Brooklyn Monster Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Monster AleBrooklyn Monster Ale

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

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.

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Photo of Asgeirr
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007

Appearance: Poured into a snifter, Brooklyn Monster Ale gives us a wonderful and dark ruby colour along with a 2 ½ inches pale brown crown with the consistency of a slice of rye bread, ie: thick, plenty of bubbles visible as well.

Smell: Intense scent of hops, sour 'n' fruity notes, a touch alcohol and yeast in the back.

Taste: Plenty of bitterness from start to finish, a great and smooth almond-like sweetness, some bready notes and a fresh and sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth to your palate like there was no tomorrow, carbonation is sensible.

Drinkability: I tried this when I first bought it in 2007, since then it's gotten less bitter and sweeter throughout the years, however still remaining a great brew!

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This been is in many ways less than it seems. While it is not a bad beer, it just seems to pull its punches in the Barleywine category.

Pours a clear copper with a decent, fluffy head and reasonable lacing. The color does not seem to promise the power this beer packs alcohol-wise. Neither does the odor suggest a Big Beer - it is slight, slightly malty. From the look and smell, you might think you were drinking a run-of-the-mill pale ale.

The flavor is a wakeup, however - it is strong and carmelly, with a little butterscotch and nuttiness, like a liquid nut brittle. There is a surprising pale malt flavor, perhaps explaining the relatively light color. Overall, this is a buttery beer.

The mouthfeel too is somewhat buttery, oily and viscous, but without the cling I might like to see to drive home the hop bitterness, which is faint.

Overall, this is a good beer, but it avoids some of the more extreme pleasures of other barleywines, which tend to explore either the hops or the malt. Perhaps this beer is too polite and restrained for its own good.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage

Pours a crystal clear solid brown with great looking pink/ruby highlights when held to light. Smallish off white head sticks around for a small while. Smells of caramelized malts, toffee, a bit of alcohol. Very malty aroma, very little if any hop presence. Tastes of caramel, alcohol, very sweet with hints of burnt sugar and molasses. Mouthfeel is creamy/oily, body was medium, carbonation low but appropriate. Decent brew, definitely a sipper. I thought the body was a little light for the style. The caramel malt made this one seem almost one dimensional, I'm curious to see how this ages.

2008 vintage sampled 3/9/2011
Pours a deep reddish brown with a thin off white head that disappears almost instantly. Smells of caramel, toffee, and sweet candied malts. Surprisingly there is still some alcohol in the aroma as well as a touch of wet dog. Taste is sweet malty with raisins and caramelized sugars. A touch of alcohol in a fairly dry finish. Thinnish body with a sticky/watery mouthfeel and light level of carbonation. I think I prefer this one fresh. The alcohol still seems a bit too present and the body is a tad thin. I have a couple of older bottles that I will crack open one of these days and revisit this again.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet

Pours an amber/brown with a slowly disappating (sp?) light tan head.

Relatively light smell. Smell of sweetness, malt and some yeast. not bad, just not good.

Warm. Not at first, but it comes. Some mellow malt balance with what seems like smooth english hops. Probably needs some age to balance itself out.

Good mouthfeel, but it is not so pleasant to drink.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 2007 bottle.

A - Poured into a goblet, as per instructions on the bottle. Pours a bright reddish amber with a small ecru head that slowly fades.

S - Aroma of roasted malts, brown sugar/caramel, some alcohol bite. Not a powerful odor at all.

T - Sweet, strong, with some brown sugarAlcohol finish rises up with a bit of bite then slowly mellows.

M - Creamy, medium/full bodied, low carbonation feel on the tongue.

D - I would be interested in comparing this over one year old bottle to some that are older to see how the alcohols develop.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 courtesy of donkeyrunner
Poured a reddish-copper color with a small white head. Nose was of malt and fruit with a slight whiff of hops. Taste was quite sweet, with very winey flavors coming through and a potent hit of alcohol.Lots of English malts, molasses, caramel malts and brown sugar.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (2008 Vintage) into a snifter.

