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Flying Monkeys The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro Bravo - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheBrewo on 06-18-2014

Imperial Dark Rye Ale Aged on Spanish Cedar
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4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerWatcher
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a bottle I've been aging for 8 months since May 2014. It is a dark ruby red in the light, with a thin, slightly off white head, that leaves light lacing behind.
The aromas are a constant swirl of something seemingly different on each inhale. I am picking up maple sugar, cedar, cigar smoke, grapes both red and white, sweet malts, and a few other things that are defying description, as if it is the first time I have ever experienced them.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The tastes consist of grapes, smoke, earthy malts, sweet molasses, black pepper, wheat bread, vanilla biscuits, and the list goes on. It seems to be morphing as it warms.
While the Flying Monkeys can often produce real in-your-face beers (not that I mind that at all), I like how this one is subtle, yet extremely complex, and demands you take your time enjoying the myriad things it is offering. A truly outstanding beer.

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3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ryanfs
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Giggy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tommyguz
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Shandycan
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of R_Kole
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of SVD
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of headstash
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

The Matador Version 2.0 - El Toro Bravo has some visual "Olé" for sure; the mahogany toned beer has a lively autumn-red complexion that includes resplendent candy apple and cinnamon highlights as well as pristine clarity and an acorn cap for a head (both in colour and shape). Just be weary of the sediment that lurks in the last few ounces; it muddies things up royally.

Imagined as an "Imperial strength Dark Rye Ale aged on a bed of Spanish cedar", this has a strength and character loosely similar to a bourbon barrel-aged barleywine. For starters, the wood has a strong presence and imparts notes of splinter-laden vanilla cream and toasted-to-near-black coconut. Then there's the foundation of sweet toffee, dried fruits, and herbal hops.

One should logically expect a 10.1% wood-aged rye beer to be big and bold; somewhat of a relief, however, is that the wood presence is mellow and the alcohol fully in-check. This is an unexpectedly casual quaff despite its spice and strength, or at least it will be to bourbon drinkers; it shares similar nuances of holiday spices, orange zest, and cinnamon stick.

Indeed, while the flavour of cedar is distinct, the more general effects of wood aging are familiar: like a whiskey, there's plenty of ginger, clove and nutmeg spiciness, cherry cordial and wavering dried fruit notes, pear and caramel, plenty of citrus peel, and creamy vanilla bean notes with just a hint of singed campfire kindling. El Toro Bravo promises a lot - and follows up on it.

Who knows whether this will age as well as Flying Monkeys seems to think it fit to. One thing for sure, however, it's drinking mighty fine now. At the risk of repeating myself, this is an especially enjoyable ale for those who enjoy their bourbon, rye, or simply pumpkin pie (though there's also enough pungent hoppiness and sweet toffee-apple maltiness to satisfy craft beer drinkers of all stripes). El Toro Bravo is a tremendous improvement on the first 'Matador' release.

Photo of Sponskya
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of sennin
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/18/2014. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, molasses, brown sugar, brown bread, rye, cedar, vanilla, toffee, herbal, grass, light pepper, and toast/cedar earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/rye malt, earthy hops, and cedar wood notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, molasses, brown sugar, brown bread, rye, cedar, vanilla, toffee, herbal, grass, light pepper, and toast/cedar earthiness. Slight earthy spice on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, molasses, brown sugar, brown bread, rye, cedar, vanilla, toffee, herbal, grass, light pepper, and toast/cedar earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/rye malt, earthy hops, and cedar wood flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly slick/creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great wood aged rye beer. All around great complexity and balance of dark/rye malt, cedar wood, and earthy hop flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Flying Monkeys The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro Bravo from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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