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RATINGS: 255   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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3.5
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
beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2011
12 oz bottle, can’t remember who sent me this. Amber pour w/almost no head. Malt aroma. Sweet malt flavor w/touches of roasted nuts, some toffee, some caramel. Just a touch of hop bite on the finish. Smooth & easy to drink, alcohol is well hidden. Very true to style. Solid English Ale

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.

3.6
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Clear brown pour, medium almond head that stays. Aroma is toffee. Flavor is toffee, chocolate, with the roasted malts and coffee coming through later. Nutty, caramel sweetness with roastiness and smoke in the background and aftertaste. This taste damn good.

2.6
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2008
6-29-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to Padrefan98
Semi clear amber brown. Smell is light lemon and yeast with a sweet malt touch. Flavor is chalky and nearly medicinal. Low to medium carbonation. Not great.

4.1
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Sweet toffee aroma. Auburn color with little head. Lots of toffee malts in the flavor, with brown sugar, molasses, a little butter, well balanced with some earthy bitterness. Delicious brew - one of the best in the style I have had in some time. Thanks Sebastian.

2.7
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 17, 2008
sweet, citrus and caramel; altogether caramel aroma; fairly slick and flat carbonation; average appearance; bittersweet, sugary, citrus flavor; the amount of alcohol IS hidden; i am not sure about this, but it might be trying to be too much--simplify.

3.7
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle. A nice, drinkable brew w/ a huge caramel/brown ale flavor. Pretty good.

3.5
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle, courtesy nbutler11. Dark cherry red pour, thick creamy white head and very thick lacing. Raisins and dry berries in the nose, dry fruits and some chocolate. Sticky dry raisin flavors, sharp hops, some slight roast. Interesting, not sure of the style exactly but it’s good.

3.6
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Pours a murky amber red color, with a small off white head, decent lacing. The heads leaving! Aroma is salt water taffe(Sp?) fresh hops, tinging on the nose. Flavor is sweet smooth, with a nice hop bite, lots of booze bitterness with apple in the finish.


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