342. Brooklyn Monster Ale

342. Brooklyn Monster Ale

I purchased two bottles of this at Downtown Wine and Spirits. This came in a brown 12 oz. bottle that said "This Monster Ale Was Born in 2005." I let this warm to 55ºF and served it in one of my new Ommegang chalices.

Monster Ale is an English Barley Wine. Barley Wines are one of the strongest varieties of beer. Monster Ale weighs in at 11% abv. Their flavors can range from fruity to hoppy.

Appearance (4.0): Pours a clear ruby-orange, with a thick beige head. The head thins to a ring, with sporadic lacing.

Smell (3.5): Sweet fruity malts, piney hops, and noticeable alcohol.

Taste (4.0): Sweet malts are evident first, followed by rich fruity flavors in the center. The finish is lightly bitter, dry and tart with alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and silky.

Drinkability (3.5): The flavors aren't too strong to drink a few of these, but the high alcohol may prevent you from doing so.

Overall (3.9): This is a nice strong sipping beer.

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