Flying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple Wheat | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Flying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple WheatFlying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple Wheat

Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Second installment of the "Treble Clef Series" Collaboration Beer

High-alcohol imperial maple wheat ale brewed with maple syrup and infused with fair-trade, organic bourbon vanilla pods.

"We created the beer recipe in spring when the sap was running and local maple syrup farms were rocking. We'd wanted to use these great maple flavours for a while," Flying Monkeys founder Peter Chiodo said in a statement. "Dallas Green is a native son of St. Catharines, so the maple added the perfect touch of Ontario to this beer."

Added by korguy123 on 06-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 16
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnieNepal
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

huge sweetness level, seemed over the top but as advertised

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Photo of hunterjames
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutager
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From that handsome devil, Liamt07. Cheers!

Appearance. Pours a murky brown with almost a finger of dark khaki head.

Smell. Sweet maple and butterscotch, a touch of booze, not too much else.

Taste. Just a ton of maple here, quite sweet, butterscotch, a bit of booze and some fruity notes, both light and dark.

Mouthfeel. Full body, only a little sticky on the lips, smooth low carbonation. Best part of this beer...

Overall. Sweeeeeeet. Not bad but you better like maple.

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2.08/5  rDev -46%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours with a hazy consistency and with low amounts of carbonation upon what I see...I guess I'll find out afterwards. The color is a reddish/muddy brown one, and with an underlying tone of dark maple syrup. The head leaves much to the imagination, as I did not get that rich creamy head that I expected....instead I get a thick ring with a thin patchwork of foam connecting it all.....the lacing follows suit, albeit a little better. There are small circular patches of foam that cling to the glass.

S- Maple syrup and lots of it! There are several underlying aromas to compliment this, such as fresh vanilla beans, melted butter, fresh sugar cane, dark rum and even a raisin aroma that starts to border a maderia or ruby port. The only negative aspect of the overall smell is the booziness....however, it really has to get a pass, as this is an Imperial! There is no hop presence noted....just straight up dark sweetness!

T- This follows suit to the aromas quite closely.....again.....maple syrup, and lots of it! There is a yeasty, velvety butter richness that is underlying throughout the taste, to keep all of these flavors in check. Vanilla, hints of milk chocolate, dark rum, black plum, raisins, and I do agree with a previous reviewer, butterscotch.....almost leaves a lingering flavor, such as a Werther's candy will do! Again, no hop presence detected, and there is an alcoholic aspect to this one, but this is a double digit brew!

M/O- Full bodied would best describe this beer, with a dense, yet smooth carbonation. It is syrupy and cloying to say the least, coating the palate with a hit of a broad spectrum of rich flavors. Most definitely a desert beer, I shuttered when I first sipped this, but with every taste, I find I'm enjoying it more and more....perhaps that is the booze kicking in but it really is a nice beer to have over an evening. It goes very well with the Double Gloucester cheese I have accompanying it, as it really helps cleanse the palate in anticipation of the next taste! I would get this becomes a highly drinkable beer with a little time and would be a great brew to share with somebody!

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Jeffo
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the LCBO in the summer of 2013. Took me a whole year to get to it.

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Opens a slow foamer, but a careful pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. A clear maroon red with medium level of carbonation. Head fades to a full cap and coats the sides of the glass. A faint wisp and ring remain leaving some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty solid.

SMELL: Maple syrup. That’s mostly it. There are faint hints of caramel and toffee under it, but this is a maple syrup bomb if I’ve ever smelt one. As it sits, some butterscotch and hints of vanilla come out, but that just might be me interpreting the maple differently. I was definitely looking for something else to go off of as well. Despite it’s one dimensional character, I kind of liked it.

TASTE: Maple syrup, obviously, and some butterscotch flavors up front, into a sweet and somewhat boozy finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste of sweet caramel, butterscotch, lots and lots of maple syrup, and some hop bitterness as well. Notes of vanilla as well, most likely from the bourbon vanilla pod addition. Bold, sweet, and lots of maple, with some spicy alcohol poking through as well.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. Some heat lingers as well. Full and creamy for sure.

OVERALL: Let’s call a spade a spade here. This is just like BNL except it’s maple on a wheatwine instead of chocolate on a stout. This is all maple all the time. The only difference here is that the overdose of maple is much more tolerable here than the overdose of chocolate was in BNL. Being a big maple fan myself, I rather enjoyed this and was able to polish off the whole bottle without issue. Definitely a one dimensional beer here, but one I enjoyed. You might want to have an army of the half-willing on hand when you open this. Even the brewers suggest getting a crew together for this. I figured I’d be crew enough, and I was. Cheers!

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Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of CurtisD
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Intrigued to say the least!
A - deep rootbeer orange brown, no head to speak of, looks flat to be honest, but at 11.5% a certain level of that is expected
S - big rich true maple aromas, brown sugar, mild breadiness, definitely a olfactory pleaser
T - rich maple syrup, candied dates, whole grain bready maltiness, a little nutty, and generally rich
M - it was essentially flat, not sure if this is a one off issue or a common thing, super sticky sweet as expected, and barely a hint of any alcohol much less the beefy 11.5%
O - aside from the flat factor this is what I was hoping for, a rich maplely flavourful brew that is very easy and dangerously drinkable, more of a dessert kind of brew but you should have guessed that going in

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Photo of TerryW
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cola coloured brew under a moderate head that quickly disappears. Lots of lace though, so not too bad looking that way.

The aroma of this beer is immediately all over you. Tons of maple syrup, a little burnt caramel, lots of vanilla. Appetizing, but a little foreboding, too. It's clear right away that this is something on the extreme side.

Sure enough. Crazy sweet. Lots of maple, lots of vanilla, slightly herbal. Some bitterness from a burned finish. Did I say sweet?

Nonetheless, it all hangs together. Drinkable despite being extreme. But - fair warning given - this won't be to all tastes. It's a dessert beer suitable for after dinner. And given the size of the bottle, this is something best shared.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Shared a 750 ml bottle with a few friends, which was a good call. I doubt I could get through the entire bottle. A red amber color with minimal tan head, this heavy-duty brew smells incredibly sweet and rich, like breakfast in a bottle, with maple butter, raisin, floral vanilla, strong alcohol, and hints of wood and smoke apparent. Tastes like buckwheat pancakes and syrup, a little roasted flavor is apparent along with a vague woodiness. Mostly though, its just cloyingly sweet and boozy, with low carbonation and a thick syrupy body that makes you want to pour this over ice cream, although somehow I experienced the body as less thick than expected. There is a lot of maple flavor left over post-fermentation and no detectable hops (in fact, the label neglects to mention hops in the ingredients ... Presumably at least some were used for bittering purposes). Not bad and reminds me of some of the uber-sweet dopplebocks I've tried, albeit dominated by a maple character and spicy alcohol with an interesting hint of smoke. Too sweet for me but nevertheless a unique experience.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of maple notes is quite dominant with light residuals sugar notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by woody maple notes which are dominant but also kind of pleasant is maybe tad over the top. Residual sugar notes are also present but not overly so with alcohol not really discernible. Body is lighter than expected with heavy filtration and medium carbonation. I am usually not that fond of overly sweet beer but the maple aromas kind of kept me interested in this beer.

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Photo of Hoagie
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of mmurphy525
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of lwadd
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of curewhatalesu
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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Flying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple Wheat from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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