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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 6
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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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours dark brown with ruby tints and topped by 5 cm of dense tan-coloured head that lasts for quite a while.

Smell - lots of roasty malt aromas - chocolate malt and coffee - and a noticeable citric hoppiness - lemon - breaking through the dark malt.

Taste - Deep roasted malt flavours of chocolate, coffee and toffee blend well with assertive hops. The aftertaste is mildly bitter with a deep lingering coffee flavour.

, May 15, 2011
Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber colour to it. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderatly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted malts with a bit of caramel and chocolate. I also sense some pine notes from the hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice pine and citrus flavour coming from the hops. The malts also add a nice sweetness and roasty character. It has a nice dry finish with bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of hops and malts.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

SebD, May 13, 2011
Photo of Roke87
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle, chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Poured a massive three finger off white head that very slowly dissipates to a think lacing that leaves a good amount of spotting throughout on the glass. It does kind of resemble a porter having a dark brown colour but still lets enough light through.

Smell- Lots of pine and hops smells right away with some dark roasted malts coming through eventually in the end. Not too much going on in the smells department but for an “almost pale ale” it suits the bill.

Taste- Pine flavours and earthy hops definitely dominate the palette, with the roasted malts coming through in the finish, a slight bitterness thrown in there as well from the hops.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, light-medium bodied ale that goes down surprisingly smooth, hides the 6.5% ABV very well.

Overall- All in all a very good brew from Flying Monkeys, has those great hop flavours that hopheads crave, but still has that dark roasted malt taste that the stout/porter crowd can appreciate. Happy that I can find this beer at the local LCBO on a regular basis, and kind of surprised such a great beer is crafted in Ontario, would definitely buy this one again.

Roke87, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Flying Monkeys Netherworld CDA is a very dim reddish brown beer with a cappuccino colored head that's foamy and bubbly. It leaves excellent lace on the glass. It has a heavy citrus aroma with a good dose of dark roast coffee. It's medium-by-light bodied, foamy and smooth. The crunchy, astringent finish leaves the mouth dry. The flavor is a good dose of citrus bitterness. Dark, roasted tones rumble underneath. Bitter grapefruit and tangerine last well after the swallow. This is a bold and flavorful beer that's fun to drink, but too tongue crushing to be a session ale.

yesyouam, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of TheHammer
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first cascadian dark ale, now I've never been a fan of IPAs so I dunno, but you don't become a BA if you have a closed mind.

Appearance: Has the appearance of a Porter, a very dark brown, almost black body that boasts a finger and a half of creamy head. The head makes a bit of lace and sticks around exceptionally well.

Smell: Nothing really bad to complain about, dark roasted porter smelling malts that take the shotgun seat to a big dose of pine and grapefruit hops. It's strange, and I'm probably only giving the extra .5 because it's my first example of the style but it checks out here.

Taste: Hops, Smoke, Hops. Starts with pine hops with a smokey undertone that then get thrown into the back seat by creamy smokey malt who then in turn gets pulled over by the pine hops older brother, grapefruit hops. I normally don't like beer this hoppy, but the well roasted malts really takes the overwhelming bitter wind out of it's sails.

Mouthfeel: The thing I like the best about this beer is the hops don't cloy or stick at the back of my tongue. I know they are there but the well roasted malt seems to battle them to a perfect draw. Carbonation falls a bit flat though near the end and the hops still need to be pulled back a bit.

Overall: Solid, certainly not something I'd want to drink daily but all and all I was pleased. It was far easier going down then any IPA I've had, that's for sure. I'm almost left wondering what kind of dish you could cook with this stuff, given it's balance of hops and smoke.

Final Thoughts: All in all, this was a good experience and I'm glad to see that cascadian dark ale isn't on my unpalatable style list. I don't think the style itself is quite my cup of tea, but I wouldn't say it's something I'd actively avoid. Thumbs Up.

TheHammer, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of SgtStout
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holly Hops Batman!

The colour is dark brown, nearly black but not opaque. It poured with a head of about one and a half fingers but this quickly dissipated.

The smell was a weird mix of strong pine, some spiciness, some moss/earthy smell, and what I swear was a distinct and strong "herbal" **cough cough** smell.

The taste was hops from start to finish. There was very little discernible malt. Lots of pine/citris flavours with a strong bitter finish.

Really interesting beer but not something I would probably keep around.

SgtStout, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of HosP
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

HosP, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz from the LCBO, pours a dark brown with garnet highlights, a couple fingers of tan head die down to a few whisps which leave patches of lacing down the glass.

