1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Flying Monkey Four Finger Stout - Flying Monkey Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Flying Monkey Four Finger StoutFlying Monkey Four Finger Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Monkey Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RBorsato on 03-16-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Hellpop65, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Hohnbaum, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of dradair
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

dradair, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Tafyob41
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Tafyob41, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of 22Blue
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

22Blue, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of skloeff
4/5  rDev +8.1%

skloeff, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Arsenal0328
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Arsenal0328, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing.
Smells of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hops, hint of oatmeal, and hint of alcohol. Overall, simple, but solid offering. The appearance is lacking, though.

Tone, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

harpus, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Jayhawk
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Obtained a 6 pack at the local liquor store. I had this on tap a few years ago and was really impressed, so I decided to give the bottled version (recently re-released) a try.

A: First off, it's miss-labelled...with a vigorous pour I got one thumbs worth of head not four fingers. However, that's OK...looked nice and dark like a stout should with a nice tan one thumbs-width head. Left no lacing on the glass, though.

S: Burnt grains with a hint of sweetness. No hoppy smell at all.

T: Nice, more like an Irish dry stout than most American stouts, but with a lingering sweetness. Not overly alcoholic (4.8%), and minimal hops (very much so). All in all, a very sessionable stout.

M: Feels like a stout. Not too heavy.

Overall: This is a nice stout...perhaps with a little too much of a sweet after taste than I would prefer, but I'll definitely add this to my rotation of stouts.

Jayhawk, May 31, 2013
Photo of tito42
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint.

A: Very dark brown with chestnut hues on edge of glass. Foamy cocoa head, not quite four fingers as the moniker might imply.

S: Strong nose of roasted barley and coffee.

T: Again, strong flavor of roasted barley and coffee, but also vanilla and a black pepper kick with a decent hops finish.

M: A bit thin in body, with a dryness that approaches a dry stout but not quite.

O: Nice flavor and otherwise a solid offering from local folks that have Weston brew their beer (is what I think I gather from their website).

tito42, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Skyjmpr
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Skyjmpr, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint.

Look: Dark chocolate black with mocha head that recedes to a wisp. Nice foamy rings of lacing.

Aroma: Charred grains, roasted malts, and dark chocolate, some oats.

Taste: Slightly watery, but roasted malts and bitter chocolate make up the body. Faint hops in the finish add bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium weight.

Overall: Not the beer snob's choice, but I certainly like it.

JuicesFlowing, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +8.1%

jfcaa193, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A more than competent stout that lives up to its rating. Pours black with a whisp of a white head. Decent roasty aroma. About average mouthfeel, with some significant chocolate in there. Very drinkable, particularly for a dry stout. I'd have this again.

Sammy, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Poured a black beer, totally opaque, with a brown head. Low head retention, reduced to nothing.

S-Aromas of chocolate and hints of coffee alongside roasty malts.

T-Roasty malts with an accompanying roasted bitterness/astringency. Some enjoyable hints of the choco-coffee that was present in the aroma. Finished clean with hints of roast.

M-Feels thin in my mouth, almost watery, especially when compared to my expectations based on the appearance. Carbonation is medium-high, inappropriately high for the style.

D-Decent drinkability. It looks and smells quite enticing, but it just didn't succeed at bringing me in with its flavor and body. I'll certainly enjoy drinking the remainder of this 6-pack, but will not be yearning to return to Kansas to pick up more.

CHSLBrew, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into my duval tulip, poured a rich carbonated black with endless tan head that ran away real fast, the taste is strong coffiee, burnt malts, almost smokey, their is no sweetness in this one at all, the end flavor is bitter hops and burnt malt and it sticks with you for awhile, this is a deacent repersation of this stile that i would drink often if i could get it, but its not a stand out stout, it gets losted in the croud. all and all i would recomend this one

orcasteve, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and opaque with a thin brown head. Decent retention and some weak lacing.

The aroma is decent. Soft chocolate notes with a bit of a roasted malt flare. Not complex, but pleasant.

The taste is ok. Kind of roasty, slightly smokey, and slightly bitter on the finish. Bitter dark chocolate is the big note. There is nothing terribly special about the taste.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Overall it's not terribly impressive, but it's a decent beer.

Goliath, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

10-28-08 - updating the drinkability as a recent bottle was a bit roastier, with a dark chocolate hint and a bit of bitterness but interwoven with the roasted notes. quaffed quite nicely with a salad wiht honey mustard dressing. cheers!

A - Nice and black, maybe I'm a sentimentalist but I like my stouts so that light can not eek in there. Nice 1/4 or so tan head.
S - Roasted barley, a touch of piney hops and chocolate.
T - similar to the smell but the roasted barley swirls with an espresso effect. Complimentary hoppy and a light underlying chocolate.
M - light bodied and smooth drinking.
D - A nice brew and paired well with a steak and blue cheese salad.

If this was in my local area in a 6 pack I could see this giving some of the other "on the shelf" six packs a good run.

barleywinebrewer, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of smc143
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Flying Monkey is brewed in Olathe, Kansas, in a southwestern suburb of Kansas City, and the smaller brewer in town. Their labels are the best. The stout is dark and sticky and jet black with a dark tan head. This has a tiny bit more of a bite than the blander, Guinness-like stouts of the world. I can't place it. A little nutty, a little roasted, burnt, oatiness, even a little black coffee bite? I am sure someone who reads this can tell me exactly what's in it. But it is tasty, and just what I needed tonight. I can't drink a LOT of this beer, however. One is good.

smc143, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Cheers
2.28/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I found this beer to be bitter to a point that masked any chocolate, coffee, or malted flavors present. High amounts of carbonation and a poor viscosity led to a feeling on the pallet similar to that of Budweiser or PBR. I don't think I will be a repeat customer.

Cheers, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Monkey- Four Finger Stout

Thanks to hwwty4 for this 1.

A- Deep cola black with heavy carbonation bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. Big chunky lacing head.
S- Smooth milk chocolate and mild roasted coffee beans.
T- Sweet light roasted coffee beans, bittersweet dark chocolate, and bits of cream and caramel malt.
M- Very smooth with a light sweet body. Slightly smokey near the end with a big creamy finish.

Overall- This was quite good! Solid flavors but not overpowering or harsh. Very enjoyable, sessionable for sure.
(Thanks Bill!)

NJpadreFan, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cigar City Brew for this one.

A: Pours pitch black with no head. Very flat looking in the glass.

S: Nice blast of charred malt, and chocolate. There is a hint of smoke and coffee as well.

T: Rather enjoyable. It's a pretty big beer for a non RIS stout. Big blast of smoked malt and a hint of charcoal. Chocolate and coffee are there as is a bit of hops. I like it.

M: Nice and full bodied brew.

D: Rather enjoyable.

tpd975, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Boddingtons Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Very nice ebony black color with minimal tan head that dissipates rapidly. Leaves a thin bubble film on top which produces decent, but minimal, lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and nutty, roasted malts. Light coffee notes.

Tastes of burnt coffee and bittersweet chocolates. Minimal sweetness, which could benefit from being bumped up a slight bit. Light lingering bitterness.

Carbonation is dead-on perfect. Feels good in the mouth but could use a bit more creaminess. Perhaps a bit more malts could help make this bigger and better.

Several in a row could be thrown back easily. My only concern is that the bitterness would eventually build up.

coldmeat23, Jul 10, 2008
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Flying Monkey Four Finger Stout from Flying Monkey Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.