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Nimbus Old Monkeyshine - Nimbus Brewing Company

Nimbus Old MonkeyshineNimbus Old Monkeyshine

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BA SCORE
85
very good

150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%


Brewed by:
Nimbus Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/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 8.2% alcohol by volume content. It's a winner!

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TucsonJames

Sweden

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this beer is very understated. It starts out with hop notes and then complexly traverses an earthy porter finish. It is a fresh beer that could be drank year round as it is fresh, but also dark and could be appreciated in the winter time after a day working outside or by the campfire.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 14:42:18 | More by TucsonJames
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nickfl

Florida

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A small head of off white foam on top of a clear, dark brown body. An aroma of toffee and musty hops. Dry, caramel and burnt toast with some molasses in the finish. Medium body, average carbonation, and a dry finish. Not bad, fairly bland but inoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:42:43 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No head really on a deep amber brown clear body. No lace really. Aroma of breads, toasted malts, nuts, molasses and earthy hops. Flavor is also very toasty opening with nuts, toasted malts and earthy but finishing with brown sugar, caramel, rye . Medium body and moderate carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden. This one is flavorful and definitely one of the better of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:40:23 | More by kylehay2004
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coldriver

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a Pepsi brown with good head and lacing. Aroma is molasses with dark fruit. Taste is caramel, tobacco, dark fruit. Mouthfeel is little harsh, but nice dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden. I'm liking this better as it warms up - I bet it's really good on tap. Not a style that I'm typically interested in but I can see the appeal.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 17:39:38 | More by coldriver
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my new silipint.

A: Poured dark reddish-brown, with a proper, creamy tan head that lasted a good while and left good lacing. Coarse looking carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells like toasted sweet malt with hints of brown sugar and caramel.

Taste: Moderately strong flavor featuring dark malts with hints of dark fruits, caramel, and roasted nuts. Good sweet/bitter balance.

M: Medium-low carbonation works well for this full-bodied beer, Very smooth.

O: A flavorful English style pub ale with remarkably well hidden alcohol. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 05:39:51 | More by chinchill
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FlatRabbitRed

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an English style ale, so to all the other reviews; I personally expect some bittering to come out of it. Very happy to see this style from a local craft brewery, nice job!

Dark with minimal head, roasted malt and caramel, hint of licorice bittering after taste. High in alcohol but not syrupy or heavy at all.

Goes down real easy in spite of the high alcohol content, be careful!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 23:55:42 | More by FlatRabbitRed
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Sparkling deep maroon the color is pretty! no head no lacing

Aroma- clean melon fruityness, carmel apple leather.

Taste- boozy, maple, tobacco vanilla, carmel, slightly sweet and a little peppery. resiny vegetable hops. maybe its the fact that it is an english ale but i get just a hint of meaty "brown sauce" to it. Its not bad or off putting though, just English!

Mouthfeel- I think this is spot on for an english style ale. Slick warm and boozy. Not too fizzy or syrupy.

Overall- My favorite offering from nimbus, i would like to try this from a cask/beer engine or on nitro. I think it would compliment bread pudding, brie, mashed potatoes and game hen. Defiantly a good beer to nurse in a pub on a rainy day while watching cricket or rowing.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:55:20 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Hazy dark bronze. Pretty fat messy off white head.
smell: butterscotch. very inviting, some dark fruit but butterscotch up front.
taste: quite different than the nose. Hint of butterscotch, not near as rich. Dry and slightly bitter finish.
overall: outstanding nose. A bit of a letdown after that.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 23:51:26 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow! Nimbus is back in Orange County. And I happened to find a bottle of Nimbus that I hadn't tried before. From a stubby 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

It's a gusher out of the bottle! Once that episode is over, we see a leather brown colored beer with an inch thick head and a few chunks of lace around the glass. The nose features toasted sugar, touches of pineapple, and brown sugar. Taste is somewhat fruity, features some pineapple and toasted sugar The firepower is acceptable, and the beer's alcohol is hard to find. The body is medium full with smooth carbonation that compliments the beer.

This is a mellow strong ale from Nimbus, and an acceptable one at that.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 19:47:18 | More by DoubleJ
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some alcohol aromas. Taste is somewhat the same but there is a metallic flavor that overwhelms everything else. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer and not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 03:45:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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charlzm

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed December 14th, 2012 from my trusty Triple Petrus tulip/snifter. The bottle is labeled April 2012, so the beer is between 8 and 9 months old.

