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Brooklyn Monster Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,787 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,787
Reviews: 1,067
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 41
Gots: 218 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-26-2000

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

ABV varies a bit year to year.
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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 and 2011 vintage. Malt forward, hops are really in the bacground. Overall good beers

Photo of Ian_B
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2011 and 2012 vintage vertical tasting. Basically what you'd expect. Older was more dark fruit, younger was sharper with hop bittering and carb. Surprising difference just between the 1 year differential.

Not my favorite barley wine in either instance, and found both to lack some balance on opposite ends. Have to say, I don't think this would be very enjoyable when fresh. Blended the last couple ounces and got the best of both worlds! Still kind of mediocre.

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dwreck
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One year old on tap:

Solid English barley wine, caramel sweetness, light hop balance that doesn't overcome the sweetness. Semi-sweet wine meets Belgian strong. Nice mouthfeel, maybe just south of medium makes it drinkable.

Photo of JoelClark
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date of 3201 11:15 (2011). Sampled on 9/22/2014.

Photo of tommy5
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012. Goes down smooth with apple pie coming to mind. Moderately hopped, the bitterness and the alcohol bite are perfectly on par.

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChipChaight
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HipCzech
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 355 mL bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter (2012 bottling).

Appearance: Almost clear, copper brown with a smooth, foamy tan head. Slight lacing and a persistent fringe of soapy, tan foam linger as its consumed.

Smell: Malt sweetness (toffee, dark fruit) balanced by floral hops and warm, boozy alcohol.

Taste: Brown sugar, caramel, sweet fruit (figs, dates) round out a malty base. Earthy and floral hop bitterness along with peppery alcoholic heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth, creamy feel and gentle carbonation.

Overall: Neither very big nor complex, but still a full, balanced and enjoyable sipper.

Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 is as good as it gets! 3-4 years on most Barleywines is the way to go!

Photo of HopticalDeployment
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage randomly stumbled upon in the Myrtle Beach Piggly Wiggly beer heaven...

Great brew. Bought a four pack to compliment my carolina reaper wings.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wayne17
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of richj1970
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of GuttaMane138
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of SteveB24
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Fcip78
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Techichi
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of SteveD082791
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Brooklyn Monster Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,787 ratings.