Nose is a little bland, citrus hops, cold coffee, roast malts, hints of butter. Sessionable, competent ale.. this time - I've had some bad bottles. Roasted malts, coffee, hints of anise, pine and citrus hops, moderate bitterness in the finish. A little on the thin side, could use some malt complexity and depth to balance out the finish. Pleasant enough and the only of its kind in the LCBO.

ritzkiss, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
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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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another innovative offering from my now favorite Ontario Craft Brewery.

A: Netherworld pours quite dark. a dark opaque brown with a billowy off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Quite a bit of citrusy hops on a pale malt backbone -- not as roasty as i expected. A little cherry and sandlewood.

T: Fires up quite fruity and gets fairly bitter when the hops take the wheel. There's enough roasty goodness in the back seat of this though to keep things on track. Slight metallic off flavor towards the finish-line.

M: A little thin and acidic feeling. Smooth and not too sticky. Carbonation is a little high and artificial.

D: A good sessionable beer with very few and controlled off flavors. It must be said I've had this a few times now and generally liked it more than this current sample. Perhaps the bottle is a little on the aged side.

Well done Flying Monkeys!

uno99, Feb 23, 2011
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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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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful deep dark red, with a little bit of head that dissipates quickly.

S: Roasted malts, with dark roasted coffee and chocolate aromas that follow. Little bit of caramel there too.

T: Can really taste the roasted malts upfront, with some dark roasted coffee and caramel that follows. Can taste a bit of citrus too. Finishes with a mellow dryness. Nicely balanced considering the many different flavours. Overall very delicious.

M: Slight carbonation. Not as thick/viscous as I was hoping for but still very agreeable.

D: Very easy to drink. Nice to have a local brew with these flavours thats of the ale variety. Will certainly be picking up more of this in the future.

Digimaika2, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Mit
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really happy to find this on the shelf at the liquor store.

a-dark dark dark with a very little bit of light getting through.

s-roasted malts coming through...hints of dark fruits....with some nice hoppiness to it.

t-the dark malts really come to the fore, but the hops leap right in to balance everything out. Great beer....

m-thicker. Pretty spot on for a 6.5%.

d-Pretty damn drinkable. Got a sixer and now there is only 2 left.

Mit, Feb 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Netherworld doesn't at all look like the starless, shadowy black void its name might suggest, but rather has a worn-in brown leather kind of complexion that I'm thinking would look great as a sofa in my living room. It isn't close to opaque either; modest but accomplished highlights are stoked against the light. And its head is showing great vital signs.

These uber-hoppy dark ales - the good ones, anyhow - have an ambrosial aura that is rivaled only by that of fresh-baked cookies or a meat roast coming out of the oven. (In other words, I wouldn't hesitate to put it up there with my favourite foods.) Indeed, these malts smell like they spent some time in the kiln as they impart a sweet, nutty toast. And the hops, well...

Let me tell you! They bring a great vivacity to the beer: a piny brine, earthy leafiness and herbal pungency, all of which hit the senses with a lively and vivid zeal like that of fresh peppermint. A drop of citrus too. Their bitterness is well balanced in the body and most of their zest is retained in the aroma (which is not a bad place for it at all!)

While it isn't anywhere as thick as a porter, it is of a substantial weight and, depending on your appetite, has enough roasty and coffee-ish flavours to satisfy after one, or be continuously enjoyed several at a time. The hops chosen have a drying, pithy, incredibly piny linger that makes me want to suck my gums until they bleed. Delightful.

It's like in an Avatar-inspired moment, the Flying Monkeys brewery colonized an enchanted forest of elves and made them all start mining it for its magical pine serum and cocoa nibs. Imagine citric morning grapefruit combined with gritty coffee grinds. Sweet caramel chew combined with tobacco chew. Bitter herbal tea blended into hot chocolate.

Netherworld isn't really here nor there; in fact, it's kind of everywhere. It has plenty of sweet, nutty, roasty, chocolaty character to satisfy while simultaneously brimming with near-spicy, vivacious, enchanting hop flavours too. What else needs to be said? Brilliant! I'm elated to have this offering available locally and plan to keep buying more.

biegaman, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not certain how to classify this beer, as different batches have suited everything from a black APA / IPA to a hoppy porter to the current "Cascadian dark"... Either way, a delightfully easy to drink beer!

Complex aroma and taste, with elements of burnt/smokey malts and coffee flavours plus roasted malt sweetness and a hoppy bitter finish. Earlier versions (before recipe finalized i.e. prior to LCBO consistency) had a greater hop emphasis, which would have been my own personal preference, but this is now a very approachable beer.

