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Brooklyn Monster Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,729 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,729
Reviews: 1,056
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 40
Gots: 191 | FT: 10
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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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2001 vintage.

Appearance: Bright and clear garnet brew, the lace does quite well for its self. Bubbly with some sporadic stickage.

Smell: The aroma is a of alcohol soaked fruit, a bit of solvent and certainly estery showing this brew still has a ton of higher alcohols that have not been tamed yet.

Taste: Extremely smooth and creamy though the carbonation holds onto a metallic bite from the higher alcohols. Full in the body with ample malt to go around. Hops are mild and flavour a bit here and there, more of a seasoning than straight out bitterness. Big alcohols roll across the tongue with solvent and estery flavours that drop a small tropical fruit basket and a spicy sweet tone on the palate. Maltiness shines some caramel and thick breadiness, though these flavours are distracted from the higher alcohols. Finishes sweet with a mildly astringent grain.

Notes: Pretty much like every other vintage I have had, the alcohols seem too much and there is not a mesh or balance to hold the brew together. Don’t drink it cold as it has a bigger bite, I have a few more in my cellar to try a year or two from now.

2000 vintage. Good frothing head as well as retention, deep reddish hue that has a tinge of burgundy to it. Alcoholic aroma of solvent and faint spearmint, a little fruitiness and caramel in the nose but alcohol snuffs most of it out. Full bodied with an ample crispness and a creamy back. At first taste is alcohol, a big twang of it … spicy and all. Malt lays there almost devastated in its wake. Hops have all but withered away except for a touch bitterness. Rich caramel tires to push through but gets knocked down again but the solvent like alcohol. Fruity esters run amuck along with the solvent like alcohol character. I know they call it “Monster” but will it ever be tame? After two years of cellaring this brew seems to have held on to one trait wholly and that is the dominance of alcoholic aroma and flavour. I am not saying that this is a bad beer but perhaps it should be aged a couple of more years to mellow things out a bit … none the less it still is a half decent sipping brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2001 10:04:03 | More by Jason
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3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, silver label. This ale was specially brewed for the Millennium.

Appearance: Copper in colour with a nice thick, sticky, creamy white head. Pretty clean and clear looking ale.

Smell: An aromatic blend of hop rawness (spicy/leafy), malt sweetness and fruity esters. Bigtime alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. Big, fruity, complex malt profile. Background malt breadiness. Hop bitterness is spicy, somewhat medicinal, and lends an odd flavour to the overall taste. Although it balances out the accented maltness of this ale, it just doesn't fair well with all of the other flavours going on. Alcohol is pretty extreme, unbalanced, prickly and warms your head. It permeates the palate with a rubbing alcohol likeness, especially as the beer warms. Finishes bready and a bit dry.

Notes: This beer is kind of a let down as Brooklyn's other beers are so damn good. A bit average. To me, this appears to be a lame attempt at jumping on the Millennium bandwagon by brewing a very high alcohol beer (11.8% abv) with a marketable name. You need more than high alcohol to make a good Barleywine. I'll let the other bottles I bought sit for a while and do another review.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2000 00:19:40 | More by Todd
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Ever since tasting the legendary Bigfoot, I literally licked Bigfoot - that delightful gargantuan hairy biped [not really - I had a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale] I have been actively seeking out Barleywines to tick off my list. Next up is Brooklyn Monster Ale, and boy am I looking forward to this like a horny teenager looks forward to rubbing out... The whiteboard when a teacher asks for a volunteer to clean the whiteboard, jeez where did you think I was going with that analogy? Get your mind out of the gutter already.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Presents with a pleasing cloudy mahogany body and a light bone coloured ring of lace.

S: Oooo, I'm in for a good time - fruity hops, caramel malt, more citrus hops and plum/fig esters abound and tap dance on my olfactory senses with shoes made of toffee sugar plum... forget it, I'm enjoying this aroma too much to come up with a decent metaphor for how great it smells.

T: Bold is an understatement here: This fine Barleywine transcends mere "bold" and brings to the table flavours of fruity/citrus hops, pear esters, bread yeast and caramel malts. Along with this there is a truckload of sugar and notes of alcohol, however it doesn't cloy the tongue or burn the throat. The finish is herbal bitters, again quite restrained. Damn this is good.

M: Medium bodied with a slight prickly carbonation. No stickiness surprisingly.

D: Impressive, most impressive. This Barleywine (to me) went down better than the SNBBSA due to the more restrained hop bitterness which bought a better balance to the flavour overall. Plus I do enjoy a good pear ester in my beers. If the above flavours sound like a bit of alright to you and you're interested in trying Barleywines in general: bad luck - they don't brew this monster anymore *sad face*

Food match: A sharp cheese platter, slow roasted pork belly or a sous-vide filet mignon with celeriac and fennel mash and string beans would pair very well.

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M- Not too thick, pretty nice.

O- I picked a bottle of this up because I know they stopped brewing it. A pretty good barleywine for the price, although Bigfoot is a better option. Glad I tried it and thought the aroma was great.

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Brooklyn Monster Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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