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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: 1566   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle. Dark golden in colour with a medium sized off-white head. Malty and sweet. The cascade hops dominate the alcohol laden nose. A roasted feel. A slight hoppyness. Notes of dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2007
355 mL bottle (2006). Pours slight hazy amber with an off-white to light brown head. Sweet and and dried fruity aroma, malty as well. Quite fruity, very sweet and hoppy flavour, very strong hoppy finish with a solid bitterness and warming alcohol. Notes of cane sugarish sweetness. Quite complex sweet malt heavy brew with a very strong floral/fruity hops bouquet. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (32172) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2003
[Vintage 2001 sampled November 12, 2003] The aroma is sweet malty with notes of alcohol, and apples. A fantastic aroma. The color is dark amber and it has a beutiful though disappearing head. The flavor is slightly fruity and sweet malty in the beginning with good notes of slightly sour apples, bananas, and burnt caramel. In the middle a slight but undistingable alcohol runs over the tongue. It starts out gently but explodes in a cascade of flavor impressions in the end. A beer doesn't get much better than this. Great thanks to Garret Oliver for bringing this one to Denmark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25068) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2007
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Vintage 2004 at 11% ABV. Vaguely hazy, amber golden with a creamy, yellowish head. Fat aroma of overripe fruit and alcohol. Very full body with a smooth mouthfeel, lots and lots of sweetish caramel and overripe fruit. Lightly oxidized because of age making this very mellow and soft on the palate, madeirasized and a bit low in carbonation. Also the hops have mellowed. This has aged gracefully without losing its potent alcohol. 150506

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
Bottled. Orange colour with a small fast disappearing head. Sweet aroma with lots of sherry, plums, alcohol and with notes of hops. Sweet flavour with hops, plums and alcohol. Nice, but I prefer barley wines with less bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23913) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 29, 2005
Bottled. Dark amber, big beigish foamy head, lacing. Very citric, fruitish aroma with flowery hints. Bitter citric flavour. The following few sips gives a very winelike alcoholic feeling. Not to drink fast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (22307) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2007
Bottled (2005 vintage, 10.8%). Clear amber, brief head. Aroma of rum, fruit annd lightly citric hops. The bodh is rather slim for a beer this size. Grainy malt combines with alcohol and fruit. Hops dries it the finish and provided a lastign salty bitterness. Less hoppy than most American barley wines, instead more balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20855) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2006
Bottle. 2005. Clear dark amber colour with a small tan head. Sweet malty slightly hoppy aroma, with some hints of alcohol. Sweet malty flavor with some dark fruits, raisins, caramel and toffee. Dry bitter aftertaste with some toffee hints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (20066) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
3rd August 2008. Very sweet start, some hints of bubblegum. Saccahrine sweet malt leading to a dry dry finish. A touch of tobacco and a little alcohol warmth. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (19005) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 25, 2009
Bottle at home ... Thanks to Maria ... born 2004 ... Crisp copper ... small rising bubbles to a light foam head ... toffee and little cardboard nose ... rasins ... light plum ... some toffee .. bit over oxidised ... little rum ... some grape.

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