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Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 23
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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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
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 +6.2%
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 +10.9%
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 -0.5%
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 +4.7%
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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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

01-12-2013 17:43:12 | More by Groulxsome
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
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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mjacquard

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-08-2013 22:44:44 | More by mjacquard
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FEUO

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-06-2013 19:49:35 | More by FEUO
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-04-2013 22:54:31 | More by hotsudge
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-04-2013 08:36:23 | More by irishkyle21
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
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 -25.9%
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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sbarre

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-31-2012 23:19:20 | More by sbarre
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endingcredits

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

12-31-2012 22:28:33 | More by endingcredits
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-25-2012 05:51:11 | More by RedAleMan
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-25-2012 03:37:50 | More by bigox420
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dork2caon


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-24-2012 17:34:45 | More by dork2caon
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Natureguy12

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -25.9%

12-24-2012 02:12:38 | More by Natureguy12
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -62.2%
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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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

12-16-2012 15:30:29 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 21:11:24 | More by biegaman
Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.