The Chocolate Manifesto
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

The Chocolate ManifestoThe Chocolate Manifesto
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #74
ABV:
10%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,205
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 11.72%
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
464
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The Chocolate ManifestoThe Chocolate Manifesto
Notes: For those seeking decadence and transcendence in a craft beer, we bring you The Chocolate Manifesto Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, a luxurious beer that demands to be shared among friends. With three kinds of chocolate, this beer is a euphoric detour from the mundane. Life is too short to brew beer that doesn’t matter to you.
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml colourfully labeled bottle from an equally colourful box. ?Two or three years on this one - COVID19 cellar raid.
Pours a deep black - slightly viscous - with scant reddish brown head.
Wow - the nose hits with fudge and chocolate, caramel and light vanilla notes.
Taste is again big time chocolate, malted milk bar from my childhood (though a boozy note that that chocolate bar never had); caramel and lactose sweetness, but a really nice dark chocolate bittersweetness at the end.
Full mouthfeel though not as thick on the palate as expected - this is a sweet beer but that touch of dark chocolate bitter balances it nicely, avoiding a trip to cloying excess - a bit of warmth in the throat from 10%..... Really well done but stop at 8 ounces (or a small dose of insulin may be in order).

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), May 16, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pint bottle into a DFH tulip. Fluffy dark tan head over a dark brown body. Smell is a complex blend of chocolate flavors with even a tinge of vanilla in there. Taste echoes the smell but with a dark chocolate bitterness at the end that predominates. Absolutely no taste of alcohol. Mouthfeel is just fine for the style.

Even though I prefer bigger imperial stouts to this, for the style this is very good.

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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Appropriately named, this beer features heavy chocolate on both the nose and palate. Smooth and chocolatey is the best description. The alcohol is deceptive in the taste making it dangerously drinkable.

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cjgator3 from Florida, Jan 22, 2020
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2.74/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

De BeerRepublic. En copa Teku. Viendo The Witcher 1x05-06. Mas que a chocolate, tiene un punto como a plastico que, sin llegar e estropearla, hace que la experiencia no sea lo placentera que esperaba

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Photo of Mysticmage
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All hail the darkness!
Oh woe, oh misery......
Oh light?
Ah yes....thy manifesto light!
Purchased from the brewer in June but hey, who wants it then...ah yes, the Winter Solstice is the day to crack this one open (or Valentine’s).
First off lets begin with the nose as it is superb. Rich cocoa awaits upon opening with memories of chocolate milk dance in your brain.
Look is dark chocolate and thick.
Taste is chocolate - go figure. Truly rich, smooth and sweet finish.
You can enjoy this with friends, as dessert or yes on the Winter Solstice by yourself!
A real gem here and glad I aged it for 8 months....more likely even better!
Yum!

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Mysticmage from Ontario (Canada), Dec 21, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 mL Bottle. ABV 10%.
Appearance: Black, One finger of mocha head, Decent retention, wispy lacing
Aroma: huge milk chocolate, lactose, slight espresso, cacao nib, vanilla, chocolate milk,
Mouthfeel: above medium, slightly sticky/syrupy,
Flavour: Chocolate, Lactose, Espresso,
Overall:

Review: 84

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octortus from Ontario (Canada), Nov 17, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - dark great stick lacing and head
Smell - tobacco sweet milk chocolate
Taste - odd chocolate milky taste
Feel - medium creamy body
Overall - I like everything but the taste

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells like chocolate milk, tastes real chocolatey and dark, luscious and creamy, with notes of hot cocoa, chocolate milk, marshmallow, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cacao nibs, roasted cacao powder, chocolate malt, espresso, mild toasty tobacco, a hint of dark fruits and some lactose sweetness. Medium plus bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really great triple chocolate milk stout.

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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, Apr 09, 2019
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4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even before pouring, this smells like melted chocolate right from the bottle. Pours a gorgeous dark brown, with a light head. Flavor is a near-perfect balance of the roasted malts and chocolate. It's sweet, but not cloying. Very clean on the palate, but very rich-tasting at the same time. At 10% I expected a higher alcohol warmth, but not disappointed by its absence. A fantastic beer to sip after dinner.

