1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Monkey Wrench Strong Ale - Daleside Brewery

Not Rated.
Monkey Wrench Strong AleMonkey Wrench Strong Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 6.77%
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:
Beer added by: rastaman on 04-01-2003

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 57 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a darkened, brownish-red body with a modestly-sized, sudsy, off-white head.

Smell: Toasted dark bread and some dark caramel alongside fruity hints of raisins and dried apricots. Alright, movin' on!

Taste: A sweet taste of the syrup glazed crusts of dark bread. Hint of nuts. Sadly, there's a slight lacquery tone, giving the impression it has more than the listed 5.3% ABV. Small dusting of cocoa powder. A carryover of fruitiness from the aroma. Mild hop character and bitterness. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Average but accessible, though one I'll have to pass. I enjoyed the monkey shenanigans story on the label more than anything else.

Photo of rastaman
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beejay
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of bark
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is deep brown, the liquid clear. The finger thick off white head sinks quickly down to a thin lid.

The smell is loaded with malts; I found notes of dark bread, sweet cookies, dry yeast and mild hoppy notes of dried fruits.

The taste is fresh and milder than expected. The malt dominates the palette, as it should be. Pumpernickel, rye bread, dried apples, minerals. The aftertaste got notes of dark bread, cookies, roasted meat, very mild bitter notes some warming alcohol.

The carbonation is medium strong; the bubbles small. The liquid is a little thick.

A nice and surprisingly drinkable strong ale.

Photo of jarmby1711
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear Ruby/brown with no bead and a grey tinged head.
The smell was a bit off putting , being like wet leather being dried by an open fire but with a sweet/caramel background.
The taste was predominated by alcohol but also malty and raspberry flavours were there Hops were noticably absent
Mouthfeel was soft and watery but overall enjoyable.
Overall the alcohol was too over riding but as an occassional beer quite ok
Maybe eat a strong fish dish with it

Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of beerking1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color, medium head with some lace. Aroma is slightly butterscotch, with some mild dark fruit (raisins) and other esters. Body is thin, flavor has some more light golden raisin upfront, but backed by sweet malts and some faint hops. Tail is fast, leading to some lingering sweetness and fruit.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts along with English hops and yeast. The taste is decent also. It has a very dry flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a semi-sweet, roasted taste. It's malty, but nothing too bold. It boasts of crystal and roasted malts. There is a slight hop bitterness;mostly English hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, but nothing to get excited about. I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label says "Monkey Wrench Dark Ale"-nothing about being a strong ale. Anyway-great mahogany color. Low carbonation-no head to speak of. Aroma of malt-caramel maltiness, very slight port-like aroma. Good malty flavor. Finishes a bit sweet. Body is ok. Overall a very drinkable beer from the UK. Worth a try but I dont see it being a regular purchase theres some much better UK beers out there.

Photo of shanblur
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date. Poured from 500cc bottle into a pint glass.

A - Mahogany colored with a minimal off white head which leaves minimal lacing. Multiple floaties in the glass.

S - Raisin, caramel, toffee and dark fruits.

T - Similar to the smell, with the addition of bready malts. Faint hops.

M - A bit thin and watery.

Not a bad beer. Could have been a little denser. I also prefer my strong ales to be stronger in the ABV.

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheLiterati
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer with a fellow epicure who is also a conisseur of wine, and quickly becoming an aficionado of good beer as well.

Poured a deep ruby-brown color – not quite mahogany. Tan head replenishes as quickly as it dissipates due to presence of bubbly, enduring carbonation – not to the point of being pop-like, but just enough to keep the mouthfeel interesting.

Scent is overwhelmingly of roasted malt with subtle hop notes and undertones, along with a date-raisin-plum thing going on.

Malt aroma translates to a slightly sweet-tasting, malty concoction that my epicurean friend compared to "dulce de leche," a milk caramel cream native to South American countries. Has a mildly hoppy bite at the finish. All in all more complex than I expected.

