Brewed by Daleside
Style: English Strong Ale
Harrogate, England


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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3700) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2002
Bottled. Chestnut red low head and condition. Fruity raisin nose with a roast barley hint. Fruitcake and toast in the mouth and a swet malty finish. Doesnt seem as strong as the abv suggests.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8796) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2007
For the record: my bottle carries the name of Monkey Wrench Dark Ale
Dark red-foxy beer with medium yellow-beige head. Lots of caramel, treacle even, tinge of moccha, and as the Bitter just tasted, green leaves. Sure it’s one of the typical UK hops. Sweet, portwine with definitely oxydized (malt) notes (strange, as the beer is given good for another 6 months). A bit of treacle, watered down to the limit, molasses. Roasted, certainly, but I’m still looking for the fruit. Unless they mean fruit as they mean "Cadbury’s", when they say "chocolate". Watery syrup. Slight burning in the end. Rather poor, compared to a good German Dunkles. As to "Strong"... All the same, thanks DanP. You sure warned me.
There must be something wrong in the UK. If a Yorkshire brewery calls its beer Leann these days,... Poor Paisley, I’d start having pity...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (3062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle of the Monkey Wrench Dark Ale. Pours solid red with a nice little tan head. Aroma is pretty mild with sweet malty notes that suggest toast, raisins. Flavor is slightly musty and dank with hints of caramel, raisins, rum, and biscuits. I can’t pick up hop activity here, maybe some far away papery notes. This is pretty light and mild like many U.K. offerings I’ve had. This doesn’t make much of a "strong ale". It’s okay, pretty standard British brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2007 I feel a little wimpy drinking a 5.3% strong ale. Has a sort of fresh scrubbed glass/detergent aroma that I swear is not from my glass. It is a sharp, but clean kind of aroma that defies more detailed explanation. The body is a chestnut, copper-brown color and holds a diminishing tan, pinky sized head. Mild raisin/grain fore. Kind of brown ale tasting, but without the nutty notes. Has some scaled down fruit cake/Belgian ale-like flavors, but it too watery to really wow. Very faint hop bitterness in the finish. Decent enough, but I won’t be rushing back for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (15333) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2008
Bottle. Nice amber color, small offwhite head. Roasted malt aroma with some rubber notes. Roasted chocolate flavor, some bitterness, some spices. Chocolate finish, some cocoa.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2008
Bottled. Dark brown colour with big fluffy, off-white head. Toast malt and caramel in aroma. Pretty soft body with lively mouthfeel, with balanced maltiness. Nothing stands out, there is a tiny prominence in toast and varamel. Hops are laid back.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 (Bottle) Pours a clear light brown to dark red colour with a small off white head. The aroma is of typical English beer fruitiness, rather raw with an apple/orange like character. The malty notes are nutty, mild chocolaty and a bit caramelly. Some light resiny and mild grass like hop tones. Bit white wine vinous on the nose. The flavour is light raw with mild resiny/grassy/spicy hops, caramelly/toasted malt, light white wine tart-ish and an orange and apple-ish fruitiness. The mouthfeel have a soft carbonation and quite a silky profile to back it up. Medium bodied. Aftertaste of smooth toasted and light caramelly malt alongside hints of grassy/resiny hops. If you have a good UK beer, please send it to me, otherwise I will continue to drink great US beer instead.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dedollewaitor (14917) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2009
50cl bottle @ YNWA. Pours clear amber with a small creamy white head. Nose is caramel and fruits. A little citric at first. Some grain and toffee. Medium bodied. Ends sweet. Very average and boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle shared on the 4th- Poured an amber red-clear, head went away real quick. Malts and caramel with a hint of dark fruits. Light in carbonation-thin body but not a bad mild beer.

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