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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: 81
Hads: 191
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 17.45%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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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Reviews: 81 | Hads: 191
Photo of Kartoffeln
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours russet-tinged black, opaque with a nice, sizeable head of dense dark tan foam. Good retention, gradually dissipating to patches of frothy tan foam and leaving some lacing.

S: Grapefruity Cascade hops dominate the nose with some floral backing, black coffee, and biscuit and roasted malts rounded out by hints of butteriness, black molasses, and cocoa.

T: Cascade hops throughout as expected, with slightly sweet biscuit and roasted malts with a strong black coffee character. Sharply piney hops (probably Chinook) towards the end with another burst of Cascade grapefruit.

M: Medium-bodied with smooth, pinprick carbonation and some chewiness. I know that the hoppiness is entirely to-style, but it throws out any semblance of balance and feels excessively astringent.

D: High quality example of this style, but not personally my thing so I'll err on the side of generosity. I've just never gotten the appeal of these American ale styles that are just English ale styles loaded with citric American hops. If you like that, though, grab this brew ASAP.

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Photo of peensteen
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Oct.11/2011. Could have sworn I reviewed this before but I guess not.

Deep brown, ruby highlights, one finger of tan head sticky with some lace. Smell is of coffee and chocolate, citrus and lots of roasted malts, fairly hoppy with bittersweet notes. Lots of hops and citrus up front followed by roasted malt, very chocolatey, coffee, bittersweet bakers chocolate, lots of grapefruit and tangerine in the finish with some pine. Medium lively carbonation, full body, some good hop oil feel, nice weight. This is pretty good, nice mix of hops and roast, this was far better than I remember it being don't know if it was a recipe tweak or the freshness that made this a solid drinker, will revisit this from time to time gladly.

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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 14/10/11

A dark cola with a two finger dark tan head that retains fairly well leaving a giant ring of lace followed by random lace

S citric hops are hard to miss, faint coffee and some milk chocolate

T faint pine on top of what I smell, hoppy for sure with and the finish is where the dark roast comes out with faint espresso taking the coffees place. I

M light for the color with a nice bitter bite to it, flavors linger for ever

O solid beer with a great combo of dark malts and hops, worth seeking out if your a fan of hops or roast (like that will narrow it down)

straight up good beer, I love this style and hope they will keep improving on their version of it. thanks liamt07 for sending this one my way

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of Antikythera
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty, pretty label. The goth in me is going squee.

A: dark, with a milky-coffee-coloured head. Very dark. If I hold it up to the light I see a refracted rim of red at the bottom of the glass, and that's it. Nothing else gets through. Nerd humour time: there's an equation in astrophysics called Beer's Law. It has to do with how much light is transmitted through stuff. Fun fact.

S: Iron. Protein? Yummy. Malty and nutty.

T: caramel and smoke, but not sweet. Almost more bitterness than I like. I've never had this hoppy fruity flavour from such a dark beer before. The caramel goes away and the smoke comes out as the glass warms up.

M: rich, creamy. A tiny bit of fizzy tang that goes away fast.

O: really nice. Maybe a little too bitter for me, but I'd drink it again.

NOTE: Now I really understand what 'lacing' means. The beer is gone but my glass looks like an old brown doily.

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Photo of Retail1LO
1.82/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark dark brown colour, finger of mocha head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - The chocolate and espresso notes dominate and the citrus hops come through nicely on the finish.

T - Quality take on the black IPA with the bitter citrus hops grasping your tastebuds off the top and the chocolate malts coming through and lingering nicely on the finish. The bitterness is not overwhelming, and the chocolate and espresso notes come off more on the sweet side.

M - Medium bodied, filling the tongue nicely, but a tad prickly on the way down. Finishes surprisingly wet.

O - Certainly an easy drinking black IPA with some bold flavours that will leave you wanting more. Glad I had an opportunity to try it.

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Photo of dgilks
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown colour with a big, fluffy tan head. Good head retention.

Big, sharp piney aroma with some mild citrus notes. Quite sweet malt but that works here with some nice caramel and sweet chocolate tones.

A well balanced combination of chocolatey, nutty malt and piney, citrusy hops. Good, medium bitterness.

Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. Good.

A really solid beer and one of my favourites of the trip so far. Fantastically hoppy with a small dose of chocolatey malt.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of papat444
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this at Le Mondial yesterday.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A nice brown-black bodywith a slightly tan head.

Smell: Roasted aroma with some hops though no bitterness shines through.

Taste: Roasted but not aggressive. Hops are present but more in the form of orange fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: A full body with decent carbonation and quite pleasant.

Overall: A nice stab at the style but i would have liked a bit more hops. Still worth a try though.

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Photo of
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Roke87
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of SgtStout
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of HosP
2.64/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of uno99
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of eat
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of Digimaika2
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Mit
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.