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Brooklyn Monster Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Monster AleBrooklyn Monster Ale

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84
good

1,693 Ratings
THE BROS
76
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Ratings: 1693
Reviews: 1050
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%


Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

ABV varies a bit year to year.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-26-2000)
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Gattopardo

New York

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich copper color with very little head, which sort of surprised me. The aroma is overwhelmed with the smell of caramel, which seems a little overbearing to me. The first taste is pretty heavy on the sweet notes but with a decent underlayer of hops. It doesn’t quite have the rich texture that other barleywines I have tried possess, though the alcohol content is less evident and it goes down smoother, which may not be a good thing! I find it tasty overall, and it’s more affordable than most barleywines, but it’s certainly not a true winner. Although I’m a fan of Brooklyn Brewery’s local product (local for us New York residents at least), I’m learning that their basic brands (the brown ale, the IPA, etc.) are more reliable than their more exotic offerings. Still, during happy hour on Friday night at the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg, I’m more than happy to leap into whatever special brew they have on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 02:19:53 | More by Gattopardo
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12fl oz brown glass bottle with silver appealing label and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local Texas bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery.

Served cold. Side-poured.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours ma half finger wide off-white head. Decent thickness and creaminess. Head retention is lackluster - about 40-60 seconds. Uneven spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

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Sm: English pale malts, marshmallow, faint toffee, faint caramel, and vague fruit. Has plenty of malty sweetness. Hop character is entirely floral. The fruit feels raw and the beer seems young (in spite of being "born in 2012."

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

It's certainly English in character, but the aroma is far from great for a barleywine. Inoffensive. Average in strength.

T: English malts, medicinal syrupy notes, aspirin, vague fruit, overdone malty sweetness, peach, sherry, and a kiss of breadiness. Some faint caramel.

This doesn't have any of the character I search for in a good barleywine - no toffee, toasted oak, marshmallow, nuanced malting, etc. I also find it overhopped for a barleywine.

No yeast character comes through. It is a bit boozy, but I wouldn't call it hot.

Painfully simple for a barleywine, lacking nuance and subtlety. I'm just not a big fan of this kind of flavour profile in a beer of this style. Below average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Imbalanced. Lacks intricacy. Build isn't even cohesive, let alone gestalt.

The booze-soaked peach in particular is fairly sickening. I do get a fortified wine kind of vibe from this flavour profile. Think peach schnapps mixed with alcopop and vodka.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Has some alcohol warmth. A bit overcarbonated. Medium-bodied. Thick. Luckily, it's not syrupy. Decent presence on the palate. The texture suits the taste in a general sense.

Not astringent, gushed, harsh, or oily.

Dr: A pretty underwhelming barleywine from Brooklyn. This flavour profile just isn't doing it for me. I'm not big on these fruity boozebombs, but I'm sure this beer has its audience. A rare fluke from Brooklyn, Monster Ale is not a beer I'd purchase again. Even with plenty of age, it still feels raw and imbalanced. Doesn't hide its ABV well either.

D+

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Brooklyn Monster Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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