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Brooklyn Monster Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Monster AleBrooklyn Monster Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,792 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,792
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 41
Gots: 220 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-26-2000

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

ABV varies a bit year to year.
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Ratings: 1,792 | Reviews: 1,069
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of brianmandell
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 2011.

Smells of sweet honey, raisin and caramel.

Tastes of raisin, honey and molasses with some astringent boozy tones and a hint of sherry. The sweetness does become cloying - combined with the astringency from the booze it has a medicinal quality.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily with light prickly carbonation.

Age has improved this beer. From memory a fresh bottle was too harsh. Despite the interesting qualities from age and oxidation, its still not among my favorites in the style.

Photo of McMatt7
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh clean malt and a touch of hops on the nose. Pours brilliant reddish amber with a 1" while foam cap that dissipates to a thick film. Starts sweet on the palate but dries out by the finish. The alcohol is big and cuts through the rich malt flavors and a hint of plum. The hops are just under aggressive and with the alcohol balance the malt. This is chewy, rich but not cloying, and very clean and smooth. The carbonation is medium low .

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 and 2011 vintage. Malt forward, hops are really in the bacground. Overall good beers

Photo of Ian_B
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2011 and 2012 vintage vertical tasting. Basically what you'd expect. Older was more dark fruit, younger was sharper with hop bittering and carb. Surprising difference just between the 1 year differential.

Not my favorite barley wine in either instance, and found both to lack some balance on opposite ends. Have to say, I don't think this would be very enjoyable when fresh. Blended the last couple ounces and got the best of both worlds! Still kind of mediocre.

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3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dwreck
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One year old on tap:

Solid English barley wine, caramel sweetness, light hop balance that doesn't overcome the sweetness. Semi-sweet wine meets Belgian strong. Nice mouthfeel, maybe just south of medium makes it drinkable.

Photo of JoelClark
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date of 3201 11:15 (2011). Sampled on 9/22/2014.

Photo of tommy5
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012. Goes down smooth with apple pie coming to mind. Moderately hopped, the bitterness and the alcohol bite are perfectly on par.

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChipChaight
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HipCzech
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 355 mL bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter (2012 bottling).

Appearance: Almost clear, copper brown with a smooth, foamy tan head. Slight lacing and a persistent fringe of soapy, tan foam linger as its consumed.

Smell: Malt sweetness (toffee, dark fruit) balanced by floral hops and warm, boozy alcohol.

Taste: Brown sugar, caramel, sweet fruit (figs, dates) round out a malty base. Earthy and floral hop bitterness along with peppery alcoholic heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth, creamy feel and gentle carbonation.

Overall: Neither very big nor complex, but still a full, balanced and enjoyable sipper.

Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 is as good as it gets! 3-4 years on most Barleywines is the way to go!

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4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage randomly stumbled upon in the Myrtle Beach Piggly Wiggly beer heaven...

Great brew. Bought a four pack to compliment my carolina reaper wings.

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3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wayne17
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of SteveB24
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Brooklyn Monster Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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