Nimbus Old Monkeyshine | Nimbus Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 206 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of andrewh995
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark brown with hints of purple and an off white head. Smells of dark fruits, chocolate, and malt. Tastes of sweet dark fruits (plums mostly), roastiness, some mild chocolate flavors, and nuttiness. Medium in body and medium-light in carbonation. Overall a very tasty strong ale.

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 TIG_show
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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Photo of detgfrsh
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle dated March 2016. Pours an opaque brown with lots of fluffy head. Smell is very malty: chocolate, nut, and brown sugar notes. Medium feel, plenty of carbonation. Smooth, sweet malt taste with a touch of hops. A little sweet for my taste, but well done overall.

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Photo of Spreetaper
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erk0607
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark oak with a slightly reddish/tan foam head that lingers and turns into long lived lacing.
Smell: Roasty malts first and foremost with raspberry truffle and chocolate malt notes that follow. Also has a slight alcohol smell that does not show up in the taste. Noticeable smell, you don't have to sniff around for it.
Taste: Smooth, dark, roasty malt forward. Some hop presence, but nothing overbearing. Like a medium to low strength barleywine. Toffee and creme brûlée notes as well.
Feel: Intermediate body with a creamy mouthfeel (probably 55-60F at this point). Just enough carbonation to make it interesting but not overbearing
Overall: Good, not my style, but won't knock it for that because the quality is all there.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at the Cascades Lounge in the Loews Hotel Ventana Canyon, Tucson AZ. Arrives a dark, ruddy brown color with a nice white head on top. Aromas of pineapple and mango and some floral hops. ABV is also present in the nose. Flavor is pretty good on this one. A little hoppy, which I like. Not a fan of malt bombs. A nice beer overall.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hockeypuck
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, mahogany tinted brown coloring, with a low profile, foamy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of toffee, molasses, brown sugar, candi sugar, subtle earthy tones, and hints of booze. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, heavily sweet, with notes of toffee, caramel, molasses, and hints of chocolate. The roasted overtones provide a bitterness to counterbalance the rich and sweet characteristics on the palate. Highlights of sugary sweetness, both brown sugar and candi sugar, keep this almost like a rich piece of candy. The body is smooth and big, almost creamy, but with a slick feel. The aftertaste is slightly boozy, heavy, and richly sweet in toffee and roasted notes. Smooth, slick, slightly dry finish. Solid linger of rich caramel and toffee, slightly cloying. Solid beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, chestnut brown with 1/4 inch head. Taste is a lot of raisin, brown sugar, and toasted malt. No hop presence at all. Good if I wanted a malt forward beer. Tasty but that said there are other beers in the style that I prefer.

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Photo of SDStoutly
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hhhcubed
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice offering. Nice aroma. Solid malt and hop complexion. Stands out in Tucson.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So the contradiction right off the bat is "English style ale" and 8.2% abv, right? You're thinking mild, warming, malt-forward, but there's often an expectation of something "session-able" and then this thing comes in at 8.2% abv (sessionable to me, but I know that's wrong) - anyway - the sugars and abv are big enough that this could pass for an American brown ale if it were marketed as such - the Kent Goldings hops and the malt profile is English-enough, but the body, sugars, and abv American-ize it into something like an Imperial brown ale. I really liked it, and "English strong ale" is a nice catch-all category for it. Warm and smooth, some light toastiness, ample caramel and brown sugary cues; essentially mildly fruity, as of dates and browned fruits, mild, with a little caramel toffee. Super enjoyable and highly recommended, with the understanding it eludes simple categorization. If you like brown, sweet, and malty ales, this is terrific.

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Photo of Dynobolt
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had it at the silver saddle steak house in Tucson. Wasn't much of a selection there but the steaks were delicious! (Prime rib) nice color, head and lacing, went well with the steak. Easy drink as it went down smooth.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Old Monkeyshine" seems a very apt name for this beer: right from the first whiff, it's clear that this beer is stodgy and rotund, bracing, bold, and robustly, wildly sweet, like dark, dank, slightly-rotted roof-beams.

The boozy elements of the bouquet are followed close on their heels by a distinct alcoholic, almost lacquer-like stridency—perhaps not so "camouflaged" as its expositional patter promises—but this is swallowed swiftly and thankfully by the strong-ale's other flavoring elements. Primarily, a distinct bitterness: coffee-grounds, oak, and burnt caramels that mellow into a smoother turbinado characteristic as Old Monkeyshine is sipped, becoming subsumed by the separate and subtle herbaceous bitterness produced out of the true-to-style old-blighty hop-varietal Nimbus employs.

And while I wouldn't say it's quite as dry as advertised, Old Monkeyshine—bracing at first—warms and worms its way around the drinker's tongue, charming one (helped by a surprisingly breezy, bubbly mouth-feel) into *almost* believing this beer might be sessionable. That's a dangerous deceit, given its several hefty traits, but it nonetheless allows for shining two or three of these without the palate feeling too sticky or stuck-in-the-mud.

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Photo of Jtrigonis
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bp123
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of A-Sox
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UURevival
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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Nimbus Old Monkeyshine from Nimbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 206 ratings