Beer pours a ruddy caramel brown with deep garnet highlights. Almost no head despite a moderate pour. Small amount of sheeting.

Aroma is cinnamon and brown sugar with a touch of vanilla and molasses.

Flavor is fruity with an unfortunate note of cardboard oxidization. I'm going to blame the screw-off lid (what were you thinking, Nimbus, putting a beer meant to be aged in a screw-top bottle???) Dark candied fruits mingle with a touch of bready malt, followed by a bold, bitter finish. Some peppery spice and alcohol heat on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick.

Overall, a fine beer. Don't age it in the 12 oz bottle, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 04:06:41 | More by charlzm
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 20:57:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Mar 2011. Served in the (512) One snifter.

Smallish tan head. Well carbonated. Clear ruby brown in color. Aroma is roasty nuts with some toffee and cola. Fairly sweet and malty to start. Touch of cinnamon. Hazelnuts. Medium body, slightly warming ethanol. Flavor doesn't really linger, kind of washes out with a faint roasty bitterness at the end.

Finish is a bit disappointing but overall not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 14:14:48 | More by htomsirveaux
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merryjoulton

Arkansas

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty deep brown mahogany hue. Head basically doesn't exist. Maybe a little bit of brown foam but thats about it. Smells like deep roasted malts. Don't detect any fruit, citrus, pine or any hint of hops. Tastes exactly like it smells. Has a full and thick mouthfeel. Overall a good beer. No complexity, but no flaws either. Just a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:12:00 | More by merryjoulton
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep amber/brown with a few bubbles (no head). smells of raspberries, grapes and caramel.. kind of has a funk to it - not much in terms of "standard beer characteristics" which is in no way a bad thing. very sweet tasting like a toffee/caramel, tastes like a cross between a barley wine/esb, very fruity (peaches, raspberry, grapes), heavy malt profile. feels medium bodied which throws me off a bit, i keep expecting it to be thicker with every sip i take.

a bit funky in taste/smell, which keeps the mystery throughout the glass, and keeps me drinking it trying to figure out the ingredients. very lightly carbonated and the mouthfeel keeps throwing me off! not a bad sipping beer at all, but i don't think i can handle more than one in a session.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 00:21:41 | More by facundoCNB
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to stephenhawking for the bottle.

Pours a deep brown almost black with a small tan head that dissipates almost immediately.

Aroma is very malty with a little bit of raisin. Not many hops detectable here.

Taste follows the nose. Barely any hop presence and a big malt bill. Toasted malt hits up front, but there's a oxidized metallic finish that is off putting.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for something of this profile with medium-low carbonation.

This one doesn't do it for me. A few flaws with not a lot of complexity going on.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 22:40:22 | More by jmarsh123
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ccrida

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Old Monkeyshine is a slightly turbid dark brown with a tan head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is very malty, sweet and sour, with some earthy hops. Robust

Taste is similar, this is a classic English brown, x2. Nice balance though for the amplitude, the bitter hops and drying, clean alcohol temper the sweetness of the malt. Very nice, with a long, malty finish.

Mouthfeel is on the medium-heavy side, decent carbonation.

Drinkability is high, this is my favorite Nimbus ale by a long shot, loads of character, flavor, yet still dangerously quaffable. I "monkeyed" around to much with their lesser offering before this!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 08:09:21 | More by ccrida
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uawildcat

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an English pub glass. Poured it too cold, so I let it warm up a little bit.

A: Dark brown, a tad bit cloudy with a little head. Leaves behind a nice white head with lacing. Nothing special, but I will give it 3.5 for the lacing.

S: Smells like toasty malt and bready yeast. Only comes out once the beer is warmed up.

T: Taste is out of this world. It tastes of dark fruits upfront with a strong raisin flavor behind a toasty, toffee-like, sweet malt flavor. Yum!

M: The low level of carbonation works well for this beer, it lets the flavor really come out. It goes down very smooth. However, I do wish there was a bit more carbonation. For the amount of flavor and sweetness it is not too thick, it is medium-bodied.

