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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
THE BROS
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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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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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Sixofsigmas

California

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep rich brown opaque color, nice initial head, seems to have faded to black almost(or brown as the case may be).
Nose has notes of vanilla, dark roasty malt, booze, maybe spice?
On the front end there is a sugary vanillaish brown sugar/molasses taste followed by darker malt and most definitely bourbon on the back end with a nice little boozey warmth.
Mouthfeel is unexpected. Hits you with the light body, but by the end it feels medium bodied. Not overly carbonated. Oily feel.
Drinkability is not as high as some. It's a sipper meant to be enjoyed. The high alcohol will make you pay for drinking too many of these.

Pretty impressive for the style. One of the best English strong ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:34:38 | More by Sixofsigmas
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femALEist

California

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

Old Monkeyshine- My sister had a bottle of this one in her fridge already and I was looking forward to drinking some local Tucson brewed beer from Nimbus Brewing Co. It poured a deep teak brown with a hint of red. It smelled like light vanilla, light roast and a bit caramel-y. It tasted light at first, then a nice roasted malt with bourbon notes come in and leave a little burn. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable. I was looking on their website and apparently they have a bourbon barrel aged version of this, at least at the brewery. I wish we had made it out to the Brewery as our visit to the Barrio Brewing Co seemed a bit wasted.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 19:53:40 | More by femALEist
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall glass.

A: Deep ruby with hints of brown, a thin bodied off-white head that diminishes but still sticks around and laces fairly well.

S: Darkly roasted malt and just-shy-of-burnt American grains, hint of chocolate and darkly browned sugar.

T: The initial taste is something like a red stout (I don't think this actually exists but it seems to fit as a description) with brown sugar and roasted malts, even a bit of burnt character. Shortly the taste veers away from stout-like track it was on, and a hard-wood taste briefly shows its face before the whole thing turns into a warm black currant, raisin, rum, and nut bread taste that fades away evenly. This last set of flavors isn't as intense or luminescent as seen in an Old Ale or Barley-wine, but it is there just the same.

M: Smooth and full bodied, not quite worthy of being called "velvety" but on the way.

D: For an ABV over 8, this is a very drinkable beer. Not overpowering, but still flavorful.

Overall: I really like this style because it is nearly but not quite many other styles. Almost like a "jack of all trades but master of none" for old/strong ales. This example is a good one, and worth trying to you can get a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 04:27:32 | More by allforbetterbeer
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Arsenal04

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured mahogany with a two finger, very frothy head. Lively carbonation emanates from the body of the beer. Nose faintly picks up melted caramel and cinnamon oatmeal which disappoints only in that I would love to have had these two aromas violently collide against my senses. Hops are in the background, again faint to the nose. Raisins, cherries are dominate the taste which is accompanies the malt and finishes with a delicate touch of hops that disguises the alcohol well. What I notice is that the aftertaste is mainly caramel, which doesn't please me that much since I don't find that flavor to work well with the initial raisin/cherry taste. That said, it is a pleasure to have this after a very long day because the malt/hop balance along with the interesting flavors makes this ale symbiotically dance across my palate. Having one or two max would be a pleasure on any random weeknight; any more would be a bit risky due to the ABV. Thanks goes out again to bennetj17 for the hookup...

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 02:33:13 | More by Arsenal04
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a hazed rich copper chestnut color with two fingers of creamy off white foam. Aromas and flavors are of rich roasted grains, deeply caramelized malt, nuts such a hazelnut, hints of brown sugar, a bit fruity. The ale falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with adequate carbonation. Pretty tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 04:36:16 | More by ClockworkOrange
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arizcards

Arizona

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

Picked up a bottle at Total Wine and More in early April for $1.29. Beer was bottled in February 2009.

Beer poured mahogany with a good off white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is sweet, dark fruits and heavy malts. Taste is sweet, very malty, dark fruits, dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin but decently carbonated. Overall drinkability is pretty good. The abv is well hidden. This is a decent beer at a good price. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 23:31:29 | More by arizcards
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snpub540

California

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a brown hue that had amber highlights when held up to the light. Very clear and very little carbonation. Head was about 1/8" and eggshell colored and left moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell was all malts. Bready and toasty. Not alot else goin on in there.

