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RATINGS: 247   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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2.5
thebaldwizard (1365) - 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.

3.7
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2005
12oz bottle. Nice brownish body, white head, good lacing. Nose was really caramel and malt, spices and sweetness. Damn the taste is all alcohol, If it came close to the nose this would be a great brew.

3.5
awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2007
From a 12oz Bottle. Obtained in a trade with footy 4/2007. Pours a somewhat murky, deep ruddy brown color with a ruddy caramel opaqueness and a creamy layer of quickly dissipating cashew colored head. Chewy toffee nose with some light honeyed green raisins and fruity caramels. Brown sugar and a hint of alcohol detectable, but not excessive. Medium to full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel. Lots of dark, but dry fruit skins coat the palate immediately. Well oiled leather, dark toasty biscuit, and a touch of smokey tobacco leaf. A subtle splash of earthy, spicy EKG’s come through on the backend, along with a sutble kiss of alcohol warmth. Relatively dry finish considering the body, with a final smack of earthy smoked nuts. Thanks, Rudy!

2.9
nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - 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.

3.6
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - 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, I’d 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!

3.2
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.

3.5
DenverLogan (1264) - North Bend, Washington, 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.

3.5
IMtheOptimator (1170) - 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, I’d probably like this a lot more. But then it would probably be an ASA instead of an ESA, and it’s no coincidence that I like the former more than the latter. Still not a bad attempt.

3.4
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.

3.7
Sickboy282 (1116) - 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 trokini’s argument that you can’t drink more than 2 at a time. Very unique.


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