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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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fitwitchik (257) - USA - OCT 26, 2013
A gift from a friend in AZ. Poured into a pint glass being dark amber brown with a one inch tan head that laced nicely down the glass during consumption. Strong malty sweetness of caramel & very light booze. Definite dark fruity roasted toffee yet a dry finish of hops. Like the bitter end of this beverage. Balanced very well. Overall this is a better than average English style pub beer. Would easily consume again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Beyond entertaining names and labels, Nimbus had failed to impress and so my suspicions of the brewer were to remain mediocre without an intervention of my last two contenders. Unfortunately, Old Monkeyshine was not the miracle I hoped for. In appearance it gloomed coagulating red, and bubbled a custard froth. Metallic grape juice emerges on the nose, followed by tinny malts of the caramel and coffee varieties, and a melange of fruity and earthy qualities. Cherry and unmistakable watermelon appear at first, but soon reveal the more pungent aromas of walnut and raw pumpkin. An awkward sensation of sour grapes replaced the metallic aspect on the tongue, engulfed in bland chocolate malts, raw pumpkin and piney hops. The palate is pleasantly soft and certainly hides its alcohol, but finishes in a bumbling bitter and sour aftertaste. Unique, but not the profile I enjoy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: APR 5, 2008 Had on tap at Hamiliton’s Tavern. Poured hazy amber hue, nose was malty with a hint of chocolate. Flavor was a lightly sweet caramel/chocolate malt, light hops. This one finishes with a nice creamyness and lingers for just the right amount of time. A very unique and enjoyable brew, very well done and quite nice!

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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - MAR 31, 2010
12oz bottle pours a dark almost black amber color with small creamy head that dies quickly. Aroma of roasted caramel. Beer has quite the nice medium body to it that finishes sweet. Very balanced taste with the sweetness of the malts and the bitter of the hops lightly lingering in the background. The warning on the bottle is true, the 8% alcohol is well hidden.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexandersh (196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Bottle; poured a dark color with a big off white head. No notes on aroma. Flavor had some dark fruit, and a bit of sweetness and hop bitterness. A tad on the thin side for the abv.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Courtesy of FlacoAlto. Pours a dark red with a thin beige head. Smells of honey and caramel. Nice medium bodied, creamy. Heavy malt taste with just enough hop backbone. Can taste a hint of alcohol, but it warms you up nice. Very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2003 Sweet English Strong ale from Nimbus. Great flavor, very malty and skimpy on hops. Great smooth mouthfeel. This should be treated as a dessert beer, I think; after a pint or two the sweetness is overpowering and will get to tasting like cough syrup. Wonderful brew up to that point, however. Incidentally, the brewery calls this one an English Strong, not Belgian. Also, this is the SAME BEER as Old Bumble/Old Monkeyshine, it's been through a couple name changes. Interesting how a name change can take this from an English to a Belgian.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2011
On draft at the brewery in Tucson, Arizona Poured a beautiful dark amber/copper color. Off white head. Taste included notes of caramel and nut. Recommended

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickyleepotts (98) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2013
When we first moved to Scottsdale, we went to Nimbus. The food was good, and the beers were decent... but nothing blew me away. This was the best, from memory, of their beers. Last week I wanted to see if my palate had changed since we moved here, so I grabbed a bottle at Total Wine & More. My palate has changed, because I really enjoyed the beer this time. It got better as it heated up, and has a nice sweet finish to it. It’s a classic example of an English ale. Sorry to see that Nimbus is having a hard time financially.


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