Sunday, 26 May 2013

Monster Ale

Monster Ale is a "barleywine style ale" and an "extra strong ale", brewed in Brooklyn, New York, by the Brooklyn Brewery. Sold in 355mL bottles, Monster Ale contains a ghoulish 10.3% alcohol. It pours a golden orange colour, just slightly cloudy, with a creamy head.

Monster has an aroma of boozy caramel and some raisin fruitiness. It has a rich flavour, sweet without being syrupy or cloying. There are notes of dark fruit which compliment the boozy warmth. Monster tastes like a strong beer, but it doesn't taste like a REALLY strong beer, which makes it pretty dangerous.

I'm not a big barleywine fan, but this stuff is pretty intriguing. The bottle informed me that the 355mL bottle of Monster amounted to approximately 2.9 standard drinks.  Formidable. I definitely wouldn't seek out Monster's alcoholic bombast on an average evening, but it was pretty nice brew.

Rating; 8.0 out of 10.

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