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Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark AleFlying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale

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85
very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Flying Monkeys Netherworld India Pale Porter.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: Sammy on 11-01-2009)
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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ChrisCage:
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cola brown color, with clear tinges around the outskirts of my glass, but otherwise cloudy. The head isn't really thick, but what there is, is dense, tan in color and retains decently. The lacing is excellent, leaving behind a mountainous landscape of a fine bubbly film! Overall a good looking beer...

S- Malt right upfront, with rich dark aromas of chocolate, toffee, and even a sweetness that reminds me of a handcrafted root beer syrup. There is also some toasted nuttiness....no real bitterness is noted.

T- The flavors are quite different from what I smelled. Gone is the sweet root beer and in is a distinctive bitterness that kind of lingers throughout the taste. I find there is also more of an Earthy, herbal quality that tastes the way pine and/or cedar would smell. The toffee malt sweetness is still there, but is well balanced with the bitterness.

M- Solid medium body, with a decent amount of carbonation, and it isn't really creamy, but not offensive either. It feels like some sort of liquid dark rye bread on my palate...it's a good mouthfeel I have to say.

O- This is a well balanced, flavorful, and aromatic beer that I think would appeal to a larger group of beer drinkers. The alcohol, which is over 6%, is kept to a minimum, and I think this would pair well with a variety of foods, such as the Colby cheddar that I had with it. A great beer from a reputable brewer of Ontario!

ChrisCage, May 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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FadetoBock, Jun 28, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Kitchener Craft Beer and Ribs festival. My first sampler of the day; I was hoping to see if their IPA would be available, but was also pleased to see this new offering.

Poured into my 6oz festival sampler glass. A rich, chocolate brown brew, chestnut when held to the light. A thick, foamy tan head sat resplendantly on top, leaving a good deal of lace. Looks a great deal like a porter should.

Nose was notes of molasses, cream, marshmallows, roasted malts, citrussy hops. Strange blend, but it works.

This brew had a lot going on, so I can't really say a 6oz sample was large enough to fully appreciate it, but I must say that this was one intriguing brew. About three different taste styles competed for my attentions: the roasted malt and coffee-chocolate notes of a porter; the citrussy hops and body of an IPA; and an overall lemon sour dark ale character that reminded me greatly of a Munich Dunkel. I'm not sure if it all worked well together, but I certainly enjoyed it. A great deal of thought went into this brew, which I appreciated.

Creamy mouthfeel, slightly thin for a porter, but definitely within range.

Despite my still questioning the brewery's renaming, I must say the lads at Monkeys have really stepped up their game since the Confederation Ale days. Glad to see some well hopped ales in the American style coming from this brewery. Definitely worth a go - hope to try a few bottles of this in the near future!

JohnnyBarman, Jul 18, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 fl oz served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a dark auburn colour that allows some light through. It is hard to tell the carbonation level due to the darkness. The head i about one finger and is an off-white. Some minimal lacing.

Smell - was not expecting this, but the hops and pine are definite smells that come fwd. There is a slight caramel smell as well. The other smell is the citrus base, from grapefruit.

Taste - As the smell, hops and pine are dominant taste to this beer. I am actually quite surprised, but the citrus comes through as well. Compared to the smell, i pick up some coffee taste, something i did not pick up in the scent. Lingering aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel - slight levels of increased carbonation bring the coffee flavour fwd a little more. The beer maintains its taste as well adds a decent amount of fullness.

Drinkability - was not expecting this from this beer and had no idea what to expect. This is a great beer that i picked up in the Holiday Mixer pack at the LCBO. Awesome find for a Tuesday night!

Swedes21, Dec 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 20oz pint, on-tap at Volo Cafe, on my anniversary with my very understanding and game better half.

This beer appears a clear, very dark reddish brown hue, with distributed mahogany highlights, and one finger of weakly foamy, creamy beige head, which leaves a partial wall of trickling waterfall lace around the glass in its slow retreat.

It smells of toasted, meaty caramel malt, roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, slightly warm vanilla, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is heady roasted bready caramel malt, cocoa powder, a bit of licorice-laced black coffee, mild citrus cream, and some grassy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just softly frothy, the body surprisingly on the light side of medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes on a drying trend, but with some chocolate caramel offsets.

