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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.1
kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 01/30/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip

dark ruby red, scant beige head that’s easily roused, bits of lace, gusher but average carbonation, strong dark caramel malt aroma with light sweetness, creamy body, rich dark caramel and chocolate flavor, light fruity character, a touch of gritty brown sugar sweetness but otherwise dry, a touch of earthy hop flavor, very low bitterness but balanced,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.5
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Bottle from my parents from when they went to AZ. Pours out a dark brown color with a small tan head on it. Thought the beer might be flat, but it did have some carbonation in it. Smelled fruity and sweet with a little alcohol in the nose as well. Taste is sweet and sticky, not hopped very strong, and it does have a hint of alcohol in it. Not the best English strong out there, but its beer from a state that I cannot get anywhere near where I live. Good beer for what it is, and its pretty drinkable as well.

3.5
DenverLogan (1241) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Brown; quickly disappearing head. Rich malt and slight peat - smoke aroma. Rich malt body with molassas, toffee, carob, raisin, Brasil nuts, earthy peat, alcohol. Tasty yet a little earthy or vegetable funky.

3.4
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Poured brown with creamy off white head. Aroma of caramel, hops, and some fruit. Big flavor of sweet malt with chocolate, fruit, and sugar hints. Very sweet at times.

2.7
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Bottle from Flaco Alto. Thanks! Pours decent brown, with a semi-lively body and a head of off-white. Aroma is, as best I can describe, a malted sugar ball of celery. Very earthy and crisp. Definitely unlike anything I have ever smelled in a beer before now. Flavor is chocolate celery with hints of roasted malt and chocolate syrup. This is one straaaaaaaaange beer. Average mouthfeel. Interesting.

3.5
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Very deep amber pour with crimson sunset hues. Thin beige head is mostly gone after a short while. Malty is the aroma, with notes of caramel, apple, brown sugar, banana skins, earth and an incrdibly strong but very interesting spinach component. This type of vegetation experience is definitely unique in the beer world, in my experiences; it’s neither off-putting nor understandable. Alcohol is modest and well integrated. Very nice thus far, strangely singular as well. Grass notes in the aroma and later in the taste seem wet and fresh, very pungent. The flavor has tons of carob and caramel, superceding the vegetal presence that still seems oddly enticing. Sweetness is medium and marketed well. Alcohol taste and warmth is minimal. Bitterness and acidity are near nil, amazingly this doesn’t veer towards cloying, at all, as a result. The finish is airy, lengthy, candied, soft and leaves traces of raw vanilla and caramel, toffee and leafy greens behind. this bottle is definitely not infected, my palate seems to be interpreting something in a strange manner though. Carbonation is excellent and the palate lends to excellent drinkability, with a medium body. Good beer.

3.5
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Pours a dark red with a smallish off white head. A little hazy and yeasty. Slightly bitter malt aroma stands out, with some caramel and mild hops, Just a touch of some roast maybe as well. A little bit sweet taste, slightly bitter, with noticeable hoppiness to it. The malt is there too with a decent dose of brown sugar especially in the finish and the aftertaste. Tastes like an English beer. Pretty fairly balanced and masks the relatively strong alcohol presence quite well. Not awesome, but enjoyable.

3.4
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Pours brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is bigtime chocolate malt. Flavor is sweet but crisp. Lots of good roasted flavors. Smooth and sessionable. Oh yeah... Alcohol is 8%????? WTF??? If I hadn’t looked at the bottle I would have to guess this beer hovers around 5. A high-alc beer disguised as a session ale.

3.5
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2007
nice pour a mahogony mixed with brown w/ a tan thick creamy head and some great lacing. some light english toffee aromas a definate toasted carmely malt and grain and a hint of maybe a floral hop. Palate is avg nothing stands out in it really. Flavor is definatelly the english malt and hop variety. Some good toffees hints of carmel and chocolate and a full lightly toasty grain. Nice taste easy to drink. Good stuff.

3.3
Ratman197 (15220) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toasted malt, graininess, carob and nuts. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toasted malt, carob, carmel and a hint of nuts with a smooth lingering finish.


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