News Brooklyn Monster Ale R.I.P.

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  1. bluntedboywonder

    bluntedboywonder Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2008 New York

    R.I.P. Monster Ale: The Captain Goes Down With The Ship

    Today it is with a heavy heart that we announce Brooklyn Brewery’s barley wine Monster Ale has reached the end of its run. But although this beer will no longer be produced, its spirit will live on… no, like literally: Monster Ale will age nicely for many years, so for those holding on to a bottle (or keg) there’s still some Monster out there left to enjoy.
    After the passing of Monster the Cat, things were just not the same with Monster Ale. The Monsters had come up in Brooklyn together, enjoying an incalculable tally of beer fans assembled in the Tasting Room basking in the duo’s respective glow, and witnessing the birth of new arrivals such as Local 1, BLAST! and Sorachi Ace, now all on course towards legacies of their own. When Monster was laid to rest, the spirituous, malty libation could be seen aimlessly meandering through the fermentation hall, lazing about the brewhouse, and listlessly watching the bottles fill up with beer in the packaging room, giving the sense to those close with this classic Winter Seasonal that perhaps the end was near.
    But don’t worry, even though one of its members has passed, the Brooklyn Beer family may just have some new suds in the oven…
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  2. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I have walked by that beer many times as barelywine's aren't typically my type of brew. I may just have to grab one in memory of the beer and the fine feline.
  3. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York

    Monster the cat was pretty awesome. The beer wasn't bad either.
  4. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,668) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    I'll be the douche that says good.. I like Brooklyn too..
  5. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    It's a solid beer with some age. Great beginner cheap beer to age and experiment with. Beyond that, well, not shocked they're killing it off. Feels like they doesn't even make that much of it in recent years.
  6. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (520) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    The last beer that I puked off of. Had never had it before and closed out a late night with one of these. I asked the bartender what kind of beer it was and he said it was "just an IPA" and poured me a full pint. Made for a bad night.
  7. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    I remember seeing Monster the cat lazing on a pallet of grain when I visited the brewery a couple years back. :slight_frown:
  8. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Yeah, I hate cats too.
  9. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    WTF man, I dig this stuff. Got some good verts goin..
  10. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,178) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    I bought a bottle of Monster off the shelf in Tampa that was already a year old. It was full-on terrific after that year of aging, too.
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  11. phooky

    phooky Aspirant (214) Jan 23, 2010 New York

    Hopefully they replace it with an American style barleywine!
    ..and maybe this one will actually be good
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  12. cloudhouse

    cloudhouse Aspirant (228) May 21, 2005 Ohio

    So, was the last year the 2011 vintage? I have been waiting and waiting for 2012 to hit the shelves in either late 2012 or early 2013, but never saw any (I live in southwest Ohio). I was waiting to buy some 2012 before I had a vertical tasting with a few friends as I have several bottles of 2007-2011.
  13. Sam21

    Sam21 Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Connecticut

    Always sad to see a beer retired. I thought it was a decent barley wine, but encountered many more that I enjoyed much more. It was a sweeter barley wine but I never found the sweetness to be interesting enough for being so central.
  14. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (13,383) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    welp it looks like I am buying a 2 year old 4 pack or two from my corner store just to have. I haven't drank it in years, but I feel its time now.
  15. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (825) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    Bottles of Monster Ale will be a whale in 2 years!
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  16. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Initiate (60) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
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    Didn't like this when I had it before, but that was a couple of years ago and before I had developed an appreciation for BWs. I may just crack the '07 and '12 I have in the cellar tonight in honor of both fallen Monsters.
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  17. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    yea i saw that. Cant say Ill miss it all that much, but it does scratch an itch if I want a barleywine.
  18. thenamestsam

    thenamestsam Initiate (121) Sep 13, 2012 New York

    Certainly not one of the best barleywines out there, but it was the first one I ever had and opened my eyes to the entire style. I rarely grab it anymore despite its reasonable price and my continued affection for it, but I'll miss it for sentimental reasons.
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  19. mborden

    mborden Initiate (172) Jan 28, 2009 New York

    Literally the first craft beer I bought when I moved to Syracuse to help with my unpacking several years ago. I definitely like it with some age on it. Looks like I'll pick up a couple of 4-packs I've been glossing over the last few times I've visited my local craft shop.
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  20. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,703) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I'll miss buying/trading for it. The brew was a thing of beauty with some cellaring time behind it and it could take a lot of cellaring time..
  21. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,023) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    So, SO glad a friend brought back a 4-pk of the 2011 from MI a couple of weeks ago...English-style BW's are my fav. style, and I thought the connection with Monster the cat was really cool...I woulda been bummed if I'd not gotten to try it.
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  22. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,474) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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  23. 1up

    1up Disciple (361) Mar 5, 2013 District of Columbia

    Wow, one of their better offerings
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  24. bayridge27

    bayridge27 Initiate (137) Dec 3, 2009 New York

    It sits on the shelves everywhere .... I see cases of 2012 still all over the place - I like it but don't think it is special.... not surprised really. Maybe they start bottling blast.
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  25. DanH83

    DanH83 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 New York
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    This was the beer that started me on the style, maybe stronger brews in general, ten years ago. I too pass it up now, but I have one 2011 in the cellar. I might have to grab another 4 pk or two to keep for a few years. It does well with age and I'd like to have it for posterities sake.
  26. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (3,455) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    My first barleywine! I wasn't too fond of it, and I wasn't reviewing back then.
    I'm curious how it'll stand up to my more experienced beer palate now, especially since I've really become quite the fan of barleywines. Hope I can scrounge one up somewhere local.
  27. DanH83

    DanH83 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 New York
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    It's out there, shouldn't have to look too hard.
  28. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (3,455) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Thanks - I hope so!

  29. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (325) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    Maybe like Frankenstein it will come "ALIVE" again someday!!! Too bad. It is good stuff.
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  30. JoeyBeerBelly

    JoeyBeerBelly Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2006 New York

    I know a place that has plenty. Let me know if you can't find some, I'll hook you up.
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  31. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Aspirant (216) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Smells like a publicity stunt to me. You're not making the beer anymore because a cat died? Sucks about the cat but come on guys.
  32. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (3,455) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Thanks, bro - I'll let you know!

  33. Slatetank

    Slatetank Poo-Bah (4,868) Oct 9, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    I will miss this - yeah imbrue001 you have a good point
  34. jimbomill

    jimbomill Aspirant (229) Oct 22, 2006 New Jersey

    Drat, I liked it more than the Black Chocolate Stout. Time to hunt some up.
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  35. Crookdrain

    Crookdrain Aspirant (286) Jan 13, 2010 New York
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    Blast is coming in 4 packs later this year, so said Garrett Oliver at one of the recent Brooklyn parties. Also, they're going to release a modified version of Wild One in 750's.
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  36. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Michigan

    Drank this '07 tonight in honor of this occasion.

  37. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,330) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    When I saw a label approval for 12oz bottles of Blast, my interest was certainly piqued. And I would loooooove to see Wild One in a store near me . . . any idea on an ETA for either of those?
  38. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Are you suggesting there might be some foul play?

    I demand an autopsy.
  39. tzieser

    tzieser Savant (914) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    I'd love to see them bring back Brooklyn Backbreaker. I loved the english floor malts they used for that beer......amazing.

    Either that or Cookie Jar Porter....i miss these damn beers.
  40. DanH83

    DanH83 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 New York
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    How'd it go down?
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