Brooklyn Monster Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by TXHops:
3.33/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
-Original Gravity: 11% (23.75 P)
-Final Gravity: 1.018 (4.45 P)
-ABW: 8.54 %
-Real Extract: 7.94 P
-Calories per 12 oz: 326
-IBUs: 70 IBUs
-Malts: British Maris Otter, Halcyon and Pipkin, Malted Wheat
-Hops: Willamette, Cascade and Yakima Fuggle
The technical numbers that the brewery gives on this beer a little suspect According to the low end of their estimate (OG of 1.095 and an ABV of 11.8, like BA says), the attenuation rate is 92.6%! That would mean that this beer was more fully attenuated than Bud, with a residual sugar % of only 7.4%! My numbers above come from a compilation of sources (BA, the Brooklyn Website and the bottle itself) and the results are much more believable.
Anyway, as far as the actual beer is concerned, it kinda idles in the glass, looking like a freshly poured glass of strong, Southern ice tea. The head is negligiblejust a thin necklace around the inside rim. The aroma is sweet and slightly alcoholic, but not terribly powerful. The viscous, but well-carbonated body tastes quite sherry-like. The alcohol is the first thing I taste, though the beer isnt as hot as that flavor would suggest. The malts are dominant as well (duh), giving this beer a hint of Scotch flavor (sans peat). The hops do their part as bittering components, but they dont contribute mightily to the flavor. A bit of warmth teases out some orange liqueur flavors, which subside quickly in the oddly dry finish. Let me take another stab at the finishits not really dry, as theres still enough sugar left in my mouth that I can feel it. Its more clean. For a beer this size, Id have expected a lot of lingering flavors. Instead, the flavors well up right at the start, but the carbonation in my mouth seems to cleanse all that away, leaving a hint of alcohol, a touch of hop bitterness and a taste memory similar to Cognac, single malt, or some other wood-aged distilled spirit.
All in all, this was a pretty good beer, but Id be interested to see what a couple years in the bottle does for it.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2003 18:20:42 | More by TXHops
More User Reviews:
2.36/5 rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25
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.
Body colour is a murky copper-brown of below average vibrance. Translucent but nontransparent. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.
Not a great looking barleywine overall, but there are no egregious flaws.
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 08:51:41 | More by kojevergas
3.86/5 rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2012 Vintage. Pours a murky dirty dishwater color with a 1/4 inch of head. Some lacing. Aromas of booze, toffee, caramel malts, raisins, and some faint spicy hops. The flavor is boozey with some raisins, caramel malts, toffee and earth. More dark fruits follow. Hints of floral and spicy hops. Pepper and spices towards the finish with some more booze and malts. Heavy mouthfeel with a good deal of carbonation. This beer is now retired so I this is probably the freshest one I'll ever have. Overall, its a decent Barleywine I may grab again if I see it.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 02:22:53 | More by PicoPapa
3.41/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottled in 2012. Bought it because I was looking for something I will never have again and I heard that BB is no longer producing it. Overall I liked it but I'm not saving any to drink a few years down the line.
Poured real nice, no foam. Has a nice copper-like color but a little cloudy. The most upfront taste is that of caramel but it isn not overpowering. At first sip it seems the alcohol is hidden well but the aftertaste is that of alcohol.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2014 01:42:51 | More by rubygttlb
Brooklyn Monster Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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