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Monkey Wrench Strong Ale - Daleside Brewery

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59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 68
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 7.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Daleside Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 04-01-2003

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of ohitsbrad
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
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

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Photo of rastaman
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Monkey Wrench Strong Ale from Daleside Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.