Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Thanks again Colt for including it in the last box! The label on this bottle is awesome - def keeping it around.
A - pours a medium brown color with a one finger kahki colored head. Head dissipated almost immediately leaving a small puddle of foam left in the center of the glass.
S - predominantly cocoa and chocolate, slightly roasty with some coffee character. Molasses. Doughnut. I am surprised there's not much in the way of hops except some earthyness.
T - the nose follows the aroma with lots of chocolate and cocoa - very stoutish. Some coffee with some caramel sweetness. Still not getting much in flavor hops except a slight grassy, earthly profile. Nutty. Slightly bready and malty. A nice, fairly clean, firm biterness linger slightly providing depth without wrecking my palate.
M - medium-light bodied.
D - somewhat high for me. Consumed most of the bottle during the review.
Overall, a nice beer. They could just call it a hoppy stout instead and almost get away with it. I would like to have seen some more flavor hops in it. A nice citrus profile would go well with the dark grains in this one.
08-02-2012 00:49:39 | More by beesy
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
12oz bottle smuggled home from Toronto in my luggage. Bottled 5/25/12. Served in a Red Brick snifter.
Pours a deep, near black brown with a thick two finger dark cream head. Semi opaque, allowing light through around the edges. Plenty of lacing left caked on the glass.
Smells great. Some orangey hops immediately give way to smokey malts.
Taste is the expected mix of citrus hoppy and roasty malts. Well balanced.
Medium feel with light to moderate carbonation. No noticeable alcohol. Nice dry roasty hoppy finish.
Based on the couple brews I tried from Flying Monkeys, I'm gonna need to try more. Nothing show stopping in the Netherworld but it's quite good and very easy to drink.
07-25-2012 00:55:45 | More by ThickNStout
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
355 mL bottle from the LCBO; packaged March 6th of this year.
Pours an opaque brown colour, with deep crimson highlights. Three fingers of light, tan-coloured head erupt at the surface, lasting a good long while before thinning out to a creamy cap, and leaving lots of sticky lacing behind on the sides of the glass as it dissipates. Pleasant, hoppy aroma with notes of grapefruit and pine, as well as some roasted biscuit malts in the background. Nice smells, but a little weak in intensity.
Very tasty stuff, with a good balance between hops and malts. The bitter, herbal flavours of the piney, grapefruit-y hops are strong without being overbearing, so that the malty dark chocolate and roasted coffee notes are unlikely to be lost in the mix. Bitter, roasty aftertaste that makes me want to take another sip. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel somewhere between creamy and oily.
Final Grade: 4.08, a very respectable A-. I don't get around to drinking black ales that often, mostly because they're just not particularly easy to find around here. So when I say that this is the best one I've ever tried, that statement must obviously be taken with a grain of salt. Still, from what I know of the style this is at the very least a solid example, if not an outstanding one.
I'm very satisfied with this purchase; Flying Monkeys still has never disappointed me. This is sessionable enough, but I think their Hoptical Illusion might fit that niche a bit better for me as it comes across as a bit lighter. This stuff, on the other hand, is the sort of brew where two would be enough for the night (before moving onto something else, anyway). Still, I would happily recommend Netherworld to anyone looking for a quality Ontario black ale.
05-24-2012 07:50:33 | More by thehyperduck
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
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!
05-04-2012 23:30:51 | More by ChrisCage
Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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