Style: English Barleywine
Serve at 50-55 Degrees
Enjoyed from a snifter
A: Pours a deep copper-orange with two fingers of tan, fizzy head. Spider web lacing.
S: Caramel, very sweet dark fruits, a little spiciness from the alcohol, malty.
T: Whoa. Very complex. Hops and toffee collide. Sour cherry, brown sugar, very grainy and bready. Finishes nice and bitter. I can’t stress how important it is to drink this one at the suggested temperature. You’ll never get all this flavor if you don’t.
M: Just as heavy as expected. It coats your mouth and adds a little burn going down.
O: While I really enjoy this, it has a long way to go before it’s respected like the barleywines coming from Bells or Sierra Nevada. Nine bucks a four pack is a pretty decent price all things considered. Cellar this for a couple of years and watch out!
This is nitpicking, but get rid of the boring, unattractive silver label; with a name like “Monster”, this begs for a much more creative label.