Not actually an ale
at all, but rather a barleywine
allowed to ferment
long enough to reach the alcohol
level of wine
), the Brooklyn Monster is a serious
drink. Up until recently, the Monster
was only sold on tap
at certain bars
(you can often find it at Sparky's
during the winter
for example) - but a few months ago bottles
of it began to appear in the local deli
If you've never had a barleywine before, they're definitely something entirely different than what you're probably expecting. The Monster has a deep reddish coloring (similar to a very dark burgandy) and a heavy fruity flavor (reminds me of cherries and maybe a little lemon).
It's also served in a pint glass. And at 11% alcohol by volume that's a drink that will put you in trouble pretty quickly if you don't watch out.
It's a good way to start off an evening though... and anything you drink after this, even if you switch to the thickest of stouts, is going to feel like nothing in your belly...
Brewed at the Brooklyn Brewery.