Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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1.78/5 rDev -53.5%
Got this as an extra in a trade with a BA in Nova Scotia for some Peche Mortel. Truthfully, I'd rather be drinking Peche Mortel. Poured this from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured with virtually zero head. A mostly opaque brown fluid, lifting this to my face for the first time produced a whiff of I don't know what. Was almost, herbal. The first taste was the third to last. I just can't do this one. Yuck.
08-17-2011 00:57:51 | More by Retail1LO
2.63/5 rDev -31.3%
Poured 12oz into pint glass. First taste of Flying Monkeys.
A- Pours very dark. Light comes in around the edges to reveal dark amber colors. Creamy off white head, recedes down to a nice cap on the beer.
S- Not as much to the aroma as I'd like. Slight piney hop aroma. Mixed in are some roasted malts, subtle caramel hints.
T- Again like the nose, would like the flavors to come out more. Hops come out first with some citrus, piney flavors. Citrus hop come through a tad more. Malts come out at the end. Roasted coffee flavors mostly. Again flavors are very subdued.
M- Close to being lighter in body. Lots of carbonation in the mouth.
D- If the flavors were a little more powerful, this would be a nice black IPA. Compared to others, this is my least favorite. Don't know if this may be a little older, would like to try a fresh one to see if I get a different feel.
03-17-2011 02:43:59 | More by HosP
2.8/5 rDev -26.9%
Poured from 33cl bottle into Delirium Tremens tulip.
Colour is dark brown with hints of ruby in light.
Aroma is top-heavy with citrus, and though some cocoa and maltiness comes through on the tail, I fear already that this will be a very one-dimensional brew (not unlike Hoptical Illusion)
Taste confirms fear, and citrus notes become almost overwhelming as it warms, hint of resin lingers on back of palette for a long time.
Mouthfeel is average for the style, though does leave much to be desired on the tail. I'd even go so far as to say that it gets a bit watery and thin as the citrus blast subsides.
Overall, much like their hoptical illusion, this beer seems to be in two minds, and is rendered mediocre accordingly. The hop characteristics are certainly interesting, but with the lack of supporting characters, are almost offputting in their solo role. For this reason, despite the style, I found this beer to be more sessional than their lower abv hoptical illusion.
This beer has potential, and some stronger malts would definitely round out the hop character and add complexity. Regarding the good reviews amassed, I find myself questioning their origin: objectivity or optimism.
12-08-2010 01:29:19 | More by thebhoy
2.98/5 rDev -22.2%
Frankly I´m a little surprised by the high scores on this beer. The very first thing I noticed was how much it looks like I just poured a glass of Coke. Just about the same colour and the head is spot on.
However, I had very high hopes when I smelled the bitter cascade hops infused into this brew. The hints of spice and burnt sugar piqued my interest so I dove right in...
And nothing. My expectations dashed, I quickly tried to piece together exactly what was bothering me about the taste. Everything you´d expect from a stout was there except for the full body. The sweetness seemed burnt away, like the edge of a baked treat that stayed in the oven too long. But the coffee was what really stood out, and unfortunately it doesn´t mix well with hops.
This beer has above average creaminess and feels quite good in the mouth despite its apparent lack of carbonation.
I´m sure this beer will appeal to a large number of people, but I´m not one of them. The marriage of coffee and hops wasn´t meant to be - in my stomach.
01-25-2011 02:56:45 | More by Intrinsic
3.3/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
12-03-2010 03:12:38 | More by paxkey
3.38/5 rDev -11.7%
355 mL bottle poured into a sleeve. An undated bottle, though purchased within a week of being put on the shelves at the MLCC.
A: Deep brown and virtually opaque with a tan head that laces well.
S: Seducing roasted malts with tons of chocolate, cocoa and coffee notes with a light bit of grapefruit from the hops in behind it. Clearly this is a so called Black IPA that leans more to the hoppy porter realm of the spectrum.
T: A mixed bag. There are some moments where the beer is delectable. A sharp bitter bite that plays with a caramel sweetness with a little bit of coffee an d roasted malts in there. Surprisingly, the hops (although very evident) are a secondary player in the flavour game. Citrusy hops are evident though the roasted flavours come through first. The mixed bag though is that there are a few mouthfuls where and acrid roasted notes through, reminding me of chewing on charcoal. If this had occurred more often, this beer would easily have been a drain pour. Those mouthfuls were disgusting...
M: As above. At times acrid, bitter and sweet.
O: With the exception of those 10-12 sips of charcoal, a good beer I would have liked to try again, save my fear of the burnt flavour...
10-25-2011 21:34:03 | More by kjyost
3.4/5 rDev -11.2%
I am not sold on the idea of Black IPA / Cascadian Ales.. its always seemed like a forced marriage to me. Since when has coffee and or chocolate gone well with citrus fruits? You know what this grapefruit needs? Some chocolate! Yea.. of course it does. That said I have had a number of them and this one is, style wise, decent enough and a very bold move for an Ontario brewery.
Pours black with a head that quickly recedes leaving some lacing behind. The smell is a bit hard to track down.. alternating between chocalate/coffee and the grapefruit hops.
And the taste has similar attributes.. part malty chocolate / coffee finished up with some decent IPA style hops. Sweetness is minimal and bitterness is emphasized here.
Mouthfeel is light but not very smooth.
Drinkability is average.
12-24-2010 22:40:20 | More by Ralphus
3.43/5 rDev -10.4%
Bottle from peensteen. Served in a CCBW pint glass.
A - A finger and a half of dark tan creamy foam that has very good retention. Body is dark brown at first blush, but reveals transparency and some raisin coloration when held to the light. Splotchy lace lingers on the sides of the glass.
S - Smells good too - roasted malts, molasses, light coffee, and chocolate mingle with some floral and piney hops.
T - Hmmm. Very bitter, chalky, and astringent. Sweetness is largely gone, and what remains is herbs, pine, and stale coffee. There's a faint kiss of vanilla at the tip of the tongue but it's gone in a flash. Not my cup of tea.
M - Somewhat watery, medium-light body, moderate carbonation tingle, and a dry roasty finish. Texture is smooth and pleasant, and alcohol isn't present.
D - I much prefer Smashbomb to this offering. A little more sugar would have gone a long way as the bitterness and astringency gets fatiguing. I struggled a little with my 12oz bottle and don't think I could have had another.
06-17-2011 19:03:42 | More by MasterSki
3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
Pours a dark brown colour with about two fingers of an offwhite head that disipates rathery quickly. Smells of cocoa, earthy/citrus hops, roasted malt, coffee and sweet molasses. The taste follows the smell with chocolate and cocoa. Reminds me a bit of a stout. Little bit of coffee bitterness. Some caramel and malt sweetness. Bitter, earthy and citrus hops. Slightly grassy aftertaste. Roasted, bready malts and a bit of nuttyness. Medium light, carbonated, dry mouthfeel. Definitly worth having again.
09-12-2012 14:17:42 | More by slitherySOB
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
Pours a nice brownish black with about three fingers of mocha head. Aroma is very malty, chocolate, coffee, with a little cream or vanilla sweetness and a dash of citrus hops. Taste is again malts forward, a well-integrated blend of creamy coffee, chocolate, a nutty bitterness. Hops are second place to the malts, does not taste like an IPA but more like a well-bittered and refreshing dunkel with more floral and leafy aromatics. I taste little citrus but its lurking in there somewhere. Very dry finish and a crisp refreshing character to go with the dark roasty malts. Only had one bottle in my possession and would welcome another.
08-28-2013 03:07:03 | More by CalgaryFMC
Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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