A - Poured a copper color with a slightly off-white head. The head subsided after a few sips but the soapy lacing remained. Good carbonation noted for this style of ale.

S - Malty and alcoholic.

T - Malty and slightly soapy/medicinal with hints of dark fruits and a slight caramel sweetness up front. Finishes off with a slight bitterness and a good amount of alcohol warmth.

MF&D - Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Went down nicely considering the ABV. A nice winter ale. I would have this one again.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this beer; I see it regularly but am always intimidated to buy a six-pack when other Brooklyn's are around. I finally had my chance when I saw it at Peculier Bar around West 4th.

A very roasted malt flavor with definite dark fruits. Not particularly hoppy as the sweet malts are more prevalent. To be honest, I was very astonished at the tame flavor for the alcohol content and its style. (The other barleywine I had was SN's Big Foot).

I'd say this was a very impressive beer in terms of flavors, not sure if I picked up all of them. I think this is probably a fairly tame barleywine; it seemed more like a brown ale - dark ale hybrid because those roasted flavors and the fruity sweet flavors were very present.

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Photo of number1bum
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. This one says it's 10.1%.

Pours a dark reddish copper color, somewhat hazy, with a building two fingers of creamy light beige head. There is a suspended haze in the middle of the glass that literally just floated there for awhile, not moving. Keeps a nice lace and leaves quite a bit of stick.

Smell is quite fruity, with a surprising amount of juicy citrus hops given that it's a year old. I quickly find that initial whiff of juicy fruit disappearing, though, as a lot of booze and malts come to the fore. Malt is biscuit and some sweet caramel. Also somewhat woodsy overall, with some dark fruits as well. The alcohol is a bit much and distracts from the fruitiness, in particular.

Taste is strong and somewhat boozy, with a sherry-like quality to it. Some sweet caramel malt and a bit of a toasty, biscuit malt base. There is some fruit like the smell, although it's more dark fruits than juicy citrus. Still has a nice hoppy quality to it, though. It's a year old but it's still pretty hot, with noticeable warming alcohol from start to finish. Some hop bitterness in the finish, as well.

Mouthfeel is full, chewy, quite creamy and pretty smooth. A bit dry in the finish with some lingering alcohol and hop bitterness.

This is definitely a sipper, but a good one. Alcohol is still a bit hot, making me think it could benefit from a bit more time in the cellar. Overall though it's a pretty easy to find, reasonably priced, approachable barleywine.

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Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle received from dyan a while back.

Appearance: Tawny with a tan head. It never rises very high, but retention is surprisingly good. The body is hazy, decidedly unfiltered but not bottle conditioned.

Smell: Prunes, raisins, dates - this stuff exudes dried fruit. I get a little brown sugar and sherry beneath that. This is good, but I can see it improving with a bit more oxidation - age would treat this beer nicely I believe.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet, rich and fruity, dried fruit flavors are in abundance here along with a bit of molasses/brown sugar. Fusels are faintly present in the finish, while hops are mellow; this is definitely more English than American. It's a refreshing change of pace, really, as I'm not a huge fan of American barleywines - beer tends to get somewhat cloying to me when you combine aggressive bittering hops with rich malty sweetness.

Notes: Good, not spectacular. With a few years of age I could see this being something special.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

[rerated 7 Apr 2008] (2003 bottle)
My coworker sprung this little surprise on me. (Thanks, Mike!) After half a decade in the bottle, things have changed. It looks about the same as it usually does: cloudy reddish orange and a sturdy little beige head. The aroma is completely changed. Hops aren't really detectable-- it's all esters. The aroma is sweet and fruity like a caramel apple. There are also pears, peaches, figs-- it doesn't really smell like a beer. It's actually pretty sparkling on the tongue with a dry finish. The flavor continues what the aroma started. Caramel apples and a fruit salad. Sherry, fruit wine and mead all wrapped up in one. Quite an experience!
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 4/5; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/5; Overall: 16/20; Total: 4.1

