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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
liinis (1728) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 10, 2010
Damn what a disappointment. as if it was watered down. Has nothing into it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rustyham (1807) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Aroma of caramel and banana, color is clear dark reddish brown with a head that is minuscule and dissipates quickly. Flavor is a boring, astringent malt. Like a pumpernickel bread, but not as delicious. Kind of lame-o. Bottle from Lucky Liquors, Miami.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4565) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Appearance: Pours out a darkened, brownish-red body with a modestly-sized, sudsy, off-white head. Smell: Toasted dark bread and some dark caramel alongside fruity hints of raisins and dried apricots. Alright, movin’ on! Taste: A sweet taste of the syrup glazed crusts of dark bread. Hint of nuts. Sadly, there’s a slight lacquery tone, giving the impression it has more than the listed 5.3% ABV. Small dusting of cocoa powder. A carryover of fruitiness from the aroma. Mild hop character and bitterness. Drying finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation. Drinkability: Average but accessible, though one I’ll have to pass. I enjoyed the monkey shenanigans story on the label more than anything else.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
50cL bottle. Medium brown color. Tan head. Rich caramel aroma with a touch of mustiness. Flavor of toasted malts, light caramel. Nice fruitiness. A bit of earthy hops and spice in the finish. Light tannins. Simple and mellow.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
John_C (20) - USA - JAN 7, 2010
[Pint, J.D.W. Cuthbert Brodrick - Leeds, 07/01/10] Good looking dark ruby red colour in the glass. Nose indistinct with notes of caramel malts. Flavour much better; juicy, fruity malts, caramel, perhaps toffee. Alcohol makes its presence known in a pleasant, warming way. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. A good, well rounded beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a rich amber color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, toast, grain, roast, some chocolate, minty, and slightly floral. Flavor is caramel, nutty, toast, roast, some chocolate, and a bitter earthy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SanfordBrewer (1412) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2009
(br-btl bk-lbl, Daleside Brewery, "Dark and beautifully smooth", 500ml, 5.3%)
lct-mhgy, thin-head, patchy-lace,
malty T1 §musty-hop T2 clean T3,
clean simple session, ^drinkable but equally forgettable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubbleflubber (2058) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Not bad, pours a translucent prune into the glass, with an initial wispy head that reduces to nothing, leaving sporadic lace. The nose is of roasted hoppy fruit. The flavors are on par with the commercial deScription. There is some roasted malt, dark esters and English bitters around a tannic acid and biscuit flour finish. The mouthfeel is a bit like a hard cider with decent carbonation levels. Palate is light and fruity, but at the same time dry-roasted. Interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Flat carbonation. Carmel and malt aromatics. Too thin and passive. This isn’t something I’d return to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (14610) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2009
Bottled (BB 02/2010)
Deep amber-brown color, decent brown head. Aroma of fruits and caramel. Flavor is nutty-caramelly with some woody, salty hoppyness. Very typical English strong ale.

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