NetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

NetherWorld Cascadian Dark AleNetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale
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Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #295
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,693
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 11.43%
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
232
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Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
 
Ontario, Canada
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SCORE
86
Very Good
NetherWorld Cascadian Dark AleNetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale
Notes: Formerly known as Flying Monkeys Netherworld India Pale Porter.

35 IBU
Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 232 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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cam477 from Canada

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Jun 20, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Feb 05, 2010
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peensteen from Canada

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Oct 20, 2011
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale last week for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye while I was looking for some new beer to try and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks really nice, it's got a great design to it and it's very eye catching. It poured a darker brown color that took on more of crimson color when held to the light with one and a half fingers worth of creamy and bubbly medium tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky and patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of citrus rind, grassy and floral hops aromas with no single hoppy aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight doughy aroma that goes right into the malts which impart some nice roasted malt aromas along with some grainy and light sweet malt aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma and it's what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with malts being the first to show up this time and they impart impart the same roasted malt and grainy aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are just a little lighter. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast which leads into the hops which impart the exacts same aspects that they did in the aroma, but it's a little lighter this time. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness that lingers just for a little bit with a pretty hoppy and slightly roasted aftertaste. This is a nice tasting Black IPA, but i wish the taste was more like the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, pretty dry on the finish, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel, but I wish it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and nice Black IPA, it had almost all the aspects that I look for in the style, but in the end I wanted a little more out of it, the aroma was pretty nice and true to style, but when I got to the taste all the aspects seemed noticeably lighter than they were in the aroma and I wasn't a big fan of that. This beer had ok drinkability, it's fairly smooth, a little crisp, pretty dry on the finish, not filling and the taste doesn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think one is enough for me since I don't really have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it's a good looking Black IPA. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, I just wish it was bolder. I wouldn't buy this beer again, but I might try it again if I knew it was really fresh. I can't say I would recommend it, but if you really like the style then it might be worth a try. All in all I thought this was a solid Black IPA, but nothing stood out about it and I didn't find it to be too memorable. It's not a favorite Flying Monkeys beer and it's very average for the style. Nice job guys, but with some work i think this could be a pretty nice Black IPA.

Mar 27, 2015
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HosP from Indiana

2.64/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

Mar 17, 2011
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Howlader from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Jul 20, 2014
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DaPan from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Feb 13, 2013
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superspak from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Great dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Incredible appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted bread, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted bread, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange rind, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate roast/bready malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and no astringent flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, resinous/sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent black IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 21, 2015
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joemcgrath27 from Canada

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Oct 12, 2011
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spinrsx from Canada

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown/black colour with a very large frothy beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due to the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - hops, malts, roasted/toasted notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation on the tongue and it comes across as slightly watery. It feels nice and light however and most of the taste is made up malts and light hops. There are also notes of light chocolate and light coffee. It finishes with a malty aftertaste and a light bitterness from the hops..

Drink - A really highly drinkable beer that feels more like a ESB than a IPA to me. I wish it packed a little more punch, but it's still nice to see Canada is putting out some decent brews.

Dec 14, 2010
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paxkey from Canada

3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

paired with some smoked fish. pours dark and thick with a thin brown head. some lacing.

smells like cocoa. quite delicious smelling.

some aftertaste. buttered popcorn, popcorn shell burnt taste. peppery.

kind of on the line with this one. some further tasting is in order.

Dec 03, 2010
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beesy from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Aug 02, 2012
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BBP from Canada

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Almost pitch black with a good consistent head, and some solid lacing.

S- Hop bitterness, and tons of roasted/burnt malts.

T- Bitterness and dark malts build up over time. Mostly roasted malts with a little bit of burnt malt. Piney hops accumulated over the drink, and in the first 1/3 of the drink they were hard to notice, but later became more pronounced.

The malts were very bitter, and I found it worked well with the drink. It allowed the pine taste from the hops to work in harmony with the malt and compliment it rather than contrasting it.

M- I've never had a Black IPA before, but for an IPA it's very creamy and smooth, with an excellent body.

D- A good introduction to Dark IPA's. Smooth and subtle, while packing a lot of flavor. I found that the more I drank, the more I enjoyed it. It seemed to take a while to really set up on my tastebuds.

Oct 17, 2010
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StephenRich from Canada

4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really love the smooth roasty and nutty flavors that you can get from a porter or stout. Theres something about the flavor of fresh roasted coffee or chocolate lightly matched with toast and smooth nuts that is just immensely relaxing and satisfying to me. At the same time I love the crisp refreshing snap of a hop-focused beer. Something that is quenching and refreshing to the freshly bitter end.

Until recently there have practically been no means by which beer lovers could enjoy both of these sensations at the same moment. That being said, the Flying Monkey's Cascadian Dark Ale accomplishes exactly that feat! This beer is exactly as it sounds, a creamy and smooth porter with gentle roast and cocoa flavors matched with a fresh and lightly zesty hop crispness. The bottle shown is unlabeled because the beer and its branding are not yet finalized. I am waiting to find out from the Flying Monkeys team whether or not we can expect to see these bottled at the LCBO, but I expect that that is their intent.

This version, which I hope is, or is very close to what the final product will be is 6% abv and comes in a 355ml bottle, which will most likely find its way into a colorful 6 pack. It can be purchased in 30 or 58.6 liter kegs also directly from the brewery.

