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Brewed by Daleside
Style: English Strong Ale
Harrogate, England

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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 3, 2007
Very dark amber, clear and a nice and creamy head. The aroma is malty and the flavour is sweetish, malty with burnt notes of caramel, light fruit and a moderate bitterness, that develops further in the finish in a citrussy way. 1814

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle of the Monkey Wrench Dark Ale. Pours solid red with a nice little tan head. Aroma is pretty mild with sweet malty notes that suggest toast, raisins. Flavor is slightly musty and dank with hints of caramel, raisins, rum, and biscuits. I canít pick up hop activity here, maybe some far away papery notes. This is pretty light and mild like many U.K. offerings Iíve had. This doesnít make much of a "strong ale". Itís okay, pretty standard British brew.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Bottle labeled Monkey Wrench Dark Ale. The aroma has raisins, caramel, toasted malt, and hops. The appearance is clear, medium brown with a two finger head. The flavor is sweet and toasty with raisins and a light bitterness. The palate is smooth. A real winner.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7107) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Wow, strong ale, eh? Not really sure it fits into this style. 16.9 oz bottle that pours out mostly clear brown with slight red hue that gets the color close to amber. It has a thin tan colored head too. The aroma has a couple of malt notes such as sweet malts with a hint of roastiness, biscuit malts and vague dark fruitiness as well. Nice malty flavor that yields snippets of roasted malts, biscuit malts and a hint of caramel malts. About midway a more roasted malt surfaces along with the vague dark fruitiness picked up in the nose. Very tasty brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8035) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2007
For the record: my bottle carries the name of Monkey Wrench Dark Ale
Dark red-foxy beer with medium yellow-beige head. Lots of caramel, treacle even, tinge of moccha, and as the Bitter just tasted, green leaves. Sure itís one of the typical UK hops. Sweet, portwine with definitely oxydized (malt) notes (strange, as the beer is given good for another 6 months). A bit of treacle, watered down to the limit, molasses. Roasted, certainly, but Iím still looking for the fruit. Unless they mean fruit as they mean "Cadburyís", when they say "chocolate". Watery syrup. Slight burning in the end. Rather poor, compared to a good German Dunkles. As to "Strong"... All the same, thanks DanP. You sure warned me.
There must be something wrong in the UK. If a Yorkshire brewery calls its beer Leann these days,... Poor Paisley, Iíd start having pity...

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Brown Color with Off White Head. Drying Mouthfeel from Heavy Furry Malt...Some Dark Fruit and Almond..

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2007
A deep brown, Quite hoppy witha hint of chocolatew, sweet with tones of treacle

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle from State Line. Ruby coppery pour with 1-finger tannish head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel malty (slightly charred), red wine, British hops, some tannins, and peat mossy hints. Caramel malt and tart tannins dominate the taste, with some mild dark chocolate, earthy malty, and finishing hop notes, plus tinges of spirits.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle this beer poured a brown color with ruby highlights and a small khaki head that faded quickly. The aroma was light sour malts and fruity hops. The flavor was malty, vaguely sour and tangy with a light caramel element. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2007
500mL, no date. Pours a clear ruby brown with a minimal beige head. Aroma is nuts--hazelnuts and something else to be (somewhat) exact--, sweet toffee and molasses, and a bit of toasted malts. Flavor has a bit of anise, cherries, and paper oxidation in addition to the same aromas, though the hazelnuts fade to generic nuts. There is a (woody?) tang of some sort towards the semi dry finish. Bitterness never gets above mild. Light-medium body with low carbonation. For some reason it seems Iíve strayed from the English styles (maybe because theyíre all $5 a bottle), but this wasnít too bad of one to come back to.


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