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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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!


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Thanks to FlacoAlto for this beer.

Poured a dark ruby with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is plums, piney hops, a touch of caramel sweetness. Flavor is somewhat thin dark fruits, stale hops and metallic toffee. With chewier malts and American hops, I’d probably like this a lot more. But then it would probably be an ASA instead of an ESA, and it’s no coincidence that I like the former more than the latter. Still not a bad attempt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade with FlacoAlto - Thanks Sebastian! - Pours brown with a short offwhite head that laces pretty well. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, toffee, and some roasted malts. Flavor is a nice toffee mixed with caramel, molasses and a bit of brown sugar.. Much like a werther’s candy. Palate is smooth and buttery with a nice dry finish. Almost melts in the mouth with body enough to be memorable. Very tasty and enjoyable. A real nice beer!

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2005
12oz bottle. Nice brownish body, white head, good lacing. Nose was really caramel and malt, spices and sweetness. Damn the taste is all alcohol, If it came close to the nose this would be a great brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Sweet toffee aroma. Auburn color with little head. Lots of toffee malts in the flavor, with brown sugar, molasses, a little butter, well balanced with some earthy bitterness. Delicious brew - one of the best in the style I have had in some time. Thanks Sebastian.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Courtesy of FlacoAlto. This is the last of the Nimbus beers I was sent and I have to say this is a damn nice brewery and I have enjoyed the hell out of these Nimbus beers. Malty, spicy aroma with hints of tobacco, caramel and bread pudding. Deep brown with a small head, but ample lacing. Sweet caramel malt and brown sugar flavors with a hint of spice and a plesant thick breadiness. Very nicely done beer from a brewery worthy of more notice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Muddy brown color. Malty aroma. Earthy. The flavor is full and sweet. Very easy to drink. quality stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2005
2005 bottle, I assume (correct me if I’m wrong, Sebastian) graciously sent by FlacoAlto for no other reason than to let me try some Arizona micros. How about that?!
Initially, a small head appears, a sort of marble-cream-white, but it quickly flees to the edges of the glass. Smells of prunes and toffee with some light, dry, earthy roast. The roast is quite light and lets in some chocolate and light soy notes. No hops noted in the nose. The aroma strength is fairly weak, though. Flavor begins with a chocolate-fudge note, sweet and malty, with dry, earthy toffee lingering. Reminds me of what a good cigar and some espresso might taste like, only very faint tobacco and coffee notes are apparent. Very dry on the end, as I mentioned now about 3 times, but a sweet chocolate is there for balance. Very low carbonation, medium body and a slightly watery consistency. No alcohol noted. Chocolate covered prunes linger on and I find little in the way of yeast, though I’m not surprised as the beer seems to be filtered. Hmm, odd, I liked this beer much more than my score indicates, but I guess it’s a tough style for me, statistically.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Bottled. Pours a deep dark brick red. No carbonation and just a paper-thin tan head. Some lacing. Aroma of earthy alcohol, a little dusty and salty, with tones of sweet medium roast malts, and a background of English hops. Flavor is sweet and light syrupy, nutty/toffee and light alcohol, and nice gentle finish. Nice mouthfeel with the low carbonation. Body is somewhat thin but a little creamy at the same time. Good Stuff.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2005
2005 Great Arizona Beer Festival sample 8oz. Body looked brown with no head to speak of. Malt aroma and tasted watered down. Alcohol content well hidden as I expected this to have a kick at the end that wasn’t there

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2005
2005 Great Arizona Beer Festival. Dark amber with a roaty malt aroma. Flavor is a bit watery, sweet and malty and the alcohol is well hidden. Not bad.


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