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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: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ljthiessen (600) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle. Medium brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is very woody, dark bready malt and spicy rye. Flavour is weirdly spicy, lots of rye and cedar, caramel and hints of citrus zest. A little too weird and doesn't come together. An interesting experiment though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6938) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2015
75 cl bottle @ Timo A. BBE 18.03.2014?
Pours slightly hazy dark amber color with a small head. Very sweet caramel dark fruit mesh on the aroma, mild minty notes, alcohol, some wooden notes, toffee and sugar. Spicy flavor, some caramel and toffee, malty, lots of ripe fruits, raisins and some faint wood, faint vanilla on the aftertaste. Very nice mesh of flavors, rich, excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (7787) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2015
750 ml bottle. Courtesy of Euphemos. Thanks Vesa! Cloudy reddish brown colour with a tiny off-white head. Strong malt, dark fruits, raisins, hops, mild bitterness, honey sweetness and some woody notes in the aroma. Woody dryness, malty sweetness, mild spices, hops, raisins and mint in the aroma. Rich and barley winey. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1547) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
This is quite nice. Pours Amber/brown with an initial frothy head and some lacing. Nose is rye slice and some sweet toffee. Flavours are butter toffee, rye pepper, earthy bitterness. Taste med sweet and light/med bitter. Medium body with med carbonation. some alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shaynsawchuk (607) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
750 mL bottle. Pours amber to ruby with a cap of off white head. Very spicy aromas, lots of rye, cedar and hop spice. Woodsy and herbal with tobacco and caramel malt undertones. Sweet, with balancing tannins and alcohol. Full mouth feel and body. Tasty, but a bit of a beast; wish this was a 330 mL format!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazy_cat_lady (182) - - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle from LCBO. Toffee and hint of cedar in aroma. Warm reddish brown colour with light tan head. Nice lacing. Toffee favour with a chaser of cedar, and characteristic rye bitterness. Better than expected, since I don’t seem to be overly fond of rye ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsandBolts (145) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2015
750 ml bottle from the Beer Store.

Appearance: Pours a fairly deep copper colour with almost no head. Lacing is slight.

Aroma: Mild caramel, cigar, hint of cedar.

Flavours: Caramel, brown sugar, cedar, oak, liqueur, bit of rye.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice but not quite as good as the previous version. I picked up quite a few flavours but they were all quite subtle with nothing really standing out. This is definitely worth trying but not up to the Flying Monkeys usual flavourful standards.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9200) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2015
A masterpiece, and from TBS of all places (The Beer Store). Very drinkable and hidden alcohol. The dark rye is marvelous, sweet and spicy. The cedar wood is great, the ageing helped. Only a bit sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (3441) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2015
Reddish brown amber colour, dissipating white head. Aroma of cedar wood, caramel, wood. Wood flavour, sweet wood, rye. Finish bitter wood, caramel.
(from 75(?)cL bottle @ Camping RateBeers. Thanks for sharing today’s beers, RateBeer crew!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tessic (917) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
This ale poured a cloudy dark amber colour with an off white, soapy head. Scents include pepper, dirt, plastic, cedar, anise, allspice and cheap 70's cologne. First swig was creamy and full of flavour like the bouquet. Flavours of pepper and anise, along with allspice, cedar and spiced rum? Very complex. Finish Is spicy and peppery. Wow.

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