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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: 1565   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.

DrnkMcDermott's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Found 3 loose bottles of 2011 for $2 each… I know, a 4-pack is just $8.99, but it’s cool that I paid as much for this as for a tallboy of PBR in the same cooler. I can put the other two next to my 2003 bottle for later comparison. Pours a deep amber with a lot of bubbles on the side. Bubbly ecru head that settles quickly. Deep malt with alcohol in the nose. Slight sprinkle of hops in the nose. Taste is mostly strong malts matched to warm alcohol. Basic hop bitterness keeps the malts settled, probably until they smooth further. A nice little barley wine, though I hope some more aging gives it more personality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamaty (1544) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 28, 2015
Ambar anaranjada, de un par de dedos de espuma ocre. Turbia, buen aspecto. Aroma acaramelado con notas de naranja. En boca buen cuerpo y bien de gas.sabor magnifico, de cierto tono licórico, con recuerdo a cointreau, por las notas de naranja. Acaramelada, malteada en la base. Muy cremosa, muy sabrosa. Excelente.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackadutton (65) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Keg at Mother Kelly’s. Pours dark copper orange colour with two finger off white head.Aroma is of caramel, toffee, booze, sherry, dark fruits,leather and tobacco. Taste is of sweet salted caramel, sherry, plums finishing with hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Very good barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (4726) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2015
Keg at mother Kelly’s London. It pours a clean copper color with medium off white head. Aroma is rich sweet with caramel and dark fruits. Taste is sweet and bold with light booze and light tangy red fruits and red wine. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, super tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tognetta (493) - Campinas, BRAZIL - OCT 7, 2015
Vermelho acobreado, espuma de baixa formação e persistência. Aroma com álcool bem presente, uva vermelha presente, bem maltada, açucarada. Paladar de dulçor e álcool intensos. Corpo licoroso, baixa carbonatação. Aftertaste característico de uvas, doce, duradouro.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weordie (479) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2015
Pours brown with little to no head. Aroma is nutty. Quite a nutty flavour too, some red fruits like plum and cherry with a malty finish. One of the better barleywines I’ve had

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (1050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2015
2014 vintage - Draft at Hopcat GR - pours a hazy orange . Mild caramel aroma. Soft fruit notes and sweet caramel , very nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (1396) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2015
The foam is hardly found in this beer. The fragrance is sharp contrast, both fruit, malt and alcohol. A pronounced vinous aroma, which is on par with the best vintage wines I have tasted. And what a taste! It explodes in the mouth with an abundance of fruit (plum, orange, raisin and a lot more). Then enter the alcohol briefly on stage, leaving a good warm feeling before malt sweetness and hop bitterness are united in something I have never tasted better before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilverfoX (840) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2015
a bottle from 2012, smells of cigars and old leather, malt and butterscotch, dark cloudy amber brown colour with some foamy off-white head. is sweet at first with whats left of the hops giving a little kick in the finish, flavours of vanilla, cherry and cigar smoke and maple smoked bacon? i cant quite pinpoint what it is! very nice and smooth

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shark_Pants (501) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2015
Hazy red-amber with very small ivory head and low carbonation, as anticipated. Aromas of toffee, butterscotch, earthy hops, cognac. The taste has the expected toffee malt dominance, with grassy hop bitterness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rejtable (1929) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2015
1700! Pours clear brown with almost no head and just some spots of lacing. Nose is sweet and leather. Flavours of caramel, brown bread, leather, some ginger maybe. Taste medium sweet, medium bitter. Medium body, somewhat oily with medium carbonation and a long bitter finish.

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