Nimbus Old Monkeyshine | Nimbus Brewing Company

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Nimbus Old MonkeyshineNimbus Old Monkeyshine

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Nimbus Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.87/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this beer is superb. Beautiful appearance, a dark brown color with a thin, creamy and lacy head. And the aroma! Malty and fruity, with a strong hop boquet, and a subtle underlying aroma of caramel.

The complexity continues in the taste. Really complex malt body, with fruity esters -- a hint of green apple, I think. Slight alcohol warming, with a slightly sweet finish and good hop flavor.

A very fine beer -- seems more like a barley wine than a brown ale to me. Probably the best one I've ever had, and I'm fairly picky when it comes to the style. A terrific beer.

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4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark brown with a tan/khaki color head that foams very nicely and leaves nice lace. Good head retention, just to my liking. Smell is slightly sweet and bitter at the same time, gives a good indication of the taste. The taste is excellently balanced. A perfect mix of malt sweetness and bitter aftertaste. Feels exceptionally smooth in your mouth with nice bitterness to balance it out. I love this beer, it is definately my favorite beer. The only problem I have with this beer is the fact that it is 8.2% ABV so you have to be careful with how much you drink, it catches up with you. This beer is definately worth a try, my favorite beer I have tried so far.

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Photo of UberWasser
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, bottled Nov of 2005 so just a little over 1 year old. Vertical tasting with one bottled Nov of 2006.

Pours a rich dark reddish brown, no change from fresh. Just as much head as the fresh bottle, still looks great.

Smell is of a ripe fruity alcohol. Sweeter and more alcoholic than when fresh. Smells quite good.

Taste is truly great...a sweetness hits the tongue early. Following that is a creamy chocolate flavor backed by a rich, ripe, musty dark fruit taste that dominates the middle of the palate. That is, at least, until the swallow, when a slightly tart fruit rises up to mix with a slightly musty alcohol flavor to balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich, the head burning off the carbonation, but this seems to fit the flavor profile nicely. And I find that after sitting for a while this beer is even more drinkable than it was one would guess that 8% was hiding behind such subtle and smooth flavors.

This beer has morphed quite a bit over the last year and I find that most of the changes are positive ones. I will probably call this experiment a success and will buy more of this to age across a span of a few years, just out of curiosity. Glad I tried it.

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4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an English pub glass. Poured it too cold, so I let it warm up a little bit.

A: Dark brown, a tad bit cloudy with a little head. Leaves behind a nice white head with lacing. Nothing special, but I will give it 3.5 for the lacing.

S: Smells like toasty malt and bready yeast. Only comes out once the beer is warmed up.

T: Taste is out of this world. It tastes of dark fruits upfront with a strong raisin flavor behind a toasty, toffee-like, sweet malt flavor. Yum!

M: The low level of carbonation works well for this beer, it lets the flavor really come out. It goes down very smooth. However, I do wish there was a bit more carbonation. For the amount of flavor and sweetness it is not too thick, it is medium-bodied.

O: A very tasty beer that could be drank on its own. It could go with a burger or fish and chips. Nice job Nimbus, this beer rocks.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with fading head. Smell notes of chocolate and brown sugar with taste of imperial stout and Belgium strong. Great brew! A bit harsh = English strong ale at 8.2%.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Solomon420 for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours brown with a slight reddish tint to it. Nice frothy one finger off caramel colored head. Excellent retention. Sweet glass lined lace.
S: Aromas of dark frut hit the nose first followed by hints of sweet caramel and roasted coffee.
T/M: Roasted coffee notes cross the tastebuds first with a nice dose of hops. A bit of sweet chocolate and caramel mingle in there also. Extra creamy and smooth through the mouth like a soft brush. Very low carbonation allows the flavors to really come out. Sweet caramelized sugar ending with a dryness to it. Excellent tasting brown. Abv is highly masked but a slight spicyness can be felt at the end of the beer.
D: Bigtime thanks to Damian for sending me a bunch of these. Very happy I've got a few left. A good change of pace in these hot summer months. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Pooba001
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've always meant to review Monkeyshine on tap, as I believe its much better in that form. I picked up a growler at the brewery yesterday afternoon and I drank it last night. And it was lovely.

