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Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.44%
Wants: 21
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:
Beer added by: korguy123 on 11-24-2012

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.
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4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, shared with friends.

This one was a bit surprising, but very, very good. Possibly the most chocolate-y-est stout I've ever had. Dark, as expected, and with a HUGE head. Lots of cocoa - almost like a hot chocolate, but with a solid beeriness and excellent balance in the sugars. Smooth, not boozy at all, and beautifully balanced cocoa. Gotta be careful with this one! Not sure I would drink a whole one at once; splitting it two ways might be the right amount.

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4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: All chocolate! Chocolate bars, chocolate milk, cocoa, some coffee and light vanilla. Amazing!

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of chocolate/cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla sweetness and a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel. Rich and sweet.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. I went out on a limb and bought 5 of these before even trying it and I don't regret it at all! This beer is amazing!

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4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout is somehow darker and more opaque than chocolate itself. The black marble appearance is worthy of your finest chalice, especially given the intricate, sparkling beading of its bubbles which, assembled together, is plump enough to resemble two fat girls hugging. The brown, burnt-looking foam it produces sticks to the glass like glue.

It took only prying off the cap for me to make up my mind on giving the aroma a perfect 5. You can be across the room and still appreciate the smell of this beer. There is chocolate and then there is cocoa - this bouquet has the dark, rich, smoky, bitter, intense and dense scent of the cocoa, not of chocolate. The aroma is raw cocoa, pure and punchy, and any subtle nuances are still, also, always that of cocoa bean.

The flavour, however, has silky, sweet creamy notes. It is chocolate in nuclear proportions - drinking the full bottle may turn you brown. The quality of this chocolatey flavor is a testament to organic farming; if Nestle or Cadbury tried this they'd switch suppliers instantly (and pay huge sums of money to do so if necessary). This takes things to a level that, in my recollection, only Southern Tier's Choklat has ever reached.

The finish - clear as day - is a densely packed with cocoa bean flavour. Imagine the difference between brewing coffee and a biting down on a coffee bean - that's the idea here. Admittedly, that will be too rich for some. But why not take your time with it? It is, after all, perhaps the only beer where a 3 ounce pour can last an hour (even, as stated, for the chocolate fiends out there). It drinks well with a minimum of cellaring (and fresh!) and while it won't evolve, does guarantee a long life, provided you can keep your hands on it!

Although insanely rich, BNL ICS is indeed friendly, with no alcohol or much bitterness interfering with the chocolatey flavour. No need to drink it too cold, it holds up to warmth with superb poise. Its nicely weighted mouthfeel won't turn away casual drinkers; only a health-minded conscience will interfere with drinkability. That said, it is densely packed and a full bottle is a feat nearly impossible even for the most diehard choco-holics.

Tacky though it may sound, the simple truth is that BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout is a chocolate-lover's heaven. In short, it's an adult Fudgee-O cookie. Despite that bottles costs just short of a million dollars I still intend to buy more. Hell, to savor this (especially in the company of friends and family) is to truly be rich. Many won't find it as compelling, but for the chocolate fiends out there (like me) it is irresistible.

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4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle in a snifter, purchased Nov. 26, 2012.

Appearance: Great. Opaque dark, with a off white brown tinted head, sticks to the glass. Everything it should be.

Smell: Holy cow! Huge chocolate nose when I poured the first glass, smacks you right in the face. Like chocolate milk on steroids. Absolutely fantastic.

Taste: Follows up right behind the nose, huge chocolate flavor. I cannot believe this is all from cocoa nibs, the flavor is so big I would think it is an extract. It doesn't have that sweet after taste like a Southern tier beer, the flavor is big but not sweet, finishes clean. Definitely a milk chocolate flavor going on here, smooth, no harsh bitterness. Big factor for me is that big beers finish clean and this one delivers.

Mouthfeel: Rich and luxurious, can't do better.

Overall: Wow, probably the second best beer I have had from a Canadian brewery (1st being St. Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout.) Price is steep, $13. 50 but unlike most other Ontario one-offs it delivers at that price point. I bought three and I am going back for another three, worth every penny. If you like big flavor in your beer but smooth and not too sweet, this is for you.

Edit 11/30/12: I had not read korguy123 review until just now, apparently great minds think alike.

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4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black as night, rich chocolate and coca smell. Taste is more of the same, very viscious and lush. Think Southern Tier Chokolat, but a bit less sweet, a bit more flavourful, and a little thinner (although there is nothing thin about this one!). Excellent beer, so good that it even inspired me to take the time to rate it!

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4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with no highlights and a light amount of gentle carbonation at the surface. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark tan to mocha colored head that slowly reduces quarter finger thick layer evenly covering the entire surface of the huge. Huge amounts of lacing are observed.

S: This is probably the best smelling chocolate stout that I have ever come across - I would argue that this beer smells like pure perfect chocolate indulgence. Underneath the strong milk chocolate aromas, there are some more subtle aromas of cocoa, and marshmallow.

T: Significant flavors of milk chocolate and cocoa with some lighter flavors of marshmallow. The beer is slightly sweet with minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Just a tiny amount more than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is a great dessert beer with the huge chocolate/cocoa flavors and aromas - similar to a hot chocolate on flavor or a chocolate egg cream. This beer was a huge hit with my wife (a stout enjoyer) as well and she says it worked like hot fudge on her ice cream. Thanks to my wife's co-worker that brought this one back for me from Canada. One of the best smelling beers I have ever come across (even the bottle cap smelled like fudge). Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

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Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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