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Formerly brewed at Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Brooklyn, New York USA
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RATINGS: 1583   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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3.8
DrnkMcDermott (3096) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Found 3 loose bottles of 2011 for $2 each… I know, a 4-pack is just $8.99, but it’s cool that I paid as much for this as for a tallboy of PBR in the same cooler. I can put the other two next to my 2003 bottle for later comparison. Pours a deep amber with a lot of bubbles on the side. Bubbly ecru head that settles quickly. Deep malt with alcohol in the nose. Slight sprinkle of hops in the nose. Taste is mostly strong malts matched to warm alcohol. Basic hop bitterness keeps the malts settled, probably until they smooth further. A nice little barley wine, though I hope some more aging gives it more personality.


3.4
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

3.9
gopherfan99 (1774) - 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

4.2
Vignale (3781) - 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.

3.5
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

3
koleminer20 (3463) - 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.

3.7
vtafro (7445) - 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.

3.4
weihenweizen (3740) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2016
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a cup. Opaque burnt orange with small off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium body, a little carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is caramel malt and some herbal hops for balance.

3.9
hackobock (4007) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2016
October 9, 2016. Bottle at home.
Clear deep ruby red with a small off- white head. Aroma is sweet malty and fruity with toffee, brown sugar, plum, prunes, raisins, some vanilla, port, some nutty notes. Taste is sweet, light vinous and light bitter. Finish is slightly warming, sweet toffee notes, prunes, plum, lingering bitterness with a dry grassy and piney note. Medium to full bodied, somewhat creamy texture, soft small bubble carbonation.
Nice, would prefer less lingering bitterness but in the other hand that balance the sweetness and make it quite easy drinkable.

3.9
Zlotta (3193) - Hagen / Bonn, GERMANY - SEP 21, 2016
0.355 l bottle from ’Rudat’ at 10.1% abv, bottled in November 2012 (almost four years old). Clear, deep reddish amber with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, off-white head. Sweetish, malty and slightly fruity aroma of toffee, treacle, raisins, prunes and vanilla. Rather sweet, malty and a bit fruity taste of toffee, vanilla, treacle, raisins, orange peel, cinnamon and prunes, followed by a medium long, rather bitter, quite warming and a bit alcoholic finish. Full body, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Really nice sipper, held up fantastically. Not overly complex or sophisticated, but quite intense and with a lovely mouthfeel.

3.7
Countbeer (6592) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle: Thanks Owen: Served in a Duvel glass: Creamy head. Warm nutty amber red body. Nose of malts, soap, little iron, some caramel, some grains, hints of prunes, something plastic ish and bread. Flavours of bitters, malts, little alcohol tint, caramel, some toast, bread, hints of grains and dried prunes and some caramelised crust... Aftertaste is bitter, malty, toast, bread, crust and nutty with dried prune sprinkles. Low carbo, creamy silky close to oily mouthfeel, more than medium bodied.


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