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Brewed by Daleside
Style: English Strong Ale
Harrogate, England

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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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A powerful smooth strong ale to suit all tastes. Monkey Wrench is mid brown to ruby in hue with aromas of fruit hops malt and roast malt together with some sweetness.

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3.5
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Wow, strong ale, eh? Not really sure it fits into this style. 16.9 oz bottle that pours out mostly clear brown with slight red hue that gets the color close to amber. It has a thin tan colored head too. The aroma has a couple of malt notes such as sweet malts with a hint of roastiness, biscuit malts and vague dark fruitiness as well. Nice malty flavor that yields snippets of roasted malts, biscuit malts and a hint of caramel malts. About midway a more roasted malt surfaces along with the vague dark fruitiness picked up in the nose. Very tasty brew.

3
JorisPPattyn (10006) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2007
For the record: my bottle carries the name of Monkey Wrench Dark Ale
Dark red-foxy beer with medium yellow-beige head. Lots of caramel, treacle even, tinge of moccha, and as the Bitter just tasted, green leaves. Sure it’s one of the typical UK hops. Sweet, portwine with definitely oxydized (malt) notes (strange, as the beer is given good for another 6 months). A bit of treacle, watered down to the limit, molasses. Roasted, certainly, but I’m still looking for the fruit. Unless they mean fruit as they mean "Cadbury’s", when they say "chocolate". Watery syrup. Slight burning in the end. Rather poor, compared to a good German Dunkles. As to "Strong"... All the same, thanks DanP. You sure warned me.
There must be something wrong in the UK. If a Yorkshire brewery calls its beer Leann these days,... Poor Paisley, I’d start having pity...

2.7
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Brown Color with Off White Head. Drying Mouthfeel from Heavy Furry Malt...Some Dark Fruit and Almond..

2.6
cgarvieuk (24548) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2007
A deep brown, Quite hoppy witha hint of chocolatew, sweet with tones of treacle

3.2
DocLock (10706) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle from State Line. Ruby coppery pour with 1-finger tannish head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel malty (slightly charred), red wine, British hops, some tannins, and peat mossy hints. Caramel malt and tart tannins dominate the taste, with some mild dark chocolate, earthy malty, and finishing hop notes, plus tinges of spirits.

2.8
FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle this beer poured a brown color with ruby highlights and a small khaki head that faded quickly. The aroma was light sour malts and fruity hops. The flavor was malty, vaguely sour and tangy with a light caramel element. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery.

3.3
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2007
500mL, no date. Pours a clear ruby brown with a minimal beige head. Aroma is nuts--hazelnuts and something else to be (somewhat) exact--, sweet toffee and molasses, and a bit of toasted malts. Flavor has a bit of anise, cherries, and paper oxidation in addition to the same aromas, though the hazelnuts fade to generic nuts. There is a (woody?) tang of some sort towards the semi dry finish. Bitterness never gets above mild. Light-medium body with low carbonation. For some reason it seems I’ve strayed from the English styles (maybe because they’re all $5 a bottle), but this wasn’t too bad of one to come back to.

3.2
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 17, 2007
Pours copperish brown with a tan head. The aroma has notes of toffee and roasted malts plus some fruit. The flavor is light with a slight sweetness and a finishes with a touch of roastedness.

3
Holdwine (1232) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Nice solid ale. Sweet and slightly bready. Nice dark ruby color. Good bitter hoppy finsih.

3.2
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Bottle. Pours darkish orange red with good beige head. The aroma is malty with toffee and dark fruit and hints of pepper and alcohol. The flavor is toffee, some tannic woody notes. The finish has caramel and pepper. As it gets to room temperature, it gets a bit alcoholy.


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