Monster Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.72/5
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1,873 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 1,873 |  Reviews: 1,086
Photo of TravisMason
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of coriswrasse
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage purchased for 3.99 locally. There are more so we shall see....
Pours a hazy dense golden amber. Very thin layer of white foam. Smell's of caramel malt and still some residual booze. Great carbonation. Taste is caramel malt with a light bodied mouth feel. Some raisin and subtle booziness. Not bad for the price. Still much better in the barley wine style out there. Probably will not pick up more even though they are aged this long and cheap.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khmel
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was able to snag this retired beer (a 3-yr-old bottle from 2012) for a low price and very glad I did. Unlike many American breweries claiming to put out an "English-style barleywine", this one actually succeeded. Not overly hopped, as in most American attempts. The nose was an enjoyable, sweet shortbread with caramel malt. The taste was also nicely balanced: shortbread, molasses, plenty of malt and some mild hop notes in the finish. The alcohol in both nose and taste goes almost unnoticed. The only somewhat downside for this attempt was the mouth feel, as it was rather light-bodied for the style, but still a nice slippery texture. High marks overall. It was quite enjoyable. It was apparently also very under-rated by the BA community—though I'm willing to bet the 3 years of aging on my bottle made it better. If you find a bottle somewhere and appreciate true English-style barleywines, grab one (or more). You won't be disappointed. Hope they bring this one out of retirement.

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

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy red-amber with very small head and low carbonation, as anticipated. Aromas of toffee, butterscotch, earthy hops, cognac. The taste has the expected toffee malt dominance, with grassy hop bitterness. Pretty good.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of justinp444
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage draft. Pours a clear orange amber with a inch thick off white head. Smell of citrusy hops and a sweet malt undertone. Very IPA like. Taste is very sweet with a almond cherry flavor, kind of dry and lots of orange citrus. Medium body and a nice full crisp mouth feel.

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Photo of msumike89
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weltywm
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage. In the cellar for about 3 years. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Deep ruby red to brown. 1/2 a finger of quickly dissipating head.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, baker's chocolate, and earthy spice. A little bit of cherry and some other dark fruits.

Taste: Like the smell - notes of chocolate, spice, and vanilla. Almost has a rootbeer or cola quality to it, with some anise and wood maybe?This is rounded out by some medicinal qualities. The alcohol is fairly hidden. though I can feel it starting to warm in my stomach.

Feel: Very lively carbonation, and a medium body. Fairly quick finish, with just some lingering alcohol and warmth.

Overall: I think this aged extremely well, and I'm sad I won't get to have another one. Looking forward to sipping this one over the next hour.

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Photo of zoober911
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnathanColeman
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sanderson
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Brooklyn Monster Ale is brewed in the traditional barleywine style. It is made from three mashes of the finest British malt and aged four months achieving a burnished copper color, an aroma of sherry, hops and fruit and a soft, warming, complex palate. Excellent after dinner, with dessert, or aged cheeses or a cigar. Serve in a goblet, lightly chilled." Brewed in the style of an English Barleywine, available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on seasonal draft. A longtime annual release, Monster Ale was retired after the 2012 Fall/Winter season.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, crisp head of a pale tan complexion over a mildly hazy copper brown body. Thin, very slight sediment and little to no visible carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) Toasted bread and caramel malts forward with subtle hints of toffee, moderate molasses, light vanilla. Yeast-borne aromas of lightly tart stone fruit, soft red wine acidity, very mild, smooth tannin character with lightly perceived ethanol. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Toasted caramel with some mild sweetness forward, light fruitiness and some light sherry character, finishing moderately grainy. A bit less sweet than the aroma, with a more revealed alcohol bite and less flavor diversity than the aroma suggested. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is residual, lightly chewy, smooth and moderately dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a mild frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly grainy, tangy and boozy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no distinctive off flavors. 3.5

(Overall) Monster Ale is a middle-of-the-road Barleywine ale with a lot of flavor potential based off of the aroma, although I found a bit too much grain and heat in the flavor and not quite enough body to make up for it. I recall this ale being very reasonably priced and widely available. Although it doesn't crest the top of the Barleywine list, I'd be interested in seeing it return in the future, and would recommend it as a good first step into the English Barleywine ale style. 3.5

Brooklyn Brewery's
Monster Ale
3.53/5.00

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Photo of Eziel
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lochef81
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dfhhead25
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of M_chav
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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