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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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Reviews: 80
Hads: 187
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 17.45%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: Sammy on 11-01-2009

Formerly known as Flying Monkeys Netherworld India Pale Porter.

35 IBU
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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!

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4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in Columbus Ohio.
Pours dark but clear mahogany with a durable tan head.
Mild malty aroma strengthens with warming. A faint hint of spices.
Flavor: about equal doses of hops and malts. The malts have sweet, toffee and dark roasted grain aspects.

O: recommended.

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3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is quite close to black, completely opaque though not with a heavy body. The head is a solid brown one a full finger in height with good retention, thick and fluffy. Lacing is sturdy ad fairly thick as well with some good stick.
The smell is primarily hoppy with lots of raw leaf, citrus and wood. A bit of roast is in there, but not to the fullest effect.
The taste follows with a bit more dry cocoa into the finish, but it also develops a very slight astringency as it goes. It actually fits fairly well, and never gets too harsh, but it's just a bit noticeable.
The body is medium with a good mix of crisp brightness and roasty, powdery dryness. It has a nice creaminess rolling through that adds a lot of sweetness.

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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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