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


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RATINGS: 1565   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2012
Pours a pretty deep caramel color with amber highlights. Smell is of fruits, alcohol. Taste is alcohol up front, some malts and fruit, more alcohol at the finish. Overall not bad, but a bit to alcohol forward for my liking.

Erzengel (9338) - 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 (2000) - 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 (3979) - 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 (3840) - 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 (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.

weihenweizen (4042) - 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.

hackobock (4073) - 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.

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