Pours clear with an off-white, inch high foam. Retention is about average with nary any foam left behind.
Aroma is really mostly nutty malts. Dark fruits also come in after a bit of work. Maybe a hint of toasted malt too. But mainly centered around the nutty malts.
Taste follows with nutty and slight toasted malt. Dark fruit, mostly prune/raisin is strong and inviting. Hints of alcohol. Sweet.
Medium/heavy body with minimal carbonation: just enough to tantalize the mouth and lips. Dries a bit while making the lips tacky.
A nice offering, especially for my first beer from Nimbus. I thought the nose was a bit mild while the fruits in mid sip centered the beer around themselves unnecessarily. Intriguing enough that I would like to try their other offerings. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 21:15:20
Tasted: Monday, August 29, 2011
$0.00 for 12 oz. bottle
One fine body…
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!