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NetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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NetherWorld Cascadian Dark AleNetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale
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3.81/5
Very Good
224 Ratings
NetherWorld Cascadian Dark AleNetherWorld 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:
#15,277
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
224
pDev:
11.29%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 224 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vivid. Bright. Lively... Or, at least that's the way that the rest of the world sees the American IPA. But the crazy cats at Flying Fish see it a little differently. They see a bright beer with a dark side.

Netherworld "cascadian" dark ale harks to the cascade hop growing region as the bold grapefruit and orange peel scent that are synonymous with west coast IPA comes alive yet is in stark contrast to the deep bark-brown opaqueness and whipped mocha head that catches the eye. And then siding with the sense of sight, the taste layers on the burnt sweetness of toffee, chocolate and caramel... at least, at first.

Because the middle palate shows tremendous development as the charred sweetness of toast, toffee and chocolate drop off and the earthiness of coffee, roasted walnut and burnt embers take their place. On the flip-side of balance, the vibrant and racy hops deliver on their promises of grapefruit, orange and mango before turning toward bitterness and dryness to close.

With sweetness being a distant memory, the skelaton of malt remain in their toasty, roasty linger and their roast-derived bitterness. Likewise the hops turn deeply resinous with freshly torn pinecone, grass clippings and a fleeting glimpse of hemp. Like IPA, the hop bitterness outlasts all other trailing flavors with a coffee-like aftertaste briefly in tact.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops with light roasted malt notes. Taste is a lot more bitter and citrusy then most other Ontario beer out there. Body is halfway full with good carbonation. Well brewed and not something I would avoid revisiting in the near future.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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 chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well, I'll be a Flying Monkey! I walked into Silantra the other day to scope out what was what when I spied this mischievous looking beer. I am stoked to sit down with the monkeys.

From the bottle: "Embrace the Darkness!"; "Normal is weird."; [under the cap] "I've decided not to have kids. The kids are taking it pretty hard." Haha.

I Pop!ped the cap on this brand-new, fresh bottle & let go with a heavy-handed pour, raising three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with excellent retention. Would you please go away so that I might have a sip?!? Nose smelled like a fire in an evergreen forest - loads of pine along with smoky roastiness. The lacing that developed was simply daunting. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste immediately let loose with a burnt/charcoal/smoky maltiness cooled by a pleasant & welcome minty, pine-y hoppiness in my mouth. IMHO, this is a flawed style from the perspective of a self-described, self-avowed hophead such as myself, but at least the dark malts were not as overwhelming as they usually are. I would not want a steady diet of this, but it was better than many. Finish was dry, but was it from the malt, the hops, or both? I just like my hops immediately discernible, not blanketed by dark malts.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Carlsberg tulip tall pint glass. From notes.

A very dark walnut black body with a very yellow three finger head. Big retention on the head, with circular rings of lace.

Nose is a great citrus grapefruit zest and flesh. Hop forward almost west coast sense, maybe even north west style. Little roast character it seems, but a great hop front. Incredibly fruity.

Palate does an almost 180 on the hop front. Hop angle comes out with juice orange and tea herbal bitters. Malt roast character a little bit on the finish, with a good black tea like finish. Light bodied palate with some juicy character.

Overall I have never had a black ipa smell and taste like this and be so varied. It seems liie a mix of American and English IPA style in a black ale. Very memorable, love it!

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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 liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of korguy123, straight from the brewery. This puppy can't be more than a week old. Cheers Matt!

Netherworld pours a deep dark chestnut brown, bordering on black with a two and a half finger mocha head. Not a shit-ton of lace, but some quality retention. Nose is huge, tons of chocolate, lighter roasted malts, with hints of caramel and coffee. Sitting underneath this is a definite hop presence, well masked by the darker notes overtop. Still some pine and citrus faintly make their way through. Taste has notes of faint chocolate, cold coffee (not in a bad way!), some more roasted malt and finishes slightly bitter, getting the slightest hint of the hops. Warming up a bit reveals the hops a bit more, with some orange and citrus. Mouthfeel is nice, not too thin but not super chewy and full. Above average and somewhat creamy, and the drinkability is through the roof. ABV is not even on my radar, glass disappeared in under 10 mins. I hope they keep this as a regular offering.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from peensteen. Served in a CCBW pint glass.

A - A finger and a half of dark tan creamy foam that has very good retention. Body is dark brown at first blush, but reveals transparency and some raisin coloration when held to the light. Splotchy lace lingers on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells good too - roasted malts, molasses, light coffee, and chocolate mingle with some floral and piney hops.

T - Hmmm. Very bitter, chalky, and astringent. Sweetness is largely gone, and what remains is herbs, pine, and stale coffee. There's a faint kiss of vanilla at the tip of the tongue but it's gone in a flash. Not my cup of tea.

