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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: 1572   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.

tone77's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2012
Pours a pretty deep caramel color with amber highlights. Smell is of fruits, alcohol. Taste is alcohol up front, some malts and fruit, more alcohol at the finish. Overall not bad, but a bit to alcohol forward for my liking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1120) - 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (8047) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (5466) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (17461) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11530) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (3881) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thmsboyd (191) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2016
355mL bottle BBE: Nov 2014 (aged). Lightly chilled (approx. 12 degrees). Pours a cloudy chestnut-ruby body with small, tight, creamy fawn head giving full coverage. Sweet, high intensity nose of dried fruit and assorted candy including mint, liquorice and butterscotch, with herbal/basil notes and a more onion-like character also present. A high-medium maple sweetness is balanced by a light bitter chocolate and the high abv, which lends a gentle warming, spirit-like quality. Full-bodied with a thick, almost syrupy texture, carbonation is low-medium, and the finish is long and warming. An incredibly complex ale that conceals its high abv well. Comparisons to a sweet sherry are inevitable, and this would undoubtedly hold its own against the very best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamaty (1749) - 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 (5739) - 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

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