Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
Appearance: Black as night with a finger and a half of dark brown head. Some minor lacing is produced on this one but the rentention is lacklustre.
Smell: An overwhelming smell of that high cacao dark chocolate, and I do mean overwhelming. There is only the barest notes of smoky malt in the background. Warming somewhat milds the chocolate towards lighter chocolate, but it's still the controlling smell.
Taste: Once again the chocolate takes front and centre, the start of the beer is more milder as sweeter milk-like chocolate begins to beer, although I suspect that's the malt trying to work. Then the beer transistions over to a much harsher bitter dark chocolate. It's a different kind of bitter, as it's overwhelmingly rich but hits like an IPA.
Mouthfeel: The start of the beer has a nice velvet smoothness, but the bitter smash at the end comes out of nowhere. The carbonation adds a creaminess to the beer that really helps things out, and the aftertaste is that of black forrest cake with all the sugar taken out.
Drinkability: This beer is rich in extreme, and with it comes a heaviness that only a heavy stout can get away with. It conceals it's high alchohol content very well..
Final Thoughts: Too much chocolate and not enough beer for this one, which I really can't hold against the beer too much, as its clearly labelled as an extreme chocolate beer. It's a thumbs up, way more if you are a chocolate buff, but sadly instead of being happy because it was an amazing beer, I'm more happy that I finally got it out of my fridge. Thumbs up, but given it's a one off and the name being a band name, you'll likely never see it in this form again.
07-06-2014 23:34:14 | More by TheHammer
2.08/5 rDev -48.8%
Big thanks to JonnyBarman for picking this one up and hanging onto it for me. Cool that you could make over to my place again for the festivities. Cheers!
From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled 18 October 2012
Aged on Ecuadorian raw cocoa nibs
APPEARANCE: A clear black pour produces a three finger, medium looking, dark tan head with great retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and leaves some chunky lacing down the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Looks pretty good.
SMELL: Huge chocolate fudge right off the pour. Hershey's mild chocolate, like an Aero bar, and cocoa powder. All chocolate all the time. Some boozy rum-like cherry aromas as well, like those cough candies perhaps. One dimensional and somewhat intimidating.
TASTE: Cocoa powder and plenty of sweet milk chocolate up front, and then just an avalanche of processed chocolate at the swallow. Huge aftertaste of sweet Hershey's chocolate, powdery cacao and lots of bitter, dark fudge as well. Some rum and booze notes lace the sweet, chocolate bomb that this is. The label says there is no bitterness here, but that's not totally true, as lots of bitter-sweet chocolate lingers after the swallow for sure. Actually pretty decadent, but it's so one dimensional and overly dominated by sweet processed cacao that it becomes pretty challenging after half a glass.
PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes pretty sticky.
OVERALL: This is exactly as advertised, so I guess credit it due there. Chocolate and more chocolate, with lots of sweet chocolate on top of it all. I guess this would be tasty and interesting in small doses, but once you're forced to actually drink some of it, it becomes a daunting chore that I chose to avoid. Most of this saw the drain as a result. I'd suggests taking this novelty to a party and sharing it with an army of the willing, just as the bottle suggests / warns. In the end, this is not a good beer. See you again next year Jonny!
10-16-2013 19:21:06 | More by Jeffo
4.31/5 rDev +6.2%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of pure cacao nibs is quite intense with well-balanced sweet notes. Taste is dominated by pure creamy chocolate notes with well-balanced level of sweetness. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. This is an over the top experience for sure but I did enjoy it. I am not sure I could drink more than a couple of ounces in one session. This is getting close to Southern Tier style of extreme flavours.
09-03-2013 20:09:14 | More by Phyl21ca
3.84/5 rDev -5.4%
Bottle courtesy of Zithal. Thanks Rob!
This one poured black with faint ruby edges and had a fluffy mocha head. The one inch cap showed good head retention and left thick, sticky lace on the glass. There was one word for the aroma -- chocolate. It smelled like a mix of cocoa and milk chocolate, not overly sugary, and that's pretty much it. The flavour was primarily chocolate, but with more complexity than the aroma. Notes of alcohol, malt, mild roastiness and fruitiness in the background balanced some dark grain and hop bitterness. Though it was balanced towards sweetness, it was kept from being cloying by these other qualities along with a bit of spicy hops in the finish. The body was a bit thick and palate coating, carbonation was medium/low, decent texture. Overall it was pretty good. Very chocolatey while staying somewhat balanced, which is often the downfall of beers of this type.
08-18-2013 19:51:36 | More by DrJay
Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.