As one who favors big, hoppy beers, I actually found this beer to be quite enjoyable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another English brew that is predictable to the point of frustration. For an English Strong, I was expecting something more challenging, complex, and characterful. It turns out to taste just like a thousand other English brews that I over paid for. An undescript malitiness comes through in the nose and flavor with a standard caramel, toffee, toasty, nutty flavor. Characters are more of unfermented wort than of a complex brew. Grass English hops used majorily for bittering, minorily for flavors. Finishes thick and worty. Sweet throughout. Seems like I write this same review for all of these expensive English brews.

Photo of champ103
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red color. At first a two finger white head forms and recedes in a second. Some light lace is left behind.
S: Of dark fruits. Raisins, plums, figs, ext. Toasted caramel malt, bread and biscuit.
T: Caramel malt, bread, and biscuit flavors. Very light fruity flavors that follow the nose. Though a very off putting musky taste lingers.
M/D: A lighter body than I would like with some prickly carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. There is not very much alcohol for the style, and it makes an easy drinker.

Not bad at all. I would love to try this on the other side of the pond and on cask. Still worth a try as is, but I can see this being great under different conditions.

Photo of ohitsbrad
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 December 2005, Best Before Nov 05

Dark brown clear colour with a small frothy head and minimal lacing. Aroma is of chocolatey malt and raisins. Roasted chocolate taste and a little bitter. Exceptionally smooth mouthfeel, very pleasant, almost velvety and low carbonation. Overall rather easy to drink.

Photo of drpimento
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer. Poured with a tan head that quickly settled down and no lace. Color is a lovely clear medium red amber. Aroma is very malty roast toffee and a hint fruity. Flavor is like aroma. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and medium in length. Serviceable beer. If you were in the mood for a straightforward malty ale this could be a session.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear deep amber with an off-white head which rose well, but fell quickly and could not even begin to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity dark caramel and toffee. The malty aromas dominated and the fruity aromas contained some sherry notes and almost a cherry aroma.

The flavor was slightly metallic and unexpectly on the drier side. The beer drank very smooth due to the underlying maltiness and toffee and fruity flavors, but while the flavors lingered, the sweetness was never really a factor.

The finish was dry with a lasting fruity impression and caramel/toffee into the aftertaste. The body was medium. The beer drinks like a champ, very smooth and satisfying. It certainly could use more in the complexity department however. I might go Old Ale, but certainly not a strong ale.

16.9 ounce bottle.

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"1998 Cask Ale Winner". Good to know, but it's a moot point when I'm drinking it from a 500 ml bottle. The label also recommends serving at 54°F; that I can control. On to the beer:

Light brown color, almost amber. The head develops an inch thick, then drops to a ring of whte lace. The aroma brings an interesting collection of baker's chocolate, soft yeast, and notes of banana.

It's tasty. It brings a nutty flavor and the sweetness you'd find in a raisin. As I go along further, I'm getting a cola flavor. Tea-like hops in the back. It has a lighter mouthfeel than expected, probably because the "strong" labeling of this beer has me expecting a richer sense. Carbonation is low, and the beer itself is easy to approach.

It feels good to get away from the hops after a pint of Monkey Wrench. Imagine what the high definition version (cask) would yield.

Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great lacing on this mahogany colored beer. The aroma is a soft mix of malt, baking bread, yeast, and earth. Nice flavor...fairly dry, with a mineral-water and carbonic feel. Plenty of malt in the taste as well. Touch of butterscotch. The long-lasting malt-centric finish.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with orange highlights. A dark tan head, creamy, with good retention (as a film) and some lace.
Smell is malt, light smoke, hint of citrus & spice.
Taste is oak, smoked malt, alcohol (light and late), hint of grapes & citrus, some earthiness, coffee note in aftertaste.
Smooth, light effervescence, almost creamy texture. Pretty good stuff. Drinks lighter than 5.3%. Slightly warming.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Monkey Wrench Strong Ale from Daleside Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.