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Nimbus Old Monkeyshine - Nimbus Brewing Company

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86
very good

163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 16
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002)
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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz stubby bottle with a psychedelic image of a human with a monky head carrying a banjo. Pours from the bottle a nice dark brown with deep garnet hues as well. A half inch of bubbly bone white head tops it off. Aromas of sweet dark fruits alongside toasty, nutty malts. Bitter hops, caramel and dark bread dough. A touch smoky as well, an interesting aroma.

First sip brings a smooth roasty caramel maltiness, which is a bit nutty as well. Hints of dark fruits and brown sugar as it makes its way down the hatch. Dark baked bread comes to mind with a bit of lingering smokiness. Finishes with a mellow herbal hop bitterness on the way down. A tasty brew and a nice change of pace.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a good creamy maltiness. Even at slightly over 8% alcohol, I'm finding this quite drinkable. I wouldn't mind having another. Thanks to autumnaldave for the sample, being it my first, but hopefully not last from Nimbus.

orbitalr0x, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured into a proper mini-nonic glass. Old Monkeyshine pours with a clear deep garnet maroon topped with a thin khaki frothy coating, leaving respectable lace sheeting.

Leafy solid aroma that sure has that essence of English ale like a lightly malted ginger backing to a sweet tea hop front.

First swigs: Bready all grain waffle with a touch of caramel. Toasted wheat bread and caramelized sugar. A bit mineraly, with some flat cola notes and a dry flour finish.

Soft gentle carbonation with a medium body and a lingering slight syrupy feel.

Last swigs: Cola brown ale. 8.2% ABV? Are you serious? Tastes almost like a mild, I swear! Thanks to G.D. for the bottle. Interesting and different. Not regretable, edible and forgetable. Fun. Almost like an Imperial Mild. Huh?

Beer is good. Happy big ESB beering.

blitheringidiot, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of OldSock
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance – 12 oz bottle obtained in a trade from Gueuzedude Dark slightly hazy brown. Creamy off white head that has great retention and leaves a thick sheet of lacing.

Smell – Light toasted malt with a bit of citrus hops and estery yeast. Similar to the normal brown from Nimbus, but more intense and with a hint of alcohol.

Taste – Slightly sweet with notes of chocolate, biscuit and hops. A bit sweet, but packs a punch for a brown ale. The alcohol is very mild, but still present particularly as I near the end of my glass.

Mouthfeel – Medium, with stiff carbonation that is a bit to harsh for the beer.

Drinkability & Notes – Overall an interesting beer that is pretty easy to drink despite the elevated alcohol. Glad I had the chance to try it.

OldSock, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium dark brown foamy head with pretty god retention. Aroma contains lots of sweet roasted malt and toffee. The sweet roasted malt also dominates taste with a light hop presence at the end. Body is a bit too thin for my liking but alcohol is well hidden.

Phyl21ca, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of Bcant
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

First, what is an "English Style Ale"? I would not have had to have lived in Yorkshire to know that there is no single Englihs style ale, and even if there is a typical English pub ale, say a bitter, this beer would not be it. In fact, I would argue that Old Monkeyshine more closely resembles a strong scotch ale. Getting Nimbus' taxonomy, the beer is not bad. It has a plesant deep mahagony color. The aroma is a bit sweet and alcoholic but not unapatising. Hints of rasions and caramel, finishes slightly tart. Supprisingly drinkable for its strength. It might do quite nicely on a cool desert winters night.

