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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

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RATINGS: 1576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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.


bellychugsbeer's rating

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
bellychugsbeer (9) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Pours a oak colored amber. Very little head. Strong taste hop taste but has hits of fruit flavor as well.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (2154) - Hagen, GERMANY - SEP 21, 2016
0.355 l bottle from ’Rudat’ at 10.1% abv, bottled in November 2012 (almost four years old). Clear, deep reddish amber with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, off-white head. Sweetish, malty and slightly fruity aroma of toffee, treacle, raisins, prunes and vanilla. Rather sweet, malty and a bit fruity taste of toffee, vanilla, treacle, raisins, orange peel, cinnamon and prunes, followed by a medium long, rather bitter, quite warming and a bit alcoholic finish. Full body, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Really nice sipper, held up fantastically. Not overly complex or sophisticated, but quite intense and with a lovely mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (6180) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle: Thanks Owen: Served in a Duvel glass: Creamy head. Warm nutty amber red body. Nose of malts, soap, little iron, some caramel, some grains, hints of prunes, something plastic ish and bread. Flavours of bitters, malts, little alcohol tint, caramel, some toast, bread, hints of grains and dried prunes and some caramelised crust... Aftertaste is bitter, malty, toast, bread, crust and nutty with dried prune sprinkles. Low carbo, creamy silky close to oily mouthfeel, more than medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jacobarts (76) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2016 355ml. Bottle at unibar. Wierd color almost no head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, alcohol. Taste is sweet and spicy aftertaste of alchohol. Good beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dorkenstein (424) - - JUN 11, 2016
Floral aromas and alcohol, bread and raisin skin too. Taste is bread, floral hops, caramel, raisin, brown sugar, orange peel, and alcohol.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1427) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2016
En god barley wine. Den er ikke sprittet i smagen til trods for den høje procent, har lavt kulsyre indhold, og er i det hele taget en god øl der helt klart godt kan nydes alene (altså uden mad)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (9220) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
Bottle shared at Daniels place. 20/02/2016. Many thanks to Daniel for this one. Nice bright dark orange amber coloured pour with a fine cream coloured head . Aroma is solvent, amber, brown sugars and orange rind. Flavour is composed of semi sweet, rounded malts, little orange, tangy, rounded a little hot. Palate is semi sweet, semi drying moderate carbonation. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6330) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2016
330ml bottle shared at home in Richmond, as ’Brooklyn Monster Ale’, 10.8%, 2012 vintage. Dark amber orange, clear, still, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is dried orange and toffee, resin, some booze. Body is smooth, rounded, soft carbonation. Taste is boiled sweets, honey, sherry, resinous and dry into the finish. A pretty nice barley wine overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle shared at the Richmond tasting - many thinks to Daniel. Vintage 2012. Pours clear honey-orange with a creamy, off-white head. Toasted biscuits in the nose, some pine and marmalade, hints of earth. Medium sweet flavor with ripe, gooey citrus fruits, orange, some melon, papaya, moderate loose piney bitterness. Medium to full bodied, creamy, with fine carbonation. Warming finish with rich bready malts, some further oily pine, marmalade, tangerine, a bit of rindy bitterness. Very good stuff. Has aged nicely.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12504) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
2012 bottle in Richmondo. Thanks to Danny. It pours clear rich oily orange - amber with a small white head. The nose is rich, oily, fruit cake, candied peel, dried apricot, honeyed grain, alcohol heat, marzipan and candy. The taste is rich, oily, chewy, fruit cake, apricot, peach, warming alcohol, earth, spice and wood with a warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth - feel. Not a huge amount is depth, but you get a good boost.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4267) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2016
12 oz 2009 bottle served in a clear goblet (from 2011 notes). Pours a hazy reddish amber with a coat of bone head that quickly reduces to a lasting ring. Aroma - quite boozy. My 2 most recent tastings (Hopslam and Trois Pistoles) had ABVs nearly as high but smelled less boozy. All is not bad here, however, and the alcohol odors are accompanied by some nice fruity tones and the smell of toasted malt. Taste - not as nearly as boozy as the aroma suggests, at first, with a nice toasted malt taste. This is soon overpowered and replaced by a sherry or port-like finish. Insufficient aftertaste. Insufficient hops, even for the English style. Improved with warming. M - smooth but perhaps a bit too thin and very slightly unpleasant effects of alcohol on the tongue. Noticeable warming on the way down. Semi-dry. O - no question I enjoyed this, but I’m hoping to find more appealing examples of this fairly unfamiliar style.


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