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Nimbus Old Monkeyshine | Nimbus Brewing Company

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3.8/5
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205 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nimbus Brewing Company
Arizona, United States
nimbusbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,533
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
205
pDev:
11.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
27
Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of thaichile
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly dark brown with a short lived tan head. Scents of dried fruit, malt, and weak coffee. Roasted flavors prevalent throughout, coffee, prunes, and sweetness with a slight bitterness in the finish. Not a big fan of coffee scented or darker roasted brews. Thanks to Solomon420 for the bottle.

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2.38/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I love supporting local breweries and here is another Arizona beer. I'm nit sure what it is but I'm not in love with this one. I've had in on draft before and thought it was okay, but drinking it now, I realize it may not just be for me. No dominating flavors and an aftertaste of burnt malt?

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to stephenhawking for the bottle.

Pours a deep brown almost black with a small tan head that dissipates almost immediately.

Aroma is very malty with a little bit of raisin. Not many hops detectable here.

Taste follows the nose. Barely any hop presence and a big malt bill. Toasted malt hits up front, but there's a oxidized metallic finish that is off putting.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for something of this profile with medium-low carbonation.

This one doesn't do it for me. A few flaws with not a lot of complexity going on.

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2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking brew. Easily managed creamy and sturdy tan head that coats the glass with each pull. Brown body with some red hue around the edges.

Toasted malts are strong in the nose. Touch of tobacco is evident in the background. Flavor is a bit sweeter than the smell would indicate. I get a bit of apricot mixed in the body. Tiny portions of kendlin and pulp mill are in the backdrop as well. The meat of this is the toasted malts and it has a definite brown ale feel to it from start to finish. Jumpy is the verb I'd use to describe this..a bit all over the map. Not as smooth as some that I like but still in the decent to good category.

Notes: Astringent at times. Tobacco and slightly oxidized. I didn't particularly like its lack of focus as it jumps from taste to taste and when it tries to meld together it doesn't work well. OK.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of cbutova
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Random 12oz grab back in July in Flagstaff, AZ. Full review to notes last night.

A- Very dark Barleywine poured to a chalice from the stubby 12oz. A tan cap forms at one finger with frothy texture. Foamy belt around the top drops a large sheets as well as sparse spots of lace.

S- Fairly faint for the style. A bit of toasty with semi roast, deep caramel, raisin and dark candi sugar notes.

T- Opens up from the aroma just a bit here with a strange spicy bitterness and a hint of metallic feel. Fruitiness is apparent and it comes down as apple, white grape and raisin esters. Toasted, caramelized, dark crystal, nutty, semi burnt and a bit of sweetness from the mashed grains.

MF- Lies in the light side for Barleywines with a definite thin overall consistency. Carbonation at a medium level promoting a tiny bit of slick and foamy texture. Finishes with a light tart bitterness that doesn't suit the flavor.

Way too light bodied and lacking the rich flavors I look for in the style. Some definite off flavors with metallic and bitter fruity hints throwing off the malts and becoming a distraction.

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3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark hazelnut brown, creamy thin cap of head that sticks to the glass, good clarity

Aroma: twinge of caramel rolled in hops, grassy note, hard to evaluate aroma in the brew"pub" as the A/C blows VERY hard

Flavor: a bit too bitter for an English strong ale, reasonably well-balanced though leaning towards bitter (I prefer a bit more sweetness in this style), initial subtle caramel sweetness gives way quickly to rather bitter semi-dry finish, metallic after-taste (like licking a piece of aluminum)

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, low carb, high abv is hard to detect (so be careful with this one)

Drinkability: would be better if the metallic taste was absent, this is NOT a session beer though.

Would be interesting to know if they use high alpha/high cohumulone hops in all their beers. There was a harsh taste in both beers I tried.

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3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very darkened amber body with a half-inch-head head of beige foam.

Smell: Moderate toastiness, crunchy char, and a faint note of brown sugar. Some dark fruit, some aniseed, but more than one's fair share of alcohol.

Taste: Well-toasted malts dosed with dark brown sugar. Slight burnt malt edge in back. Slight earthy hop hint. A touch of date, then licorice growing into a larger, albeit ill-defined spiciness adjoining the heated alcohol quality until the finish. Not too much going on here, sadly.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Lacks complexity, depth, and, more importantly, some much needed smoothness. For a second, I thought maybe some age would smooth it out, but I changed my mind.

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3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some alcohol aromas. Taste is somewhat the same but there is a metallic flavor that overwhelms everything else. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer and not something I would seek out again.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of snpub540
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Nimbus Old Monkeyshine from Nimbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 205 ratings
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