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Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.44%
Wants: 22
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Treble Clef Series: Beer 1

Barenaked Ladies Collaboration.
If I had 2 million Ecuadorian Cocoa Nibs... I would brew you an Imperial Chocolate Stout.

Brewing with BNL demanded a rare treat - organic Ecuadorian Cocoa Nibs - to create a rich, friendly Imperial Chocolate Stout as sweet and quirky as the band's music. We lovingly agreed aged this beer on a bed of luscious raw cocoa nibs creating a black velvety brew so fudge-y it makes you want to lick the inside of your glass.

Opaque as chocolate cake, this roasty brew pours topped with a whipped mocha froth. The creamy dark cocoa flavors gently warm with a steady 10% ABV. No bitterness to this stout, just a chocolate boldness the, like a happy memory or a perfect song, keeps on giving.

And like great music, this bottle is meant to be shared with special friends and family.

(Beer added by: korguy123 on 11-24-2012)
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad I caught this one in Uptown Waterloo - served in a nonic glass and shared among friends as our dessert beer.

Normally, I start with appearance, but for this brew I'll make an exception and jump right to the nose. The second we removed the cap, it felt like the entire room suddenly smelled of rich milk chocolate. Absolutely stunning, and this carried through with every sip. Sweet chocolate, marshamallow, a touch of roasted malt, and grape, but this brew is still dominated by the chocolate. And it's amazing.

Black with a hint of chestnut around the edges. Poured a bit hot, so there was a great deal of foam to deal with, but once it settled, a sturdy light mocha cap had set up a permanent camp.

The imperial character to the brew comes out a bit more in the taste, but I still can safely call this brew a "chocolate bomb". Good mix of dark, dry chocolate and sweeter milk variety. It felt to me like I had taken a couple of big bites of chocolate and washed it down with a serviceable, roasty imperial stout.

Decent thickness, carbonation is firm enough. Creamy.

Well done, Monkeys, this brew was fantastic, and a great way to (nearly) cap off 2012. One of the better chocolate stouts I've come across, Ontario or otherwise. The pricetag is a bit high, but I'm still going to shoot for another bottle or two. I suppose if I had million dollars, I'd buy a few more. Fine, I'll stop.

Photo of BGDrock
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dense and sticky milk chocolate head with good retention; pure black

Aroma: incredibly chocolatey - like fudge ice cream, can practically taste it; even velvety; keep going back for more, it's so pure and nothing distracts from it

Taste & Mouthfeel: I don't read labels before trying, so only found out afterwards they do in fact add cocoa nibs - and man it shows! just like the scent, like hot chocolate, but not the fake stuff, this is real deal cocoa with that powdery texture; there's some dark roast coffee in the finish, quite pronounced and a great way to cap it off - suddenly it's a mocha! satin mouthfeel thick and creamy; doesn't leave you feeling gassy, easy to drink, and the 10% is non-existent - until you've finished the bottle and find yourself a little wobbly standing up

Overall: now that's living up to your name - rich beautiful chocolate flavour and luxurious mouthfeel make for a truly decadent brew; have it for dessert with berries

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. I take it Steven Page has nothing to do with this little endeavour? What, too soon? BNL? Beer, now, lad!

This beer pours a deep, black abyss, with slight basal cola highlights, and three fingers of tightly foamy chocolate milk head, which settles at a loping pace, eventually leaving a solid pocked wall of painted lace around the glass.

It smells of luscious, pungent milk chocolate, like a melted Dairy Milk candy bar, some moderately overwhelmed black fruit - prunes and cherries, mostly, and a tiny earthy mustiness that I'm going to make an educated guess in attributing to hops. The taste is more big, silky chocolate, a sort of blend between sugary milk chocolate and darker, roasted bitter cocoa. Wading through this confectioner's wet dream, I get some further black fruit 'astringency', a twinge of real vanilla (the boozy kind), a little earthy hop bitterness, and a conspicuous lack of alcohol heat.

The bubbles are a wee bit frizzy, but generally quite under the radar, the body medium-heavy in weight, a bit syrupy, and pudding smooth. The foam detritus weirdly drips down the side of the glass, leaving sticky pools of goo on the table - that's a first for me. It finishes sweet, cocoa-nib chocolaty, a subtly rising warmth barely threatening the Willy Wonka hegemony.

