Brooklyn Brewing Monster

Brooklyn Brewing Monster, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

Definitely one of the best Barley wines to date. If you wrote off this style grab two of these hide one away for a few years and drink one now.

2011 bottle served in Brooklyn Tulip

A: Great looking, perfect beer. Tawny-to-copper colored, with good clarity, foamy off-white head that fades away and leaves some decent lacing.

S: Fruity and grainy. Booze is almost invisible. Dried apricot, some dark fruits like raisins and dates and figs, toasted grains, caramel, and a hint of citrus, probably from an English Ale yeast.

T: Close to the nose, with nice variables. Sticky toffee and dried fruits on the front and middle of the palette, finishes with a flash of a toasted or lightly burn caramel grain. A splash of alcohol rounds out the flavors.

MF: Medium, thin almost…really just moderate with some good sticky viscous notes and a ghost-like dryness.

O: A nice winter drinker with well-masked alcohol and not too much sugary & buttery malt presence. Recommended.