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Flying Monkey Four Finger Stout - Flying Monkey Brewing Company

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
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)
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Reviews by terrabyte:
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3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown with very little head.

Aroma contains a strong, dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and a nice nutty toffee.

Flavor is quite roasted, but somewhat subdued with the chocolate and coffee overtones. Aftertaste is quite dry with a sticky malt that lingers.

Mouthful is medium to light, and somewhat creamy. Excellent carbonation that helps with being a smooth drinker. Quite dry and leaves you thirsty.

Drinkability is pretty good, except possibly for the dryness. I was surprised that the flavor wasn't a bit more robust like the nose hinted at. I'd love to try this on tap, or even a 6-pack sometime instead of just a single. Definitely worth checking out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 02:54:28 | More by terrabyte
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-06-2014 07:07:53 | More by dradair
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

03-24-2014 04:48:53 | More by Tafyob41
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-13-2014 00:29:31 | More by 22Blue
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-01-2014 23:35:33 | More by skloeff
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-16-2013 16:01:59 | More by jaydoc
Photo of Arsenal0328


4/5  rDev +8.1%

10-16-2013 05:20:58 | More by Arsenal0328
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 02:14:21 | More by Tone
Photo of harpus


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-16-2013 16:41:38 | More by harpus
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 03:16:02 | More by Jayhawk
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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).

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 04:40:32 | More by tito42
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

03-11-2013 15:54:16 | More by Skyjmpr
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 16:21:59 | More by JuicesFlowing
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-18-2012 01:53:38 | More by jfcaa193
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 01:26:31 | More by Sammy
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 03:43:06 | More by CHSLBrew
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North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 13:20:21 | More by orcasteve
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 19:55:53 | More by Goliath
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New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 19:02:29 | More by barleywinebrewer
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 03:04:28 | More by smc143
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 20:36:51 | More by Cheers
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New Jersey

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!)

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 19:53:35 | More by NJpadreFan
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 18:57:28 | More by tpd975
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 23:29:25 | More by coldmeat23
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3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Goebbels (sic) in Wichita on my way back home

Pours ebony with 2 fingers (not 4) of mocha colored head. Below average lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate, toasty malt & some nuttyness

T: Rich chocolate up front, a bit of iron & toasty malt up front. Charred grain, a touch of fruittyness & coffee grounds as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty & with some nuttyness

MF: Some nice oilyness, a bit of richness & moderate carbonation

Pretty good drinkability; would tire of this after 2 or 3. This one was on the edge of better scores in MF & drinakbility, just started much stronger than it finished

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 06:09:22 | More by russpowell
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