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Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 101
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 19
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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Photo of rappmann
1.56/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pitch black with two pillowy fingers of mocha head, thick lacing , head dissipates to half a finger and sticks around

S - Really really chocolatey, too chocolatey, and very one dimensional, lots of play-do like smells.

T - Like over processed fake chocolate, almost as if they tried to hard... it says on the bottle something alone the lines of they wanted a really chocolatey beer so they excluded hops....what were they thinking, bad mistake

M - Too thin and over carbonated for such a big stout

O - really really disappointing, i mean i really like what flying monkeys does usually, and this is just plain bad...i do not understand any of the reviews up here so far, because they all seem positive....this is easily the worst imperial stout i have ever had (791 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
2.12/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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! (2,134 characters)

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very thick; dark black, good brown brown head
S - a very rich chocolate
T - cocoa, well balanced, could not tell it was 10%

A quality offering by FLying Monkeys, one which I quite enjoyed while eating new year's day breakfast. The arroma was very impressive, with the chocolate notes jumping off the glass.

Serving type: bottle (334 characters)

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. (913 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting, but really just too much like chocolate syrup to truly work for me. Its along the lines of a dessert beer -- I ended up drinking it like coffee with my biscotti, which is not a totally bad way to go.

Pours dark, dark, dark with a great big solid head. Looks pretty impressive. Smell is just straight up fudgy goodness. Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Beeriness? Not so much.

Tastewise, more chocolate. And then some chocolate, followed by chocolate. If you don't like chocolate, then this beer won't be for you. And it is seriously off the beaten track compared to other Imperial Stouts in that it is missing much of the bitterness, roastiness and chalkiness often associated with other brews of the style.

Quite sweet, but not cloying. Remains drinkable throughout. And despite the sweetness, it's not a headache in a glass. Handles the alcohol quite nicely.

A decent brew. Something I'd do again on occasion, but if you're not into chocolate, it won't be for you. (992 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,664 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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. (898 characters)

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. (337 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to peensteen for passing this brew along, super stoked to get an opportunity to take it for a spin.

A - Pours pitch black, two fingers of nice mocha head, solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, reminiscent of Nesquik syrop and hints of vanilla. Basically a blast of chocolate, not much else beyond that.

T - Similar to the nose, this is basically like drinking chocolate milk. The ABV is completely hidden, and dark cocoa flavours linger. The sweetness could easily be a turnoff for some, but I definitely didn't mind.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - I can see why there's mixed reviews on this brew. It's heavy on the sweetness and the closest beer I've had to chocolate milk, which could easily be a turn-off for some. Over time I am detecting the playdough flavours that others noticed. That being said, it wasn't overwhelming and I certainly had no problem taking down this bottle alone. A tad pricey, but worth a try nonetheless. (1,003 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - Poured black with three fingers of medium brown head. Dense head. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Tons of milk chocolate, molasses, vanilla beans. Very deep aroma.

T - Alcohol, roast, less milk chocolate but still at the forefront. Seemed overly simple but quite deep and rich as well.

M - Quite dry to finish, nice mild carbonation, full body.

O/D - A sipper. Alcohol was noticeable, which seems like a trend for FM and their higher ABV beers. A nice imperial stout though, with great chocolate notes, which is what they were obviously going for. Good. (590 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle.

Pours a pretty dark brown body with a huge light brown head that settles at a good 3 fingers and doesn't look like it's going anywhere. Creamy & thick.

Smell: Can smell it very strongly as i pour it. Pure chocolate, reminiscent of Hershey's syrup. Rich and sweet but manages to not be overdone.

Taste: Assault of chocolate syrup, a bit cloying and a harsh roasted cocoa finish that camouflages the flavor a bit. Smooths out as it warms but not as good as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Very rich, thick feel, carbonation a tad high but overall not very heavy.

