Flying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple Wheat - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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3.56/5 rDev -9.2%
750ml bottle, 11.5% ABV. Wow - where do I start? First off, this is an ode to one of the few artists, who, upon encountering them on satellite or standard radio alike, I immediately switch the station. Second, the way-too busy label here states that this beer is like the titular band's music, without actually elucidating via any followup; and third, this is my 3000th review, one for which I somewhat agonized over choosing the properly edgy, duly qualified offering. Looks like you beat out Bud Light Chelada, gents.
This beer pours a clear, rather dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of tightly puffy, somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves a thorough array of pockmarked iceberg profile lace around the glass as it gently settles.
It smells of maple syrup, biscuity, sweet caramel malt - very Belgian waffle-esque, really - natural vanilla, a wheaty graininess, one amped up to near spirituous levels (maybe bourbon, maybe rum), and faint earthy, leafy hops. The taste is egregiously sweet, with concentrated, resinous maple sap, more saccharine vanilla, a diabetes-abetting, timidly biscuity wheat and caramel maltiness, very little in the way of any sort of hops, and surprisingly even less play from the purported alcohol, beyond a simple, obfuscating warming. Eep.
The carbonation is quite understated, if actually present, and if so, no more than a subtle hum, the body a hearty medium-heavy weight, in the same way that pure, unadulterated maple syrup coats your murmuring arteries, and smooth, I suppose, by the same quivering metric - creamy, even, if we're throwing out discordant accolades here. It finishes still way too bloody sweet, the maple maybe reining it in a bit, but not enough to allow anything else, other than the lingering sugary vanilla, to express its oppressed self.
Not quite the over-wrought sugary beast that I was anticipating, but sweet enough to be put in the general vicinity. The biscuity ESB character goes a fair way in making this at least a wee bit palatable at first, but one that is mostly overtaken in the end. A hefty offering, this much is true, and if you're really into the maple, then this is indeed the thing for you. As for the 'American Dark Wheat Ale' designation - wow, so this is how I finish - a wheatwine instead, perchance?
07-28-2013 06:23:17 | More by biboergosum
4.04/5 rDev +3.1%
Intrigued to say the least!
A - deep rootbeer orange brown, no head to speak of, looks flat to be honest, but at 11.5% a certain level of that is expected
S - big rich true maple aromas, brown sugar, mild breadiness, definitely a olfactory pleaser
T - rich maple syrup, candied dates, whole grain bready maltiness, a little nutty, and generally rich
M - it was essentially flat, not sure if this is a one off issue or a common thing, super sticky sweet as expected, and barely a hint of any alcohol much less the beefy 11.5%
O - aside from the flat factor this is what I was hoping for, a rich maplely flavourful brew that is very easy and dangerously drinkable, more of a dessert kind of brew but you should have guessed that going in
03-12-2014 02:35:16 | More by joemcgrath27
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of maple notes is quite dominant with light residuals sugar notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by woody maple notes which are dominant but also kind of pleasant is maybe tad over the top. Residual sugar notes are also present but not overly so with alcohol not really discernible. Body is lighter than expected with heavy filtration and medium carbonation. I am usually not that fond of overly sweet beer but the maple aromas kind of kept me interested in this beer.
01-14-2014 20:09:23 | More by Phyl21ca
4.19/5 rDev +6.9%
Appearance: It has a nice amber/nut brown color to it. It has a nice thick beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon and dark rum spices.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of sweet maple syrup, vanilla, some bourbon notes, slightly boozy, some warming from the alcohol, a touch of wheat malts and faint spices.
Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a great overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.
07-17-2013 20:56:43 | More by SebD
3.49/5 rDev -11%
On-tap during Sessions 2013 festival.
Beer is chestnut brown in colour with a small tan head.
Smell is maple, maple and maple. Smells like pancakes and maple syrup- or the other way around. For me, this is not a good thing.
Again, the taste is tonnes and tonnes of maple. Wheat, booze. Quite hot.
Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Sticky.
Overall? Not my thing. I don't really like maple, so I guess I am not the ideal candidate for this beer, but it is not well executed. Way too strong and too much maple.
06-27-2013 02:56:13 | More by jrenihan
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
Second beer in the Treble Clef Series.
Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany brown with a finger width of bubbly beige head.
Smell - Maple syrup, bourbon vanilla, wheat... like a stack of pancakes!
Taste - Whoa maple! Lots of sweet maple syrup, along with vanilla and wheat to back it up.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Leaves the same feeling in your mouth as maple syrup does.
Overall - An excellent dessert beer by Flying Monkeys. I'm happy that the maple plays a starring role (as opposed to other beers that use maple and it can hardly be found). Definitely meant to share with others, as the sweetness will be too much for one person.
09-02-2013 03:26:18 | More by leaddog
4.04/5 rDev +3.1%
750ml loud bottle poured into tulip 22/8/13
A has a reddish brown glow when held to the light, a finger of dense foam sticks around for a few sips leaving some polka dot lace
S massive amount of maple, bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, and brown sugar, this one has everything sweet going for it, a little unburnt tobacco, honey and just a little booze but for 11.5% its well hidden
T more booze and very faint chocolate, I also get some cereal I didn't smell, somehow its even sweeter then the nose
M thick and syrupy with a little heat, my lips are stuck together and my palates like a slip'n'slide, finishes sweet, surprise, surprise
O a little much for one person but the bottle did warn me that I should share it, dose well in all areas but I have a feeling I'm going to be hung over with all this sugar
would make a great desert beer to split with 3 or 4 people, a little to much sugar for one person but I managed
08-23-2013 05:53:42 | More by wordemupg
4.09/5 rDev +4.3%
Early "preview" last night on tap at the Garage Party at the brewery.
This monster was a real nice way to polish off the night.
Murky rich brown maple syrup coloured pour. Thin wisps around the top. Zero lacing with excellent legs.
Smells right off the bat with maple syrup, vanilla, some bourbon.
Zero alcohol in the taste, big wallop of maple, brown sugar, vanilla, some caramel. VERY sweet, I found myself wondering if I could drink a bottle to myself as I did with the BNL stout.
Medium to full body, slick on the tongue.
06-15-2013 17:17:49 | More by korguy123
Flying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple Wheat from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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