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Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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90
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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 16.95%
Wants: 21
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 iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of timiskin
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of KAF
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IronDjinn
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.