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Monkey Wrench Strong Ale - Daleside Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 6.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Daleside Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 04-01-2003)
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Reviews by MaltyGoodness:
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

500ml bottle

Pours a medium chestnut brown with a small white head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Very light aroma. Mild malt and slightly toasted nutty aroma. Not bad, but really not much of anything.

Malty with a pleasant toasted nutty flavor. Mild bitterness and just a hint of herbal hops. Finishes clean and dry.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

A pleasant English Strong ale and easy to drink. Not a whole lot of distinctive or memorable characteristics. I suspect it's a different experience from the cask as I'm sure it was originally intended.

MaltyGoodness, Sep 13, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -6%

A nice find this weekend while out on the beer hunt,poured a deep amber with a thinner but well sustained off white head,aromas are quite fruity with a hint of dark chocolate but nothing that would blow your mind.Alot of malt flavor in this brew brown suger and toffee hits up front with a fruity finish wich lingered nicely.A strong ale, well not so sure about that but not a bad quaffer with a thinner but smooth mouthfeel.

oberon, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance – This is a light, light brown with hints of dingy orange and no head.

Smell – The aroma has that bittery yeast smell of an English bitter; full of toffee and butter. There’s very little sugar in here and the malts really do take a back seat to the yeasty notes.

Taste – Oh, this has a lot more flavor than I would have guessed from the smell. The yeast is still there but it’s mixed well with some strong, dark, heavily-toasted malt. Still no sugars, though, which is OK by me for this particular style.

Mouthfeel – I thought this would be at least medium-bodied but it doesn’t quite make it. It’s actually kind of dry.

Drinkability – Well, 5% ABV isn’t my idea of “strong” but this was a good drinker nevertheless.

RoyalT, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of ADR
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Clearish red chestnut color, pale head of large detergent-like bubbles. Wispy looping laces on most of the glass. Malted milk aroma with some fruity ripe peach elements. Active carbonation in the mouth, spritzy feel to it. Flavor has a lot of fruit for me, orange marmalade, peach cobbler, and a certain brightness. A bit of ashy bittering takes hold mid mouth and makes the ending pretty nice and pleasant. Overall, a very nice profile from start to finish. However, I don't know what Daleside brews sell for in many markets, but this one came in for me at over $5 for a trace over 16 oz, and as far as drinking it again -- its not all that for all that.

ADR, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of rastaman
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%

Not too bad. at 5.3%ABV its not particularly strong, but neither is the flavour, some choc-caramel flavours are their, with some fruity/malty sweet flavours, bittersweet flavour thanks to a touch of hops at the end. Pretty average, but its drinkable, a bit gimmicky for some reason, maybe its just the label or something.

rastaman, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of DarrellK
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

DarrellK, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

There's an interesting blurb about a monkey who faced injustice in olden days. This beer is dedicated to the memory of said moneky and to monkeys everywhere.

This beer is a dark brown color with some red filling out the body. A creamy light tan head is compact. After it dissipates, it leaves a tight foam that sticks some good lacing around.
The aroma is light and, while good, takes a little bit of effort to draw out. What I do get is some toasted malts with a caramel touch and a nice, earthy smell.
A bit more comes out in the flavor, especially as it warms, drawing out particularly a bit of toffee sweetness, a touch of licorice, and a light but steady hops and malts balance. A touch of very soft (white) fruits sits underneath, and there's a bite of something peppery as well just nipping the tongue.
The body is a light medium, a fair balance of crisp and smooth without being particularly either. Not bad, but not terribly interesting.
i've never seen this beer on shelves in Toledo, so I was glad to have a chance to try it at the One 2 Lounge in Sylvania Friday night.

Brenden, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +3.6%

cliff1066, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Doppelbockulus
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Doppelbockulus, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of EagleTalon
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours to a thin off-white head and a solid clear brown color. Aroma is a nice mixture of fruity esters and buttery malt. Flavor is heavy on the malt flavors with just enough hops to even it out. There are dark specialty malts all over the flavor, giving it a complex malt profile that develops as it warms. Good smooth mouthfeel due to low carbonation. Easy to quaff. Good stuff.

EagleTalon, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Beejay
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

A: Deep brown, and clear. Looks like Iced tea, not a lot of head on top.

S: A little sweet and malty, almost like brown sugar and oatmeal..

M: Malty, with a bit of a bite.. Tastes like is has more alc. then it actually does. Has a little bit of spice in there..

M: Nothing great or horrible..

