Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark AleFlying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale
BA SCORE
3.8/5
223 Ratings
Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark AleFlying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Flying Monkeys Netherworld India Pale Porter.

35 IBU

Added by Sammy on 11-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,819
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
223
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 223 |  Reviews: 91
Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of R_Kole
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, Bottled Oct 18, 2016 etched onto the neck of the bottle....prolly why the hops seem kinda muted...oh well

Pours very dark brown under a lasting mocha cap, puffy and leaving a thick collar, low sheeting moderate thicker stick on the glass.

Moderate roast and definite dark toast on the nose.

More of the same on the palate, roasty/toasty/malty/bready, with some caramel, maple, darker malts and piney, bittering hops seriously drying out the back side...old school dark IPA. Worth a try

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Kitchener Craft Beer and Ribs festival. My first sampler of the day; I was hoping to see if their IPA would be available, but was also pleased to see this new offering.

Poured into my 6oz festival sampler glass. A rich, chocolate brown brew, chestnut when held to the light. A thick, foamy tan head sat resplendantly on top, leaving a good deal of lace. Looks a great deal like a porter should.

Nose was notes of molasses, cream, marshmallows, roasted malts, citrussy hops. Strange blend, but it works.

This brew had a lot going on, so I can't really say a 6oz sample was large enough to fully appreciate it, but I must say that this was one intriguing brew. About three different taste styles competed for my attentions: the roasted malt and coffee-chocolate notes of a porter; the citrussy hops and body of an IPA; and an overall lemon sour dark ale character that reminded me greatly of a Munich Dunkel. I'm not sure if it all worked well together, but I certainly enjoyed it. A great deal of thought went into this brew, which I appreciated.

Creamy mouthfeel, slightly thin for a porter, but definitely within range.

Despite my still questioning the brewery's renaming, I must say the lads at Monkeys have really stepped up their game since the Confederation Ale days. Glad to see some well hopped ales in the American style coming from this brewery. Definitely worth a go - hope to try a few bottles of this in the near future!

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Photo of Marius
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Very dark brown pour with a medium height tan head. Notes of roasted coffee, pine resin, citrus hops, chocolate, roasted malts. Medium body, medium to high carbonation and a roasty and hoppy bitter-sweet finish.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 fl oz served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a dark auburn colour that allows some light through. It is hard to tell the carbonation level due to the darkness. The head i about one finger and is an off-white. Some minimal lacing.

Smell - was not expecting this, but the hops and pine are definite smells that come fwd. There is a slight caramel smell as well. The other smell is the citrus base, from grapefruit.

Taste - As the smell, hops and pine are dominant taste to this beer. I am actually quite surprised, but the citrus comes through as well. Compared to the smell, i pick up some coffee taste, something i did not pick up in the scent. Lingering aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel - slight levels of increased carbonation bring the coffee flavour fwd a little more. The beer maintains its taste as well adds a decent amount of fullness.

Drinkability - was not expecting this from this beer and had no idea what to expect. This is a great beer that i picked up in the Holiday Mixer pack at the LCBO. Awesome find for a Tuesday night!

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in Columbus Ohio.
Pours dark but clear mahogany with a durable tan head.
Mild malty aroma strengthens with warming. A faint hint of spices.
Flavor: about equal doses of hops and malts. The malts have sweet, toffee and dark roasted grain aspects.

O: recommended.

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Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is quite close to black, completely opaque though not with a heavy body. The head is a solid brown one a full finger in height with good retention, thick and fluffy. Lacing is sturdy ad fairly thick as well with some good stick.
The smell is primarily hoppy with lots of raw leaf, citrus and wood. A bit of roast is in there, but not to the fullest effect.
The taste follows with a bit more dry cocoa into the finish, but it also develops a very slight astringency as it goes. It actually fits fairly well, and never gets too harsh, but it's just a bit noticeable.
The body is medium with a good mix of crisp brightness and roasty, powdery dryness. It has a nice creaminess rolling through that adds a lot of sweetness.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 20oz pint, on-tap at Volo Cafe, on my anniversary with my very understanding and game better half.

This beer appears a clear, very dark reddish brown hue, with distributed mahogany highlights, and one finger of weakly foamy, creamy beige head, which leaves a partial wall of trickling waterfall lace around the glass in its slow retreat.

It smells of toasted, meaty caramel malt, roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, slightly warm vanilla, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is heady roasted bready caramel malt, cocoa powder, a bit of licorice-laced black coffee, mild citrus cream, and some grassy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just softly frothy, the body surprisingly on the light side of medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes on a drying trend, but with some chocolate caramel offsets.

A decent enough, rather tasty porter, approaching, but not quite reaching, the dessert horizon, as the snow falls on slushy Yonge Street, and our long, oft derailed traipse back to the hotel.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very rich and dark brown with a finger of mocha head. Good retention and patchy lace. The body shows red highlights when held to the light. Smells of cocoa and pine, and just a little bit leafy. Nice cocoa and burnt toast flavour, followed by resinous pine and grapefruit. Aftertaste combines both roasted malt and hop bitterness. Medium-bodied. I could easily see this tasty, easy drinking porter becoming a go-to during the colder months.

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Photo of Rempeba
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Volo 2009 Cask Fest. Cross-style, it is a well-hopped porter. Stouty, there is mollasses. Citrus hops. Pours dark with a soapy head. A complex tasting,one sip is more porter, another more roast, another hoppier and one worth having again.This brewer is delivering interesting and hoppy new beers.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery "Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale"
12 fl oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLD JAN/04/2017" and sampled on MAY/18/2017
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

Note via stream of consciousness: Upon popping the cap I can smell chocolate. I'm not sure if that's good or bad for a "Cascadian Dark Ale", although this used to be labeled an "India Pale Porter" where it would have fit just fine. So let's pour it... very dark mahogany brown that appears black in the full glass. The short head of tan is pretty dark. Decent head retention so far. Back to the aroma I definitely get chocolate and I'm not really finding too many hops. There's some light pine to it, and a light bit of citrus, but I was expecting to find a little more. There's some coffee to it as well, which is nice. On to the flavor... exactly as the nose suggests with a hint of caramel to the malt and clearer hops. They remain pretty much just pine and citrus, which I feel is mainly lemony, but there's also a kind of a tea-like note ~ not sure if that's hops, or malt, or a combination. Nicely balanced, not too bitter, but it finishes dry and some residual bitterness remains in the lingering aftertaste. Easy to drink. Medium-light in body and gently crisp. It's not a head-turner but it's certainly solid.

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Photo of traumaqueen
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JaredKlig
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Powers30
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of migleskun
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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