It should appeal to many differmnt audiences and congratulations to Flying Monkeys for once again giving the taste buds of "Ontario Beer Lovers" a chance to stretch.

hopsolutely, Feb 05, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a decent amount of foam in the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Tastes of slight hop bitterness with a roasty like finish. Drinks down ok and the bitterness is alright for the most part. Could use a little more punch to the flavour though. Overall its a highly sessionable beer and perfect for going to a friends place for a day of drinking.

I have picked up quite a few more six packs since my first review. And this beer is growing on me. Its quite solid, and I like the little bit of roastyness and caramal taste it has in the finish. This has definately become my go to beer here in Ontario due to lack of options.

WeedKing4, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Intrinsic
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Intrinsic, Jan 25, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark-brownish-red, fluffy head that leaves lacing on the glass but dissipated quickly.

Smells of molasses and roasted malts.

Tastes of coffee bean and burnt brown sugar. Mild hop and citrus notes with a little carbonation. A dry, bitter finish. Very nice.

A nice dessert beer, seems more like a porter than a black ale. Would pair nice with dark chocolate, figs and sharp cheeses.

Matt1516, Jan 19, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to liamt07 for sending me this one. I wanted to try this.

Black color beer, very dark too. Almost like a stout, it doesn't look creamy as a stout. Brown head which sticks well to the glass. Aroma is hoppy like an IPA. Notes of pines and citrus, with some light notes of grapefruits. Some chocolate and roasted malts there too. Nice aroma, very inviting. Taste is very interesting... very good too. It starts piney and finish with roasted malts. Wow I like this and can't stop drinking. Medium body with a very well balanced taste and aroma. A very good beer in my book. Easy to drink. It would gain by being a little more creamy...

Well I like this beer a lot. Very well done.

ZorPrime, Jan 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark, rich brew on the pour with a solid head.

S - Lots of roast - dark sugars, molasses, caramel in the nose with a hint of something hoppy.

T - Good round flavours. Sweet, but not too much. Roasty, but not too much. Hoppy, but not too much. Good balance. Caramel, anise, grapefruit.

M - Nice smooth feel. No hint of astringency and moderate carbonation.

D - I like this one a lot. Very drinkable, clean and still tasty.

allergictomacros, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of bryehn
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cola-like dark ruby colour with a nice, creamy head not unlike a root beer float that leaves some nice, distinctly layered lacing.

Spicy aroma with syrupy and toasted malt tones and a generous helping of a crisp, grapefruit-like citrus.

The taste of Netherworld is malty and slightly sweet with syrup, coffee and toasted cocoa tones, as well as a subtle cherry or plum-like fruit flavour.

The beer is noticeably carbonated, but still a bit watery on the tongue, though there is a nice oily quality as well. The finish carries a nicely-balanced, solid bitterness and the aftertaste is slightly sweet and spicy with a soft banana note and a piny flavour.

A nice example of the style that has solid toasted and bitter characteristics, but maintains a certain brightness. Easy to drink a few on their own or with salty, spicy or fatty foods.

bryehn, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of kwjd
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somehow I haven't revieved this beer yet, even though I've had several pints of this. Had this on tap at C'est What. Pours a very dark brown colour with thin tan head. Nice lacing down the glass. Smells of a lot of roasted malt with some coffee, but with a big citrus hop kick. Nice bitterness balanced out with a sweet malt. Smooth carbonation level. This is one of my favourite CDA's, I'm glad it is local so I have access to it.

kwjd, Jan 06, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Ralphus, Dec 24, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very dark brown colour with a hint of red that gives lots of tan head.

hops were very present in the smell which also had a roasted aroma - possibly coffee and/or chocolate.

taste also very hoppy yet has a porter/stout feel to it - quite delicious. good carbonation and drinkability. really impressed by this one and will definitely be picking up some more.

fostachild, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a reddish tinge. Very nice brownish-white head with lots of lacing.

Smells of wonderful flowery hops, some citrus zest and dark roasty malts.

Upon trying this beer again further down the road, it's actually better than I remember it being. Some nice roasty, caramel and chocolatey malts upfront. Sort of a thin body but the hops kick in with a nice finish, nice and bitter.

Rather thin mouthfeel, but decently carbonated. This is a very good black IPA and very drinkable. Definately better than Hoptical Illusion!

GodOfBeer, Dec 22, 2010
Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.