[rerated 27 Dec 2007] (2006 bottle)
Brooklyn Monster Ale is a hazy vermillion brown ale with a blotchy beige head that clumps up with oily bubbles as it fades. It leaves great lacing. The hops are most prominent in the aroma: grass, hay and a bit of medicine. A sweet caramel smell lies beneath. There is a bit of a concrete or stone element. It's not loud and the aroma is elusive. It is medium-full bodied, slick, soft and fluffy. The flavor elements are very fused. It's sweet for a moment. It becomes a bit salty (like salty licorice) then a resiny semi-wooden flavor sweeps in and turns into a long finish. There is a fruitiness to it, like lime and maybe even mangoes. The malt is a bit like biscuits and waffles. The tongue is left smooth and slick and ringing of grapefruit peel and resin. The alcohol is well hidden. It's intense, but in a mellow and mature fashion.
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 4/5; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/5; Overall: 16/20; Total: 4.0

[rated 2 Feb 2006] (2005 bottle)
This beer pours a clear red-gold with a short-lasting off-white head with excellent lacing. the bubbles stay on the side of the glass indefinitely. The aroma is mostly a wallop of barley malt with a twinge of deep tangerine and vanilla, perhaps. The flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately bitter. The finish is long. It starts with apples and oranges and fades to tree bark. It has a rather full, syrupy yet dry (in an English way) texture with light carbonation and heavy alcohol in the finish. The black pepper flavor of the alcohol starts to pick up in the aftertaste. It's quite drinkable-- more of a Strong Ale than a Barleywine. It seems a little light on body and a little heavy on alcohol. After a year in the bottle, the flavors are fused tightly.
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/5; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 3/5; Overall: 15/20; Total: 3.7

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Photo of Vendetta
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
June 28, 2008

This caught my eye from the tag in Shoprite Liquors that said "last of the batch" or some nonsense like that. It was a discount- $8 per six pack, so I had no excuse not to try it. Have to admit, this was my first Barley Wine. Very good, reminded me of a wine/beer combo. I'm not a fan of wine, so here's my beer critic review. Pours medium brown, nutty caramel color. Enticing appearance. Very fruity, beer-ish aroma- delicious nose. Apricot, plum, dark cherries. Tastes like a flat beer with maximum dryness- lots of malt, fruitiness in the taste. Feels good on the mouth, smooth and silky. Not thick, but no watery presence- refreshing on the palate. Very enjoyable, but hard to drink. I enjoyed it a lot, and this is far from my ideal beer. "Two thumbs up. "

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, bright amber-orange with virtually no head, only a sparse, quickly dissipating light beige film lacing. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: fresh citrus, pine, with a perfumy flowery hopping along with a light caramel sweetness in the background.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and citrusy with a spicy dry alcohol taste. Theres a pungent floral grapefruit hopping along with dry pine with a prickly carbonation bite in the middle. Theres a nice spiciness of caramel, alcohol, and floral hop bitterness on the fade and finish with a slight warming. A nice bid dry barley wine with a dry pine and floral hopping makes this a treat.

M: full bodied with a nice creaminess. Very soft carbonation adds to the fullness as it sits on the tongue with a spicy and dry alcohol fade off the tongue.

D: Alcohol is noticeable at 10.0abv but does not hinder drinkability. A big drinking barley that is sweet, and finishes dry and bitter.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle, 2007 vintage, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear deep reddish brown color, some carbonation rising in the center of the glass. The head formed small and faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts along with some alcohol and a hoppy background.

Taste: Sweet malts and dark fruit up front. A spicy hoppiness comes through in the middle, but it remains in the background. The finish sweet and fruity, lingering for a little while with some of the alcohol coming through as well. I'm drinking it cold right now, so I'm going to let it warm up a little and see if anything changes. If it does, I'll edit my review accordingly.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick and chewy. The alcohol had a nice warming effect, and the carbonation balanced well.

Overall: A good one to start with if you're just getting into barley wines, as I am.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. A beautiful deep burgundy color, with a small and quickly disappearing tan head. Color shows as brilliant and clear ruby when held to some light.

