Thursday, February 11, 2010

Brooklyn Monster Ale

Brooklyn Monster Ale

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn, New York

English Barleywine

10.10% ABV


Commercial Description:Brooklyn Monster Ale is a classic barley wine, a style of ale originally brewed by the butlers to the English and American aristocracy. It is brewed from three mashes of heirloom British malt and spiced with aromatic American Willamette, Cascade and Fuggle hops.

After four months of aging, it has a magnificent burnished copper color, an aroma redolent of sherry, citrusy hops and fruit, a soft, warming, complex palate, a spiritous finish, and a strength of 10.8%.

It is vivacious when young, but will age gracefully for many years, becoming more complex over time.

Food Matches
Brooklyn Monster Ale is a fine accompaniment to cheeses, ice cream, flourless cakes, crème brulee and good cigars

General Pricing:12 oz bottle  ~ $8.00 4 pack, ~$44.00 case

The beer pours a dark copper color with amber hues and an off white head.

Rich caramel malts on the nose along with some bitterness. The aromas are mainly sweet but there is some hop aromas as well.

This beer seems lighter than I’ve had it in past years but this is still a good beer. The taste starts out with sweet caramel malts up front. Not much going on in mid-sip other than a nice effervescence over the tongue. The back end and finish is fairy sweet and dry. This beer seems to be missing that classic barleywine finish.

This beer is very good. 

As this beer warms you can start to feel the alcohol. The beer is now at 64 degrees and it has really opened up nicely. This is a very good beer. I’m just wondering why this one tastes so much different than it has in past years. I am not getting that dry bitter barleywine finish. It is really an odd complaint because this beer is actually better tasting than last years brew but it just seems to be outside of the barleywine style. This is more like a double pale ale.

Now at 68 degrees I can tell you that this beer warms well. I am always impressed with a beer when it taste this good after warming to these temperatures.

I may have to reserve a final rating until I have another one of these. I have one more left from the 4 pack that I was going to age but I think I need to try this one again. It is possible that the food and previous beer have altered my palate. I do not taste that intense dry barleywine finish.

This is a very good beer but due to the intensity of a big beer this is not for everyone. For a barleywine this is probably the most easy drinking of any that I have had. But that is also where my confusion sets in. In past years this was not so smooth and more like the traditional barleywine.

This would be an excellent introductory barleywine for anyone that was interested in trying this style of beer for the first time. It is much smoother and less intense than most.

I’ll give this one a B for now until I try it again and revise this posting.

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