overall
92
70
style
Formerly brewed at Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Brooklyn, New York USA
Serve in Snifter

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1584   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, crme brulee and good cigars.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 I didnt 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 dont 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2677) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (13011) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2682) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2005 Well, the Brooklyn yeast didnt work so well in this brew for me. Not my favorite barley wine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Bottle: (2003) Aroma of caramel and sour apple. Pours a transparent real dark amber with a white head with good retention. Caramel and banana bread malts up front with a citrus hop finish. A little metaliic vinous flavor sneaks into the finish and hurts the score.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2005
Pours mahogany brown, with almost no head. Aroma is of rasins and and sherry. Taste of caramel malts, rasins, and slightly hoppy. It feels almost oily in the mouth. Aftertaste starts fullbodied, and fades slowly, and leaves a warming from the alcohol.


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