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Flying Monkeys The Chocolate Manifesto - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 273
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 39
Gots: 83 | FT: 7
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Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Sammy on 10-31-2013

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of pure chocolate notes with some sweet notes is pretty intense but enjoyable. Taste is pure chocolate and coca notes with some residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. Enjoyable in small quantities as I find that drinking too much gets a bit gross with light flavouring notes coming out too much. (485 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great in a small amount, but doming this bottle is going to be a chore. Crazy sweet vanilla, almond and milk chocolate nose. Mouthfeel; pretty thin for something like this. Would definitely drink again in a small amount (if I don't get sick trying not to waste this. Sometimes a 750 seems like a REALY big beer. Thanks to Buschbeer (I think... If not, thx bro :P) (363 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Bottled date unreadable, code 54-4-265) 750 mL bottle at 41 degrees into tulip. Allowed to warm up to 48 degrees.
Aroma overpoweringly of chocolate. This drops off somewhat with time.
Head average (Three cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to two mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing excellent – complete curtains of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black
Flavor – thankfully not as much chocolate as the nose or it would be undrinkable for me. No roasted malts make it through the chocolate nor do any hops. The alcohol is not noticeable in the flavor but is felt immediately after swallowing. It ends with basically no flavor, not even chocolate, although some hangs out sublingually. No diacetyl.
Palate full, creamy/silky, lively carbonation.

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75 (829 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle.

Pours jet black, two inches of fine pillowy coffee-and-cream head dissipate slowly to a film.

Smells of rich, decadent cocoa truffles, fresh roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate mousse.

Flavor is decadent, coffee and rich milk chocolate, malted milk balls, biscotti, roasted espresso beans, pecan and caramel. The epitome of dessert in liquid form.

Medium to full bodied with a stinging carbonation on the tongue. Warms a bit going down.

Unreal. This beer is a chocolate bomb of flavor. Very much a dessert offering and very rich, it would be hard for most to finish a bottle on their own even ignoring the high alcohol content. As such, this is very much a sipper to enjoy on its own. At best, it could pair well with savory foods, but it owns the palate. If you're not fond of chocolate stouts, you won't be fond of this, and you might not be fond of it even if you are. But if you are looking for something in the dessert stout category, you'd be hard pressed to find something that even comes close to the quality of this beer. Probably the best chocolate beer I've ever had and one of the best stouts from a dessert angle. The only real shortcoming for my money is the body, which could stand to be a bit fuller. Otherwise, outstanding. A chocoholics' beer dream come true. (1,326 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown pour. Sweet aroma of malted milk balls and milk chocolate. Some graham cracker malt. Sweet, sugary flavor heavy on malted milk balls and some milk chocolate followed by a roasty flavor. Tastes like candy, mostly in a good way but with some artificial flavor quality. Alcohol is well hidden. Very good mouthfeel with creamy carbonation. An easy drinking dessert stout, gimmicky but well executed. (407 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best of these boxed brews I've had from them. In the same vein as Chokolat from Southern Tier. Sweetness way way more under control than the maple one. (153 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Short Review. This was nice and it was dominated by chocolate to make for a chocolate syrup like flavor and aroma, but it was pretty sweet and boozy, along with the lack of complexity it held it back a little, a little bit is enough for me, a full glass would be too much. I like it, but I'm not sure I would buy it. (318 characters)

Photo of dthrift3
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My next favorite Stout, the one of a kind Chocolate Manifesto. Loads of Chocolate taste and Malty feel. Might seem overpowering at first, just drink more! (156 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the LBCO for a pricy $12.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 7deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a tiny thick rich looking creamy head. Super dark

S- Oodles of chocolate and malt. Overpowering chocolate

T- Very good. Little coco, more like a quality chocolate base. Lots of malt here.

M- Creamy good. Very enjoyable blend. Thick and rich

O- Very good but expensive. Would like to try on tap

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with..... Roasted lamb head with garlic, parm cheese, rosemary, parsley, hot pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and 400deg F for 2hrs

Enjoy (614 characters)

Photo of T-34-85
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Shockingly chocolatey aroma and flavor with a nice thick mouthfeel. The beer definitely achieves its Triple Chocolate namesake.

Not a beer for all occasions, as it is extremely intense. (186 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Big big dessert beer.

With that in mind the beer pours a pitch black with plenty of chocolate infused foam and lacing. The aroma is amazing, tons of fudge brownie, cocoa powder, mocha coffee, and chocolate. The taste is a chocolate manifesto, the likes of which I have not encountered. Chocolate brownie, chocolate malt smoothie, tons of rich chocolate. Just enough roast and astringency to cut through, but only briefly. The story here is delicious chocolate brownie. Full bodied and chewy. Holy crap, this was delightful. (531 characters)

Photo of elahote
4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sweet smell of chocolate hits your olfaction senses right off the bat. The look is a dark creamy brown, lacking a little in head but making up in aroma. Very smooth taste, a little too much bite at first but goes down easy. A hard find and even harder to beat for a chocolate stout. (282 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Hopsolutely a while back. Thanks a lot guys!