Aroma is very warm with alcohol, big and malty, with some black cherry and other fruits. Taste is hot, a serious alcohol burn right from the start. Lots of sweet malt as well, with some hints of the aforementioned dark fruits. Not much hop flavor to speak of which is not a surprise, but there is a mild spiciness here and the finish is fairly bitter and warm with alcohol.

This is a big bodied beer, and a great sipper on a shitty rainy 40 degree night. Last beer of the day for sure, since I will be drinking it the rest of the night. I am looking forward to trying this one in the future with some months or years on it.

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Photo of cowens22
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Vintage 2007 poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky copper with a quickly diminishing 1 finger head. Strong aroma of caramel and malts with a hint of some dark fruits.

Taste of a little bit of hops, molasses and brown sugar up front, fading into a strong malty feel and dark fruits on the sides of the pallet. Alcohol taste is present but not as overwhelming as the 10+% would suggest. Aftertaste is sweet and lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is medium on the pallet, almost a little chewy. Too thick for a good session beer but is a good one for an after dinner drink.

This beer is a solid english barley wine. I would recommend this beer to someone who wants to start drinking barleys. I have a few that I am laying down to see what happens in a couple of years. I can't wait.

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Photo of scottoale
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to organicbrewer for throwing this (and a couple others) in, on a recent trade...yeah Josh! 12oz. brown long-neck, with a bottling code: 3197 15306 printed on the bottle.

Poured from the bottle into a Duvel goblet a deep red-copper with great clarity and a 3/4" lofty beige foam head. The head stays a while, eventually fading to a surface cover and minimal sticky lace.

Nice earthy malt laden nose with subtle sweetness and a hop backing. The large ABV is hiding in there somewhere, deep in the malt I'm guessing. Nice rich, full malted barley body with dialed in sweetness thats really well balanced by the mild hop finish. Really tasty stuff that grows on you as it warms. The alcohol is still not too noticeable in the flavor, even as it warms.

A very nice English style barleywine with great malty flavor that drinks with ease. Good stuff!

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2007 vintage
Pours a ruby red with a lacey off-white head that doesn't do much more than coat the top of the glass. Lots of malt and alcohol in the aroma, like an old ale, no hops like an American-style barley wine. Hints of port and plums mix with the sweet malts. Taste hides the alcohol extremely well, but there is some slight alcohol warming in the aftertaste. Lots of dark fruits hit the tongue, but, overall, the taste is a bit thin; prunes, grapes and plum are there with a bitter sweetness to boot.

A very easy drinking barley wine, but the brew is not quite as big as I expected. Don't know if a fresher version would be a bigger, but this brew is worth trying for any barley wine lover.

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Photo of Offa
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the 2007 vintage, stating 10.1% ABV on the bottle.

Overall, this is a solid, tasty, smooth, and very good barleywine.

Deep red, faintly hazy with hints of brown, it has a medium pale tan head, steadily shrinking to a thin top and foamy ring, which slowly dissipate to a thin ring. It leaves no real lace.

The aroma is nice and very like an English barleywine, spicey caramelized raisins, toasted bread crust, hints of chocolate and cotton candy/cooked sugar, and fruit. There is an alcoholic note but it is light and a good part of the mix.

The taste is spicey, caramelly fruit, candied fruit, some port, some toastr, with raisiny spiciness, caramelised prunes. It's sweet but not cloying and the spiciness and a light bitterness near the finish help balance this.
It's just slightly oily. The alcohol overall is nice and smooth for the strength, warming and adding extra character and spice, but at times it is almost a tad too strong and rough. This thankfully recedes quickly before going too far.

It reminds me quite a bit of Third Street Aleworks Brass Parachute Barleywine.

