caramel sweet taste with fruity notes and hoppy bitterness in finish. Full body , low carbonation. Worming , bittersweet aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (478) - Delaware, USA - JUN 18, 2014
2011 bottle..copper red color slight head that dissolves to nothing..nose is sweet.boozy filled with dark fruit..plum..raisins..mouthfeel is full bodied with a lingering presence at first of cigar smoke/character..boozy warmth stays around longer than anticipated..expected this to be a bit smoother..a sipper for sure..decent..

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (1507) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 14, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2014 2012 bottle. Aroma: Intense caramel/toffee malts that have a spirit-like quality; a little citrus lingers in the background. Appearance: Hazy amber pour with a bubbly bone head that dissipates into a bubbly ring. Flavor: A little citrus up front, but the malts don’t wait long to drop the hammer; pretty intense and still has a lot of vigor. Alcohol is pretty apparent. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, flat carbonation, long finish. Overall: Probably opened this one too early; I think it could go for 2-3 more years and have room left for refinement. Still, it didn’t strike me as a peer of the English barleywines i’ve had the pleasure of trying.


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