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RATINGS: 246   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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DiarmaidBHK (5113) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Bottle from BevMo Tucson. Pours dark brown with a thin brown head which disappears quickly. Not much on the nose. Big malty sweetness on the tongue. Hides it alcohol well. Not particularly memorable.

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ChainGangGuy (4897) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2012
12 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very darkened amber body with a half-inch-head head of beige foam.

Smell: Moderate toastiness, crunchy char, and a faint note of brown sugar. Some dark fruit, some aniseed, but more than one’s fair share of alcohol.

Taste: Well-toasted malts dosed with dark brown sugar. Slight burnt malt edge in back. Slight earthy hop hint. A touch of date, then licorice growing into a larger, albeit ill-defined spiciness adjoining the heated alcohol quality until the finish. Not too much going on here, sadly.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Lacks complexity, depth, and, more importantly, some much needed smoothness. For a second, I thought maybe some age would smooth it out, but I changed my mind.

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Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Growler. Pours dark brown with red edges and an off white head. Aroma is sweet malts, muddled earthiness, dark fruits. Taste is the same, but with a candy like flavor as well. Alcohol is hidden. Strange brew though, as the combo of flavors and scents just didn’t work particullary well for me.

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AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2013
This beer has a definite English flavor with mild caramel. Slightly bitter with subdued malts. It is very drinkable.

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PorterPounder (8090) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Trade with drowland - thanks! Pours a hazy dark orange with a sticky khaki colored head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma has a soapy tint to it, a touch of smelly feet. Flavor is a tad better than the aroma with some orange marmalade notes, some caramel, a touch of booziness, a yeasty finish. thick enough mouthfeel. Needs some work.

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Aquilo (654) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
Even thought they call this an "English style ale," this is actually a very American ale. Lots of hops, and too sweet. If it were English, I would expect a smoother hop character, and drier flavor. Dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma of fruit and cedar. Overall, this is a bit disappointing, but still drinkable.

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Zymurgeist2 (2296) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Massive thick, rich malt. Caramel is strong. Clear, dark brown head with moderate khaki head. Taste is cloying thick malt. Viscous and oily. Slight floral hops.

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Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2008 Bottle from cbkscubert. Dark hazy amber color with nice tan head that vanishes quickly leaving good lacing. Aroma of malts and grape juice. Taste was malty with rasins, plums yeast, soy, and plums combined with a sour funk. Slight sour/ bitter finish. Funny, this beer smelled better than it tasted.

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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!

3
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...


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