Well, ya can't say that this isn't true to its claims - though the chocolate rather overshadows the 'imperial' and 'stout' monikers. They seem to play out in the background, ensuring that this somehow doesn't become a sweet, sickly mess, and a pretty tasty one at that, though better suited to dessert accompaniments, especially fruit.

Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good chocolate beer. Sweet chocolate aroma fills a boardroom. Very dark brown with lasting head, a little lace. Smooth mouthfeel. Major league achievement. Hot boozy follow on. Worth trying, and hits the mark though not the greatest in the style. Still, lots and lots of chocolate, similar to Baker's chocolate or a decile better.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - thick dark black, one finger of mocha head, retained at a thin cover, solid lacing
S - incredible aroma of rich chocolate fudge, hints of vanilla and mild raisins, the aroma of this is amazing
T - rich cocoa, vanilla, espresso, mild dark fruit, roastiness lingers,and just all around deliciousness
M - heavy and rich like melted chocolate, mildest touch of bitterness and alcohol sweet heat
T - a hands down must have, I plan to buy another to savour right away

Photo of jsnoek
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kbuzz
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Rutager
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to wordemupg and liamt07 for sending me this huge Canadian want.

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, black in the glass with over two fingers of thick tan head that lasts a looong time and leaves a ton of thick lace.

Smell. Wow!! Massive chocolate fudge, and man does it smell good. Just a little dark malt in behind the rich fudge.

Taste. Rich dark chocolate, a little booze, and more rich dark chocolate. Slight bitterness and not too sweet considering the massive amount of chocolate flavour.

Mouthfeel. On the lowest end of full bodied, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A chocolate stout doesn't get much more chocolate than this. I happen to love chocolate and really enjoyed this beer. Very impressed at how much chocolate they crammed in to this beer.

Photo of Danimal25
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black with two fingers of espresso coloured head. Good lacing.

S - Massive artificial chocolate aroma completely dominates the nose; reminiscent of Nestle Quick - very sweet and syrupy. Nothing else comes through at all. Not a terrible nose, but one-dimensional and artificial.

T - A huge cocoa presence that is not as artificial and syrupy as the nose suggested but those qualities are still present. A fairly big bitterness is present throughout that is likely a bi-product of the cocoa nibs, not of hopping. The cocoa presence is overwhelming and at times approaches being cloyingly sweet but manages to get enough balance from the bitter cocoa and the warming alcohol presence to remain drinkable.

M - Medium body; chewy. Light carbonation.

O - Probably the most cocoa-forward chocolate stout I have had and for my tastes it went a little too far.

Photo of ThinkAgain
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mmurphy525
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color and poured with a two finger high tan colored head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are very strong aromas of chocolate fudge and cocoa nibs in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is packed with flavors of cocoa nibs and has lots of chocolately flavors along with some hints of associated sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied but very thick and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is like a liquid dessert because it tastes a lot like fudge and chocolate sauce. This would go really well together with some vanilla ice cream or mixed together as a beer and stout ice cream float. No traces of alcohol are present, but the thickness makes it a slow sipper.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a 750 ml brown bottle, capped, which in turn comes in a pretty fancy cardboard box, they put some effort into the external packaging. Pours out one of the densest, intense opaque pitch black appearances I've ever seen in a beer, it's almost as if light bounces off of it rather than being absorbed and nullified. Tall dense tan head that settles to a thick cap.

Rich, intense cocoa aroma dominates, all those nibs make one helluva impact. Smells like fresh chocolate cake coated in chocolate icing.

The flavour is equally intense with nutty, earthy cocoa once again dominating, and not much else except varying degrees of sweet to dry cocoa characteristics. It works for what it is, and doesn't seem to claim to be anything else. However some black currant and black cherry pops up after a while in the aftertaste. Gives it something of a black forest cake taste at that point.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, thick velvety texture, with mildly brisk carbonation that helps cut through the heaviness a bit.

You want a chocolate beer where there's no mistaking where the chocolate is? This is it. An excellent dessert beer, or for helping to set the mood with a special someone (or hell, even with whoever happens to be in the general vicinity). Worth seeking out while it lasts, and also putting away a bottle or two to age.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.