Thursday, January 13, 2011

Monster Ale

Today I'm drinking Monster Ale, a Barleywine brewed by the 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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Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Brian.

Thanks a lot. "Lost" and I are blog buddies for quite a while. And we don't seem to like the same sports teams either. But you picked a nice interview with him. Nice guy, not a jerk, and really is out to show people that beer can be cool.

As for me, I hope your exploration of my site shows you that I love my beer and do a review every day. I'm also a bit of a dick and make a lot of controversial statements. But I don't moderate my comments and welcome challenges, beer or story-wise.

Talk to you soon.