I opened the Nethwerworld up cool around 10C (50F) not really knowing where to start this Porter/IPA. So I figured, start cooler, and enjoy it through a range of temperatures. It poured a deep and dark black beer in my snifter lifting a generous 2 and a bit inch head that just crept over the brim of the glass. The head was mercilessly dense with bubbles packed tightly together everywhere in a creamy, tan to khaki foam. The beer was as clear as pitch black can get. Does that make any sense? It didn't seem heavy or foggy at all; just a clean dark evening with hints of ruby and amber brown peaking at the edges of the glass.

I'm going to skip right to my notes when the beer was slightly warmer, because it served up much bigger aromas and flavors. The nose brought soft hops with herbal notes of grass. Gentle amounts of grapefruit and citrus rind make their way in, and are soon taken over by roast, dry coffee grinds, and a subtle hint of cocoa powder. The scent is relatively light, but does show an interesting mix of classic porter roastiness, and classic IPA citrus bitter.

The first sip was all foam, and it was delicious! It was creamy and smooth with a bubbly and airy whipped milk sensation. Below that, a cool and mellow roasty porter glides initially over your tongue and lifts up smooth hop sensations of bitter herbs and light zest. First in is a soft caramel flavor mixed thoroughly with gentle roast, and biscuit malt.

With some added warmths comes both added malt sweetness and bigger hop bitterness. Malt begins to shine with hints of cocoa, dried coffee beans and creamy smooth nuts. Hops too bring forward greater strength and show touches of grapefruit and clean citrus peel with a round, herbal bitter smoothness. Overall the Cascadian is not big and rugged, it is actually very soothing and calm with soft balanced flavors and gentle whiffs of complexity.

The finish is dry and gently quenching with a soft, round end. Overall the beer is delicate and gentle with a delicious combination of smooth, nutty roast and crisp fresh hops. A superiorly quenching beer in the world of porters. This all makes this beer a perfect match with food. Because it is not overbearing and shows elegant balance I would try the Cascadian with a wide range of soft cheeses, roast beef, pub fare, and soft cookie like deserts. But it was very refreshing on its own in the heat, and I bet it will be just as soothing in the cold.

** Note, for Flying Monkeys aficionados or beer geeks; this is the Netherworld India Porter - Flying Monkeys has renamed and re-branded it to Cascadian Dark Ale.

Aug 20, 2010
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Digimaika2 from Canada

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Feb 16, 2011
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fostachild from Canada

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very dark brown colour with a hint of red that gives lots of tan head.

hops were very present in the smell which also had a roasted aroma - possibly coffee and/or chocolate.

taste also very hoppy yet has a porter/stout feel to it - quite delicious. good carbonation and drinkability. really impressed by this one and will definitely be picking up some more.

Dec 22, 2010
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Adge0058 from Canada

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Apr 04, 2012
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heebes from Canada

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a thick foamy tan head. Leaves some nice lacing all the way down. The nose is a blend of roasted malt and a faint citrus hop. The sip reveals a taste all over the spectrum; from toasty smokey malts and bitter hops. The middle is the biggest range of flavour with a long finish of the bitterness from the dank west coast hops. Medium bodied, seems like a great beer, probably the best the brewery has offered.

Nov 27, 2010
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marty21 from Canada

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Nov 16, 2011
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Swedes21 from Canada

4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Dec 08, 2010
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thebhoy from Canada

2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 33cl bottle into Delirium Tremens tulip.

Colour is dark brown with hints of ruby in light.

Aroma is top-heavy with citrus, and though some cocoa and maltiness comes through on the tail, I fear already that this will be a very one-dimensional brew (not unlike Hoptical Illusion)

Taste confirms fear, and citrus notes become almost overwhelming as it warms, hint of resin lingers on back of palette for a long time.

Mouthfeel is average for the style, though does leave much to be desired on the tail. I'd even go so far as to say that it gets a bit watery and thin as the citrus blast subsides.

Overall, much like their hoptical illusion, this beer seems to be in two minds, and is rendered mediocre accordingly. The hop characteristics are certainly interesting, but with the lack of supporting characters, are almost offputting in their solo role. For this reason, despite the style, I found this beer to be more sessional than their lower abv hoptical illusion.

This beer has potential, and some stronger malts would definitely round out the hop character and add complexity. Regarding the good reviews amassed, I find myself questioning their origin: objectivity or optimism.

Dec 08, 2010
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Matt1516 from Canada

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark-brownish-red, fluffy head that leaves lacing on the glass but dissipated quickly.

Smells of molasses and roasted malts.

Tastes of coffee bean and burnt brown sugar. Mild hop and citrus notes with a little carbonation. A dry, bitter finish. Very nice.

A nice dessert beer, seems more like a porter than a black ale. Would pair nice with dark chocolate, figs and sharp cheeses.

Jan 19, 2011
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repl1ca from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 27, 2016
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hopsolutely from Canada

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Feb 05, 2011
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bryehn from Canada

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cola-like dark ruby colour with a nice, creamy head not unlike a root beer float that leaves some nice, distinctly layered lacing.

Spicy aroma with syrupy and toasted malt tones and a generous helping of a crisp, grapefruit-like citrus.

The taste of Netherworld is malty and slightly sweet with syrup, coffee and toasted cocoa tones, as well as a subtle cherry or plum-like fruit flavour.

The beer is noticeably carbonated, but still a bit watery on the tongue, though there is a nice oily quality as well. The finish carries a nicely-balanced, solid bitterness and the aftertaste is slightly sweet and spicy with a soft banana note and a piny flavour.

A nice example of the style that has solid toasted and bitter characteristics, but maintains a certain brightness. Easy to drink a few on their own or with salty, spicy or fatty foods.

Jan 09, 2011
NetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 232 ratings