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Flying Monkeys The Chocolate Manifesto - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 39
Gots: 72 | FT: 6
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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 biboergosum
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, enclosed in a very wordy (well, I guess it is a manifesto of sorts, after all) shiny cardboard box.

This beer pours a solid black, no edges, no highlights, no nuthin', with one measly finger of weakly foamy, and placidly bubbly brown head, which leaves (somewhat surprisingly) a bit of low-lying sea-spray lace around the glass as it quickly wafts off.

It smells quite readily of chocolate milk syrup (Nestle Quik, etc), after it's been liberally squirted into the glass of milk, with some of the sweetest milk chocolate chunks added to the mix, all before a chocolate-wrapped caramel candied malt makes itself known, alongside some of that bullshit sugary chocolate vodka that someone likes enough that they keep making it. The taste is still all about the rendered cocoa bean - melted, yet cool, milk chocolate fudge, vanilla cream, more ice-cream topping syrup (and the ice-cream, for that matter), a subtle raisin and currant black fruitiness, Caramilk, free-radical milk sugars, and a suggestion of coffee borne out by the temperature-dependent alcohol - Kahlua is hardly out of the question by this point - best I keep my wife away from this, then.

The bubbles are pretty much on low-fi standby for this whole heady affair, the body medium-heavy in weight, due in no small part to you-know-what, and smooth, creamy, and silken by the same measure. It finishes sweet, of course, the overbearing chocolate relaxing somewhat, possible in light of the persistently understated alcohol, and under-appreciated caramel malt.

While this surely has more cocoa than the BNL release, it it less rich, weirdly, even with all the milky components. It does seem to lag a bit from its audacious introduction, but that's hardly a reason for deduction. If there's a better (or more brash) credo for chocolate and milk stout out there, I don't think my tastebuds are capable of processing it, not after this. True to style, but amped-up a notch, or rather, a logarithmic tenfold.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent triple milk chocolate. Pours dark black with light tan head with light tightly beaded lacing.. Smell of toffee, coffee, and rich chocolate. Taste is very nice with toffee and fudge, light coffee bitterness, with a slight butterscotch taste as it warms. Rich and desirable. Big smack your mamma sweet chocolate on the front aided by milk sugars, light bitterness of dark chocolate on the back. A beast of a beer, one of the best milk stouts I have ever had. I will seek out more beers from this brewery and would definitely purchase a second time. Not for the novice stout drinker. Being a stout lover, especially chocolate stouts, this is an A+ in my book.

Photo of Bung
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of DaveBar
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Served n a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is very chocolately. The brew smells like milk and bittersweet chocolate, malted milk balls, tootsie rolls, chocolate syrup, just chocolate in general. There's also some cherries and roasted malt noticeable too. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma. This beer is full of chocolate, with a good amount of sweet and bittersweet/dark chocolate flavors, and some cherry also in there. Not much of a surprise that a brew that's called a triple chocolate milk stout is a chocolate bomb. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and coating with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, and I'd like to try it again. It's certainly a beer for people who like chocolate! $11.99 a bottle.

Photo of Quetzolcotl
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the most chocolate beer I've ever had by 2x. Darkness and Plead the 5th have a decent amount, this is the tops.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of papat444
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%

Poured from a 750ml bottle, thanks to byronic for this one.

Pours thick and viscous with zero head. Smell is awesome, all chocolate, quite sweet but not in a cloying way. Taste is harsher, chunks of brownie in the flavor and is a real chocolate milk bomb. Has a burnt chocolate finish. Good but very glad to have shared this.

Photo of elahote
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of Briceland55
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Dessert! Excellent brew.

Photo of Thorstein
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap last night. world class. absolutely delicious.

Photo of icormier
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, unreadable bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, toffee, fudge, vanilla, cream, light coffee, roast, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, cocoa, and lactose sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, toffee, fudge, vanilla, cream, light coffee, roast, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, toffee, fudge, vanilla, cream, light coffee, light herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and cocoa nib/powder flavors; with huge malt robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding imperial chocolate stout. All around fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and cocoa nib/powder flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Jeff412pgh
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jesus christ its strong and tastes like chocolate milk

Photo of T-34-85
3.92/5  rDev -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.

Photo of leaddog
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a dark chocolate brown/black with a finger of mocha creamy head.

Smell- Holy chocolate! (dark and semi-sweet), vanilla, lactose, roasted malts, hint of espresso bean.

