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Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate StoutFlying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

84 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.98%


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:
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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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.08/5  rDev -48.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 19:21:06 | More by Jeffo
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 20:09:14 | More by Phyl21ca
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 19:51:36 | More by DrJay
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 11:48:31 | More by tbeckett
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 03:57:05 | More by Rutager
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 17:18:21 | More by MasterSki
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 13:50:06 | More by BGDrock
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.04/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 12:28:49 | More by papat444
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 07:11:39 | More by IronDjinn
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 19:56:47 | More by Sammy
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 20:56:57 | More by GodOfBeer
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 00:26:04 | More by TerryW
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metter98

New York

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 01:42:25 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 01:39:29 | More by dbrauneis
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 05:13:58 | More by andrenaline
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 03:38:53 | More by kjyost
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 03:03:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 23:43:29 | More by allergictomacros
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 02:33:14 | More by cfalovo97
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 00:20:42 | More by joemcgrath27
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 01:00:06 | More by jrenihan
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 03:10:47 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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rappmann

Ontario (Canada)

1.53/5  rDev -62.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 04:46:56 | More by rappmann
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 21:11:24 | More by biegaman
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into tulip 11/19/12 from notes

A just a thumbnail of cola edge in a black body, large mocha head falls from 3 fingers to one rather quickly but then sticks around leaving partial rings deep down the glass

S I could smell this the second I popped the cap, big nose of chocolate fudge and cake with some Glossette raisins and some faint smokey bourbon, more chocolate in many forms, coco powder, Hershey syrup and the faintest hint of coffee beans...chocolate covered of coarse, this is perfection for a chocolate lover

T a small step back from the nose as there's less chocolaty goodness with just a hint of booze and over-ripe fruit with slightly more coffee

M silky smooth and creams up after a couple seconds, slight bitter bite and just a little sticky on the lips and some faint heat on the finish, great fudgey aftertaste lingers for ages, well done in this department

O I'm pretty impressed with this one, MASSIVE nose, tastes solid, feels right on the money, I have little to complain about

Even at 14$ a bottle I'll be buying a few more, its mellow fresh so I'm hoping some time will smooth out a beer that's already smooth. Looks like I got this one well before the local folks in Ontario, not sure why. If my computer wasn't in the shop last month I would have added this one nearly a week before the folks that live down the road from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

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