A decent enough, rather tasty porter, approaching, but not quite reaching, the dessert horizon, as the snow falls on slushy Yonge Street, and our long, oft derailed traipse back to the hotel.

biboergosum, Feb 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very rich and dark brown with a finger of mocha head. Good retention and patchy lace. The body shows red highlights when held to the light. Smells of cocoa and pine, and just a little bit leafy. Nice cocoa and burnt toast flavour, followed by resinous pine and grapefruit. Aftertaste combines both roasted malt and hop bitterness. Medium-bodied. I could easily see this tasty, easy drinking porter becoming a go-to during the colder months.

mintjellie, Dec 10, 2009
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2/5  rDev -47.4%

Rempeba, Sep 15, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Volo 2009 Cask Fest. Cross-style, it is a well-hopped porter. Stouty, there is mollasses. Citrus hops. Pours dark with a soapy head. A complex tasting,one sip is more porter, another more roast, another hoppier and one worth having again.This brewer is delivering interesting and hoppy new beers.

Sammy, Nov 01, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

JaredKlig, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

aztraz, Oct 26, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep cola brown-black, thumb of mocha head held its own and left drips of sticky lacing all down the glass
S - nostril tingling aromas of citrus, roasted coffee beans, sweet molasses, and a bit of a boozy burn
T - rich espresso and some chocolate up front, then as it settles the nice bitter citrus hops ring through nicely with some toffee sweetness on the end, a very interesting flavour mix
M - medium to heavy, smooth with a bitterness that builds to a comfortable level
O - some big and opposing flavour that balance and work very well together, a fine example of a style that is thankfully gaining popularity from craft brewers

joemcgrath27, Oct 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a thick foamy tan head. Leaves some nice lacing all the way down. The nose is a blend of roasted malt and a faint citrus hop. The sip reveals a taste all over the spectrum; from toasty smokey malts and bitter hops. The middle is the biggest range of flavour with a long finish of the bitterness from the dank west coast hops. Medium bodied, seems like a great beer, probably the best the brewery has offered.

heebes, Nov 27, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

cdaddie, May 07, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in colour and mostly opaque with ruby highlights. Maintains a good cover of beige head and leaves some good lacing.

Lots of hops with both citrus and earthiness coming out; pine and grapefruit balanced with some nice roasted malt.

For an Ontario beer this stuff is pretty flavourful and well balanced. Lots of hops, showing a good blend of IPA-like citrus and more earthy varieties. Under the hops lies some full-bodied roasted malt. Grapefruit, pine, roasty malt, dark chocolate and just enough caramel to perfectly balance everything out. The finish is mildly drying with some lingering grapefruit pith. It's not a complex brew but the few elements found here are expertly blended.

Maybe a little on the thin side for my liking, though it's not distracting. Medium-light body with light carbonation.

Very drinkable, I could easily down a sixer of this stuff. The body might be a bit thin but this only aids in drinkability. This is great stuff, one of the better beers I've had out of Ontario.

eat, Feb 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Skwisgaar, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Boozecamel, Oct 20, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

paired with some smoked fish. pours dark and thick with a thin brown head. some lacing.

smells like cocoa. quite delicious smelling.

some aftertaste. buttered popcorn, popcorn shell burnt taste. peppery.

kind of on the line with this one. some further tasting is in order.

paxkey, Dec 03, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops with light roasted malt notes. Taste is a lot more bitter and citrusy then most other Ontario beer out there. Body is halfway full with good carbonation. Well brewed and not something I would avoid revisiting in the near future.

Phyl21ca, Mar 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

butler, Jul 10, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to korguy123 for sending me a fresh bottle straight from the brewery.

Poured from an unlabeled 12 oz. bottle in to a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Dark brown/black colour with 2 fingers of thick, bubbly, light brown head.

S - Dark roasted malts with some coffee and licorice notes up front. A lot of bitterness from the hops is present as well but only some very subdued citrus notes come through from them.

T - A balanced combination of dark roasted malts and bitter hops. Some coffee notes come through from the malts along with some toasted nuts but no specific flavours are present from the hops - just the bitterness. A slight sweetness is present in the finish.

M - Medium body with a slight chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - A very enjoyable beer. My first experience with the style. Would buy this one again.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 11, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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