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%
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 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 ‘old’. 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 it’s 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 – 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 ’08. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
pforei (338) - USA - MAR 30, 2008
Brown color with decent head. Powdered cocoa and nut aroma and flavor. Mild and mellow. Thin to medium body.

   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 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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thick yellow head. Caramel aroma with undertones of orange? Sweet caramel taste with a subtle hoppiness. A slight tang in the aftertaste. This was too watery for a strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2006
bottle thanks to my mother. pours an orangish red with a decent white head leaves little lacing. aroma is fruity, plum, apple. yeasty and malty. taste is malt darker fruits but the taste is subtle. smooth almost watery mouthfeel. very drinkable

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