M - Somewhat watery, medium-light body, moderate carbonation tingle, and a dry roasty finish. Texture is smooth and pleasant, and alcohol isn't present.

D - I much prefer Smashbomb to this offering. A little more sugar would have gone a long way as the bitterness and astringency gets fatiguing. I struggled a little with my 12oz bottle and don't think I could have had another.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to korguy123 for sending me a fresh bottle straight from the brewery.

Poured from an unlabeled 12 oz. bottle in to a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Dark brown/black colour with 2 fingers of thick, bubbly, light brown head.

S - Dark roasted malts with some coffee and licorice notes up front. A lot of bitterness from the hops is present as well but only some very subdued citrus notes come through from them.

T - A balanced combination of dark roasted malts and bitter hops. Some coffee notes come through from the malts along with some toasted nuts but no specific flavours are present from the hops - just the bitterness. A slight sweetness is present in the finish.

M - Medium body with a slight chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - A very enjoyable beer. My first experience with the style. Would buy this one again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a rocky, tan colored head. Good retention and lacework, the beer appears like a hopped up black ale. Aroma of cascade hops, some citrus and semi tropical west coast elements from other strains are available also in the smell. The taste is firmly bitter with just enough roast to counter act. Really nice execution, strong hop flavor and oily resins left on the palate. Full bodied with ample carbonation and slight creaminess before the drying hop bite sets in. Pine and grapefruit with coffee and pinch of cocoa. Hoppy and well rounded, this was a very good beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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

Netherworld doesn't at all look like the starless, shadowy black void its name might suggest, but rather has a worn-in brown leather kind of complexion that I'm thinking would look great as a sofa in my living room. It isn't close to opaque either; modest but accomplished highlights are stoked against the light. And its head is showing great vital signs.

These uber-hoppy dark ales - the good ones, anyhow - have an ambrosial aura that is rivaled only by that of fresh-baked cookies or a meat roast coming out of the oven. (In other words, I wouldn't hesitate to put it up there with my favourite foods.) Indeed, these malts smell like they spent some time in the kiln as they impart a sweet, nutty toast. And the hops, well...

Let me tell you! They bring a great vivacity to the beer: a piny brine, earthy leafiness and herbal pungency, all of which hit the senses with a lively and vivid zeal like that of fresh peppermint. A drop of citrus too. Their bitterness is well balanced in the body and most of their zest is retained in the aroma (which is not a bad place for it at all!)

While it isn't anywhere as thick as a porter, it is of a substantial weight and, depending on your appetite, has enough roasty and coffee-ish flavours to satisfy after one, or be continuously enjoyed several at a time. The hops chosen have a drying, pithy, incredibly piny linger that makes me want to suck my gums until they bleed. Delightful.

It's like in an Avatar-inspired moment, the Flying Monkeys brewery colonized an enchanted forest of elves and made them all start mining it for its magical pine serum and cocoa nibs. Imagine citric morning grapefruit combined with gritty coffee grinds. Sweet caramel chew combined with tobacco chew. Bitter herbal tea blended into hot chocolate.

Netherworld isn't really here nor there; in fact, it's kind of everywhere. It has plenty of sweet, nutty, roasty, chocolaty character to satisfy while simultaneously brimming with near-spicy, vivacious, enchanting hop flavours too. What else needs to be said? Brilliant! I'm elated to have this offering available locally and plan to keep buying more.

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

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 14/10/11

A dark cola with a two finger dark tan head that retains fairly well leaving a giant ring of lace followed by random lace

S citric hops are hard to miss, faint coffee and some milk chocolate

T faint pine on top of what I smell, hoppy for sure with and the finish is where the dark roast comes out with faint espresso taking the coffees place. I

M light for the color with a nice bitter bite to it, flavors linger for ever

O solid beer with a great combo of dark malts and hops, worth seeking out if your a fan of hops or roast (like that will narrow it down)

straight up good beer, I love this style and hope they will keep improving on their version of it. thanks liamt07 for sending this one my way

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bylerteck
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good to see more adventurous styles being accepted by the LCBO. With updated notes from Aug 2013 because I thought I was a tad too generous when I first tried this..

A - Black or very dark red. Bright. Slight carbonation noticable. Creamy, two finger off white head that lasts the whole duration and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S - Lot's of nice juicy hops in the form of grapefruit and some soapiness. A little bit of pinesol maybe. Some minerality and a load of dark malts. A really balanced aroma. Dark fruit and coffee. Well balanced.

T - Really nice dark malt sweetness come first followed by some good hops. Mild chocolate and coffee. Definitely not a hop bomb. Balanecd.

M - Medium body with mild-medium carbonation. Decent bitterness lingers.

D - Yes! A nice balance of a great malt character and a nice, fruity hop profile make this a great change that is easy to access. The sessionable abv is great too. Balance is well done.

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NetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 224 ratings
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