D: I could do a few of these, but I don't think it will become a new favorite...

Beejay, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

500ml bottle into large pint glass.

Hazy dark brown hue, which is molded into an amber toward the bottom by the shape of the glass. A one finger than head slowly settles to a thick even cap.

A little bit of brown sugar with mostly a dark bread aroma - not quite toasted but also not quite like rye bread.

A slightly toasty, but also sweet flavor, that vaguely reminds me of a brownie sits in the foreground. The hops don't make too much of an appearance, adding a little bitterness to the backend of the flavor. Full bodied.

Maybe better fresh, this one seemed slightly bland, stuck between an English Dark Mild and an English Strong Ale (or maybe an English Brown Ale). Still, somewhat sessionable and enjoyable, and I'm sure to win someone over.

BeerSox, May 19, 2009
Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +3.6%

LJWalker, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.9/5  rDev +1%

A-Poured from pint bottle into Bordeaux glass. Thin beige head stuck around about 15 seconds before fizzling out. No cap. Color is a ruby-brown amber.

S-Pleasant aroma of toasted malt, nuts, some darker fruits, vegetation, faint choco-caramel, and faint hops.

T-Sweet caramel-nut-raisins in the attack with pleasant toasted malt. Nice faintly bitter hops in the finish clean the palate momentarily, but the delicious malt lingers on in the aftertaste. It's a nice balance. I'm also getting tart berry or sour cherry on later sips.

M-Decent, but I would barely qualify it as medium-bodied.

D-I like the flavors, and I thoroughly enjoy drinking this, but the body and the weak pour kind of numb the whole experience. I'll still put a 4 since I buy beer to drink, not to look at.

BoitSansSoif, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Hand pulled pint at a Spoons in Tamworth before a Grimsby Town night match on 27th March 2012.

Ruby/mid-brown coloured brew with an off-white head of closely knit bubbles. Aroma was both malty and fruity.

Taste wise: it was again malty and fruity, a drier hop bitterness comes late on the palate but this is a primary a malty brew. Body depth is good and the alcohol sits well within the whole feel.

BlackHaddock, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

This beer poured a clear brown color with a cream colored one finger, rocky head – which quickly resided. The aroma is mostly of malt with some sourness noted after a moment. The taste is malty with a bit of chocolate like flavors noted. The mouthfeel is full and somewhat creamy. Overall this is an easy beer to drink – a delight that would make a great session beer.

barefootbrewer, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a clear reddish brown beer that is reddish orange when held up to the light. Nice tan head that disappears after a few minutes.

Smell is quite fruity with the signature aroma of British ale yeast. Sweet aroma of raisins and some fruit I can't quite identify possibly guava.

Taste is mildly sweet brown sugar and earthy hops in the first sip. Medicinal hop flavor mix well with the fruity flavor of a British ale to yield something like a bitter Apéritif like Italian Beverly but in a good way. After a while the flavor gets decidedly nutty and a bit buttery.

Mouthfeel is OK, maybe a bit light.

A tasty and super easy to imbibe beer here. A tad expensive so it isn't going to take the place that Firestone Pale Ale occupies in my refrigerator, but I do recommend that you try this if you see it.

Zorro, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of InDreams
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Got a 500mL of this as an early X-Mas present from a friend...

A: Poured into a big mug, very, very dark brown, with mahogany around the edges. Off-white head, finger thick, nice lacing on the sides. Head sticks around for a bit then mellows down to a thin crown.

S: Woah. First impression; sweet as sugar! Very malty, like roasted malts, toffee-like, might also compare to dates. Dark fruit. Hints of yeast, and while I might say it's a bit earthy, I wouldn't say it's from the hops. Probably more of an oak-barrel thing. The sweetness is dominant though, brown sugar perhaps the cause there.

T: Nice and smooth, overwhelming roasted malty sweetness. Brown sugar, dark fruits again...with a definite toffee-like character. I just don't get anything hoppy from it, as opposed to what others have said. Very clean and straightforward, I find. Really pleasant too.

M: Medium bodied and oh-so-smooth. Not much of a bite from carbonation or hops.

D: It's so pleasant and smooth, you can't really turn it down.

InDreams, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of Sigmund
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

500 ml bottle, bought in Scarborough. Possibly filtered, but probably not pasteurised. ABV is 5.3%. As a cask ale it was voted "Champion Winter Beer of Britain 1998". Chestnut coloured beer, rich off-white to beige head. Very nice malty aroma with oaky and vinous notes, also caramel and dark fruits. Malty flavour with caramel, some raisiny and vinous notes, moderate hops. Moderate carbonation, soft mouthfeel. A pleasant beer to drink.

