Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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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
4.06/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-14-2013 11:48:31 | More by tbeckett
British Columbia (Canada)
4.34/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
06-05-2013 03:57:05 | More by Rutager
4.16/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
05-24-2013 17:18:21 | More by MasterSki
Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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