Brewed by Daleside
Style: English Strong Ale
Harrogate, England


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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
A powerful smooth strong ale to suit all tastes. Monkey Wrench is mid brown to ruby in hue with aromas of fruit hops malt and roast malt together with some sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5836) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2007
500 ml bottle, bought in Scarborough. Possibly filtered, but probably not pasteurised. ABV is 5.3%. As a cask ale it was voted "Champion Winter Beer of Britain 1998". Chestnut coloured beer, rich off-white to beige head. Very nice malty aroma with oaky and vinous notes, also caramel and dark fruits. Malty flavour with caramel, some raisiny and vinous notes, moderate hops. Moderate carbonation, soft mouthfeel. A pleasant beer to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Dark brown/ruby topped by a small, frothy, off white cap. Mild flavor and aroma- roasted toffee, toasted grains, light cocoa powder. Medium body, balanced carbonation. Drinkable, would not buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thick yellow head. Caramel aroma with undertones of orange? Sweet caramel taste with a subtle hoppiness. A slight tang in the aftertaste. This was too watery for a strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4297) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2007
500 mL pours a dark brown-ruby, with a medium head that lasts and leaves sticky lace. Aroma is dryish brown sugar, bananas, and raisins soaked in alcohol and licorice. Taste is similar with additional toasted nut and molasses; occasional raisin-chocolate-smoke. Finishes dry-tingly and slightly sour with some metallic hops and dry yeast flavors. Palate is mostly smooth and dry, with a more watery and light body than expected. It appears and tastes mostly like a good brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Clear dark amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet malty caramel aroma. Sweet caramel and english malt flavor with some light grassy and floral hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2007 I feel a little wimpy drinking a 5.3% strong ale. Has a sort of fresh scrubbed glass/detergent aroma that I swear is not from my glass. It is a sharp, but clean kind of aroma that defies more detailed explanation. The body is a chestnut, copper-brown color and holds a diminishing tan, pinky sized head. Mild raisin/grain fore. Kind of brown ale tasting, but without the nutty notes. Has some scaled down fruit cake/Belgian ale-like flavors, but it too watery to really wow. Very faint hop bitterness in the finish. Decent enough, but I won’t be rushing back for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4531) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle. Dark with a very inviting malty aroma upon opening.Full bodied with an intersting mixture of flavours.Slightly burnt but subtle as well.Informative and intersting label.Quite impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Cold 550ml bottle: Pours a clear burnt orange color with minor tan bubbles around the edges of the glass. Rich malts, caramel, light fruits and grass. Watery texture and smooth with ample carbonation. Ending is of sweet malts and grass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Bottle: Pours a clear dark orange with red highlights and a thin white head, earthy hops with caramel in the aroma, thin bodied with a slick texture, starts and ends lightly sweet with a stale ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4931) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2007
Pours mahogany into an English pint. Offwhite micro head with excellent retention leaves film as it slowly recedes. Roasted malt aromas. Upfront sweet creamy caramel which pretty much stays through the finish. Fairly one dimensional -- was hoping for a little more bite, but certainly was able to drain the glass quite quickly.

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