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Brooklyn Monster Ale

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


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RATINGS: 1502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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.

portermax55's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 18, 2008
12oz. bottle. Pours a clear, dark amber color with a thin, white head that dissipates rather quickly. Heavy aromas of hops, tropical fruits, and spice with a faint alcohol hint. Flavor is rather sweet when hitting the mouth, and has a bitter, hoppy finish with hints of sweet fruit and spice as well. Has a very soft, velvety mouthfeel, and the 10.8% is hidden rather well for the most part. Enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (782) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Burgers (239) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (551) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinfull (781) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (470) - 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..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (1493) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (487) - Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2014
2012 bottle. Incredibly sweet nose of caramel, toffee, light oak, and a hint of cinnamon. Pours a clear medium copper. Sweet (almost sugary) taste with caramel, brown sugar, a mellow, boozy acidity, and a bit of sharp oak. Medium body and a bit sweet, watery mouthfeel. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (2963) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2014
"Born in 2012" - Light brown colour with thin but lasting head. Aroma is syrupy sweet with lots of boozy dried fruit rather like a sherry. Flavour is similarly sweet and rich with dried fruit dominating. There are some woody and spicy notes lingering in the background too. Quite thick and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCametron (1730) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle with Benh at the Bow Bar. Good times. Pours Amber with a cream head. Loads of sweetness with a novel ammount of hops to balance it out. I feel that barleywines have a tendency to get sickly after a while so half a 330ml bottle is more than enough for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8389) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2014
(bottle, 35.5cl, vintage 2012) Clear, amber colour with a medium-sized and slightly tanned foamy head. Slightly sour and leathery malty aroma with notes of caramel, as well as fruity aspects of plums, citric hops and a tinge of booze. Sweet flavour, medium to full bodied with a calm carbonation. Slightly syrupy and juicy malty start with dried fruity notes of raisins and fruit cake; moderately sweet and fruity finish with subtle bitter hops and a warming alcoholic strength. Quite easy-going for a Barley Wine. 22.IV.14

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