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GimmeAGuinness from Massachusetts, Jan 02, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black with the slightest cherry edges on the glass. Popping the cap reveals a delicious brownie smell before even pouring from the bottle. Fresh baked brownies with cookie dough and espresso in the back. Bold dark and milk chocolate in the taste. Quick syrup and chocolate chip cookies. Bit of roastyness in the back. Light bitterness in the finish, but at no point is this beer over sweet. Thick, full bodied mouthfeel with creamy carbonation. Lingering chocolate notes in the long finish. Surprising that this is 10%, the alcohol isn't that noticeable.

A stellar Milk Stout/Imperial Stout. Vibrant chocolate flavors explode out of this one. Excellent stout. A must try for anyone who likes beer or brownies and cookies.

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CAMRAhardliner from Ontario (Canada), Dec 07, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured in a snifter glass. Black colour, dense brown head that fades quickly, leaving a ring. Tiny lace. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, milk, hints of tobacco. Dried fruits.
Medium body, creamy texture, normal carbonation. Sweet chocolate finish.
Taste of chocolate, milk, coffee, dried fruits. Blue cheese?
Good, but even with the massive chocolate, not the best chocolate one.

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janubio from Spain, Oct 05, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big bottle, 10% ABV - you'll be feeling good afterwards. Aroma offers quite a bit of chocolate along with some burnt malt. Not much in the lacing department for this dark opaque beer. Taste is fine for what it is; the chocolate may in fact be too prominent & something about the nibs used in the process leaves a little too much dark chocolate-type flavour which doesn't blend perfectly with the malt character. Still, glad I tried it, but it's too pricey to be something I have repeatedly.

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Jesterr44 from Ontario (Canada), Aug 08, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head that left no lacing. Smells like a Tootsie roll with a little bit of char. Tastes like liquified chocolate (milk and bitter sweet), char, roasted malts, vanilla and a mildly bitter finish. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, creamy mouth feel.

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EMH73 from New York, Jun 16, 2018
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1.77/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

MIlk chocolate, milk, a touch sour, a bit of smoke/tobbacco, fake sugar, a hint of dark chocolate, That sour note along with that tobbacco is really ruining them one.

Wow this is terrible. I'm not sure if the sour is an infection, the bottle gave no signs of it and I don't get any off notes on the nose. The nose is all chocolate, caramel, and has some nice dessert like notes.

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bobhits from Kentucky, Apr 18, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aged for 4 years from bottling.

A: Excellent opaque blackish brown body, almost no head that quickly dissipated after a minute.

S: Mega chocolate, subdued malts, sweetness, char.

T: Earthy chocolate smashes you in the face, followed by the roasted malts and milk stout profile.

M: Super full body, sticky, cloying. Good carb.

O: I had this a few years ago, and then again last week. I realized that, while this is a great novelty item, I just don't like chocolate bars in my beer that much. Years ago I thought it was great, the second time around, I know that it tasted almost the same, but it was just too cloying. I would definitely recommend to anyone who has not tried it though.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with a finger of beige head.

Smells of milk chocolate. Chocolate milk. Chocolate mousse. You get the picture. Deep and rich, milk and chocolate together.

Tastes of chocolate with a big backbone of maltiness, a hint of tobacco, and black liquorice. Reminds me of chocolate liqueur.

Medium body, slightly oily, with moderate carbonation. Feels very light for the ABV.

Got at LCBO, drinking in Muskoka, Feb 16th, 2018. Great look and smell. A little tar like on the taste, with a decent mouth feel.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Feb 17, 2018
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4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - dark brown, almost black with a thin off-white head.

Aroma - a strong blast of chocolate. Almost like a chocolate cake batter. A little sweetness and roastiness.

Taste - taste follows the smell. Lots of chocolate, but a bit more subdued. A bit of malt and caramel and a subtle, very pleasant bitterness. Incredibly drinkable, especially for 10%, absolutely no hint of booziness.

Feel - full bodied and velvety with medium carbonation.

Overall - delicious. An adult milkshake if there ever was one. Would definitely look for his one again.

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yossle from New York, Feb 11, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Released at Systembolaget, Sweden in January 22 - 2016. Best before december 30 - 2017.
This beer has been resting in my beer cellar for 24 months now.
Let's pour it!

Dark brown beer with a thin beige, head.

Nose: Vanilla, milk chocolate, cocoa beans, caramel malt, lactose and chocolate candy. Did I mention chocolate?
Taste: Roasted malt, milk chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and little hint of dark fruit (raisin & plum).
Mouth: Full body. Sweet an chocolaty. Medium carbonation. Sweet and dry ending.

