Brewed by Daleside
Style: English Strong Ale
Harrogate, England


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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2008
Aroma of toffee, cola maybe, carbonation and some sweetish alcohol. Quite a bit roasty on entry, mellowing out into full caramely malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2008
Bottle. Copper with small beige head. Roasted malt, fresh, light bitterness. Thin body. Slight chocolate in aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
Weak aroma of dark malt. Color is a clear dark brown with ruby highlights, and a two-finger khaki head that quickly dissipates. Smooth malty flavor with dark fruits pulling through in the finish and a sweet aftertaste. Low carbonation and kind of watery. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Poured dark brown, smelled of roasted malts. Roasted malt and nut in the mouth with semi-sweet chocolate/toffee. Good mouthfeel with enough carbonation, but a bit thin. Not too bitter like some English strong ales I’ve had.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
I seem to have liked this beer more than others. The beer had a unique tingle when it hit the tongue. It had that sweet and thick flavor without being viscous. Great jog of having flavor without filling up my stomach.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2008
Cask @ Bricklayers Arms, Yorkshire BF í08. Brown / red colour. Aromas of dark fruits, citrus, honey. Taste is sweet, malty, citrus, cherry. This is pretty nice, vaguely like an Old Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jacobwennbom (353) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2008
Malty, roasted taste and aroma. Brown with off white head that does not last. Nothing special really, which is bad considering it cost me about 50 SEK (about 5.50 euro) in the store.

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