Overall: Not the decadent monster i expected but also not the artificial beer i heard about either. Squarely in the middle and i'm very glad to have tried it. (777 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is jet black with a good-sized tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

The smell is MAMMOTH. The aroma hits hard as soon as the beer starts pouring. I have never had a beer that tastes like cake the way this one does. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, very rich. Some malty scents give it a cake scent, but almost any chocolatey items fits the bill- smells rather like fudge, cocoa, syrup, etc.

Taste is like the nose, but not quite as overwhelming. Lots of cocoa, reminiscent of hot chocolate, and also taste rather like dark chocolate-covered raisins. Burnt marshmallow. A bit of a cherry flavour, like black forest cake. Are you getting the picture? Chocolate is the name of the game here.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Sticky. A bit thinner than I expected, but it is still an imperial stout and a big beer.

Overall, if you are looking for a chocolate stout, this is for you. A bit one dimensional perhaps, but it does what it does very well. This is a dessert beer like no other. (1,011 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black colour, 2 fingers of dense tan head, good amount of lace on the glass. Smell is massive chocolate upfront, milky and dark, cocoa powder, vanilla and even a bit of cherry/fruity notes as well, chocolate cake and just tons more chocolate. Taste is of rich dark chocolate, fudge, some coffee comes through here with some roast as well, medium sweetness and not overly sweet, more stout flavours present on the palate than in the nose, touch of black liquorice and a light bitterness with a cocoa powder finish. Medium carbonation, thick full body, at times like chocolate syrup. This was a really good chocolate stout, so much chocolate flavour and an incredible nose, something I will enjoy coming back to for sure. (723 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my mom for picking up this bottle for me. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip at Jason's place.

A - Generous tan foam lingers, leaving behind spotty lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Unsurprisingly, chocolate dominates the aroma. It reminds me of Nestle chocolate syrup, but with a touch of alcohol that reveals the 10% ABV. Just loads of semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa nibs. Thankfully it doesn't seem overly artificial, although it's closer to mass-market chocolate than gourmet stuff.

T - The taste is actually an improvement, with more complexity and balance. Again, loads of chocolate and cocoa nibs, with some malted milk, and a touch of roasty bitterness that keeps things from getting overly cloying.

M - Somewhat tannic from the cocoa nibs, and dryer than I expected from the style and the intensely sweet flavor. Medium-full in body, viscous, and fairly well-concealed alcohol. Carbonation is understated and style-appropriate.

D - If you like chocolate, you'll probably dig this beer. I think it's far more successful than Souther Tier's Choklat, although I'd still recommend having a half-dozen friends on hand to help drink the entire 750ml bottle. I think this might benefit quite a bit from barrel-aging, as the oak and whiskey would mitigate some of the sweetness. (1,294 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black with about a millimeter of cherry red on the bottom of the glass. A huge, infinite tan head coats the glass in lace. Quick chocolate sauce and dark Belgian chocolate in the nose - in massive amounts, the second we popped the cap, the room filled with chocolate. Big coca and milk chocolate flavors mix with a light hoppiness and some dark malt roastiness. This beer is a chocolate delivery vehicle. The mouthfeel is super thick and sparsley carbonated. Bitter hops and dark chocolate fill the long finish. Alcohol is well hidden throughout.

This beer is fantastic, celebrity association or not. Massive chocolate flavors in layers and layers. A must try for any chocolate or stout fan. Good job FMs and the BNL! (729 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,637 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black with a thick brown-tan head.

The smell is very aggressive, an intense chocolate aroma filled up the room as I opened this beast. Not very much else going on here but the chocolate, some dark malts, hint of alcohol.

Well it tastes like dark chocolate milk with some coffee, very sweet tasting overall. Alcohol is very well hidden. This is without a doubt the chocolatey beer I've ever had. They definitely weren't lying about the cocoa nibs.

Very thick and chewy beer, I couldn't imagine having more than one of these in one sitting. (553 characters)

Photo of kjyost
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle acquired fresh from the MLCC. Poured into a wine glass from 7C to 15C over many small pours.

