1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Brooklyn Monster Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

Not Rated.
Brooklyn Monster AleBrooklyn Monster Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,792 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,792
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 41
Gots: 220 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-26-2000

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

ABV varies a bit year to year.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 1,792 | Reviews: 1,069
Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of hogrider
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of SABERG
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of allenson21
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jtransel
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of sjjn
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Oliversarmy1085
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of JBreezyyNY
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MaseFace
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DavidHume
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of maxcoinage
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JStat28
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of doktorhops
4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of Howlader
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of MattSharpless
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Noelito76
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of moscow2042
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of NJB145
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Larz_73
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of KyleC41
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Brooklyn Monster Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,792 ratings.