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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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Near black with thick tan creamy head and foamy lacing. Malty aroma has a faint tinge of rubbing alcohol lurking the background. Bitter / sweet taste of dark-roasted coffee and toffee. Creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2013
12oz bottle pours amber with tan head. Toasted malt caramel aroma and taste.

   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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2008
6-29-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to Padrefan98
Semi clear amber brown. Smell is light lemon and yeast with a sweet malt touch. Flavor is chalky and nearly medicinal. Low to medium carbonation. Not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
12 oz bottle
Maybe I got an old bottle but this was disappointing. I was hoping for more depth. Instead I got a run of the mill 8% ABV beer that is heavy on the booze and light on complexity. More balance would make this light years better.

Aroma / Appearance - Excessive amounts of head took their sweet time folding into a maroon base. It took over ten minutes before I could see more than a corona of brown foam. Rich stained mahogany, cinnamon candy, and stale cardboard tell me something in this was off. I can’t put a finger on it but this was not so old that it should have been this far past its prime.

Flavor / Palate - Heavy and cloying there is too much warmth relative to the other flavors. Stale chocolate, warm red hots, and used oil form a boring and dull experience almost from start to finish. There is simply too much ethanol and not enough taste here for this to be worthwhile.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
CasualApathy (6) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2013 does not count
Dark in color with a small light head. Pretty much smells like it tastes, sweet with hints of toffee and caramel corn. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but I wouldn’t say it’s a bad beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sloth (2533) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Small light brown head, short lived, spotty lacing. Dark brown color is lightly hazy with light red highlights. Nose is choco nutty with a faint sourness. Body is med/light, bland mouthfeel. Light chocolate flavors, a hint roasty with some tobacco notes and that little touch of sourness coming through. Finish is almost dry with a light astringency. Raspy, dry prickly mouthfeel. Thanks to cbkschubert for the trade.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Brown sugar aroma is slightly vinuous. Reddish brown body wiht a light palate. Tangy malt flavor with some light hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 2, 2008
Bottled. A hazy deep red beer with a thin orange head. The aroma is sweet malty with a slightly acidic edge. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel and light notes of straw, leading to a dry bitter finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2007
12 oz Bottle via cbkschubert (thanks!) Pours a semi hazy dark reddish brown with a tiny beige head. Not getting much in the nose here, perhaps some subtle chocolate malts and floral hops.Taste starts bitter, then turns to some toffee, some nuttiness and ends with some earthy hops and a semi-tart finish. may be somewhat infected and beginning to show sins of such. I have gotten several of their beers from different traders, and either they are somewhat infected or they all have a very OFF slightly sour twang for some reason...but why? This is not a bad beer, but also is not one i would care for again. So far i have been very unimpressed with Nimbus.

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