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Brewed by Daleside
Style: English Strong Ale
Harrogate, England

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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2019) - 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 (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
(500 ml bottle: $3.69 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) There’s 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 isn’t quite dark or rich enough to be molasses, it’s 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 it’s just too damn sugary to me. And after awhile, the unbalanced, one-dimensionality of the sugary caramel wears on me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DCJack (182) - Alabama, USA - JUN 3, 2006
just fairly enjoyable typically light palate with almost no stature or presence. merely tolerable

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Pint bottle. Pours to a bright, deep brown color, with a soapy white head that fades, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is malty with aromas of sweet malt, nuts, and treacle. The palate is soft with good flavors of sweet malt, light estery fruit, and flavors of treacle and molasses. This beer finishes with more sweet malt and molassess flavor, and has just enough flowery hop bitterness to take the cloying edge off this beer. A very enjoyable pint of beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - MAY 17, 2006
simple brew. nothing fancy, just a typical british brown ale; but enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12119) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2006
(500ml bottle) Medium beige head atop a crystal clear chestnut body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some raisin, light nut, chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, peach, some brown sugar, finishing with a light earthiness. Medium body, light stickiness.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Another dull, unremarkable beer from Daleside. Amber/brown body with a frothy white head. Some notes of caramel apples, malt, nuts. Thin and watery. Flavor was slightly sweet and malty but in a blah sort of way.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2006
Dark ruby color, when seen through the light, otherwise, it’s a ruddy caramel hue, sitting under a slim ring of cocoa foam. Dark fruit abounds in the nose, rich, sweet, and ebullient, grape and black cherry, with caramel and nuts riding along. Quite nice. "Dark and beautifully smooth," reads the label, below a depiction of the titular ape, and smooth is right. Slides right in the mouth and lolls about the palate. A lush maltiness, with a perfect integration. Just a whisper of hop, very easy on the tongue, and not too sweet, either. Texture and mouthfeel is no challenge, either. For this ale, it’s all about the unique malty flavor and the flawless drinkability. At over $5 for a 500ml bottle, I won’t be visiting this too often, but I do recommend it. Not bad in the least.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2006
Pours a nice dark reddish brown color. Aromas of carame,l butterscotch, tobacco, and hint of coffee. Flavor is big roasty malts and then a nice blast of coffee to finish with.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2006
Pint bottle. The beer pours a rich mahogany brown with a decentlly structured beige head. There are notes of leather, toasted oak, pumpernickel bread, and stewed cherries. Any hint of sweetness is well intigrated with a solid backbone of darker malt and a slightly charry character. A lovely beer for the style.


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