Taste was very much all about the malts. Roast flavor of coffee was there as well as bread, with a slight nuttiness. The finish had some piney hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the drinkability was good. Even with the 8ish % ABV its a semi session beer if that even makes sense.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 00:56:25 | More by snpub540
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armock

New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NitroGen for sending this my way.

A - Poured a brown color with copper highlights with a tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of caramel malt and some dark fruit

T - Has a more roasted caramel taste with a touch of dark fruit

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - A pretty good beer that has an interesting taste that pretty enjoyable worth trying sometime

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 15:41:49 | More by armock
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HalfFull

California

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass with a deep reddish brown color and a half inch of off white head. Offers only moderate retention.

Lot of nutty roasted malts on the nose similar to many English Ales. Not as clean and crisp however, and I assume there are more unfermented sugars here which effect the volatility of the nose, and I later find, seem to mask the ABV to a large degree.

Moderate malts continue to the taste, somewhat complex with caramel, nut, brown sugar and a touch of dried fruit. A sweetness envelops it all making the flavors a bit difficult to ascertain. The same sweetness, certainly not overdone, helps give the beer a smooth feel. Finishes dry with a quick close. Good carbonation and richer in body than most ales of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2009 04:09:02 | More by HalfFull
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magictrokini

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother in law raves about this stuff, as he is from Tucson. Pours dark brown, almost looks like a porter. Aroma of toffee and caramel, with some dried fruits. Taste is dominated by alcohol, then the sweet malt and caramel flavors come through. Earthy finish. Decent beer, don't think I could have more than 2 at one time. Like Tucson, more is not better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 22:28:56 | More by magictrokini
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

I got this brew from tayner. Thanks Dana!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky brown color with a thin beige head that left some spotty lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt and date/fig in the aroma.

T - sweet flavors of dark fruits and caramel malt with a gentle warming from the alcohol.

F - medium bodied with a very mild carbonation feel.

D - it goes down good.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 23:37:35 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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DLReeves

New York

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

First had this stuff on way to Mexico from Tucson in 2001. I was warned not to have more than 2 if I was going to Mex. Had it with GREAT tex-mex style chili. After #2, I could see why they warned me about no more than 2..strong stuff!
I really enjoy its hearty flavor and kick. As an old fart, (i'm 67), ive had a LOT of beer over the years and its (in my eyes) worth "smuggling" back to NYS where I live. (Nimbus brewery wont ship it...too bad)

I dont get hung up on all the nuances of beer..if it tastes good, I will drink it..

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 20:29:42 | More by DLReeves
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Realized I hadn't reviewed the bottled version of this yet, and someone left half of a six-pack in my fridge so might as well. Chocolate brown color, kind of murky, with not much for head. The smell has notes of caramel, chcoloate, warm cinnamon raisin bread, and a toasted nuttiness. Not bad, a decent bouquet.

The flavor is sweet with tangy fruit, lightly dry with a grassy bitterness to finish things out. The malt doesn't seem to have much complexity as the smell would suggest. Not bad. medium body, sharp carbonation but not foamy. Light syrup-like slickness.

Not too impressed, but it works. I could really see it being a more cold weather beer, something to warm you up a bit. It does pack a decent ABV although I couldn't really taste it. Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 04:33:58 | More by bennetj17
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Tayner. Thanks Dana!

It pours a dark brown with reddish hues and a good 2 finger head of offwhite foam. Good head retention and there's some lacing.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, some caramel, and a bit of bread.

The taste is of toffee, dark fruit. some caramel, slight chocolate, and a slight bitterness and tartness. I alos get some hint of the alcohol but it's fairly mild.

It's around medium bodied and the carbonation is also medium. It finishes with the dark fruit, mostly cherry and some plum and raisin.

This is an interesting brew and though the flavours I mentioned say it is very complex, I feel the flavours are actually on the subdued side. That's ok for an English Brown but with the bigger abv content than is the norm, I guess I expected more. Still pretty tasty brew though.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 22:19:11 | More by Bitterbill
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flexabull

California

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this one a couple of night ago at a friends house.

This is from notes...

