Saturday, December 12, 2009

Brooklyn Monster Ale

Brooklyn Brewery is known for making great traditional style beers. Brewmaster Garret Oliver strives to make old world style beers. From their East India Pale ale, to their Weiss beer, they represent great examples of traditional styles. Well this is not only true of their standard styles, but their seasonal beers as well, like this barleywine.
The Beer: This is Brooklyn's barleywine and weighs in at 11.0%. It pours a burnish copper color with a thin off white head that quickly dissipates into a thin line. The nose is malty, caramel, a little bit of alcohol, fruity. The mouthfeel is full and malty, with some alcohol notes. Caramel, raisins, apricots, brandy-ish. There are some metallic notes, something almost brackish to the beer. Not sure what it but its off putting. There are some strong alcohol notes here, that I hope will settle out as this beer ages. Right now this one gets a B- from me. Here's what the folks at BA think.

5 comments:

assurbanipaul said...

Did you find this in Texas? The Monster is the one Brooklyn beer I've been waiting for.

tedo said...

yes. Found it at Specs down here. Not sure if it is up in your neck of the woods or not.

Mark, Real-Ale-Reviews.com said...

I was thinking of pairing a barley wine with traditional Christmas pudding this year, and Brooklyn being one of my favourite breweries I'd love to try this, but I doubt I'll be able to get it over in the UK in time.

tedo said...

Mark,
You'd know better than I would, but brooklyn does export some of its brew's to the UK. Not sure if Monster is included in that, but it might be worth looking into.

Leigh said...

yeah, sure sounds good, but will be hard to find in the UK. about time Brooklyn did some new beers.