I have taken a few timid steps toward cellaring some of my beer. Last January I had some Brooklyn Monster Ale and very specifically put aside a bottle to have…oh, about now. It’s been an awful temptation to see it back for just about all of 2009. This is a bottle from 2008.
Very pretty caramel color and clear. What little head it has falls fairly quickly. There’s some vanilla in the aroma, plus a bit of floral, but mostly it’s significantly malty/bready. It’s thick. Not syrupy, but obviously very high gravity. Big malty flavor with a little bit of heat from the alcohol.
Question is: Is it better than it was a year ago?
I say yes. Most of the “harshness” I found in it last January has certainly mellowed. It’s warm and complex. It’s good. Should I cellar it for longer? I don’t know, but it would be hard to leave it alone for that long.
Based on the satisfying malty ales of blustery Scotland, Brooklyn Winter Ale will have you looking on the bright side of things. Rich Scottish malts bring deep bready flavors to a beer with a full copper color, a round, smooth palate, and brisk hopping that pulls the sweet malts into balance. See – things are looking up already!
Very pretty amber color. Subtle malty aroma. Brooklyn Brewery is generally one of my favorites, but I’m just not feeling it for this one.
Brooklyn Winter Ale
We use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specially roasted malts. We brew it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years.
This is an old favorite. Dark as night, with a thick, tan head. Deep, roasty chocolate aroma. More roasty chocolate in the flavor. This is darn good, but at 10% ABV it’s a occasional treat. I’ll need to cellar some.
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
This unique and exciting beer is a collaboration between brewmasters Hans-Peter Dresler of the Schneider Brewery and Garrett Oliver of The Brooklyn Brewery.
[It is] a pale weisse-bock fermented with the Schneider yeast, then robustly dry-hopped with a blend of Amarillo and Palisade hops.
Pale yellow with some chill haze. Citrusy-pineapple in the aroma. A little sweet with a decent finish.
Ron says: Aroma reminds of old wood. A little marmalade in the flavor.
Hop Talk Advisory Panel says: Compares favorably to many wheat beers imbibed in Germany under several different levels of sobriety. Don doesn’t like wheat beers, though; he says they taste like soap.
So, I was at my preferred retailer the other day, buying up another batch beer I’ve never had before, when I spotted something I never expected to see.
Cans of Brooklyn beer.
Get out! When did this happen?! Why wasn’t I informed?
Too bad the cans are black. You’d think they would have learned the lesson of Miller Genuine Draft in black cans.
So, while I’ve written about Brooklyn Lager before, I couldn’t not do it for the Beer-a-Day project.
Pretty amber color, off-white head. I don’t have a bottle to do a side-by-side comparison, but this sure is tasty. Brooklyn remains one of my favorite breweries.
This must be new, as I’ve never seen it before.
Light golden color, clear, with a white head. Fruity and bready, but light. Crisp flavor with a bit of orange zest. Very nice.
Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale
Another “rule breaker” but what the hell.
Pale straw; white head. Slightly floral aroma. Light and refreshing, with a slightly fruity essence.
As I’ve said before, this is the beer those not-really-American beer giants wish they brewed.
Of the 40 beers I received for my birthday I’ve tracked thus far how each has rated against the unofficial Hop-Talk beer rating scale.
In this round I add one fantastic brew, Brooklyn’s Local 1. I’m not a big Belgian fan, but this really hit the spot for me. Two other very good stouts received a 3.5, Founder’s Breakfast Stout and Harviestoun’s Old Engine Oil Black Ale. (I think I liked the Engine Oil a bit more)
Left Hand’s JuJu Ginger was interesting with the first sips wonderful and full of ginger, but by the end I was spent on the taste and my tongue was over spiced. Wild Goose’s XPA was nothing to write home about.
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Brooklyn Brewery week concludes early. (The other two beers I picked up, Brooklyn Lager and Brooklyn Pilsner, I’ve already written about and I don’t have a couple of others to hand.)
Amber color; very clear. Not much head. Biscuity aroma. A bit of bite from the hops and the carbonation. Pretty clean finish. I’d drink that again.
Brooklyn Pennant Ale ’55
Brooklyn Brewery week continues.
For all my love of both Brooklyn Brewery and IPAs, I can’t believe I’ve never had this.
Orangish-yellow with an off-white head. Nice hop aroma; I get some lemon zest and some grapefruit. Light-to-medium body and a nice bitter hop finish. I’ll be having this again.
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale