Brooklyn Monster Ale

Brooklyn Monster AleTonight marked the end of my personal selling course. Another .5 credits closer to my MBA. It was a super quick 3 week class. My next 3 week class starts next week…no frickin downtime! How long this is taking me is truly sucking my will to live.

I also want to take this time to mention that when I’m not slaving for the man, studying, sleeping, or in class, I’m working my ass off for this blog. :) All kinds of stuff going on behind the scenes whether it be on Twitter, Facebook, or my endless search for beer news. I’ve also been rustling up advertisers, and spending lots of time promoting the site. I’m having a blast doing it though!

Tonight I’m diving into this Brooklyn Monster Ale. I only let it cool down in the fridge for ~1 hour, but I’m not worried, as a big beer like this is probably better when it’s a little warm.

The beer smells a bit boozy. This isn’t a surprise at all for a barleywine, and a 10% ABV one to boot. It also smells of raisins or maybe another dark fruit.

The beer has a significant red hue to it. Almost cherry colored. I’m sitting here comparing it to my cherry dining room table, and it’s pretty damn close!

The beer has a strong malty sweetness with zero bitterness. The booze comes through in the taste as much as it did in the smell. The taste is complex, and I’m liking it. Caramel is the immediate thing I’m feeling. Maybe some vanilla in there too? Given the raisin smell, I expected a ton of dark fruit flavor (like maybe plum), but none of that is coming through in the flavor department.

This sucker is extremely dangerous. I feel like I could plow through the whole bottle in no time. I’m probably hit the floor pretty quick if I did. Brooklyn Monster Ale is a very good barleywine!

I have a crazy love-hate relationship with this style of beer. They are usually either really bitter, or really sweet. I, obviously, fall for the sweet ones.

What’s your favorite barleywine?

Brooklyn Monster Ale

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Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.