RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   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!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Poured deep brown with a small light tan head. The aroma was malty with hints of caramel and raison. Flavor was a well blended hop bitterness with malty caramelly notes. The alcohol is up front and the hops mellow out as the beer warms. Very nice.

PugUglyBrewer (930) - - JAN 29, 2018
Dark, oily brown color with a short-lived head of slick and soft bubbly tan foam. Big caramel base front with a subtle cutting of the sweetness by some herbal hops. There is fig, dates, florals, and some earthiness swirling around the strong caramel backbone. A big English beer. Great!

berkshirejohn (6855) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2018
12oz bottle from Top Shelf Liquors, Cottonwood, AZ at 8.2% stated ABV. A cola coloured pour with a ring of cream head; aroma of mollasses and brown sugar with a hint of malt; sweet malty taste with some spice and lots of sugar; and then a satisfying burnt caramel finish with some chewy raisins. This Englishman thinks it's rather good.

Bitterbill (2079) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 30, 2017
From Jul 2008 I got this bottle in a trade with Tayner. Thanks Dana! It pours a dark brown with reddish hues and a good 2 finger head of off white foam. Good head retention and there's some lacing. The smell has notes of roasted malt, some caramel, and a bit of bread. The taste is of toffee, dark fruit. some caramel, slight chocolate, and a slight bitterness and tartness. I also get some hint of the alcohol but it's fairly mild. It's around medium bodied and the carbonation is also medium. It finishes with the dark fruit, mostly cherry and some plum and raisin. This is an interesting brew and though the flavours I mentioned say it is very complex, I feel the flavours are actually on the subdued side. That's ok for an English Brown but with the bigger abv content than is the norm, I guess I expected more. Still pretty tasty brew though.

JStax (7453) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2017
Bottle shared. Clear dark brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has oaly vanilla notes. Hints of fudge and toffee in the taste. Sweet and roasty as well. Big body and medium carbonation.

VastActiv (8156) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Tap at Hops On Birch, Flagstaff. Colour us clear reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Chocolate, dry fruits, dryness and malts.

bytemesis (9727) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 6, 2016
Tap. Pours clear chestnut, small beige head, decent lacing. Aroma is roasty, toffee, hint of smoke. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter. Medium body.

Tstamba (786) - Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle to s pint... Mahogany with off white head. Sweet roasted malt with some subtle spiciness... Very good beer.

boisebeerguy (237) - boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2015
12 oz bottle. I did not enjoy this beer at all. A lot of off flavors that did not mix well.

MarcoDL (5581) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown color. Aroma of malt, smokey ham and chocolate. Taste has lots of iron and malt, with some smokeyness as well. Smells better than it tastes. Bummer.

beerbaaron (1997) - Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Draft at brewpub. Clear deep ruby amber, off-white/tan head. Aroma mostly just malty. Flavor malt forward. Caramel. Toffee. Alcohol. Earth. Minimal bitter. Not sweet. Good balance. I liked it.

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