rauchbier (3933) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2002
Bottled. Chestnut red low head and condition. Fruity raisin nose with a roast barley hint. Fruitcake and toast in the mouth and a swet malty finish. Doesnt seem as strong as the abv suggests. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2005
Caramel and chocolate in the aroma. Clear dark brown with low but persistent off-white head. Caramel, chocolate and nuts in the flavour with light finishing bitterness. Medium body with fair carbonation. Bottle. Entered from notes. onystrom (1334) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2006
Beautiful clear red amber color with great head. Hoppy and slightly bitter aftertaste. Avarage. DCJack (187) - Alabama, USA - JUN 3, 2006
just fairly enjoyable
typically light palate with almost no stature or presence.
notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Completely clear brown pour with no real head to speak of - aroma of roasted nuts and caramel - light fruity esters, some cocoa and hazelnut in the flavor - kind of a bready, yeasty finish - decent - if it weren’t filtered and pasturized it would probably be a lot better.
Holdwine (1237) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Nice solid ale. Sweet and slightly bready. Nice dark ruby color. Good bitter hoppy finsih. JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2007
For the record: my bottle carries the name of Monkey Wrench Dark Ale NachlamSie (3568) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2007
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...
Bottle of the Monkey Wrench Dark Ale. Pours solid red with a nice little tan head. Aroma is pretty mild with sweet malty notes that suggest toast, raisins. Flavor is slightly musty and dank with hints of caramel, raisins, rum, and biscuits. I can’t pick up hop activity here, maybe some far away papery notes. This is pretty light and mild like many U.K. offerings I’ve had. This doesn’t make much of a "strong ale". It’s okay, pretty standard British brew. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2007 I feel a little wimpy drinking a 5.3% strong ale. Has a sort of fresh scrubbed glass/detergent aroma that I swear is not from my glass. It is a sharp, but clean kind of aroma that defies more detailed explanation. The body is a chestnut, copper-brown color and holds a diminishing tan, pinky sized head. Mild raisin/grain fore. Kind of brown ale tasting, but without the nutty notes. Has some scaled down fruit cake/Belgian ale-like flavors, but it too watery to really wow. Very faint hop bitterness in the finish. Decent enough, but I won’t be rushing back for it. rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2008
Bottle. Nice amber color, small offwhite head. Roasted malt aroma with some rubber notes. Roasted chocolate flavor, some bitterness, some spices. Chocolate finish, some cocoa.