Brewed by Daleside
Style: English Strong Ale
Harrogate, England


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RATINGS: 274   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2798) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 Ruby red colour, firm, beige head. Chocolately, sweet aroma. Sweet, chocolately flavour. As the beer gets warmer a slight smokiness can be detected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2003
The one I am rating is old. Ruby red in color pours with a thick head. Smell like an ESB, fruity, malty and with Northern Brewer and/or KentGolding Hops. Tastes carmelly and bitter. Acidic finish. Good Beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2005
Clear deep reddy amber body with an off-white head and good trails of lacing. Excellent aroma - malts-roasted, plus fruity notes. Smooth medium body but thin mouthfeel, soft carbonation, raisin, soft sweet liquorice, pepper, maybe cinnamon, canít find the chocolate that other raters mention but can see where they are coming from. This beer was drunk at just the right temperature, I only wish I had a proper thermometer so I could take a note at which temperature it was served at, for future reference.

   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.

   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, itís 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, itís all about the unique malty flavor and the flawless drinkability. At over $5 for a 500ml bottle, I wonít be visiting this too often, but I do recommend it. Not bad in the least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4950) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle. Dark with a very inviting malty aroma upon opening.Full bodied with an intersting mixture of flavours.Slightly burnt but subtle as well.Informative and intersting label.Quite impressive.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reid (2300) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Nice dark brown ale, with a gorgeous frothy light tan head. Strong malty/mollasses aroma, creamy than thick, dark fruits, slight roast. Nutty malty, toffeeish tastes dominate, the nuttiness being more towards the nd. Nice on the palate. Overall a very nice beer,,gets way better as it warms.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goofster (1) - , SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2009 does not count
Bottle. Dark Red brown color with creamy head. Aroma is malty. Wonderful texture. Flavour is quite sweet with caramel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagomswedish (213) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle from the Systembolaget in UmeŚ. This is the sort of beer I miss living over here in Sweden - a thoroughly drinkable strong(ish) ale with bags of character. Pours a dark mahogony brown with aromas of rich black berries and a hint of coffee and smoke. Thick and rather flat mouthfeel and medium sweet middle. A smooth and balanced beer.

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