RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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. Were 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. Its a winner!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1296) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2009
(bottle from Sparky27, thanks Eric!) Pours dark brown with an off-white head that settles to a thin film with adequate lacing. The aroma is very unique and quite sweet, with some fresh doughnuts, chocolate covered raisins, prune, and a subtle toasted malt lurking underneath. A little bit of black tea is detected as well. The flavor is mainly sweet, light notes of chocolate, slight raisin, and roasted malt as well. With the aroma being as strong as it was, Id thought there would be more flavor, but everything is rather restrained. Finishes out lightly bitter and roasted. Mouthfeel is medium, the carbonation is very smooth, and the 8% never shows up. This is a really solid beer. Thanks again Eric!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2005
2005 Great Arizona Beer Festival. Dark amber with a roaty malt aroma. Flavor is a bit watery, sweet and malty and the alcohol is well hidden. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2009
Pours a filtered amber color from the bottle with a fluffy off-white head. Much closer to a scotch ale than an english strong. Smells and tastes of barley, faint roast, caramel, and tomato paste. Thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Brown sugar aroma is slightly vinuous. Reddish brown body wiht a light palate. Tangy malt flavor with some light hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Thanks to FlacoAlto for this beer.

Poured a dark ruby with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is plums, piney hops, a touch of caramel sweetness. Flavor is somewhat thin dark fruits, stale hops and metallic toffee. With chewier malts and American hops, Id probably like this a lot more. But then it would probably be an ASA instead of an ESA, and its no coincidence that I like the former more than the latter. Still not a bad attempt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DenverLogan (1164) - LA, California, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 24, 2009
From Sparky27 via trade. Brownish copper and clear on the pour. A short, off-white head appeared as did spotty lacing. The aroma was a bit of dark fruit, lightly roasted and smoky malts and some thin chocolate. The flavor was roasted malts, light chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Thin mouthfeel with a touch of alcohol heat. Simple and to the point, but well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Poursa cloudy brownish hue with a touch of amber. A huge tan head erupts, even in my Maudite tulip glass. Aromas of ....wow....what an aroma...... ummmmmmm.... can i say...a little pinapple, some sourness. a little bit of hops and only a hint of caramle shining through all that damn fruit. Light bodied with flavors of light spice, a little apple cider(withought the body) and a light bitterness. Wow.....almost a scotch like flavor with the smokiness and peat, light of course. Caramel is present as is a light roastiness, but as I drink more, i can agree with trokinis argument that you cant drink more than 2 at a time. Very unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2007
12 oz Bottle via cbkschubert (thanks!) Pours a semi hazy dark reddish brown with a tiny beige head. Not getting much in the nose here, perhaps some subtle chocolate malts and floral hops.Taste starts bitter, then turns to some toffee, some nuttiness and ends with some earthy hops and a semi-tart finish. may be somewhat infected and beginning to show sins of such. I have gotten several of their beers from different traders, and either they are somewhat infected or they all have a very OFF slightly sour twang for some reason...but why? This is not a bad beer, but also is not one i would care for again. So far i have been very unimpressed with Nimbus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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; its 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 doesnt 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.

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