This is absolutely fantastic!
A chocolate milkshake as a beer... So good and nothing tells me this is a beer with 10% ABV.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Really dark brown color with brownish head. Aroma has cocoa drink, lactose sweetness and some cheap milk chocolate. Taste is sweet at first with lactose and cocoa drink flavor, finish has slightly bitter dark chocolate. Medium body with medium to low carbonation. Finish is quite watery and the chocolate flavors seem quite cheap and fake.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Jan 19, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz bottle poured a teku

A- Black with a large light tan head.

S- Chocolate and more chocolate, some lactose, some roasted malts. Kind of reminds me of a tootsie roll.

T- Roasted malts, chocolate, hints of coffee, some lactose. Again reminds me tootsie rolls some.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- A great chocolately stout.

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larryi86 from Delaware, Jan 05, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high light tan head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of a malted chocolate milkshake are present in the nose.
T: This beer tastes just like a chocolate malted milkshake. It’s not sweet, just very chocolatey.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is like a liquid dessert in a bottle and is an adult version of a chocolate malted milkshake. No alcohol is detectable in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Dec 26, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with large frothy tan head that slowly died. Chocolate milk aroma is pretty much all I can say for body. Smooth, light body for a stout, with a chocolate milk sweetness but the booze leaks in a little for a heated finish.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Mar 04, 2017
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4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Taste: Very velvety smooth, sweet, massive chocolate, creamy, lactose silk mouthfeel, hints of espresso, and chocolate truffles. Bold chocolate, banana sweet aroma to the nose. Black, opaque, with a large coco colored head, some ringed lace on the glass. Medium/Full body. Yummy liquid chocolate cake in a bottle.

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4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass from a 750ml bomber.

Appearance: Deep thick dark brownish black color body, medium bubbles but extra thick tan head which rose maybe just above a finger'd length with a vigorous pour. Drops after two or three sips with slightly sticky lacing.

Smell: Probably the heaviest chocolate scent I have ever sniffed in a beer. Dessert.

Taste: Sweet brown sugar and milk chocolate, almost hard to tell that it's a beer other than its carbonation and alcohol feel.

Mouth: Sticky sweet mocha feel at the end with a medium carbonation on a full body.

Overall: first and definitely not the last time I have this beer. Like a chocolate cake stuffed into a glass. Easily one of the best dessert beers I've had, just with I had cheesecake.

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Nov 18, 2016
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2.62/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a thick black body with a dense, creamy dark tan head that eventually fades and leaves no lace. Looks delicious, and the artwork is friggin fantastic and wild and fabulous and alluring. Nose, however, is just awful. Repugnant. Horrible. Smells like overpowering cilantro, very herbal and dusty and off-putting. It might just be me, but this is sickening, it makes me wince and withdraw. There is some overly sweet chocolate powder behind it, but I honestly cannot stand the first, dominant, gagging smell long enough to search for more. After I hold my nose to take a sip, my tongue is greeted by overly sweet, nearly artificial chocolate flavor, like syrup and Nesquik combined. There is faint alcohol warmth and some more sweet lactose. I can't blame them for the lack of authentic beer flavors, I knew what I was getting into, but it doesn't have to be this sweet or fake. I wish this was the dark chocolate manifesto, or at least had something bitter to balance everything. Body is medium-weight, sticky, with a bite of carbonation. I wish it was thicker.
That smell. Awful. Worse than the worst macro beer, worse than the worst of the failed high-ABV Belgian style beers, only slightly better than roadkill. It hit this chord in me than makes me convulse, giving me an immediate Pavlovian response not to go near it again. There's a park near my house that has wild and planted grasses in it, and some patches produce a similar smell, very herbal, like cilantro or fennel, like a dusty dry powdered grain husk, and it eats at the core of my being and simultaneously angers me and nauseates me, and this was it concentrated into a snifter. Luckily, it seems I am the only one affected by this, but I also cannot ignore my displeasure. This isn't hate, just my honest report of the thing that assaulted my olfactory department. Beyond that, the flavor was overly sweet, like cheap Easter chocolates, and the body was disappointingly thin. 10% is A-OK by me, though, and only the Goose Island Bourbon County line and maybe very few others can match the marketing of this eye candy. Still, looks and punch don't come close to making this a worthwhile return for me.

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