Brooklyn Monster Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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3.94/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Received as an extra in a trade. 2010 Vintage.
A - Poured into Duvel tulip a nice hazy caramel hue with a one finger lightly tan head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.
S - Loads of caramel, light tea, older hops, earthiness, pears, herbal.
T - Similar to the nose. Loads of caramel, toffee, tea/herbal notes, sugars, pears. Not overly sweet nor is is boozy. This has aged very well. No weird cardboard flavours here!
M - Mouthfeel is just really, really good. Very lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden wonderfully.
O - Overall this was a very nicely done barleywine. Fresh, I really did not like this one but with 3+ years on it it is quite nice.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 22:33:31 | More by rudzud
3.8/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; 2009 vintage, bottled on 11/16/2009. Pours moderately cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, raisin, plum, date, pear, apple, brown sugar, bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity yeast notes; with decent strength. Taste of caramel, raisin, plum, date, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, plum, date, pear, apple, brown sugar, toast, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good English Barleywine. All around good balance and complexity of malt and fruity ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 22:01:25 | More by superspak
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
The last on the shelf in Toledo; it pours from its distinctive bottle a sort of orange-red with darker red tones in the depth and some flaring brighter orange in the light. The head is small, a bubbly tan cap that settles to foam after time. That said, retention isn't bad, and there's more than a modicum of spotting left behind.
There's a whole lot of fruit, mostly the familiar dark fruits, sweet and tart and a little sour, but including overripe paler fruits. It's under a big alcoholic headiness. Both hops (mostly leafy and floral) and malts are pretty strong, but overtaken by the alcohol. It's interesting because I've always found Brooklyn's beers to be skillfully brewed, but this one seems a bit unrefined. That said, where some could have completely bombed, I wouldn't say this one goes that far off.
This beer is definitely more a sipper than most I've had. I imagine it could take a good ten years to mellow, both from the heavily fusel alcohol (though it's been tamed a little in the flavor) and the big sweetness. It's very strongly malty, and it needs to be to hold all this together. Lots of dark fruits, fruits that are more tropical than citrus but with a bit of that tang as well (though hard to reach sift through the sweetness), and caramel make up the sweetness, with lots of breadiness too. Hops are somewhat leafy and floral with maybe a little zest and possibly a spiciness, though it almost seems to come from somewhere else to make an effect like a spiced holiday cake of some kind. I don't know that any English varietals are actually used in either the hop or malt bills, but I get a familiar metallic note running underneath it all.
Not quite full-bodied, but almost, this beer has the heft to make it work well enough, and the feel may be the best part of it. It does have some smoothness and doesn't flatten out as the alcohols can sometimes cause a beer to do. The crispness stays the course, difficult work considering.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 22:00:08 | More by Brenden
Brooklyn Monster Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,722 ratings.