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Flying Monkeys The Matador Version 2.0 El Toro Bravo

Brewed by Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Style: Specialty Grain
Barrie, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
El Toro Bravo is a 10.1% imperial strength Dark Rye Ale aged on a bed of Spanish Cedar. Peppery brown with dark, oxblood lights, this stout-hearted ale breeds sweet, toffee malts & crisp, drying rye with the wood and spicy notes of the cedar. El Toro Bravo can be enjoyed fresh or cellared for up to 2 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROMA2 (3) - SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUN 21, 2016 does not count
A beer to drink with friends and/or beer buddies: if alone, it asks for food. The temperature is very important. Also, your mood...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (22242) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody spicy caramel toffee aroma. Sweetish malty spicy woody caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy woody toffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackflag321 (621) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Shared bomber, snifters. Toffee-amber color. Taste is like nothing I’ve had before. Rye, pepper, toffee/caramel, cedar and other spice. A bit boozy but that’s to be expected at 10.1 ABV. Has a bit of barley wine port flavor finish. A lot of interesting stuff going on here but it just missed having a something that really makes it great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (1868) - Asturias, SPAIN - FEB 27, 2016
On Tap. @El Cabanón, Avilés 26/02/2016 Color ambar, aroma resinoso, caramelo, final ambargo

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Cramshawbar (5) - CANADA - FEB 21, 2016 does not count
Bitter cinnamon, with harsh rye taste. The aftertaste is like cedar cologne. For those who like all that, this is fantastic. And then there is me. Will not try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8936) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2016
75cl bottle, looks like the Cigar City cedar craze has reached Canada, he! Brune-ambrée, col épais blanc-cassé. Arôme est généreux au niveau du cèdre, apportant des effluves au caractère épicé, feuille de tabac, malt est en retrait arrivant sur des notes de caramel, pâle. Palais est également bien chargé en cèdre, comme une boîte de cigares, feuilles de tabac - on aime ou on n’aime pas. Pointe maltée toujours en retrait avec un léger profil chocolaté, caramel, grains niveau seigle qui ajoute une petite rondeur en bouche tout en agrémentant la bière d’une autre couche épicée. Un bois qui se prête un peu mieux au style IPA, mais c’est peut-être mon expérience de CCB qui parle. L’amertume est fine, très légère conférant un aspect citronné qui reste noble sans changer drastiquement le résultat - cèdre et encore du cèdre. Enlevons ce dernier, et la bière tombe dans un style US assez basique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2016
Very good rusty cream head over copper beer. Bit dusty nose with caramel, caked rice, leaves, cigar leaf, pepper - and cedar, indeed. Wood, chocolated, tobacco leaf, cedar, pepper. Bitter with underlying sweetness - malty, caramel, toffee - in rather uneasy balance. Feels nearly fizzy, very slick, bit wry. Weird one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (5545) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle share at the second 42nd floor tasting, thanks to Ken. Hazy dark orange, lightly sparkling, small bubbly tan head, light lacing. Aroma is pine, earth, a touch of booze. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, smooth. Taste is boozy, caramel, resinous, very dry and woody finish. Alright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (4800) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Tap. Deep amber with small head. Woody and complex. Caramel and moderate hops. A bit boozy, but not in a bad way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9811) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a strong rye note with a decent amount of cedar and a bit of toffee. Flavor has lots of rye and cedar with a touch of pine and some toffee underlying.

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