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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Our Old Monkeyshine Ale is an exceptional example of a true, traditional-style English Pub beer. Nimbus Old Monkeyshine Ale is medium bodied and possesses a distinct, dark roasted flavor. Its sweet malty taste is derived from liberal use of seven varieties of specialty malts and a touch of brown sugar. Our Old Monkeyshine Ale is dark in color, beginning with a slight caramel malt overtone and rounded with a relatively dry finish from its English Kent Goldings hops. The hops aroma is mildly subdued and the bitterness is just enough to balance the profile of this beer. Nimbus Old Monkeyshine Ale is a true premium ale and is priced accordingly. We’re so proud of this beer for its body, taste, alcohol content and drinking enjoyment, it may just become our signature beer. Be warned: its wonderful malty sweetness camouflages the 8.0% alcohol by volume content. It’s a winner!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DenverLogan (1100) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Brown; quickly disappearing head. Rich malt and slight peat - smoke aroma. Rich malt body with molassas, toffee, carob, raisin, Brasil nuts, earthy peat, alcohol. Tasty yet a little earthy or vegetable funky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Poured brown with creamy off white head. Aroma of caramel, hops, and some fruit. Big flavor of sweet malt with chocolate, fruit, and sugar hints. Very sweet at times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Bottle from Flaco Alto. Thanks! Pours decent brown, with a semi-lively body and a head of off-white. Aroma is, as best I can describe, a malted sugar ball of celery. Very earthy and crisp. Definitely unlike anything I have ever smelled in a beer before now. Flavor is chocolate celery with hints of roasted malt and chocolate syrup. This is one straaaaaaaaange beer. Average mouthfeel. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Very deep amber pour with crimson sunset hues. Thin beige head is mostly gone after a short while. Malty is the aroma, with notes of caramel, apple, brown sugar, banana skins, earth and an incrdibly strong but very interesting spinach component. This type of vegetation experience is definitely unique in the beer world, in my experiences; it’s neither off-putting nor understandable. Alcohol is modest and well integrated. Very nice thus far, strangely singular as well. Grass notes in the aroma and later in the taste seem wet and fresh, very pungent. The flavor has tons of carob and caramel, superceding the vegetal presence that still seems oddly enticing. Sweetness is medium and marketed well. Alcohol taste and warmth is minimal. Bitterness and acidity are near nil, amazingly this doesn’t veer towards cloying, at all, as a result. The finish is airy, lengthy, candied, soft and leaves traces of raw vanilla and caramel, toffee and leafy greens behind. this bottle is definitely not infected, my palate seems to be interpreting something in a strange manner though. Carbonation is excellent and the palate lends to excellent drinkability, with a medium body. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Pours a dark red with a smallish off white head. A little hazy and yeasty. Slightly bitter malt aroma stands out, with some caramel and mild hops, Just a touch of some roast maybe as well. A little bit sweet taste, slightly bitter, with noticeable hoppiness to it. The malt is there too with a decent dose of brown sugar especially in the finish and the aftertaste. Tastes like an English beer. Pretty fairly balanced and masks the relatively strong alcohol presence quite well. Not awesome, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Pours brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is bigtime chocolate malt. Flavor is sweet but crisp. Lots of good roasted flavors. Smooth and sessionable. Oh yeah... Alcohol is 8%????? WTF??? If I hadn’t looked at the bottle I would have to guess this beer hovers around 5. A high-alc beer disguised as a session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2007
nice pour a mahogony mixed with brown w/ a tan thick creamy head and some great lacing. some light english toffee aromas a definate toasted carmely malt and grain and a hint of maybe a floral hop. Palate is avg nothing stands out in it really. Flavor is definatelly the english malt and hop variety. Some good toffees hints of carmel and chocolate and a full lightly toasty grain. Nice taste easy to drink. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (13414) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toasted malt, graininess, carob and nuts. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toasted malt, carob, carmel and a hint of nuts with a smooth lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle. A nice, drinkable brew w/ a huge caramel/brown ale flavor. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2007
From a 12oz Bottle. Obtained in a trade with footy 4/2007. Pours a somewhat murky, deep ruddy brown color with a ruddy caramel opaqueness and a creamy layer of quickly dissipating cashew colored head. Chewy toffee nose with some light honeyed green raisins and fruity caramels. Brown sugar and a hint of alcohol detectable, but not excessive. Medium to full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel. Lots of dark, but dry fruit skins coat the palate immediately. Well oiled leather, dark toasty biscuit, and a touch of smokey tobacco leaf. A subtle splash of earthy, spicy EKG’s come through on the backend, along with a sutble kiss of alcohol warmth. Relatively dry finish considering the body, with a final smack of earthy smoked nuts. Thanks, Rudy!

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