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Brewed by Daleside
Style: English Strong Ale
Harrogate, England

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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Completely clear brown pour with no real head to speak of - aroma of roasted nuts and caramel - light fruity esters, some cocoa and hazelnut in the flavor - kind of a bready, yeasty finish - decent - if it werenít filtered and pasturized it would probably be a lot better.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Dark mahogany-brown body, with only a small head. Noteably low in alcohol. Musty, putrid aroma- very malty, but no real defining characteristics. Thin body with simply caramel and malts, no complexity at all. Sour, sweet finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2006
Bottle. Reddish brown colour with a weak head. Aroma of caramel and malt, also in the flavour ends up soft and light.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Clear, light brown beer with a small, off-white head. Aroma of nuts. Medium-bodied with vinous, almost sherry like accents. Nuts and caramel in the flavour and a short, dry finish. Very delicate. 130806

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a small beige head. Malty, dark fruits aroma and taste, metallic. Medium body with a metallic finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20545) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle. Clear orange brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of malts, caramel and dried fruits with notes of cocoa powder. Flavour of malts, caramel and hops with notes of cocoa powder.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a chestnut brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, light fruitiness, and cocoa. Flavor of toasted malt, nuts, caramel, and a hint of fruit. An enjoyable English ale!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Handsome pour, a rich brown body with ruby highlights and a creamy beige head. The aroma is malty with molasses, fresh apple skins, and just a hint of earthy bitterness. A sweet malty drink, caramel mostly, with molasses and fruit and a light nuttiness. Very nicely blended and quite drinkable.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (1841) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2006
Bottle. Chestnut colour with a thick cream head. Aroma is malty, fruity, hoppy with brown sugar. Flavours are toasted sweet malts, brown sugar and caramel. The solid malts background allows this to get away with a lot of sweet elements yet still remain a drinkable and enjoyable beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
(500 ml bottle: $3.69 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Thereís no mistaking what this beer is all about: both the flavor and aroma are very caramely and sugary sweet like candy. The sugar on the palate isnít quite dark or rich enough to be molasses, itís more brown sugar to me. A moderate toastiness and even some breadiness emerges in the finish. Hops and bitterness are very mild, though there is a little bite in the finish. Medium bodied but the sweetness gets a bit cloying after several sips. Very dark amber, almost ruddy-brown in color. Clarity is nearly perfect and the light-tan head rises to half an inch on the pour before settling to a wide ring. Lacing is decent, leaving crystalline, irregular honeycomb-like pattern on the glass. I really want to like this beer, but itís just too damn sugary to me. And after awhile, the unbalanced, one-dimensionality of the sugary caramel wears on me.


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