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Formerly brewed at Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Brooklyn, New York USA
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RATINGS: 1568   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.

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3.4
Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2005
Bottle courtesy of The Beer Cellar 2. Pours dark amber with a medium sized beige head. Had a fruity aroma and flavor to it. Finished a little too metallic.

3.5
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2005
Purplish dark brown color with a small head that really doesnt exist. 2004 edition. just like a woody malty aroma with a solid flavor that was like red licorice and finished with red hots. Impressive i must say and different for the style.

4.4
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2005 Just had a bottle of the ’03. Aged wonderfully and still maitained it’s balance and poise. I can certainly taste the light sherry-vanilla element in the wine. Not a ridiculous hop monster anymore the IBU’s are very intergrated leading to a clean and non-syrupy finish that so many don’t have. Every time I have an aged barley wine I am reminded of how a good beer can reward patience.

3.4
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 I didn’t detect the alcohol at all, possibly my palate was diminished from drinking a few beers earlier in the evening. What I did detect, though, was that sickiningly sweet dark fruit finish that is indicitive of a barleywine that I don’t think is well balanced. Monster Ale is sweet and may have tasted better with certain foods or as an after dinner beer rather than by itself. Still have five left so if it improves I will rerate.

3.5
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle from Styles. Copperish color with a decent white head. Fruity and sweet aroma. Well balanced East coast style BW. Medium bodied. Alcohol is blended fairly well but noticeable. Decent.

3
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Caramel and burnt sugar are the intial tones that hit the palate. Smooth but very warming due to the abv, a nice winter ale or after dinner drink.

3.5
Mads Langtved (2240) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2005
An average Barley Wine. Quite alcoholic and strong. Not very well-balanced. Lacks some more diversity in the flavour. However a nice and warming beer.

4.2
pivo (2688) - GERMANY - MAR 15, 2005
Lovely fruity toasted malt nose, clear ruddy amber color, low tight creamy head. Fruity apricot-like body. Sweet caramelly malt. Late arriving dull but broad bitter. Impeccable balance. Light, yet bold and very controlled. Good show.

3.8
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
Truely a sweet beer. I have a soft spot for barley wines and this one as well. I must admit, that allthough its good, i have had better. Hints of nuts, malt and cirtus = sweet, bitter and sour. A good beer, but not the best barley wine.

3.3
bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2005
(Bottle, 2004 vintage) Pours a clear dark copper body with a small off-white head. Aroma of mlat, caramel, grass, fruit, and alcohol. Flavor of fruit, caramel, and alcohol. Slick, alcoholic texture with a warming finish.


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