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Nimbus Old Monkeyshine - Nimbus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

159 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | 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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Slipperyphoton

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-17-2013 17:38:20 | More by Slipperyphoton
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-04-2013 01:21:45 | More by BillRoth
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Camjmorton

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-01-2013 22:24:19 | More by Camjmorton
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bongobeer

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-13-2013 18:41:34 | More by bongobeer
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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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Lovely85

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-02-2013 00:37:52 | More by Lovely85
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HellkatSally

Arizona

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-28-2013 23:43:39 | More by HellkatSally
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kushlash23

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-28-2013 16:10:23 | More by kushlash23
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CesarLopes

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-18-2013 17:53:34 | More by CesarLopes
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jwoolfe

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-31-2013 13:32:39 | More by jwoolfe
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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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

07-07-2013 03:02:05 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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gleemonger

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-12-2013 22:52:25 | More by gleemonger
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ckollias

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Nimbus Brewery.

A: Pours a clear light brown-golden hue with a thin white lace that quickly dissipates leaving a decent lace.

S: Slightly fruity malt aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a fruity malt flavor that finishes slightly dry.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

O: Decent English Strong Ale – lots of alcohol but blended in nicely with the malt.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 15:12:09 | More by ckollias
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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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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-28-2013 21:55:04 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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mkennedy119

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-12-2013 19:04:38 | More by mkennedy119
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NWCraftman

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-12-2013 00:52:39 | More by NWCraftman
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irish01980

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-23-2013 20:12:18 | More by irish01980
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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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Pecan

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-20-2012 17:27:48 | More by Pecan
Nimbus Old Monkeyshine from Nimbus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.