Sigmund, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of Reidrover
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Nice dark brown ale, with a gorgeous frothy light tan head. Strong malty/mollasses aroma, creamy than thick, dark fruits, slight roast. Nutty malty, toffeeish tastes dominate, the nuttiness being more towards the nd. Nice on the palate. Overall a very nice beer,,gets way better as it warms.

Bottle from Capital Market,Salem

Reidrover, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Interesting looking beer, and has a monkey holding a monkeywrench. Pretty awesome label. Also, I can't get the damn Foo Fighters song out of my head.

A: Pours a huge 2.5 finger head that slowly fades back down. A very clear maroon brown color adds a nice touch.

N: Dark sweet malts mostly hit the nose. A slight dark fruit aroma but not much. Some stronger malt aromas and touch of alcohol swim out. I get a touch of brown sugar and molasses. Very light on the nose.

T: Taste starts with lots of sweet malts, and tons of roasted malt. Toffee comes out quite a bit as well. Some chocolate malt tastes add to it. Sweet brown or candi sugar also add quite a bit to it and follow with molasses. A slight syrupy taste but doesn't blanket the mouth. Some dried fruits, raisin, fig, and almost a slight creamy taste.

M: Semi thick and syrupy, but not sticky and doesn't stick to the mouth. Decent carbonation.

F: Finishes a little drier at least, actually pretty dry surprisingly for how sweet it started. It's also a little bitter on the finish, probably English style bittering hops. The raisin/fig fruit seems to linger a bit as well. It also seems to add an interesting slightly salty taste at the end. Pretty smooth and light, a good session beer.

jlindros, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Dylan2000
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

6.29.09

Appearance: Pours a nice dark brown, with a thick finger+ head that forms at first, and then dissipates after a minute or so.

Smell: Nice and malty aroma, little to no hop smell present. Somewhat of a sour note in the smell - but nothing similar in the taste.

Taste: This strong ale is described as "dark and beautifully smooth" and it definitely lives up to that description. This beer has a great, smooth, extremely well balanced taste, with a nice sweet maltiness, and superb mouthfeel - which results in an very easy drinking dark/strong ale.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy and smooth - uncommonly smooth,
and all malt, no hop bite in this batch.

Drinkability: I could drink this brew all night - smooth, balanced, creamy = deliciously satisfying.

Notes: The back label reads "In an old English seaport there persists a strange legend which claims that many centuries ago when Britain was at war, a monkey was found clinging to a raft that had been washed ashore. The poor creature chattering from cold and fright was believed to be speaking a foreign language. The monkey, thought to be a spy, was arrested and met an untimely end. In sympathy for that monkey, and in support of monkeys, this beer is called Monkey Wrench."

1998 Cask Ale Winner
W.S. Beer Challenge 2005 Silver
Champion Winter Beer of Great Britain Competition - Class Winner

Dylan2000, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Deep clear amber color. Very light carbonation and medium bodied. Hints of chocolate/caramel nose. Starts slightly malty, some bittersweet chocolate, finish is reasonably clean. 5.3% ABV is not a strong ale. $4.35 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of Roarke
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

A: brown with a bit of orange fairly transparent, nice finger of brownish white head (lasts for a bit)

S: toffee, sweet malt, and a faint of odor of lemony hops

T: all of the nose but stronger and a sugary sweetness that could be better balanced by the hops which provide only a little more than their slight bitterness

M: smooth to start, then a brief carbonated punch that fades into a dry aftertaste, one of the better aspects of the brew

D: one is good, but more than one I do not think I would partake

$: I would not pay over $5 again, even if the name honors our simian friends.

Roarke, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of dqrull
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a beautiful dark red, almost wine red, with a soft moderate head that dies down rather quickly, leaving a little creamy lacing.

A fruity spicy maltiness that makes me doubt the beers ABV, interesting, but really hard to distuingish, but Im feeling that the fault lies with me, not with the beer.

Taste is a little weaker than the nose. But the taste is similair in flavours to the smells of the nose, but some coffee, and some roasted notes along with a few dark fruits. The beer is really light all throughout, and is rather refreshing actually, the low abv and a light is no disadvantage here!

A quite light body, with a low soft carboantion make sfor an easy drink!

dqrull, Feb 19, 2010
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Monkey Wrench Strong Ale from Daleside Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.