troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
[Tap] Pours a copper color with a slight haze to it. Nice cap of white head. Aroma of molasses, hazelnut, and citrus hops. The taste is of mild cocoa, earthy malts, sweet toffee and breakfast pastries, brown sugar and dry roast. Noticeable alcoholic warming. Lingering dry spices and hops. Average mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Not bad. I would have rated this higher, but the balance seemed a little bit out of whack. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Bottle purchased by my wife in AZ, 2008. Pours an attractive dark reddish brown with a grey/white head which fades quickly. Rich aroma of toffee, wood and a tinge of oxidation. Flavor has heavy notes of rich caramel, candy apples, wood, toffee, brown sugar and earthy British hops. Has a nice balancing bitterness in the finish. Full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Really nice beer. Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
Draft. Pours clear ruby, thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Nose is lightly boozy, red fruit, spice, some spicy/herbal hop notes. Flavours of red fruit/toffee, spice. I just didn’t groove on this one, I found it watery, bland, confused, and pedestrian. Nothing I would purchase again. lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Old Monkeyshine pours a deep rosy chocolate, or mahogany brown with a one inch beige head. Initially, I noticed it seemed hazy, but as it warmed up it seemed to become clearer. The foam left faint islands of lace on the top of the liquid that held up until the very end and there was minimal spotty, clean lacing sticking to the glass. ---
The nose was rather simple and light, but enjoyable all the same. There was quite a bit of sweet roasted malts and caramel, a touch of fruit (I keep wanting to say strawberries), and some left-behind toffee. Though there wasn’t much to decipher, it was very pleasing and crisp. ---
I would say that Old Monkeyshine has a medium-light body with light carbonation that aids the Kent Golding hops in creating a mild spiciness throughout the drink. The hops really shine more in the mouth than under the nose, but they mix really well with the strong roasted malts and caramel, neither overpowering nor lingering in the depths. The best thing about this brew is that although it holds a hefty 8.2% AVB in a 12oz bottle, the only time the alcohol is noticeable is when your head becomes airy and delicately fuzzy halfway through. There is no trace of alcohol in the aroma, and the roasted malts do a fantastic job of keeping the taste out. fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
on tap at the brewery(22Jan11)pours light brown with a thin to medium cream head. Aroma is a mix of brown sugar and light roast with mild grassy hops. Flavor is nice, biscuit, light roast, coffee, thin toffee and almost citrus in the finish. Dangerously drinkable at 8%, I think my pint was gone in about 3 minutes without giving it much thought.
alexsdad06 (10803) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2011
12 oz.bottle courtesy of daknole. Pours a clear brown color with the small beige head. The aroma has roasted malt, mild dark fruits, a light nuttiness and light toffee. The flavor has an upfront nutty character, roasted malt, caramel, and some alcohol. The finish is dry with moderate bitterness. Medium plus body. Bierkrug (2129) - - DEC 25, 2010
330 ml bottle in Germany thanks to Steptin. Dark, cloudy, burnt orange ale with a small, creamy, beige head. Aroma is of citrus and nutty malts. Light chocolate flavors, a hint roasty with some tobacco notes and that little touch of sourness coming through. Finish is almost dry, mildly bitter and warming. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Malty nose of roast and some lighter notes of caramels and dark fruits, some hoppy notes as well - lightly earthy and floral. Pours dark brown with a nice creamy off whie head, sticky sheets of lace. Nice looking stuff. Roast, dark malts, some darker malt sweetness shows up, nice floral hop finish with more solid roast notes. A touch of alcohol here and there, mildly earthy and dry. Some light sugary sweetness shows up in the finish with light vanilla flavors as well. Sledutah (7838) - Utah, USA - DEC 4, 2010
On tap at Nimbus beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Appearance: Clear dark copper with small white head and good lacing
Aroma: Sweet Caramel malts
Taste: Caramel and nutty
A decent beer.
This is a really good English style ale. Bog frothy almost nitro head to it. Oodles of malt taste. I could drink a lot of these. Nice carbonation on the back end too.