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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
70 78 62 5 20 12
Monster Ale by Brooklyn Brewery
English Barleywine
10.10 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 09/30/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 15 4 7 2010
2000 Millenium bottled edition - released by UncleJimbo.
Nice clouded dark caramel chestnut brown with a thin, soft, fluffy, momentary tannish head, lace fleeting in semblance if at all. Aroma is pretty full and packed with a good amount of darkened fruits, raisin, plum, fig, black currant, and cherry with a brandy-like alcohol misting off and covering the overall quality with notes of horse blanket mustyness, leather, and ethanol. Taste is pretty smooth and mellowing, malts are ample, warming as hell, whew...lots of warming in this one. A little too much for me on this one. Flavors are malty sweet with dark fruits of raisin and plum, with notes of cherry, low sweetness, a bit chewy in the finish which was nice, some caramel comes through. A very slight hop bitterness comes through as well. But overall the flavors are a bit short lived in appearance. Would like to have it roam around some more before it decides to fade, which it does a bit to quickly. As it warmed it gained some length, which helped me enjoy a bit more. Feel is pretty darn creamy and soothingly easy, smooth, a bit gripping near the middle, builds like smoke, but mildly biting overall with some light chewyness. After each sip I swear I was breathing fire out my nose. What an amazing effect. Whew...this is one barleywine that messes with your head. Boozy, potent, warming, "monster" sipper...whew... I need to sit down... I don't know if I'll be able to get back up. Wow. I'm done.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 09/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 3 7 12 3 6 2009
How there are no monsters on the label? A soft pour leaving sediment in the bottle, pours a closer maroon color with a lighter brown hue throughout. A soft off white head with limited retention, hiding to the side of the glass, and no lacing to speak of.

The nose has a mix between malt and fusel/hot alcohol aromas. Granted this has not been aged, but as is the fusel notes are over the top. Some lighter fluid notes as well. The malt has some minor kettle caramel notes but mostly has a generic malt bill. Some noticeable butyric/dirty drains as well. Some minor yeast notes beyond that and a light earthy hop note with a hint of orange and citrus.

The taste is a bit better than the nose. The malt comes out more with some kettle/melanodian notes and a hint of chocolate. Although it takes a bit for your mouth to adjust with the noticeable fusel notes. Hot notes are really a big deterrent overall. Some spicy notes on the back end, with a light pepper and limited tobacco flavor. Some butyric but not as bad as the nose. A distinct metallic taste that I usually associate with Brooklyn beers. Some yeast with a light berry and plum ester. No real hop notes. But could be covered in the finish with the boozy notes.

The body is between moderate and full. Would like a bit more depth from the malt itself. Carbonation is light. Overall it would be interesting to see this age out, but reading other reviews it seems the fusel notes really linger throughout.

Served In: Bottle

Review by cjsell on 11/15/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 2007
A: Poured an amberish color with a bunch of foamy head that disappeared pretty quickly.

S: I could smell the booze right as I was pouring this one. A big sweet malt smell after.

T: Starts off sweet like caramel, then gets a little fruity with a brief hit of alcohol. Interesting flavor compared to what I was expecting.

M: Medium body with a little carbonation and just some hints of alcohol.

This is a very interesting beer. I could probably drink a few of these even with the high alcohol content. I would definitely try this again, but wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 07/09/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 2 7 14 3 7 2007
A - Pour produces a small fizzy head that is sort of a dull butter color. Fizzes away to nothing within 30 seconds. Body is shade darker than copper and lighter than brown, clean and clear.

S - Lots of sweet maltiness. Sort of like a light toffee smell. Not really much in the way of hops. Fairly light in the aroma department overall.

T - Wow, starts off super sweet. Caramel and toffee candies. Lots of sugar. Toffee comes back in towards the middle, even more pronounced than in the start. Light hop bitterness briefly enters the picture. Alcohol is present, but not dominating.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is light, but what is there is a bit fizzy.

Overall - My palate isn't really adjusting to the sweetness and it becomes a bit much for me. Interested to see what a little more time would do to this one.

Served In: Tulip

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 1 8 15 3 7 0
Received in a trade a while back. Bottled in 2005. 11% alc.

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is average. Pours the same color as brandy or cognac with absolutely no head or lacing. Little disappointed.

Smell is good. Sugary malts and mucho heat/alcohol. No hop fragrance but it is an English Barleywine after all and those tend to favor only a huge malt profile.

Taste is good. First initial flavor is of candied malts and sugar. The finish is a bit cloying with fresh red apples and alcohol. Definitely different. Not the greatest flavor but pleasing non-the-less.

Mouthfeel is average. Thin in the mouth with barely any carbonation. Smooth as silk.

Drinkability is very good. I can drink 2-3 bottles of this stuff in one sitting quite easily. Although the alcohol is apparent in the flavor, it doesn't effect the drinkability at all.

Overall: Definitely a tasty barleywine. A little more carbonation would have made it better in the appearance and mouthfeel category but it's a good, not great, example of an English Barleywine.

Served In: Tulip

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