Brooklyn Monster Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by mobyfann:
4.45/5 rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Paid a mere $10.99 to refill the big bad growler at Party Source (Bellevue, KY)...
This one pours an extremely clear, amber-colored base, with a medium sized white head, excellent head retention and very nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is rather mild for the style, a light note of alcohol (interesting for a Barleywine) but moderate tones of malts and nuts, a light hop tone as well.
The taste is out of this world, the head gives you a creamy texture whereby limiting the alcohol presence. In addition, the flavors are a bit light but work well together. There is also a caramel like taste (not sensed in the smell). Mouthfeel is a joy with moderate carbonation and the creamy head and at 11.80% I am amazed at how well this could be consumed moderately between two people and remain happy.
Final Thought: As the name suggests, this beer is a monster, and when tamed at room temperature, is an absolute delight from start to finish. Thumbs way up!
Serving type: growler
02-14-2008 23:54:19 | More by mobyfann
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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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