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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   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. 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Yet another bottle provided by Chris and served in my Ratebeer tulip: Rich ruby brown hue with a nice creamy off-white head and very good lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of crabapple and elderberry esters, caramel and biscuity malts, EKG hops, and very dusty yeast vapours. Boy the taste is not what I expected at all with an interesting acidic twang and even notes of beets over an earthy layer of peat and wild flowers. There is some caramel and bready characteristics in the middle before the finish displays a chalky and nutty dry tone. The mouth feel is too thin and does nothing to enhance the experience. A beer that starts nice but flames out and never reaches what it could be. Arggh...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6548) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2013
On draft at the Nimbus Bistro in Tucson AZ. Pours a clear dark amber with a tan head. Malty nose. Flavors of roasted nuts. Crisp finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (6525) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2006
On tap: Light malty aromas of caramel and chocolate. Dark brown with orange hilights and a small beige head with nice lacing. Flavor is a little weak with watery caramel and chocolate, hints of roasted grain, and light bitterness in the finish. Suprisingly no hints of alcohol with so little other flavors to cover it up. Not enough strong flavors for me. Rather boring.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6493) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2004 This is dark copper with an alcoholy, nut, malt, and light smoke character. This is a good strong English ale impression. RE-RATE after visiting the brewpub ... pretty much same comments ... strong, but not overpoweringly sugared. Sweet, but balanced. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with jerc, mds and tupalev - mds bottle. Poured clear deep ruby-amber with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malt, wood, sweet, dry, dusty, yeasty. Dry, roasty, bitter aroma - nutty, some bitter chocolate and coffee grounds, long bitter finish. Average body, a little astringent, fairly flat - very nice beer, not sure about the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Bottle courtesy of rustychiles. Pours brown with a thin white head. Smells of molasses, caramel, spice, vegetal. Tastes of sweet malt, spice, brown sugar.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
kramer (6306) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with a fluffy off-white head. Clear with no sediment in bottle. Grainy malt aroma with some cooked veggies, borderline offensive really. More grainy malt in the flavor as well, with minimal hops. If theres a positive to this beer at all, its that the 8.2% ABV is not detectable at all. Finish seems to indicate some oxidation. Thin mouthfeel with a watery finish and moderate carbonation. Second beer from these guys, and second loser. I wish they would date their bottles so that I would know that this was fresh or not. This was nothing like the commercial description would prepare you for.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6231) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeneugs (6105) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
12 oz. bottle thanks to BavarianPurity! It pours a dark amber color with a small tan head. The aroma is straight brown sugar and chocolate malt. The flavor is very sweet with a big maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses thing going on, yet it remains pretty light bodied. It has a nice bitter, toasty finish. This is a pretty nice beer, but a little too sweet and syrupy. (in the flavor not the body)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (6090) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2005
2005 bottle, I assume (correct me if Im wrong, Sebastian) graciously sent by FlacoAlto for no other reason than to let me try some Arizona micros. How about that?!
Initially, a small head appears, a sort of marble-cream-white, but it quickly flees to the edges of the glass. Smells of prunes and toffee with some light, dry, earthy roast. The roast is quite light and lets in some chocolate and light soy notes. No hops noted in the nose. The aroma strength is fairly weak, though. Flavor begins with a chocolate-fudge note, sweet and malty, with dry, earthy toffee lingering. Reminds me of what a good cigar and some espresso might taste like, only very faint tobacco and coffee notes are apparent. Very dry on the end, as I mentioned now about 3 times, but a sweet chocolate is there for balance. Very low carbonation, medium body and a slightly watery consistency. No alcohol noted. Chocolate covered prunes linger on and I find little in the way of yeast, though Im not surprised as the beer seems to be filtered. Hmm, odd, I liked this beer much more than my score indicates, but I guess its a tough style for me, statistically.


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