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

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Flying Monkeys The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro BravoFlying Monkeys The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro Bravo
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Dark Rye Ale Aged on Spanish Cedar

Added by TheBrewo on 06-18-2014

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 60
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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle purchased for $9.95 CDN from LCBO. Served reasonably cold into a pint glass. Looking forward to an imperial rye ale.

Appearance - reasonably clear dark amber in color. A finger of ivory coloured foam rests on top as isn't going anywhere fast. Medium levels of visible carbonation.

Smell - aroma is a bit of rye and a rather floral bouquet but everything is subdued. A perfumey caramel makes itself known after the beer warms a bit.

Taste - starts sweet with a hint of caramel and toffee then goes downright herbal for a second then a blast of rye comes into play. Finishes with cedar and a taste of mild cigar smoke. Certainly interesting.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, very creamy, then an alcohol burn comes in the back of the throat and a tingling sensation on the tongue. A bit of a sweet cloyingness to finish.

Overall - it's got a little bit of everything but I just don't know how well it all fits together. Worth a try and I'm certain some will love this, but for the price tag, I'm glad I only picked up one bottle.

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Photo of R_Kole
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LanceH
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DougT
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around $11.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass. Aged in the cellar for 1yr

A- Opens well and pours a 1"hight white head that films out in 1min. Medium brown color. Filtered clear

S- Nice spice here. Good malt backbone and super nice pepper finish

T- Oodles of complexity and levels of flavor. Just a nice blend that melds together well and gives a wood barrel hint that is not overpowering. Could use a touch more time in the barrel though. No sense of the heat at all. Be careful not to chug

M- Nice dry blend.

O- Overall a nice blend. My second bottle to try and it's a nice overall brew with character. An ale that does not overpower in any way and is mild in most respects but you do need to understand it's a complex bundle of flavors.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with...... BBQ pork butt chops. Slap some all seasoning on them and BBQ on low for an hour.

Enjoy

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Photo of Caveworm
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Monkeys The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro Bravo - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery. Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is 1 1/1 finger thick and off-white, secular lacing, and a medium translucent reddish brown.

I smell the rye above all, with perhaps a touch of the cedar. Nothing too overpowering or assaulting.

Tastes like a sweeter blend of the components from the scent. Also a slight booziness, but it's all good.

The mouthfeel here is fairly carbonated with a small astringency presumably elicited by the higher ABV.

Overall, I'll rate Flying Monkeys The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro Bravo - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery with a 4.5. This is a great brew IMO, and worth the few extra $.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Giggy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FriedSlug
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle-in-a-carton pulled from the cellar; picked up at the LCBO last February. Bottled in Oct 2014; served slightly chilled. Be forewarned: I love rye, so my bias should be kept in mind.

Pours a foggy brownish-amber colour with orange-red highlights; seated atop is nearly two fingers of foamy, off-white head. It dissipates over the next five minutes or so, depositing a continuous curtain of lace just above a frothy collar; a bubbly film remains on the surface. The aroma is positively heavenly, featuring big notes of sappy cedar and spicy rye bread - so spicy, in fact, that it almost has a peppercorn-like potency to it. These are also underlain by touches of brown sugar, dates, and just the slightest touch of vanilla, as well as some rummy booziness as the glass begins to warm.

This one was a legitimate eye-widener upon the first sip. It starts off with generous toffee and brown sugar sweetness, but this is soon outshone by a tsunami of spicy, bready rye malt flavour that lasts well into the aftertaste. Subtle fruity flavours of raisin and cherry are noticeable mid-sip, as is a hint of vanilla - but then the cedar wood and sap start to rampage, becoming the focus of a big crescendo toward the finish. It ends with a peppery spiciness, citrus peel oiliness and some earthy, herbal astringency that is only outlasted by the rye bread (as well as some surprisingly well-restrained boozy sweetness). Medium-full in body, with low carbonation levels that limply prickle the palate. The mouthfeel is smooth and mostly satisfying, but is still this beer's weakest trait. The criticism ends there, however, because this is undoubtedly an exquisitely well-crafted imperial rye ale that begs to be shared with others.

Final Grade: 4.5, an outstanding A grade. The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro Bravo is many things, but subtle is certainly not one of them. This is not a beer for people who don't know what they like -the cedar wood offers impressive potency, and the rye malts are piled on. It is honestly much better than I thought it would be, given its fairly polarized review average. If I hadn't decided to age the first bottle that I'd purchased, I'm not sure I would have had the self-restraint to keep this one as long as I did. My favourite rye beer to date - wish I'd grabbed another bottle, but I guess I'll just have to hope that the Flying Monkeys see fit to brew this one again, instead of opting for a 3.0.

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Photo of DangerDawg
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikemands
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of headstash
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of KyleMcD
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Tremendous! Wasn't expecting much and was floored by the deliciousness of this big beer, halfway between an Arrogant Bastard-like strong ale and a barleywine.

Nice caramel, toffee, hops, heftiness and some vanilla... drinks easy despite the ABV. Smooth all around, almost nitro-like. Paired wonderfully with a tapa of foie gras.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Bottled on 2014-10.

A: Clear brown. Poured 2 fingers high head, moderate retention.
S: Toasted malts. Caramel. Vanilla. Slightly citrus.
T: Woody. Vanilla. Caramel. Pepper. Moderate sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Short and dry finish.
M: Full body. Low carbonation.
O: Delicious and complex strong ale.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of amalburg
2.32/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

For some reason the taste and smell were of tequila. I'm not a tequila fan.

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