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Brewed by Daleside
Style: English Strong Ale
Harrogate, England

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RATINGS: 282   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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3.7
ben4321 (6841) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2009
Location: 500 ml bottle from Gilly’s, 4/21/09

Aroma: Nose is mostly dark fruity hops, with the malts, and caramel scents in there as well
Appearance: Reddish brown, dark looking beer
Flavor: Nice sweetness to this one, similar to the nose, except the caramel and malts are slightly stronger and the fruit fades in and mixes with the rest of the flavors
Palate: Medium body, drinks pretty nicely and quickly
Overall Impression: I thought this one was pretty nice, a good flavor, and a smooth drink. A little lighter then I would have guessed from the appearance. Overall though, a very nice beer.

3.7
drpimento (3815) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Decent beer. Poured with a tan head that quickly settled down and no lace. Color is a lovely clear medium red amber. Aroma is very malty roast toffee and a hint fruity. Flavor is like aroma. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and medium in length. Serviceable beer. If you were in the mood for a straightforward malty ale this could be a session.

3.7
Kronebryg (1123) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - APR 17, 2011
Ligth cola colour with little head. Nose with dar crystal malt, caramel and a touch of fruitcake A soft beer wich medium body and a fine length. tasing of caramel, dried fruit and fruitcake. really nice ale with lot of taste.

3.7
rondphoto (4518) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Dark red-amber with a long lasting head and thick lace. Solid sweet caramel malt with overtones of sorghum molasses and biscuit. As it moves through the palate a smooth floral hop bittering provides a cleansing balance. At the finish, sweetness re-emerges. An excellent beer.

3.7
mkel07 (6549) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2016
030116. This English dark ale is a drop worth hunting down as it is loaded with flavour and carries a long strong finish. I picked up this 500ml bottle at Cool Wine in Hobart a few months back and I am glad that I did. More malty than hoppy or bitter the beer pours a translucent copper colour with a thick head that settles and thins out after a while. There is caramel and some toffee aromas in the nose, with some vanilla hiding in the background. The flavour very much mirrors the aroma , with some spiced fruit thrown into the mix, and the beer while initially thin in the mouths builds to a creamy mouthfeel. At 5.3% ABV it is certainly very drinkable.

3.6
pilsnerrogge (3024) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 Ruby red colour, firm, beige head. Chocolately, sweet aroma. Sweet, chocolately flavour. As the beer gets warmer a slight smokiness can be detected.

3.6
JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2003
The one I am rating is old. Ruby red in color pours with a thick head. Smell like an ESB, fruity, malty and with Northern Brewer and/or KentGolding Hops. Tastes carmelly and bitter. Acidic finish. Good Beer!

3.6
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2005
Clear deep reddy amber body with an off-white head and good trails of lacing. Excellent aroma - malts-roasted, plus fruity notes. Smooth medium body but thin mouthfeel, soft carbonation, raisin, soft sweet liquorice, pepper, maybe cinnamon, can’t find the chocolate that other raters mention but can see where they are coming from. This beer was drunk at just the right temperature, I only wish I had a proper thermometer so I could take a note at which temperature it was served at, for future reference.

3.6
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2006
Pint bottle. The beer pours a rich mahogany brown with a decentlly structured beige head. There are notes of leather, toasted oak, pumpernickel bread, and stewed cherries. Any hint of sweetness is well intigrated with a solid backbone of darker malt and a slightly charry character. A lovely beer for the style.

3.6
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2006
Dark ruby color, when seen through the light, otherwise, it’s a ruddy caramel hue, sitting under a slim ring of cocoa foam. Dark fruit abounds in the nose, rich, sweet, and ebullient, grape and black cherry, with caramel and nuts riding along. Quite nice. "Dark and beautifully smooth," reads the label, below a depiction of the titular ape, and smooth is right. Slides right in the mouth and lolls about the palate. A lush maltiness, with a perfect integration. Just a whisper of hop, very easy on the tongue, and not too sweet, either. Texture and mouthfeel is no challenge, either. For this ale, it’s all about the unique malty flavor and the flawless drinkability. At over $5 for a 500ml bottle, I won’t be visiting this too often, but I do recommend it. Not bad in the least.


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