From a 750 into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A clear dark brown pour yields a 2 finger, frothy, medium looking, fizzy, light tan head with great retention. Fizzy at first, but eventually gets creamy and retains really well. Clear black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a swirly wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. Eventually looks a little flat at the end.

SMELL: Basically milky hot chocolate. Vanilla, sweet cream and lots of milk chocolate. Lots of it.

TASTE: Cream and lots of chocolate milk everywhere. Licorice at the swallow with a touch of metallic notes as well, but it’s minor. Lots of sweet milk chocolate lingers forever after the swallow.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A bit of a scratch at the swallow.

OVERALL: We put this beside their BNL chocolate stout and they’re both rather similar in that they’re one dimensional chocolate bombs. This one is has more sweet cream and milk chocolate from the lactose addition, which appeals more to my palate than the overly dominant milk chocolate flavors that makes BNL so tough. Admittedly it would be very tough to finish a full 75cl on my own, but I enjoyed splitting it two ways. Thanks again Hopsolutely! (1,353 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the LCBO. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of mocha foam that settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and specks of lacework. Body is pitch black (and yes, I know where the term pitch black originates).

S - Smells like those foil-wrapped chocolate balls people buy at Christmas time; yes, the waxy ones. There's a bit of cherry cordial, some lactose sugar, and perhaps a hint of roast. Well-hidden alcohol, although a bit creeps in at room temperature. But yeah, it's a massive amount of chocolate, as promised by the name and label description. Surprise!

T - The taste isn't quite as good, although I'm kind of glad it isn't nearly as sweet as the aroma. Starts with milk chocolate sweetness but transitions to a bitter dark chocolate and roast finish. Maybe a bit of booze mixed in too. Again, pretty heavy-handed with the chocolate.

M - Creamy, full body, with pleasant, moderate carbonation. The oats make things pretty creamy, and there's light lingering stickiness on the palate. A bit of warming, but not excessive. Almost milkshake-esque.

D - If you like heavy-handed adjunct stouts you'll go nuts for this. The alcohol presents as it warms, and it's a bit monodimensional. The first 12oz was pretty nice, but it gets a bit hard to drink after that with the increased alcohol and bitter flavors. (1,342 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.29/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Jet black, 2 fingers of tan head, light lace. Smell is all chocolate and thats about it, chocolate milk powder and a very light roast, certainly smells like chocolate. Taste is like the nose, lots of chocolate, mix of milk and dark, fairly sweet and fairly bitter, similar at times to drinking Hershey syrup. Lightly carbonated, medium body and fairly sticky. About 4-6oz. of this is plenty and fairly enjoyable in a small amount, the majority of this didn't get finished after 8oz though. (489 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle served fairly cold into glassware. Purchased for about $12.75 CDN. A huge stout, looking forward to this beer.

Appearance - big and black with about a finger of frothy tan head. Moderate retention, with only a small thin wisp left behind.

Smell - so much chocolate, rich decadent chocolate. Powerful but not overwhelming chocolate decadence. Raspberry and cranberry shines through much more clearly after tasting initially.

Taste - starts big and chocolatey, with layer after layered chocolate like a double chocolate cake, then raspberry and cranberry shone s through although a touch medicinal in the aftertaste. Booze is imperceptible, and overall taste is full but light. medicinal characteristics diminish as the beer warms. Dark chocolate bitterness increases mid sip as the beer warms even more, with a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel - for such a substantial beer, the mouthfeel is quite light and refreshing with a spritzy carbonation. Medium - high carbonation.

Overall- a very very good milk stout that combines a great chocolate base with raspberries and cranberries. Extremely deceptive and you would never expect this to be 10% ABV. Definitely worth the price and especially good on a cold winters night. (1,232 characters)

Photo of Jonathan33373
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer you would need an aquired taste. It has a strong chocolate overtone that's just too overpowering for me - I would drink it again mainly because of it's high alcohol content but I'd much rather a premium lager then this craft stout. This will be the only beer I'll be rating tonight because it is a 750 ml bottle and at 10% thats like drinking a wine bottle. So anyways I would recommend this beer to people but don't get your hopes up beause it can let you down, unless you have that acquired taste built into you. (527 characters)

Photo of Lunardr0ne
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

750ml bottle from the LCBO.

A - thick bitch black, little bit of dark red can be seen at the edges of the glass. Finger or two of mocha head, dissipates quickly leaving some minor lacing on the glass.