Pours out with adequate head that dissipates a little more quickly that I'd like. The color is a medium brown, lighter than mahogany, darker than amber, with almost a dark golden brown around the edges when held up to light. Smell is caramel, sweet and malty, just a dash of hop. Very nice.

Oh that taste. Here's one reason I don't think this is in the English Brown Ale category: I generally don't like brown ales, and I love tap Monkeyshine. Great blend of malts here lend a complex sweetness, light fruitiness, brown sugar, hint of chocolate, malty without being exceedingly roasty. Smoooth. IMHO this is some odd type of English Strong Ale, and more importantly, its delicious.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is ok. Very drinkable for an 8% ABV beer, I finished the whole growler in a sitting. When I visit Nimbus on my birthday I pretty much drink as many as are bought for me, and the last one is as good as the first. Bottom line: this is the beer that should make Nimbus famous, and if you've only had Old Monkeyshine in bottles you owe it to yourself to try it on tap.

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4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one bigass english brown! Loved the label on the bottle!

Lugged 5 of these back to CO, well worth the effort

Pours chestnut with a 1" tan head. Pretty good lacing & good head retention.

S: Sweet malt

T: Biscuitty malt up front, then toasted malt & hints of brown sugar. Piney hops & caramel surface as it warms. Dryness permeates the middle. Finishes fruitty with a little alcohol warmth

MF: Rich, thick bodied with perfect carbonation & balance

This drinks very easy for the 8.2abv this posesses. Probably the best AZ beer I had (more reviews to follow). Will save the rest of these for the too soon cold nights that precede winter

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4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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Photo of battlekow
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer really surprised me. While it's listed as a brown ale on here, on Nimbus' website, it's called a strong ale. At 8.2% ABV, you can't really disagree with Nimbus. When I poured it and saw that it was a deep, dark brown with a small head, my mind flashed back to Tommyknocker's Imperial Nut Brown, a highly-touted, highly-alcoholic brown ale that I really didn't like. Monkeyshine is completely different, though; in the Tommyknocker, the alcohol was the dominant flavor, while here it's just a hint. I'm amazed how well it's hidden. I'm more amazed that it tastes so good, malty, sweet and brown sugary in the beginning, with a lingering bitter finish. I gave it a 4.5 in drinkability simply because it's as easy to drink as the Yuengling Traditional Lager I had last night, but with more flavor and double the alcohol. I really wish I could get this here, it's right up there with the best. Hearty thanks go out to Gueuzedude for allowing me to try this wonderful beer.

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4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Old Monkeyshine is a slightly turbid dark brown with a tan head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is very malty, sweet and sour, with some earthy hops. Robust

Taste is similar, this is a classic English brown, x2. Nice balance though for the amplitude, the bitter hops and drying, clean alcohol temper the sweetness of the malt. Very nice, with a long, malty finish.

Mouthfeel is on the medium-heavy side, decent carbonation.

Drinkability is high, this is my favorite Nimbus ale by a long shot, loads of character, flavor, yet still dangerously quaffable. I "monkeyed" around to much with their lesser offering before this!

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4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Arizona Beer fest"!
A nice deep mahogany color on the pour, the head is moderate in size, the texture spumescent, beige in color and as it dissipates the left over lace a nice coating on the glass. Floral nose, sweet malt, caramel and quite fresh and pleasing to the senses, with the start sweet and malt, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is a “Hop Heads” delight; boom right in the palate as the hops over run your taste buds, mildly acidic, dry as a desert bone aftertaste and a real treat for this old strong ale lover.

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4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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