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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1583   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.

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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.

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.

Mads Langtved (2243) - 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.

pivo (2685) - 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.

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.

bu11zeye (13029) - 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.

ABUSEDGOAT (2734) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2005 Well, the Brooklyn yeast didn’t work so well in this brew for me. Not my favorite barley wine.

Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, 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.

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.

Bailz316 (256) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Amber color with tan head that dissipates quickly. Fruity aroma with a strong presence of alcohol. Full bodied beer with sweet finish

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