Flying Monkeys The Matador | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Flying Monkeys The MatadorFlying Monkeys The Matador

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Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Sammy on 02-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 25
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - mostly clear copper, big tower of soapy tan head that is a little on the annoying side but its hard to hate on that, plenty of lacing when it finally subsided
S - hints of earthy and leafiness, some cherry, and a healthy dose of woody cedar that is nice but make it smell less like a big DIPA
T - caramel and a bloodlike maltiness, slightly fruity with a noticeable woodiness, mild hints of grapefruit and leafs on the tail end, its tasty but is more like a dobblebock than a DIPA so I have to deduct a smidge
M - mediumish body with a somewhat sticky feel up front, light notes of bitterness late on the finish, fairly full throughout
O - this is a unique and tasty brew for sure, and the cedar aging is a big part of that, but in term of being a DIPA it doesn't really meet the standards, but if you just want a tasty unique brew and don't expect a bid DIPA hop bomb then definitely grab one if you come across it

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma consists of bitter citrus hops with light spicy notes. Taste is also dominated by spicy peppery notes with some citrus heavy notes with some herbal notes as well. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is an interesting experiment with cedars which seems to provide the peppery notes. I found that there was maybe a tad too much astringency though.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mick303
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Listed as Matador Barrel Blend at the Toronto Beer Festival.

A - Caramel brown, cloudy with a nice white/tan lace that has great retention.

S - spicy pepper, caramel malt, woody, some bourbon vanilla spice. Raisin.

T - a spicy alcohol start, woody alc with deep caramel resin and pepper, really complex. Raisin, rum, molasses, a thick body.

M - really smooth, slight carbonation but slick hoppy profile with enough balancing malt.

Really solid and intriguing.

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4.95/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew was amazing. The aroma of cigars caught me off guard, but it is such a unique twist on a beer, and I loved it. The taste followed the aroma and I was giddy about it.
If you're not a fan of cigars, this may not be your thing, but its worth a try.

As a double IPA, I'd give it a solid 4.5, but because its so unique, I'm giving it a perfect 5. Great beer by a great brewery.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of kjyost
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Acquired thanks to my sis! Looking forward to having this one. Poured into a tulip at ~5C.

A: Gorgeous looking beer with a load of clingy white head atop a crystal clear light copper beer. Couldn't be more beautiful.
S: An incredibly earthy and musty nose dominated by raw cedar and cigar notes. Hints of fruitiness.
T/M: Sadly it goes off the rails a bit here. Too much cedar in the body lending a tannic finish. Cedar, cedar, cedar. Hints of fruity hoppiness across a dry body with building and bracing bitterness. More cedar gluing itself to the tongue.
O: An interesting offering I'm glad to have had, yet not one worth acquiring more of.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Matador is the red flag equivalent for baiting in beer lovers. While the ubiquity of almost crouton-sized sediment is a bit of a turn-off, the beer's orange-amber glow is enticing and its highlights seem to dangle in the light like tinsel. Its head looks like white AstroTurf and is adhesive as super glue, its lacing baroque-like.

The barrel presence on the nose serves only to supplant hops with a mildewy, musty woodiness; it lacks the fresh, beguiling air of cedar and instead smells like a corroded fence. The hoppiness lacks much tropical or citrus fruit punch (despite Amarillo dry-hopping) and shares an oddly similar earthiness to that of the wood.

Some notes of green mango and peach as well as a trace of lemon are noted on the palate, though they are far from lucid. There's some candied, sugary notes that make into the aftertaste though these could also be attributed to the malts which have a slight toffee-like taste (though here, again, the caramelly flavour, like the fruity one, is far from sharp).

No one expects a 10%, barrel-aged beer to be 'smooth' and 'easy-going' or any of those cliched (frankly empty) adjectives. And while this holds itself better than many others that fit the profile, it still shows some of the (inevitable) alcohol warmth and lacks the depth usually gained in the trade-off between quaffability and complexity.

Although the concept and recipe have potential, this is a beer I'm not sorry will only be brewed just once. It lacked the tropical, uber-hoppy profile I look for in a DIPA and also failed to deliver the intricacy expected from high-alcohol, barrel-aged offering. I found it a very blasé offering that I could take or leave (though frankly wish I had left considering what it costs).

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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazed, copper-orange coloring with a tall, chunky, foamy, clingy, off-white head that starts a solid 2 inches and slowly settles into a dense, packed, half inch that retains as you drink. Aromas of smooth, sweet caramel notes, some pepper spices, a smooth woody character, rawhide, tobacco, and some subtle fruit sweetness. The nose is subtle overall, but smooth and enticing. Flavors are robust on the forward tongue, with a spicy and woody malt blast that warms quickly. Wow. Intense. Caramel and tropical fruit sweet flavors blend, with a floral and spiced hops presence that cut through and clean. Very light on a smooth body, with a tangy and heavily spiced aftertaste with hints of woody notes. The aftertaste and the ABV provide a warmth that travels throughout the body as you drink. Tangy sweet and bitter finish, with a slight linger that slowly dries.

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Photo of ericj551
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Matador pours a crystal clear light orange with a decent head. Cedar aroma mixes with the citrusy, grapefruity hops early on, but as the beer warms the sweet, spicy cedar dominates. More orange and grapefruit hops upfront in the flavor, but both that and the malty sweetness are quickly overwhelmed by the cedar. Despite being heavy on the cedar, I really like this beer. I was surprised how well it mixes with heavy hop bitterness and flavor.

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4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 750ml bottle partially poured into a snifter

Appearance - Golden orange in colour, a few shades lighter than copper. The beer appears to be fairly cloudy. On top sits a finger and a half of bright white, fluffy looking head, which leaves behind a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell - Some big cedar smells coming through from the barrel aging. I've never had a cedar aged brew before, but it doesn't seem as out of place as I anticipated. It actually compliments the caramel/toffee malt backbone, and the citrus (orange?) hops.

Taste - Lot's of cedar flavour...and it's actually a little over powering. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and I didn't expect this beer to be very balanced in the first place. It's sort of a novelty in that regard. There's also some caramel/toffee malt and citrus hops which is typical for the style. GIven the high ABV there's very little alcohol flavours. But the cedar is really what stands out here, making this brew as delicious as it is unique.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, nothing noteworthy really. Pretty low carbonation, and an exceptionally dry finish.

Overall - 4.25/5 IIPA's are a dime a dozen these days. While this might not be the truest to style, or the best one out there, it's a different take on a style that's being beaten to death. Fantastic!

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of leaddog
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours an amber/copper hue with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - Cedarwood/cigar, citrus hops, caramalts, honey.

Taste - Starts with the cedar notes, touch of citrusy hops, caramalts, honey and tangerine. Strong alcohol in the finish, turning into lingering bitterness as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess to the body.

Overall - A different twist to the Imperial IPA by aging it with Spanish cedar. Flying Monkeys is known to think outside of the box with their brews, and this one (like many others) showcases this philosophy - kudos.

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Flying Monkeys The Matador from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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