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Brooklyn Monster Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Monster AleBrooklyn Monster Ale

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1,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,771
Reviews: 1,059
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 40
Gots: 205 | FT: 12
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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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

doktorhops, Jul 26, 2014
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Brooklyn Monster Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,771 ratings.