N - chocolate syrup, chocolate covered cherries, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cream

T - pretty close to the nose, with some strong coffee and a tons more of dark chocolate added in. Finishes with slightly bitter burnt chocolate and coffee. Very faint alcohol warmth that gets more noticiable as the beer warms.

M - surprisingly lively carbonation, body is somewhere on the thicker of medium.

O - very rich and sweet. Took me a while to polish off this bottle by myself. I've never been a huge fan of the chocolate suryp flavor and it's unfortunately quite prominent in this brew. Other than that this is ridiculously delicious dessert beer. (850 characters)

Photo of kylelenk
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Wow, glad I didn't end up buying a whole bottle of this. Sampled from a small snifter at a local beer festival.

A-Beer pours a viscous thick body reminiscent of motor oil as it comes out of the bottle. Not really a ton of head, but what is there is muddy brown.

S-Lot's of deep chocolate characters here. The added lactose makes it very caramel, almost as if you were sniffing in to a large cup of Hot Chocolate.

T-Unforunate drain-pour, this was just way too sweet for me. Reminded me of one of those rest-stop vending machine hot chocolates or a "French Vanilla" gas-station Cappuccino. The chocolate, which tastes a bit artificial, and the lactose absolutely dominate this one.

M-The tiny sip I did have, before pouring it out, was ultra-viscous.

O-Pass. (767 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped and boxed bottle. Served in a little plastic hotel cup.

Pours black with almost no head. Looks like a small amount of fine slow carbonation. Smell is chocolate.

Taste is chocolate. Bittersweet. Slight black licorice. Vague toasty malt. Some yeast. Some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is thick but pleasant. Velvety. Overall, it's good, but it's more of a chocolate drink with beer than the other way around. (413 characters)

Photo of icormier
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Had on tap at the Arrow and Loon in Ottawa ON. It tasted like Black Forest Cake in glass - the 10% alcohol was almost completely hidden in the strong, sweet flavour. (165 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Well, this beer lives up to its name. I wasn't a fan of the first chocolate imperial stout Flying Monkeys did, but the reviews for this beer were sufficiently good that I caved and gave it a try. Whoops. Doesn't work for me. It really does taste like an alcoholic chocolate milk. Is the chocolate flavour nice? Yes. But it is pretty much all there is. If I wanted a chocolate drink I would have a milkshake.
Anyway, perhaps it is a silly complaint. It is obvious what you are getting into with this beer. It is chocolate chocolate chocolate. If you want that- I guess it's great. But it's too narrowly focused for me. (618 characters)

Photo of TerryW
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow. Hot chocolate for big people. Just plain decadent. Enough alcohol to provide some punch to a crazy chocolate thing going on. Bam! TONS of high quality CHOCOLATE.

Looks good on the pour. Big handsome firm head sitting on a cola coloured brew. No meaningful lace or retention, though, so shaving a couple points.

Nose is CHOCOLATE with some sweetness and a whiff of alcohol and fruit. Taste is big CHOCOLATE and fruit and a really nice note from the alcohol in the beer. Coffee after bite. Drinks like a liqueur. Silky smooth mouth feel. Very rich and soft.

This is a big in-your-face beer. If you like chocolate, you'll like this. But it's quite extreme in style, so it won't be for everyone. Great dessert beer. Sweet and rich, so might be suitable for sharing (or at least plan to go slow). No mercy here just CHOCOLATE. (829 characters)

Photo of JeffONeal
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%

Opaque dark brown color with a nice foamy head that clings a bit to the side of the glass but leaves little to no lacing. Smells of rich chocolate brownies with a faint hint of cherries and mild coffee. The mouth feel is silky smooth with just the right thickness to make it exceptionally drinkable. Taste just like Dark Chocolate Milk with just a hit of alcohol which is surprising considering it's 10%. This is definitely my favorite desert beer. (451 characters)

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.15/5  rDev +1%

A: Poured dark and with a medium body and head. It was heavy as it rolled around in the glass.

S: The smell was heavy on chocolate and Vanilla. Like a chocolate malted milk shake. In the background was a hint of anise, something like root beer.

T: Sweet, with flavors of vanilla, Creme Brulee, burnt sugar, and CHOCOLATE! It tasted like a dark creamy version of Hershey Chocolate syrup.

M: The mouthfeel was not overly thick, but smooth with a little heaviness. The alcohol presence was hidden nicely, and the carbonation level was low enough to make this beer feel smooth initially. It coated the tongue and left it with a slight roughness in the after sip.

O: Nice beer. The flavors and feel are true to a milk stout, and the chocolate was intense. It is an easy drinking beer. I was a dessert in a glass! I enjoyed it very much! (856 characters)

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