Bcant, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of battlekow
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

This beer really surprised me. While it's listed as a brown ale on here, on Nimbus' website, it's called a strong ale. At 8.2% ABV, you can't really disagree with Nimbus. When I poured it and saw that it was a deep, dark brown with a small head, my mind flashed back to Tommyknocker's Imperial Nut Brown, a highly-touted, highly-alcoholic brown ale that I really didn't like. Monkeyshine is completely different, though; in the Tommyknocker, the alcohol was the dominant flavor, while here it's just a hint. I'm amazed how well it's hidden. I'm more amazed that it tastes so good, malty, sweet and brown sugary in the beginning, with a lingering bitter finish. I gave it a 4.5 in drinkability simply because it's as easy to drink as the Yuengling Traditional Lager I had last night, but with more flavor and double the alcohol. I really wish I could get this here, it's right up there with the best. Hearty thanks go out to Gueuzedude for allowing me to try this wonderful beer.

battlekow, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of blackie
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Mahogany colored with an off white head.

Smell is sweet and rich offset by some bitterness, pretty complex. Hints of raisins, woody/roasted, dark sugars, maybe some cherries, and some alcohol.

Carbonation is moderate and body is on the thick side.

Nice malty taste with a little more hop bite than expected, maybe too much. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, until it hits the gut. Middle of the sip is similar to the smell...with hints of raisins and sugars. Finish is of slight alcohol and hops.

blackie, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of Solomon420
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Well to be honest, at first I didnt like the taste too much. Didnt know what to make of it at first. I think I drank the first bottle too cold. The next day I drank another bottle more towards room temperature and wow, what flavour it had. Its noted as a brown ale, but if you hold it up the sunset, the colours come alive. More of a dark red/honey hue. I have to think that it was partly the mood I was in, and the setting, that allowed me to enjoy it this time. I would definately buy some more.

Solomon420, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

This beer is a deep amber color. It is fairly clear with just a hint of chill haze. It smell malty sweet with a bit of fruitiness in the nose. Nice full bodied with a malty expression. This beer tenderly coats your mouth. This is a very well balanced beer, as an English expression of a strong ale should be. There is a hint of hop flavor that helps to carry the maltiness of this brew.

Gueuzedude, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Tasted at the 2002 Oregon Brewers Festival. Light brown color. Aroma is small white and foamy. Aroma is malty, nutty and very sweet. Deep malt flavor, not very hoppy. Lighter bodied . Nice flavor. Rich and round. Mouthfeel is full and round. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%

Appearance: dark hazelnut brown, creamy thin cap of head that sticks to the glass, good clarity

Aroma: twinge of caramel rolled in hops, grassy note, hard to evaluate aroma in the brew"pub" as the A/C blows VERY hard

Flavor: a bit too bitter for an English strong ale, reasonably well-balanced though leaning towards bitter (I prefer a bit more sweetness in this style), initial subtle caramel sweetness gives way quickly to rather bitter semi-dry finish, metallic after-taste (like licking a piece of aluminum)

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, low carb, high abv is hard to detect (so be careful with this one)

Drinkability: would be better if the metallic taste was absent, this is NOT a session beer though.

Would be interesting to know if they use high alpha/high cohumulone hops in all their beers. There was a harsh taste in both beers I tried.

GreenCard, Apr 20, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

"Arizona Beer fest"!
A nice deep mahogany color on the pour, the head is moderate in size, the texture spumescent, beige in color and as it dissipates the left over lace a nice coating on the glass. Floral nose, sweet malt, caramel and quite fresh and pleasing to the senses, with the start sweet and malt, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is a “Hop Heads” delight; boom right in the palate as the hops over run your taste buds, mildly acidic, dry as a desert bone aftertaste and a real treat for this old strong ale lover.

Gusler, Mar 30, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%

Everything about this beer is superb. Beautiful appearance, a dark brown color with a thin, creamy and lacy head. And the aroma! Malty and fruity, with a strong hop boquet, and a subtle underlying aroma of caramel.

The complexity continues in the taste. Really complex malt body, with fruity esters -- a hint of green apple, I think. Slight alcohol warming, with a slightly sweet finish and good hop flavor.

A very fine beer -- seems more like a barley wine than a brown ale to me. Probably the best one I've ever had, and I'm fairly picky when it comes to the style. A terrific beer.

mzwolinski, Oct 02, 2002
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Nimbus Old Monkeyshine from Nimbus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.