Brooklyn Brewery in Utica, New York. Bold-faced black capital letters name the beer over a shiny silver background. The label then makes sure you know that THIS MONSTER ALE WAS BORN IN 2010.
Fruity aroma, malty with a hint of bread. There is a ripe fruit and sweet malty start which is backed up right away by a hoppy balance. Rich flavors, even a little syrupy. Apricot and peach and cherry flavors with a touch of honey sweetness. Then some bitter spicy ease. Sweet, bitter, sweet, bitter, both playing off of one another. All the while, Monster Ale's secret weapon, its 10.1% alcohol, sneaks in for an attack basically unnoticed. You will get a little warmth and a dry finish, but this component was practically completely masked. Nice flavors although I felt that they kind of ran together to the point of none standing out very much. Not an aggressively hoppy barleywine at all; rather very good balance. Pretty good beer!
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