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Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 24
Gots: 12 | 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:
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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FrostyWPG

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-26-2013 19:33:32 | More by FrostyWPG
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

06-13-2013 04:39:28 | More by tom10101
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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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hifirestone

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

06-04-2013 12:46:26 | More by hifirestone
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

06-02-2013 22:17:21 | More by Kmat10
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-19-2013 03:13:51 | More by IanSpindler
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-07-2013 00:46:18 | More by randylangford
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-30-2013 21:16:42 | More by beerhunter13
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
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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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-30-2013 01:38:51 | More by DaPan
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sclitch

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-29-2013 04:28:06 | More by sclitch
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-24-2013 09:50:14 | More by artemh
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mmbeer

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

03-13-2013 02:37:26 | More by mmbeer
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timiskin

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-12-2013 19:11:07 | More by timiskin
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ihmurria

Saskatchewan (Canada)

5/5  rDev +23.5%

03-04-2013 20:59:24 | More by ihmurria
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +8.9%
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 -3.5%
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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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

02-21-2013 01:28:15 | More by liamt07
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dipso123

California

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

02-20-2013 21:13:25 | More by dipso123
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-17-2013 04:28:12 | More by jsnoek
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-16-2013 05:08:05 | More by kbuzz
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-15-2013 22:58:40 | More by oldp0rt
Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.