Brewed by Daleside
Style: English Strong Ale
Harrogate, England


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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Pours dark brown, red hue towards the edges, light khaki head. Fruity chocolate sweetness in the nose, very lightly roasty. Flavor is similar to a Czech tmavy, although not as silky smooth. Has that lightly roasted chocolate note up front on the palate, with a mild finish of caramel and sweeter apple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a coffe colored head. The aroma is malty and dark. The flavor is definitely malty but follows through with licorice and chocolate. Stays with you on the palate but is not cloying. A nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4653) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a strong head. The aroma is lightly dry and malty and the flavour is malty, roasted, and lightly dry. Overall a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Bottle: Poured a woodsy, orange-tinged brown color with a thin, creamy, pock-marked head. The aroma is creamy, yet nutty. This drinks with a malty underbelly, but the upfront character has notes of nuts, dried fruit, and light caramel. The mouthfeel is uniquely creamy, in the British style. Nice session beer. (#3157, 10/27/2007)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2007
Aroma: Heavy, estery, sweet, slightly of mashed banana, germanesque dark malts, figs, wonderful. There is a quality to the aroma that feels Ďoldí. Overall very malty, with a lot of dried fruit and vaguely yeasty quality. Reminisicent of heavy, dark (non-trappist) belgians.
Appearance: Clear dark red body towards a darker hue of that of a larch tree. The starkly yellowish head fades way too fast, leaving some film and big bubbles
Flavour: The flavour comes as a perfect continuation of the aroma. It is drier than expected. It is slightly sourish and there is some malty sweetness to give it some body; but overall itís quite a dry and bitter beer with some traditional hoppy bottom. It has an almost woody character rounded off by the mild sweetness. Anyhow, after a few sips, the beer shrinks as further complexity seems abscent Ė the palate getting used to the flavour way too quickly. Beyond the very good first sips it is near mawkish. I do, however, think this is respectable - and drinkable to say the least. More of session beer than a dessert beer though (obviously!)
Palate: I like the texture of the beer, it reminds me of dark belgian ale and dark english ale at once. The carbonation is quite soft yet with the sharper, smaller bubbles protruding. Fluffy and medium thick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14167) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of sweetish dark fruit backed by some chocolate. Dark mahogany color with an off-white head that quickly collapsed. Thin to medium body with moderate carbonation. The flavor is dark toasted malt with a medicinal tinge. Coarse chocolate notes and enough bitter to be noticeable. The finish is relatively dry, maybe a bit earthy, and the chocolate and bitter persist. Itís really very drinkable. Brilliant, even.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
bottle: pours a lively cocoacola colour with a large fluffy off white head. aroma of malts and sweet chocolate with a very small amount of roastedness. flavour is slightly roasted chocolate malt and some caramel malt. finishes mice and dry with just the right amount of bitter. very easy driniking and a style i wish i could get moree of. ilove them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Once again, this is a new style to me and I have to say that I really enjoyed this beer. Poured a beautiful dark brown with a thick creamy head. This beer had so much malt and caramel to ot. Very low carbination and lacing was nice also. I did detect some rasin or fig hints to it too. I thought it was a great beer, but a stong ale? hmmmm I donít think so, maybe Iím wrong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2007
poured into new sam adams pint. pours a clear dark brown amber with mild caramel head, sweet candy aroma. light, sweet, and mild with a malty candy finish. reminds me of newcastle. has a mild to light aftertaste, a good session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours Light brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruit, and spices. The flavor is mostly caramel, some dark fruit, and mild bitterness. Ok body, decent brew.

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