Taste- Again, holy chocolate! Dark and semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa, roasted chocolate malts, touch of espresso and vanilla. Nice lactose sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Pleasant creaminess.

Overall- A stellar and well crafted milk stout. The flavours blend well together. This is one bold chocolate brew that would have chocolate lovers coming in droves.

Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 16/2/14

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam sits around for a few sips but leaves zero lace

S Hershey's chocolate syrup hits me strong, chocolate covered cherries, chocolate milk, reminds me of black forest cake in a big way with chocolate, cherries and cream, not sure where the cherry comes from but I can't shake it, smells beautiful

T not far off the nose, just a hint of coffee, fudge, and booze comes through a little, it is what it claims, this is a chocolate monster

M not overly thick for a big beer this dark, enough carbonation to give it some life, very sticky on the lips, a little heat, chocolate syrup and faint coffee linger

O so over the top with the chocolate but I dig it, goes down with no problems and I'll be tasting chocolate tomorrow at this rate

this one lives in chocolate land, not much else but I do love chocolate, the nose is divine and no major complaints elsewhere

Photo of korguy123
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's been so long since I've looked into or cared about new releases that two from my local brewery almost got missed by me. The Green Man and this bad boy. Just went on the brewery shelf recently.

Three different types of chocolate all mashed together into a milk stout.

Crazy busy box and bottle as always from FM it's worth the read there's some real gems on these things.

Let's see if I still know how to do this...

750ml Bottle into tulip.

A- Pitch black chocolate syrup pour. Half finger of soapy, foamy chocolate milk colored bubbles. Lacing is minimal at 10%

S- This really smells like the BNL stout which I did enjoy. One of the girls there says it isn't a chocolaty as BNL stout though, we'll see. I get chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, some hot chocolate powder (real malt aroma that Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout had their first year) Definitely getting the lactose sugars and some sort of a dark fruit aroma in the back, it tickles my throat.

T- It definitely isn't as rich as the BNL stout but the chocolate is dominant of course. Chocolate syrup, chocolate malt, some raisins and lactose sugar. It has a touch of copper taste in the back like when you bite your lip and you swallow a little blood. I know that doesn't sound appealing but it's the only way I can describe it. It isn't offensive though. It does have a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium body with a prickly carbonation, sticky on the lips.

O- I can remember hating milk stouts when I first started drinking craft. My brother bought me a couple from Quebec thinking they were RIS and I didn't understand them to appreciate them. I've grown to appreciate them more now. This is a good beer, it's not nearly as rich as BNL which is good and bad. It's definitely not as heavy so if you're like me and have no one to share with you'll be able to polish this bad boy off.

Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
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!

Photo of kylelenk
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

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.

Photo of biegaman
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, I may stray, but I always return to my dark master... The cocoa bean! And only the purest syrup nectar can satisfy me - The Chocolate Manifesto is exactly that. It is so dark that light cannot escape its surface; an inky black liquid, it earns the rights to its title. Heck, even its head is the colour of chocolate milk.

Mayan and Aztec civilizations offered cocoa beans to the gods - they knew how to keep 'em happy (nevermind how things ended for them). But seriously, this bouquet is ambrosial and worthy of both royalty and divinity; it smells like a chocolate liqueur - rich and concentrated - and has an intensity that no chocolatier anywhere in Paris or London could imitate.

As advertised, the taste is that of fermented, roasted, and ground cocoa beans. It is an extremely, overwhelmingly, decadent chocolate flavour that will likely be too intense for some - I call these people wussies. It offers a ton of fudge-y chocolate flavour but also a ton of raw cocoa powder (this uses cocoa nibs as well as the powder, in addition to chocolate malt).

Chocolate Manifesto has a richness that makes chump-change out of anything Lindt, Godiva, or Hersheys has to offer. The use of lactose lends a bit of sweetness to counteract the heavy (almost espresso-like) roast and subtle smokiness of the beans. It has an oily texture that doesn't expose the 10% alcohol but hints at it. This was clearly designed by chocolate addicts.

I was hoping that The Chocolate Manifesto would be as good as last year's BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout (especially at $11.95/bottle). As far as I can tell it's almost the same recipe, which is perfectly fine in my books. Flying Monkeys stouts are the equivalent to ten of anybody else's - providing one of them isn't Southern Tier - and are well worth whatever the asking price. I'll be buying plenty more.

Photo of Team_TMM
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great smell and flavour. Reminds me of Christmas chocolates

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Flying Monkeys The Chocolate Manifesto from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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