O: A very tasty beer that could be drank on its own. It could go with a burger or fish and chips. Nice job Nimbus, this beer rocks.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 01:53:58 | More by uawildcat
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archaeofreak

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard bottle into glass. Not much of an aroma, but good deep red color. I liked the taste, a little hoppy, with a slightly astringent taste and good full-bodied mouth-feel. Very little head but good lacing on the glass. Overall positive experience!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 18:19:22 | More by archaeofreak
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #3. The beer was chilled and placed in a Imperial Pint glass.

A 4.0 The body of the beer is a clear bright scarlet. The head is a thick and the color of nugget. Nice head retention as the mustache doesnt kill it. Nice rings of foam mark this beers passage.

S 3.5 The aroma is of toasted malt, very bready, a bit nutty as it warms up and further reveals raisins. All along the beer has a vaguely lactic nature that is really starting to grow on me.

T 4.0 The flavor of the beer is a nice slightly toasted, lightly caramelized, nutty, grape and sour dough bread pudding. The lactic tones are present in the taste as a bit of a reminder but doesnt seem out of place.

M 4.0 Nice full bodied beer with gentle carbonation that really helps the beer along. I know this beer is alcoholic but not in mouthfeel. This is a very nice beer to kick back after a long night at work.

O 4.0 I am a sucker for full bodied beers. A very nice malty treat. I could see kicking a few of these back in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 12:26:14 | More by nlmartin
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Phelps

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Newcastle schooner pint -- my new favorite for English ales.

Pours a deep, shadowy burgundy that fades to highlights of cherry-amber at the edges. Although it's pretty dark, the liquid's also fairly clear and topped with a half-finger head of fuzzy cream-colored foam. It fades quickly to a splotchy top layer and a thin, sticky ring.

Hmm. Lightly toasty malt offset by sweet raisins and prunes. As it warms, a peanut character emerges, along with earthy hops and faint hints of tangy sourdough yeast in the back.

The smooth roasty character combines notes of charred toast, peanuts and the occasional pop of caramel, while a faint hint of raisiny sweetness interacts with earthy, soil-like English Kent Goldings hops. The finish is rather dry.

The body is a nice and smooth medium with a soft, lightly fizzy carbonation. Some alcohol heat warms up the throat on its way down.

Old Monkeyshine is intriguing -- it provides subtle yet enjoyable flavors amidst a big body an an equally hefty ABV. I like the nimble hand Nimbus played with this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:13:10 | More by Phelps
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Scored in a trade with trappistlover, Thanks!

Pours a dark hazy chestnut brown with a healthy head and later just a dusting on the top with lacing at the edges.

Smell of raisins, caramel, sweet malt, and brown sugar.

Taste of not surprisingly raisins, dry roasted malts, a very dry english feel to this , well attenuated and very tasty. Wow, was not expecting this out of an add and I am definitely impressed. Id keep these on hand if they were available locally. As is said in the description of this beer, "It is a Winner" and I agree. Sweet caramel and raisin finish with a dry bitter taste. It is definitely knocking on the door of greatness and I would keep an eye on Nimbus for future great releases. This made my snow day / rough day of work at home come to a climax and I applaud you.

Heavy carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Highly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 03:37:31 | More by alpinebryant
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Lucklys

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 17:30:03 | More by Lucklys
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Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nimbus Old Monkeyshine into chalice

Pours a deep brown/ruby with a dense two finger tan head. Great
retention and lacing.

Aroma is richly malty, with caramels, toast, honey, dark fruits,
toffee, and earthy hops providing the finish.

Body is almost perfectly spot-on for the nose, but leans more toward
toasty malt flavor and less in the direction of caramels and dark
fruits, even though they are still present.

Body is where this beer is sort of off point. It feels a bit thin and
overly carbonated for a strong English ale. Its not terribly bad or
anything, it just doesn't fit well with the rest of the beer.

Quite drinkable. Its at that perfect spot where its strong enough to
have lots of flavor but not so over the top that it takes an hour to
drink. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 17:06:11 | More by Flashsp2
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pixieskid

Germany

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head.

Strong sweet notes up front with a fairly milky consistency.

Mild notes of chocolate and coffee, with a dominant nutty characteristic throughout, strong sweet malt and again a distinct milkiness.

Another Tucson favorite that is good every once in a while, but is somewhat lackluster; probably due to the over consumption of it.

A simple beer that when fresh is quite enjoyable and easy drinking for the higher abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 06:45:06 | More by pixieskid
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Nimbus Old Monkeyshine from Nimbus Brewing Company
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