Monster Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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3.72/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies a bit year to year.

Added by Todd on 11-26-2000

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
1,086
Ratings:
1,873
pDev:
12.9%
Bros Score:
3.31
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
241
Trade:
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HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of Bunuelian
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TooGood
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky almost muddy light brown with a thin white head that dissipated almost immediately. The aroma is a nice caramel with dark fruits. The flavor follows the nose with a little more hop bitterness than I expected from an "English" style barleywine. Low carbonation but a very pleasant beer overall.

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

Photo of dandy14
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure on date, I couldn't find one. I believe this is 2011 or so?

A: Pours dark brown with a tiny little brown head. Head musters up the best retention it can but it only starts at about 3/4" tall after an aggressive pour so there's only so much it can do. No real lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling. Dark bread, pound cake, dark fruits.

T: Huh, not bad. Lots of breadiness in this one. Dark, crusty bread. Light toffee sweetness covering it. Just the lightest hint of raisin. Earthy-ish, especially in the finish. No sign of alcohol but instantly belly-warming.

M: Feels a little dead, likely due to the fact that there's almost no carbonation.

O: Not a bad barleywine, especially after all these years. No real sign of aging other than the low carbonation. No oxidation that I noticed, maybe the lightest whiff of sherry here and there but it's still excellent.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czequershuus
4.72/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage just released. This beer pours a deep, cloudy amber with small head, and prominent floaties. The aroma features barley syrup, maple, a slight sour grain edge, caramel, pine, molasses, butterscotch, figs, and dates. The flavor features notes of toffee, molasses, caramel, pine, flowers, butterscotch, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is very full and thick with smallish carbonation. Overall this is a really good aged beer - it has matured into a smooth and sweet beer with nice complexity.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay - I admit it. I'm going by memory here. This beer has been retired for the past few years, after Monster the brewery cat died. But damn, I *loved* this ale. It was the first barley wine I payed attention to. I bought it by the case whenever I saw it. I felt really bad when it was retired, and I really wish Brooklyn would bring it back.

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

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

Photo of darktronica
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Well, it's been a while. Like many barleywines that aren't holding up as well as I might like, Monster is giving off a lot of orange, bergamot oil notes from oxidation, along with other tell-tales like wet paper pulp that conflict with what used to be more prominent malt and hop character. If I didn't know better, at this point I would have traced its lineage back to a more American barleywine, given the current state of affairs. I'm glad to have kept some around for science, but this is past its peak and isn't in the class of barleywines that ripens to a good old age.

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Photo of lochraneg
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wpreynolds
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Samlover55
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bttle from cellar
2012 vintage
poured into libbey-tulip
L- hazy dark red, plenty of yeast flouting around(bad pour), capped with an off-white head which turns into ring of lacing
S- strong sweet aroma, with notes of dark fruit
T- hits the tongue thick and sweet, to the the tune of dates and prunes, has a nice spicy linger, and they blend together with the alcohol for a balanced finish
F- full bodied, heavy-ish mouthfeel with slightest amount of carbo tingle
O- Sweet, Spicy, Boozy is how I'd describe this brew, while a little rough around the edges, alcohol doesn't overtake you, a great representation of the English Barleywine Style

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Photo of Bryan12345
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zp6167a
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gemini6
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2007 vintage aged in my cellar the entire time. I thought that this was a good time to crack this one open after careful aging. Disappointed in the beer overall.

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Monster Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 1,873 ratings