Flying Monkeys The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro Bravo | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Flying Monkeys The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro BravoFlying Monkeys The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro Bravo
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada
theflyingmonkeys.ca

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Dark Rye Ale Aged on Spanish Cedar

Added by TheBrewo on 06-18-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
70
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
16.75%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
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Photo of StormAles
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wajohnst
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.02/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dmorgan310
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spicy and strong

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Photo of leitmotif
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with beige head. Aroma is really woody with resiny, coniferous notes. Taste is spicy and woody, light caramel malt but not sweet. Finish is slightly bitter and the wood notes continue to shine through. Medium body and carbonation. Really interesting beer, the spicy wood is really different from anything I had before.

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Photo of DruC4
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SerialTicker
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served at Frankenmuth's World Expo of Beer 2016.

Hey man, ever lick Ikea furniture? The cedar in this is super intense. So much so, it almost doesn't even taste like a rye beer... really, the rye intensifies that cedar flavor. There's only a modest rye sort of spice finish on this one. There's not much else going on besides... well... liquid wood. I actually strangely dig this, but I was more than content with my 5oz portion.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Tremendous! Wasn't expecting much and was floored by the deliciousness of this big beer, halfway between an Arrogant Bastard-like strong ale and a barleywine.

Nice caramel, toffee, hops, heftiness and some vanilla... drinks easy despite the ABV. Smooth all around, almost nitro-like. Paired wonderfully with a tapa of foie gras.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Bottled on 2014-10.

A: Clear brown. Poured 2 fingers high head, moderate retention.
S: Toasted malts. Caramel. Vanilla. Slightly citrus.
T: Woody. Vanilla. Caramel. Pepper. Moderate sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Short and dry finish.
M: Full body. Low carbonation.
O: Delicious and complex strong ale.

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Photo of DangerDawg
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle-in-a-carton pulled from the cellar; picked up at the LCBO last February. Bottled in Oct 2014; served slightly chilled. Be forewarned: I love rye, so my bias should be kept in mind.

Pours a foggy brownish-amber colour with orange-red highlights; seated atop is nearly two fingers of foamy, off-white head. It dissipates over the next five minutes or so, depositing a continuous curtain of lace just above a frothy collar; a bubbly film remains on the surface. The aroma is positively heavenly, featuring big notes of sappy cedar and spicy rye bread - so spicy, in fact, that it almost has a peppercorn-like potency to it. These are also underlain by touches of brown sugar, dates, and just the slightest touch of vanilla, as well as some rummy booziness as the glass begins to warm.

This one was a legitimate eye-widener upon the first sip. It starts off with generous toffee and brown sugar sweetness, but this is soon outshone by a tsunami of spicy, bready rye malt flavour that lasts well into the aftertaste. Subtle fruity flavours of raisin and cherry are noticeable mid-sip, as is a hint of vanilla - but then the cedar wood and sap start to rampage, becoming the focus of a big crescendo toward the finish. It ends with a peppery spiciness, citrus peel oiliness and some earthy, herbal astringency that is only outlasted by the rye bread (as well as some surprisingly well-restrained boozy sweetness). Medium-full in body, with low carbonation levels that limply prickle the palate. The mouthfeel is smooth and mostly satisfying, but is still this beer's weakest trait. The criticism ends there, however, because this is undoubtedly an exquisitely well-crafted imperial rye ale that begs to be shared with others.

Final Grade: 4.5, an outstanding A grade. The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro Bravo is many things, but subtle is certainly not one of them. This is not a beer for people who don't know what they like - the cedar wood offers impressive potency, and the rye malts are piled on. It is honestly much better than I thought it would be, given its fairly polarized review average. If I hadn't decided to age the first bottle that I'd purchased, I'm not sure I would have had the self-restraint to keep this one as long as I did. My favourite rye beer to date - wish I'd grabbed another bottle, but I guess I'll just have to hope that the Flying Monkeys see fit to brew this one again, instead of opting for a 3.0.

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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Monkeys The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro Bravo - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery. Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is 1 1/1 finger thick and off-white, secular lacing, and a medium translucent reddish brown.

I smell the rye above all, with perhaps a touch of the cedar. Nothing too overpowering or assaulting.

Tastes like a sweeter blend of the components from the scent. Also a slight booziness, but it's all good.

The mouthfeel here is fairly carbonated with a small astringency presumably elicited by the higher ABV.

Overall, I'll rate Flying Monkeys The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro Bravo - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery with a 4.5. This is a great brew IMO, and worth the few extra $.

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Photo of LanceH
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brew33
2.12/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of sdm9465
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of amalburg
2.32/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

For some reason the taste and smell were of tequila. I'm not a tequila fan.

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4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 4ster
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle marked something I can’t read – my microfiche reader is down - at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of citrus and cedar
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy/fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a partial one mm ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body dark brown, murky, effervescent
Flavor interesting combination of rye spiciness with cedar followed by a light alcohol after-burn; no malt, no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation
Appearance 3, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75

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Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

LCBO bottle, not sure how long it was aged. Good appearance with a hazy medium brown colour and good retention and lacing.

Aroma is quite spicy, with pepper, cedar wood, rye notes, rum barrels, very hearty, some really nice barrel notes complemented with the rye spice and caramel malty notes.

T - very full, malty start getting more alcoholic and spicy, caramel and rum, aged citrus, nice barrel woody notes, with lots of demurer brown sugar. Leading to a surprisingly pleasant and warming finish.

M - quite big and boozy, with some phenolic spiciness to it. moderate carbonation.

An interesting beer, probably amped up for sheer shock value as I feel this could have shone more if it were around 8% maybe. Great aroma and nice taste, but the strength and alcohol gets in the way of the beer.

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