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


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RATINGS: 1567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcrae19 (65) - - FEB 15, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Served in a snifter. Pours a light caramel color with very little head and a slightly sweet aroma of spun sugar, yet not quite to the degree of cotton candy. As for the taste, there’s no mistaking the alcohol in this one. I hoped for more balance and complexity, but the booze overshadows anything else that might be there. I have two more bottles in the fridge, yet I doubt I’ll ever get around to drinking them.

worldbeertaste (1819) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2017
2013 bottle - Clear deep ruby red with a small off-white head. Smells of sweet malt, fruit, toffee, brown sugar, plum, prunes, raisins, vanilla, port, some nutty notes. Sweet taste with a lingering bitter finish that is warming. Tastes of sweet toffee, prunes, plum, with a dry pine note. Medium bodied,

Bill Becker (2055) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 6, 2017
From Mar 2008 I got this in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan! It pours a clear copper with close to a 2 finger head of foam with some nice sticky lacing. After several minutes, the foam shrinks to a fine broken layer. The smell gives me notes of caramel malt and some fruit with just a smidgeon of hops. The taste leans towards the sweet side(appropriate for the style) with heaping helpings of caramel malt working side by side with a nice fruitiness. More sips in and the hops start kicking in for some balance and I'm getting some sherry and more fruit. I'm a fan of English Barleywines and I think this is a pretty darned good example of the style. Nice medium mouthfeel and fairly light in the carbonation, it finishes slightly on the bitter side and has a good long lasting aftertaste. With it snowing outside after it being near 50 degrees yesterday, this was a good choice for my first brew of the day as it does give me a bit of warming after the swallow but other than that, the abv is well hidden. Bottom line: Another very nice brew from Brooklyn that I'd drink again without hesitation. Very true to the style.

Erzengel (9899) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2017
355ml bottle. The beer starts a bit sticky. Deep with an intense fresh fruity layer below. Dry sugars, hints of roast, smooth and mild. Low bitterness with caramelly hints. Sugary sweetish without being too sticky. Very nice and round.

MauroMNetto () - - JUL 20, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2017 Uma das melhores cervejas que já bebi na vida. Corpo perfeito, aroma espetacular e uma combinação de lúpulos dos Deus!

papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2017
***2007 VINTAGE*** Appearance: Apple cider in color but much clearer though (think amber). No head or lacing at all which is a bit disappointing. Smell: Very good aroma of malt & caramel with some dried fruit thrown in there for good measure. Earthy & boozy. Taste: A bit of a letdown compared to the aroma though it gets a bit better as it warms but not too much. Burnt sugar, caramel & leather with spicy overtones that prickle the tongue. Good but not great. Mouthfeel: Smooth with a fair amount of carbonation, more than i expected but calms a bit more as it warms. Feels pretty comfortable. Reviewed on: 03-26-2009

gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2017
Bottle; pours amber orange with an off white head; aroma of fruits, toffee, malt, and hints of pine and sherry; taste is light sweet toffee, fruits, and malt; finish is dry with some alcohol warming

Vignale (4159) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2017
Min sista flaska från nu mera nedlagda butiken Barley Wine i Köpenhamn. 2009 vintage. Mer abt än bw i min bok. Trevligt madeiriserad och komplex smakbild men fortfarande med rejäl kraft och alkoholvärme. Torkad frukt, kola, fudge, sötlakrits, madeira, rom russin, lite läder, vanilj. Riktigt gott.

dresden (1581) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 15, 2017
Deep brown with a reddish hue, a little chunky. Big malty and dark fruit aroma. Flavour is lots of caramel, dried fruit. very good

koleminer20 (4261) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2016
On draft at HopCat. The pour is a lighter golden orange with a thin ring of light tan head and a couple spots of soapy lace. The aroma is bitter and fruity. There isn’t any caramel or malty sweetness. It’s bitter and dank with a light fruitiness. Not the best. The flavor is much of the same. Heavy bitterness and light hop. The sweetness is just long gone. The mouth feel is thin and light with a lingeringly bitter hop finish. This isn’t anything like what I want in a barleywine. Fuck.

vtafro (7453) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Bottles (2006-2011). Brown pour with little head. Oxidation, sweet malt, boozy aromas. Flavors are sweet, light oxidation and boozy notes.

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