Monster Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Monster AleMonster Ale
BA SCORE
3.72/5
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1,873 Ratings
Monster AleMonster Ale
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:
13
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,873 |  Reviews: 1,086
Photo of BdM
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zekeman17
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barczar
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage, so rating set to current average.

Aroma is very raisin and date forward, with deep caramel notes and significant booze presence. Touch of a metallic note. Sherry oxidation, slightly vinous.

Flavor reveals a toffee laden malt backbone, fairly sweet, which carries into the dry, lightly bitter finish. Upfront notes of dark cherry, plum, and raisin contrast. Still very complex, and seems as though it will continue to open up with age. Definitely better than its rating.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 Vintage. My last one. The body is a vibrant reddish amber, clear before kicking up sediment, with a thin off white head that disappears very quickly. The aroma is predominately dark fruit, raisins, prunes, cherry skin, along with sweet toffee, caramelized sugar, vanilla, cheap leather, wood, booze, stale earthy/spicy hops, with notes of oxidation starting to creep in. Mouth feel is medium-full, sticky but not cloying, low carbonation and bitterness, and doesn't express the booze the nose suggested. The flavor has caramel and toffee up front, toasted bready malts, dried figs, slight oxidation, cardboard, molasses, rum cake, perfume, and earthy hops.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikel52588
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebeers
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottle. Pours a cloudy orange-reddish brown with a half finger of tan-tinted head. Big aroma of rum-soaked candied oranges. The taste is quite subdued in comparison to the nose, with a thin mouthfeel, strong alcohol burn, some stale hops and just hints of the candied fruit that dominates the aroma. This bottle was store aged and I got it very cheap, as such, I consider it a great value.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of izzyismyrott
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of maz
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of digitalzombie
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage, 12oz bottle poured into tulip glass, properly cellared since purchase in 2013

A- pours a a clear deep auburn brown with a ruby hue, small foamy light-tan colored head reduces to a ring around the glass, gorgeous color overall

S- dark fruity aroma up front highlighted by cherry, followed by some earthy & herbal notes and faint traces of hop bitterness remaining. Hints of wet cardboard shows slight oxidation, closing with caramel & dark fruit sweetness

T- it starts out a little light on the palate, but quickly kicks in with some dark fruit, with highlights of cherry & red licorice. Sweet caramel malt kicks in mid-palate with some herbal hop bitterness barely surviving. The finish brings notes of raisin, fig & wet cardboard

M- heavy bodied with a low carbonation leads to a thick mouthfeel and finishes creamy and slightly warming

O- seems to have held up quite nicely after three years. There's nothing that really stands out to make this top notch, but it is a nice sipper nonetheless. I've got thee more bottle that I'll continue to age at two year intervals

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Photo of azkkr
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harryhops
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Peej_packer
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Lucoli
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Aged this 2012 bottle for 3 years and was not impressed. To me, a bit too hoppy for a barleywine. I will age the remaining 3 bottles that I have a little longer and hope for the best.

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Photo of mlockman
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

While the mouthfeel is pleasant and its appearance is equally inoffensive, the aroma and flavor profile are incredibly subdued/mild and mediocre at best. Inoffensive and drinkable, but only okay.

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