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RATINGS: 249   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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3.3
Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2012
12oz bottle 2/2/10 (PHX)-Pours a dark amber with a big tan head. Aroma of caramel, malt, and slight hops. Taste of the same. This medium bodied brew was quite tasty.

3.1
ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2012
12 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very darkened amber body with a half-inch-head head of beige foam.

Smell: Moderate toastiness, crunchy char, and a faint note of brown sugar. Some dark fruit, some aniseed, but more than one’s fair share of alcohol.

Taste: Well-toasted malts dosed with dark brown sugar. Slight burnt malt edge in back. Slight earthy hop hint. A touch of date, then licorice growing into a larger, albeit ill-defined spiciness adjoining the heated alcohol quality until the finish. Not too much going on here, sadly.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Lacks complexity, depth, and, more importantly, some much needed smoothness. For a second, I thought maybe some age would smooth it out, but I changed my mind.

3.1
DiarmaidBHK (6151) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Bottle from BevMo Tucson. Pours dark brown with a thin brown head which disappears quickly. Not much on the nose. Big malty sweetness on the tongue. Hides it alcohol well. Not particularly memorable.

2.9
rdixon77 (3107) - Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Pretty decent selection though nothing breath-taking. Dark brown pour. Very malty nose, and taste that follows with a bunch of sweetness. Relatively fizzy for a darker beer, but still easy to drink. Hides alcohol well.

3.9
Cybercat (6346) - Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Aroma is mainly hoppy and woody, not strong but inviting. It pours a clear umber with a thick, fine-bubbled wheat head. Malty flavor has notes of hops, caramel and cloves. Texture has decent body and fizz. In the mood for some monkeyshines? Here dey iz!

3.4
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 12, 2012
bottle. clear reddish brown with small head. subdued aroma. toasty caramel flavors. medium body. nothing really jumped out, but nothing offensive either. it went down easy.

3.7
dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2012
On draught at Nimbus. Pours a clear mahogany color and tan head. Aroms is caramel and fruit. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. A bit of alcohol burn but tasty overall.

3.6
Strykzone (7807) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Sampled at the brewpub. I really don’t get much of a nose here. Malt and rich fruit. The flavorvis much morebpronounced and vibrant. Lots of fruit. Dark and citrus varieties. Some anise pops in along with cocoa. This is entertaining to try. So much is going on.

3.2
harrisoni (19559) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle at Borefts 2011 thanks James Holy. clear russet with no head. Caramel aroma. Caramel and touch of raisin. Woody oxidised. Decent enough thanks. 3.2

3.5
Aml42000 (625) - Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Reddish amber color. Shy nose with some spicy notes. The palate shows a good mix of caramel and nuttiness. Mostly malt flavors, but good balance from the hops.


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