drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2003 Sweet English Strong ale from Nimbus. Great flavor, very malty and skimpy on hops. Great smooth mouthfeel. This should be treated as a dessert beer, I think; after a pint or two the sweetness is overpowering and will get to tasting like cough syrup. Wonderful brew up to that point, however. Incidentally, the brewery calls this one an English Strong, not Belgian. Also, this is the SAME BEER as Old Bumble/Old Monkeyshine, it's been through a couple name changes. Interesting how a name change can take this from an English to a Belgian. Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2011
On draft at the brewery in Tucson, Arizona Poured a beautiful dark amber/copper color. Off white head. Taste included notes of caramel and nut. Recommended
rickyleepotts (100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2013
When we first moved to Scottsdale, we went to Nimbus. The food was good, and the beers were decent... but nothing blew me away. This was the best, from memory, of their beers. Last week I wanted to see if my palate had changed since we moved here, so I grabbed a bottle at Total Wine & More. My palate has changed, because I really enjoyed the beer this time. It got better as it heated up, and has a nice sweet finish to it. Itís a classic example of an English ale. Sorry to see that Nimbus is having a hard time financially. dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Bottle. Pours brown with minimal head. Very malty aroma with some fruits. Taste is malty with some hops and ends tasting like syrup. Smells much better than it tastes! doomfistinc (82) - New Mexico, USA - APR 17, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a cream colored head. Smell is very much barley and roasted malts. Creamy mouth feel. Tastes of dark rich malts with an aftertaste I canít quite name. I LIKE this beer!
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 English strong ale style, fresh malt with some nice brown sugar sweetness in it. Somewhat simple flavor profile, but when its a good one thats not a bad thing, very balanced. . Dark brown/orange color, light head, slightly dry finish, makes you wanting more..
It used to be called No Evil, I donít know why they changed the name but its just as good. asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Very deep reddish amber pour, nice, with little creamy head. Mild smell, slighlty sour and a little bit like maple syrup. Flavor is very mild, slighly sour and malty, almost watered down. Nice try Nimbus, but not that great. 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 wasnít 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. mlane76 (58) - Albany, Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2014
From bottle poured into a glass...very dark & thick with a beige head...taste is strong and sweet with a slight Hoppiness. I taste hints of roasted nuts, coffee and chocolate. PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Nice off white head, which recedes, but covers the top, and gives good lace. Malty aroma. At first tastes like an irish red, then all of a sudden a metalic sour copper taste overwhelms your whole mouth. It may be spoiled, as the sensation and taste are like nothing else i have ever tasted, and itís pretty offensive to me. Yuck. Had to pour out two thirds of it! I had high hopes when is saw this from a local brewer. Very dissapointed.