Pours a cloudy and muddy brown color, with a faint white head.

Aromas are kind of cola like, with some brown sugars, molasses, and dark fruits.

Upon first sip, I think Brown Ale with a bit of a kick. But not at all overpowering. There are some non sweet cola flavors, brown sugars, and creamy malts. The finish is crisp, with a pine like bite from the hops.

Mouthfeel is decent. Feels a little thin, but not bad.

Drinkability is quite good. This is a nice brown ale, and it hides it's strong 8.2% ABV quite well. Enjoy a bottle, but I would probably only go for one, maybe two at most.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 02:45:09 | More by flexabull
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep garnet hued with a tight beige cap.
The nose exudes chocolate-covered raisins, brown sugar, molasses, peat smoke, sweet breads, dark rum and whole pine trees: bark, cones, needles, and sap.
Malt comes into the mouth with waves of caramel, carob, molasses, raisins, and anise. It stays powerfully sweet for several moments, the is cut by a surprising smokiness. At this point, it presents as a spot-on Wee Heavy. Hops enter next, shatter preconceptions, and boom out pine notions that are equally sappy and earthy. It concludes with a small brandy-like booze flare that is born from the raisin hues that it began with.
Medium bodied, with little carbonation to make it feel sticky at time. It seems a hair on the small side, as all this flavor would be better supported with a bit more girth.
That a small quibble, as this is utterly enjoyable, and monstrously drinkable for a beer of this strength, complexity, and uniqueness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 08:22:28 | More by cokes
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this 12 oz. twist-off capped bottled on a late November visit to Tucson. Label is notched 'O', which I assume means an October bottling date? Poured to a pint glass.

I won't venture a guess at the meaning of the label illustration: a banjo-toting, straw hat & overalls-wearing monkey/man stomping a watermelon, before an audience that includes a top-hatted magician hoisting a white rabbit by its ears and a crash-test dummy lounging (naked?) while another figure with a funnel for a head unscrews the head of the first. To say this is 'trippy' imagery would be an understatement...

The beer:

A: Deep chestnut/mahogany brown, crowned with less than a half-finger of dusty cream. Drops to a thicker, firmer cover which coats the sides in slick bands. Held to light, this shows a modest carbonation throughout; it all shows some suspended tiny proteins, indicative of either a lack of filtration or of some age. Maybe that 'O' notch meant 'best by' October?

S: Not much aroma, even after a lengthy warming. Some caramel and a hint of toasted nuts. A trace of metal.

T: A dusting of bitter-sweet cocoa covers toffee, mildly toasted walnuts and a faint dry/zesty citrus rind. Balanced well; it's not overly sweet and holds a light spice and fair amount of hop bitterness all in check.

M: Slick, lightly carbonated. A little buttery. Medium mouthfeel with a hesitant alcohol warmth that gives a fair warning that this is an 8+% beer. Pretty starchy/sticky in the end and overall a little too thin.

D: I found this to be a good, easy-to-consume beer overall. Nice balance, bet it would drink well with food, such as a good nutty aged cheese or something off the grill. I'd give this another go when we next pay AZ a visit.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 05:36:00 | More by msubulldog25
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got one of these from my buddy BeerTruth...not a bad dude, really, even if he wouldn't know a good Belgian if it slapped him in the face.

Pours a reddish medium brown color, quite hazy with a little momre than a finger of light beige head. Retains a solid lacing and leaves a good amount of stick.

Smell is quite sweet and seems a bit fruity but maybe is better described as floral. I'm not sure really what it is, it's not really a citrusy fruit aroma (although it's close) but rather is just a pleasant, somewhat sweet smell.

Hmmm...taste is strange. There's some sweet caramel malt and some fruitiness like the smell, but I just can't put my finger on this. Maybe it's just a strange fruit flavor...seems a bit like raisins? Very odd. Not much in the way of bitterness from the hops, but I'm thinking those strange fruity flavors are hop induced. Not bad, but odd. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

As brown ales go this is one of the strangest I've tasted. Not a bad flavor, just strange. I don't quite know what to make of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 01:00:10 | More by number1bum
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I pciked this up in Sedona, saw the name "Old Monkeyshine" and thought it was a bwine. Did not read the label..dooooh! It was a good English ale. Poured a darkbrown with a ruby highlight, nice dirty white head, average carbonation, taste was of some coffee, choc and something else that I could not pick up on. Maybe the taste uds were off. It was a good drink and the ABV is perfect. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 17:10:03 | More by barleywinefiend
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, thanks to tayner for the sample

A: Pours a dark brown under a small white head with some yeast sediment floating around. No lace, little retention.

