Monkey Wrench Strong Ale | Daleside Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Daleside Brewery
England, United Kingdom
dalesidebrewery.co.uk

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 04-01-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
69
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
6.79%
 
 
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nutty brown. Beige head. Fine aroma of dark caramel toffee, Similar taste and aftertaste. Complex and good. Watery and maybe metallic.worth a try if you can get it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a modest head that leaves dots of lacing

Smell: Brown bread, toffee, tea and banana

Taste: Brown bread and toffee, up front, with developing banana and dried apple tones; tea-like hop flavors arrive in the middle, but the finish is very malty

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The problem with these English beers is that the are over-priced and un-dated so they sit around on the shelf for years at end and oxidize; that seems to be the case here and I expect a fresher sample would be much more enjoyable, particularly on cask

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Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DarrellK
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand pulled pint at a Spoons in Tamworth before a Grimsby Town night match on 27th March 2012.

Ruby/mid-brown coloured brew with an off-white head of closely knit bubbles. Aroma was both malty and fruity.

Taste wise: it was again malty and fruity, a drier hop bitterness comes late on the palate but this is a primary a malty brew. Body depth is good and the alcohol sits well within the whole feel.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.
Pours a dark, dusky rich brown into dimpled mug with very little head at all. Smells of malt, biscuit and a bit of hop back in the way back.
Taste/Mouthfeel, wow very good mouthfeel, warm and rich almost like a scotch ale with the bit of sweetness that's evident before a warm, clean finish. The abv seems higher than the 5.3% listed, not that it's boozy but rather warming.
Took a flyer on this single pint while buying other things and went back within a week to get several more as they went down great at a summer pig roast right from the bottle. Love a good hearty English brew especially the darker stuff, where I feel the English stuff really shines. Recommended!

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Photo of StoutKing
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Doppelbockulus
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dgilks
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark copper colour with some yeast buildup visible. Smooth, creamy, light tan head.

Rich, malty aroma with plenty of vibrant yeast esters. Nice nutty caramel note.

Rounded, toffee malt with some biscuit and bread. Solid fruit character with additional burnished toffee and some earthy hops. Really good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

A classic English ale with lots of big maltiness and great esters. The light hop character adds a nice dry finish. Very good.

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Photo of shanblur
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchase from Sackville Cellars in Rozelle, an oft forgotten little Sydney bottleshop that can have some interestingly overlooked beers.

Pours a hazed and deep red-brown mahogany hue, almost ruby in the light, with a fine and full head of off-white. Lacing is firm and strong, leaving wonderful cascades down the inside of the glass. Body is a bit thin, but the carbonation, such as it is, is rather fine and pleasant. Looks good.

Nose is wonderful—gorgeous melange of chocolate malts giving a dry cacao character, with a big dollop of gooey English blackberries. It's all dark, but fresh and surprisingly crisp. Lovely nose.

Slightly thinner on the palate, with a roasted cacao flavour dominant, along with a green berry-leaf rustic roughness. Blackberry overtones come in late again, with a lingering huskiness. It doesn't manage to fulfill every facet of the tongue, but it's tasty.

A nice beer, and a slightly more elaborate one than you often get from a British brewery. While I appreciate a really good mild English ale every now and then, I'd prefer one like this with just that little bit more oomph.

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Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's an interesting blurb about a monkey who faced injustice in olden days. This beer is dedicated to the memory of said moneky and to monkeys everywhere.

This beer is a dark brown color with some red filling out the body. A creamy light tan head is compact. After it dissipates, it leaves a tight foam that sticks some good lacing around.
The aroma is light and, while good, takes a little bit of effort to draw out. What I do get is some toasted malts with a caramel touch and a nice, earthy smell.
A bit more comes out in the flavor, especially as it warms, drawing out particularly a bit of toffee sweetness, a touch of licorice, and a light but steady hops and malts balance. A touch of very soft (white) fruits sits underneath, and there's a bite of something peppery as well just nipping the tongue.
The body is a light medium, a fair balance of crisp and smooth without being particularly either. Not bad, but not terribly interesting.
i've never seen this beer on shelves in Toledo, so I was glad to have a chance to try it at the One 2 Lounge in Sylvania Friday night.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single 16oz bottle from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $4.29 in Fall 2010.

Pours a dark brown color with a decent head of foam as you take in the scents of malts with a hint of chocolate. It drinks much like a stout as it has that thicker and heavier taste to it. Nicely made and finishes rather smoothly. Something to try if you like heavier beers.

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Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of MBPChead
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been very excited about trying this one and I have I hopes, so lets see what we have.

Appearance: Deep caramel color with a thick creamy head. Wonderful looking.

Aroma: Roasted bready and nutty scents with floral and caramel notes very malty overall and quite nice.

Taste: Malty body overall giving it a roasted bread and nut flavor along with flavors of caramel, this is accompanied by floral taste from the hops which also gives of the flavor of cherries. Very tasty overall

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy through and through with a slight tickle. Wonderful feeling throughout.

Drinkability: This one goes down very nicely and I could very well drink it back to back.

Quite nice overall the taste had a couple issues but overall it was quite nice, it looked felt and drank wonderfully.

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Photo of drpimento
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of dqrull
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark red, almost wine red, with a soft moderate head that dies down rather quickly, leaving a little creamy lacing.

A fruity spicy maltiness that makes me doubt the beers ABV, interesting, but really hard to distuingish, but Im feeling that the fault lies with me, not with the beer.

Taste is a little weaker than the nose. But the taste is similair in flavours to the smells of the nose, but some coffee, and some roasted notes along with a few dark fruits. The beer is really light all throughout, and is rather refreshing actually, the low abv and a light is no disadvantage here!

A quite light body, with a low soft carboantion make sfor an easy drink!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Monkey Wrench Strong Ale from Daleside Brewery
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