PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Bottled. Pours a deep dark brick red. No carbonation and just a paper-thin tan head. Some lacing. Aroma of earthy alcohol, a little dusty and salty, with tones of sweet medium roast malts, and a background of English hops. Flavor is sweet and light syrupy, nutty/toffee and light alcohol, and nice gentle finish. Nice mouthfeel with the low carbonation. Body is somewhat thin but a little creamy at the same time. Good Stuff. 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. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Nice. Nutty with malty sweetness and a surprisingly dry finish. A tad of bitterness too.
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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. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Courtesy of FlacoAlto. This is the last of the Nimbus beers I was sent and I have to say this is a damn nice brewery and I have enjoyed the hell out of these Nimbus beers. Malty, spicy aroma with hints of tobacco, caramel and bread pudding. Deep brown with a small head, but ample lacing. Sweet caramel malt and brown sugar flavors with a hint of spice and a plesant thick breadiness. Very nicely done beer from a brewery worthy of more notice.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade with FlacoAlto - Thanks Sebastian! - Pours brown with a short offwhite head that laces pretty well. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, toffee, and some roasted malts. Flavor is a nice toffee mixed with caramel, molasses and a bit of brown sugar.. Much like a werther’s candy. Palate is smooth and buttery with a nice dry finish. Almost melts in the mouth with body enough to be memorable. Very tasty and enjoyable. A real nice beer! jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Courtesy of FlacoAlto. Pours a dark red with a thin beige head. Smells of honey and caramel. Nice medium bodied, creamy. Heavy malt taste with just enough hop backbone. Can taste a hint of alcohol, but it warms you up nice. Very good beer. RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Pours a very murky/muddy brown, with a quarter inch off-white head that settles slowly to a soapy cap and ring. The lacing is pretty thick, but not very sticky.
Smell; caramel malts and a touch of coffee up front, with a rich nutty aroma mixed in, and hints of tobacco. There’s almost no hop aroma to speak of, but I’m not surprised.
Taste; very rich and nutty up front, and then fades in to a mildly tobacco flavor. The caramel is present as well as some chocolate and coffee, and finished with just a touch of bitter hops. This is a bit more robust than your average brown ale.
Mouthfee/Drinkability; mouthfeel is a bit fuller thatn I’m used to for a brown, but it seems to fit this flaover profile just right, and the drinkability is pretty darn good. The only thing that would keep this from be a good session beer, for me, is the alcohol. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Live wire-clear dark reddish brown,very lacey head. Thick licorice nose with some nice playdoh and plastically notes roaming and oatmeal essence. Plasticy, malty and yeasty flavors...I like the creepy flavors in this one actually. 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 wasn’t 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.