S: Surprisingly hoppy. A nice candy-like citrus aroma of oranges, lemon and grapefruit. Also some malty notes in the background including some creamy sweetness and hints of nuts and light chocolate.

T: Small sweetness up front quickly fades into citrusy hops, followed immediately by slightly roasted malt character and a some hints again of nuts and the faintest chocolate. Very interesting combinations here. Ultimately dry.

M/D: Carbonation is just right and helps to produce a creamy medium bodied beer. Drinkability is good on this one as well. I have to admit, after my first experience with Nimbus, I am quite surprised by this offering. It has a lot going on for it with the hop character, and although maybe not totally appropriate for the style, really go a long way.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 04:00:20 | More by NCSUdo
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin head that doesn't last long, vaporizing in a flash and leaving a ghostly skim across the top. Tiny islands of lace are all that's left of the head. Color is a deep milk-chocolate brown. A very brown brown ale...who woulda thunk? This label deserves special mention: banjo-wielding hillbilly chimpanzee squashing a watermelon with his feet, keeping company with a magician doing his rabbit/hat trick and a couple mannequins looking all da-da with one having a funnel for a head. Yeah, I remember my first tab of acid...

Definitely some nuttiness to the aroma, plus a hint of chocolate. There's an interesting element aside the from nuttiness, and that's a kind of earthy sweetness...fresh-picked tobacco leaf and prunes, maybe...

Flavor is bigger and bolder than most brown ales, but then so is the ABV. Dark, almost-spoiled fruits and cocoa beans wrap around unexpected tartness and chalky sweetness; vanilla just barely there; alcohol definitely not timid, but not overwhelming. Sweet, sticky finish contrasts well with the buttery-smooth mouthfeel. A weird, grassy astringency continues throughout the sipping, making the mouth pucker a bit. It's not old, because "Oct." is notched, and I'm assuming that's when it was bottled, and I'm also assuming that's not Oct. '06.

An interesting flavor, especially considering the style. The only real deterrent is the tartness, which is fine, but it creates an unwelcome pucker in the mouth...otherwise this is a real enjoyable, rather unique take on a style that could use a few cracks upside the head. Thanks to msubulldog25 (he with The Righteous Beercloset) for sending and allowing me to sample my first-ever Arizona beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 23:29:45 | More by Metalmonk
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ncvbc

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown in color with a thin tannish head that fades quickly to a ring...

Sweet malts up front. Caramel and brown sugar. Light chocolate and toffee. Some fruitiness that I can't really identify.

Taste is also sweet. A nutty flavor becomes present along with caramel and brown sugar. I think it was raisins I noticed in the smell...I was either thinking that or grapes but close enough. Also noticed was a slight hop presence. Simply a little bite to keep it in check.

Mouthfeel is a big medium pushing full and creamy. Nice!

Good drinkability. A bit more hefty than other Brown Ales but I think this was good. Glad I had a chance to try it.

Thanks to tayner...another extra!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 09:38:53 | More by ncvbc
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warmstorage

California

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint on tap at No Anchovies in Tucson, Arizona. $2.75 at happy hour (M-F 3-6pm.)

Appearance: deep red to light brown, minimal to zero head, light lacing. Sure, it's difficult to maintain head on a 8.2% beer, but this one had almost none from the get-go.

Aroma: sweet malt, sugar, brown sugar

Taste: sweet malt, fruity esters, brown sugar, notable alcohol.

Mouth: medium thick, medium to high carbonation, distinct alcohol warmth

Overall: a nice winter warmer type beer, it'd be good on a cold day (but how many of those are there in Tucson?) Good, drinkable, and one of my favorites from Nimbus, but not all that remarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2007 03:23:28 | More by warmstorage
Nimbus Old Monkeyshine from Nimbus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.