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Photo of mesperon
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Barley Wine Style Ale? Is it a Barley Wine or an Ale? Pours deep clear copper with a nice foamy off white head that disappears fairly quickly. The aroma is very faint, but has a sweet malty smell with hints of tropical fruits and lots of alcohol. The mouthfeel is nice and full and a little foamy. THe taste starts with a very peppery alcohol, then develops into woody and hoppy, with notes of grapefruit. Finishes with a quick sharp bite on the tongue, and a lasting spicy hoppy bitterness. The 11.8% ABV is not at all hidden. Very nice for one bottle, more than that would be way too much, and wouldn't get any more interesting.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.87/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

By barley-wine standards, this beer struck me as little better than average. I liked the appearance and aroma, but flavor and mouthfeel disappointed a bit.

This beer had a sparkling body with very minimal head. It smelled good; I noted what to me was a very pleasant cereal quality, and I am not big on cereal- or grainy-flavors. Flavor however was overly grainy, and without the the-mash-is-boiling-and-you're-in-the-brewhouse notes that I got out of the aroma...more like a malted milk ball, which is not a flavor I am a fan of. Mouthfeel was pretty thin, particularly compared to some other barley-wines I've had lately, notably Old Crustacean and Curmudgeon.

Not a terrific effort for this style. I'd only weakly recommend it.

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Photo of Goregazm
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Appearance: This beer pours a color which can be best described as similar to rust. Has a nicely colored reddish-brown head which lasts for a while and leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

Smell: In the nose, this beer has bitter hops up front. The undertone consists of sweet fruit and molasses, with some slight breadiness and a woodsy scent. A good little alcohol scent can be detected.

Taste: Up front this beer is a mixture of sweet (fruits, sugar, caramel and malt) and alcohol tastes. Not as bitter as the smell indicates. There is some wood and breadiness here too, just like in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Strong and somewhat chewy, with a frothy feel on the palate. Not overly carbonated or tingly on the tongue. The aftertaste is malty with a slight toffee and alcohol taste to it.

Drinkability: This barleywine is quite good, especially as a sipper or session beer. If you're a person who drinks wine with your dinner, you may want to give this a whirl as a substitute one night. You might end up liking it even better, as the sweet and sour taste really hits you in the right spot. Hunt this monster down.

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Photo of Strix
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 bottling.

Hazy dark amber, with decent head.

Smells of oak and caramel, some alcohol.

Taste is of caramel, molasses, wood, and dark fruits, with a heavy alcohol presence.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

This was solid, but nothing particular really grabbed me. Maybe a few more years aging would have mellowed the alcohol and brought out more flavors.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a Brooklyn mixed case from 2005, this has been cellared for the last three years. Served with aged sharp cheddar in an oversized snifter at between fridge and cellar temperature.

Appearance- Like cognac, this pours with a good viscosity and doesn't offer any head whatsoever... on par with a beer 11% in strength. Looks like an after dinner cordial.

Smell- Rich, sweet notes of melon, dark fruit and vanilla, with a little wood and the alcohol clearly noticable. Blockbuster nose, wildly aromatic.

Taste- Densely layered flavors of wood, vanilla, and alcohol-soaked fruit. With the aggressive booze and hop character present after three years in the bottle, this could easily have gone another three. The finishing bitterness after the swallow is brazen and lingers for a solid minute.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Right away, this beer grips the front of the tongue with a tight effervescence. It spreads like seafoam across the mouth, creating a stage for the ingredients to show their stuff. Fabulous texture. This is a really big beer, and it will make its presence felt during the tasting. I enjoyed a journey into the English Barleywine style, where the hops have their final say when all is said and done.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle.

A: Nice clear amber color. Minimal white head. No lacing.

S: Nice spicy malt. Massive up front. Booze really faded out over the year. Nice hints of harvest fruit in the back as well. Finishes with a nice lingering sweetness.

T: Much better with a year on it. The massive malt has smoothed out and blended nicely to form a wonderful apple note. Almost a hint of chocolate. Really nice.

M: A little thick but it is nice. Low carbonation. Little bit syrupy.

D: Really great beer. I would say to hold on to it for a while as this is much better with a little time on it.

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Brooklyn Monster Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 1,864 ratings.
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