Great looking beer. Dark & rich looking with a nice tan head that pops up and stays a while. Nose is dominated by chocolate - like Nestlé Quik. Some doughiness is underneath the Quik nose, although it is a little too one dimensional. The body is quite nice with a great deal of the chocolate - coming across now as a good milk chocolate - along with a great viscosity the gives a thick, luscious mouthfeel. Bitterness from the hops & roasted grain can be a little acrid at times, though overall this is a very well put together beer. The first Flying Monkeys beer I am impressed by. (684 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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 (971 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate syrup brown with two fingers of creamy mocha head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, prunes, cherries, little bit of musty hops. Smells like a delicious chocolate dessert.

Taste - Hit right away with the milk chocolate and cocoa flavours. Transitions to the dark fruits. Aftertaste is reminiscent of a Coffee Crisp chocolate bar - slightly bitter coffee/cocoa taste. ABV is pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth texture.

Overall - A tasty collaboration between Flying Monkeys and Barenaked Ladies. Decadent chocolate flavour is the star of this brew. I would be interested in trying this with some more roasted notes - maybe another future collab! A tasty treat - pick up a bottle to share with a friend. (829 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Read on Facebook these were available at the brewery and rushed over on my coffee break. They were still unboxing them lol.

750ml bottle into snifter. The box it's in says 2012 release (part of a series or part of a collection?) Bottle dated 10/18/2012 and Barenaked Monkeys.

Syrupy black pour. Totally opaque, motor oil consistency. Three finger, short lived dark tan head. Lacing is very good for the alcohol content.

There is so much chocolate in this it's incredible. It's chocolate milk, chocolate syrup and chocolate bars all rolled into one. There is a slight marshmallow and graham cracker presence. Dark coffee, vanilla and a touch of brown sugar. So much chocolate.

Holy chocolate! Dark chocolate, not overly sweet, more bittersweet bakers chocolate. Makes this rich but not super cloying like Chokolat from ST. Dark roasted coffee, brown sugar and a nice vanilla flavor. Alcohol is invisible and finishes slightly dry.

Lower end of full body, decent carbonation, syrupy and sticky on the lips.

This is a real home run. The bottle size is a little big just because I have no one to share with... Oh well more for me. I will definitely be aging a few of these. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of uno99
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't make it down to the Summerhill LCBO to meet the Barenaked Ladies, but I did buy a few of these as soon as they hit the shelves. $13. Rather expensive for a "local" brew but I have a good feeling about this one... Boxed 750ml bottle, served at 50 degrees into a small tulip.

Appearance: As usual with a Flying Monkeys product, the packaging is both brilliant bold. Practically every printable surface of the box has text and artwork on it. It's kinda fun to sit and read it as you work your way through the beer...
Big black soupy body. fairly tan colored head rises quickly from the pour. Doesn't stick around too long but leaves some lacing in my glass. Leaves a brown stain on the side of the glass if you swish it around a bit - a sign of a good imperial stout!

Smell: "Smell" is not the right word here... This STINKS to high heaven of chocolate mousse, dark plums and cherries, raw cocoa beans, etc... If you've ever been inside a craft chocolatier, it basically smells like this beer. In fact, it's probably the most chocolate I've smelled in a beer, but it's not one dimensional - rather complex actually.

Taste: Yeah its pretty sweet, but not totally sugary sweet, more like very dark chocolate sweet (I eat the 90% stuff all the time). Quite oaky, fruity and almondy... reminiscent of a cadbury "fruit and nut" bar. The finish has a hint of bitter, I'm not sure if I would have preferred more, but more may help with the drinkability (although I'm quite certain this bottle is meant to be shared a few ways - which I wont be doing).

Mouthfeel: It's pretty thick but not too cloying. Certainly not a "refreshing" beer, and more like a desert and nightcap sort of deal. Carbonation is quite gentle; Finish lingering.

Overall: I've had A LOT of good, world class stouts this year and this one is up there with the best of them. The box says it ages well so that an invitation for me to go stock up on several more of these. Congratulations FM and BNL. (1,971 characters)

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Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.