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Brooklyn Monster Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Monster AleBrooklyn Monster Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,694 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1694
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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bboelens

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, says born in 2010 on the bottle.

A-A deep dark copper color, when held to the light reveals its true nature, vibrant burnt orange with flecks of rust. Very little head was created on the pour, maybe a quarter inch, that dissipated rather quickly leaving almost no lacing.

S-Surprisingly enough at 10.8% the alcohol is not the first scent that hits you, it's roast caramel, followed by the alcohol and then the hop and malt. Most peculiar

T-The alcohol definitely takes over here. Although the caramel and hop taste are expanded on the overwhelming king of the taste is the alcohol. Perhaps even a little bit stronger tasting than it's abv denotes, I've tasted 14% that didn't have this much bite.

M-A warming medium body with a low to medium amount of carbonation.

D-The alcohol flavoring dominated the palate, turning this beer into a definite sipper. I'm currently aging the other bottle I picked up for what will eventually amount to a year and can't wait to see if it hopefully mellows out. See you again in 2012 monster ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 05:16:07 | More by bboelens
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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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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.

D+

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Brooklyn Monster Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,694 ratings.