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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

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RATINGS: 1481   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.


AlabastorJones' rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Clear ruby orange color with no head, aroma is sweet malt, barley, flavor is english/scottish yeast and sweet barley malt, super malty but well balanced with strong bitters, very much like a scottish we heavy, dark fruit esters, dry finish, tasty


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BLADT (195) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TEOlogen (9) - - APR 3, 2014 does not count
................................ Nice ale! ......... Ish................ But a wee bit strong.......... Volat Percutit Revertitur!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2001) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2549) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (5300) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2414) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2014
14 mar 2014, bottle. Amber, clear, some steady bubbles. Nose is rich, golden syrup, yellow raisins, big alcohol. Med body, mildly fizzy, a tad syrupy. Fruitcake. Raisins, nuts, alcohol. Really good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
c0fein (107) - FINLAND - MAR 12, 2014
330ml bottle 2012 @ home. From Saveur Biere. Production date 3242.

Fine pale see-through reddish colour. Low circle foam goes around the glass. Good taste but I miss more intense grip. Feels first too simple but gets much better when getting warmer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Satyroneto (59) - - MAR 10, 2014
Cor de cobre com leves tons de rubi; espuma levemente amarela de baixa fermentação e baixa persistência; Aroma de caramelo, frutas vermelhas, alcool e um toque de brandy (complexo); Paladar de caramelo, conhaque e álcool com um final de intensos amargor e álcool; retrogosto alcóolico e amargo; licoroso. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciaranc (706) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 8, 2014
12oz bottle from Redmond?s. Clear copper amber, fine big frothy head. Intense, resiny, malty nose, glace cherry, sherry, perfume and alcohol. Flavour is sweet stewed fruits, sweet malt, more cherry. Heavy body, middling carbonation. Warning finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenima (208) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle from 2009 by trade. Raisin and caramell in the aroma. The taste is plums, raisins, caramel and figs. Complex. Great bw! Balanced between sweetness and bitterness.


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