Flying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple Wheat
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American Wheatwine Ale
3.89 | pDev: 14.65%
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Flying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple WheatFlying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple Wheat
Notes: 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."
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 50
Photo of Rutager
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of ChrisCage
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of Jeffo
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
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 joemcgrath27
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -9%
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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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -4.9%
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 decimator
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Leffe goblet. ABV 11.5%.

A - Poured a murky copper brown with minimal head and minimal lacing.

S - Perfectly toasted whole wheat bread, maple syrup, vanilla, and spiced rum. Wow this smells good. It really smells like toast dipped in maple syrup with a shot of rum.

T - Sweet, maple syrup, whole wheat bread, hint of vanilla, some spice, some herbal hops. As it warms some alcohol is noticeable in the finish.

M - Medium light carbonation. heavy body, sticky, smooth, slight burn in the finish.

O - Definitely the best maple syrup infused beer I've ever had.

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Photo of mick303
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 bottle into a wine glass. Poured basically no head was able to coax some lacing and bubbly film out of it. Colour is a darkish chestnut brown with some dark maple syrup look. No visible carbonation, fairly clear. 4

S – a really rich aroma with a strong maple syrup on pancakes character, behind that some raspberry, wheaty body, with fresh pancakes, jammy with some hops providing rich berry fruit notes. Some alcohol presence for sure. 4.25

T – start is a nuanced sweet maple syrup not with a wiff of woodsmoke pancakes, a bit too sweet, blueberry, and the alcohol is moderately spicey and hot. Wheat is a pleasant character on the palate with some silky, very syrupy feel with a noticeable heat, bourbony vanilla is there with a nice compliment, some light hops are there with some syrupy fruit, cherry, and earthy jamminess. A fair bit of heat but the flavor is quite good but could have some more balance. 4

M – a very thick syrupy body, an alcoholic maple syrup wouldn’t be a stretch, it is quite hot and syrupy, but quite a rich pleasing warmth of it, spirituous for sure. 4

For a beer to encapsulate fresh pancakes and maple syrup this is as close as Ive come across. The maple character is quite steller and has lots of depth. I’m quite new to Wheatwines, but certainly want to try some more after this. Rich and syrupy with a rich maple vanilla character, good spiciness and the wheaty body works well as a robust sipper, rounded enough to be very pleasant. 4.25

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Photo of leaddog
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Second beer in the Treble Clef Series.

Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany brown with a finger width of bubbly beige head.

Smell - Maple syrup, bourbon vanilla, wheat... like a stack of pancakes!

Taste - Whoa maple! Lots of sweet maple syrup, along with vanilla and wheat to back it up.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Leaves the same feeling in your mouth as maple syrup does.

Overall - An excellent dessert beer by Flying Monkeys. I'm happy that the maple plays a starring role (as opposed to other beers that use maple and it can hardly be found). Definitely meant to share with others, as the sweetness will be too much for one person.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle split with a friend. From notes.

A - Reddish ruby pour. Half finger of tan head with mild carbonation left no lace and a film of retention.

S - French toast! Alcohol, lot's of maple. Very interesting.

T - Maple and French toast again. Really, really sweet but nearly as bad as I expected based on early reviews of this beer. No real hint of the ABV, but still quite sweet as well.

M - Good carbonation, viscous, and a sweet finish.

O/D - Half the bottle was more than enough. I felt like I had a toothache while drinking this. The maple component was strong though, and it tasted alright, and that aroma of French toast was quite interesting, but still, too sweet, yet hard to knock it too much.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml loud bottle poured into tulip 22/8/13

A has a reddish brown glow when held to the light, a finger of dense foam sticks around for a few sips leaving some polka dot lace

S massive amount of maple, bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, and brown sugar, this one has everything sweet going for it, a little unburnt tobacco, honey and just a little booze but for 11.5% its well hidden

T more booze and very faint chocolate, I also get some cereal I didn't smell, somehow its even sweeter then the nose

M thick and syrupy with a little heat, my lips are stuck together and my palates like a slip'n'slide, finishes sweet, surprise, surprise

O a little much for one person but the bottle did warn me that I should share it, dose well in all areas but I have a feeling I'm going to be hung over with all this sugar

would make a great desert beer to split with 3 or 4 people, a little to much sugar for one person but I managed

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Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, 11.5% ABV. Wow - where do I start? First off, this is an ode to one of the few artists, who, upon encountering them on satellite or standard radio alike, I immediately switch the station. Second, the way-too busy label here states that this beer is like the titular band's music, without actually elucidating via any followup; and third, this is my 3000th review, one for which I somewhat agonized over choosing the properly edgy, duly qualified offering. Looks like you beat out Bud Light Chelada, gents.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of tightly puffy, somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves a thorough array of pockmarked iceberg profile lace around the glass as it gently settles.

It smells of maple syrup, biscuity, sweet caramel malt - very Belgian waffle-esque, really - natural vanilla, a wheaty graininess, one amped up to near spirituous levels (maybe bourbon, maybe rum), and faint earthy, leafy hops. The taste is egregiously sweet, with concentrated, resinous maple sap, more saccharine vanilla, a diabetes-abetting, timidly biscuity wheat and caramel maltiness, very little in the way of any sort of hops, and surprisingly even less play from the purported alcohol, beyond a simple, obfuscating warming. Eep.

The carbonation is quite understated, if actually present, and if so, no more than a subtle hum, the body a hearty medium-heavy weight, in the same way that pure, unadulterated maple syrup coats your murmuring arteries, and smooth, I suppose, by the same quivering metric - creamy, even, if we're throwing out discordant accolades here. It finishes still way too bloody sweet, the maple maybe reining it in a bit, but not enough to allow anything else, other than the lingering sugary vanilla, to express its oppressed self.

Not quite the over-wrought sugary beast that I was anticipating, but sweet enough to be put in the general vicinity. The biscuity ESB character goes a fair way in making this at least a wee bit palatable at first, but one that is mostly overtaken in the end. A hefty offering, this much is true, and if you're really into the maple, then this is indeed the thing for you. As for the 'American Dark Wheat Ale' designation - wow, so this is how I finish - a wheatwine instead, perchance?

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Photo of SebD
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice amber/nut brown color to it. It has a nice thick beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon and dark rum spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of sweet maple syrup, vanilla, some bourbon notes, slightly boozy, some warming from the alcohol, a touch of wheat malts and faint spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a great overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On-tap during Sessions 2013 festival.

Beer is chestnut brown in colour with a small tan head.

Smell is maple, maple and maple. Smells like pancakes and maple syrup- or the other way around. For me, this is not a good thing.

Again, the taste is tonnes and tonnes of maple. Wheat, booze. Quite hot.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Sticky.

Overall? Not my thing. I don't really like maple, so I guess I am not the ideal candidate for this beer, but it is not well executed. Way too strong and too much maple.

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Photo of korguy123
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Early "preview" last night on tap at the Garage Party at the brewery.
This monster was a real nice way to polish off the night.

Murky rich brown maple syrup coloured pour. Thin wisps around the top. Zero lacing with excellent legs.

Smells right off the bat with maple syrup, vanilla, some bourbon.

Zero alcohol in the taste, big wallop of maple, brown sugar, vanilla, some caramel. VERY sweet, I found myself wondering if I could drink a bottle to myself as I did with the BNL stout.

Medium to full body, slick on the tongue.

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