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Flying Monkeys The Chocolate ManifestoFlying Monkeys The Chocolate Manifesto

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Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sammy on 10-31-2013

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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 366
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.62/5  rDev -35.5%
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 by 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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Photo of Sabtos
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a soft tan, minimal head.

Smell is chocolate licorice and amaretto--sort of like chocolate covered maraschino cherries, you know, the kid-friendly version.

Taste is chocolate milk with cherry syrup, and banana ice cream.

Moderate body, nicely frothy.

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges and well over a finger of head. The chocolate notes in the nose are exquisite. Unfortunately, the chocolate flavor is VERY artificial.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Jet black color, two finger brown head, excellent lacing, plenty of carbonation.

S: Sweet, chocolate, milk, booze. Heavy on the nose.

T: Chocolate, boozy, slighty bitter.

F: Good carbonation helps push flavors into palate. Not very drinkable though because it's quite boozy. Now it's summer with 37C here in Greece and it's definitely not the best weather for this beer. Pretty sure it feels better in the winter.

O: Interesting (and very expensive) beer but unfortunately not quite what I expected.

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Photo of stortore
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours an opaque, dark brown, with a one inch head and some foamy lacing. Smell is chocolate, medium roast malt, vanilla, toffee, a light cola aroma- more as it warms. The taste is lots- lots of milk chocolate, more lightly roasted malt than the nose, vanilla, some caramel and toffee, some cola flavor to go with the aroma. Slight bitterness on the finish. Smooth, somewhat creamy, medium bodied, lots of carbonation- almost fizzy.

Might have more chocolate taste than any beer I've had. Good overall, but the high level of carbonation and the cola thing hold it back a little. Fun to drink and worth a purchase for all that chocolate.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bro-in-law brought a bottle of this fine stout to our 4th festivities. It poured an opaque black with ecru head that dissipated and did not leave lace. The scent was a wonderful chocolate. The taste was nice chocolate with slight hop finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was quite nice and well worth the try.

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Photo of Idrankthat
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good in small doses. Big chocolate flavour. Really enjoyed the first half of the tulip and started to struggle after that. I love milk chocolate but oddly it doesn't work as a beer. I feel the same way about Youngers. It just doesn't agree with me beyond half a pint.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.

A: Opaque black. One finger high of head, medium retention.
S: Powerful chocolate aroma. Some nuts (almonds). Notes of butter.
T: Coffee, a little woody, nuts, followed by intense chocolate. Medium sweetness. Medium low bitterness. Finished like cocoa milk.
M: Full body. Low carbonation.
O: Very strong aroma and flavor. The flavor is slightly too sweet, otherwise it's nearly perfect stout which emphasizes chocolate.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy light brown head. I didn't really pay attention to the retention, but it did leave nearly one finger of thick, creamy lacing.

4.75 S: Wow. This is probably the only beer that approaches the rich chocolatiness of Southern Tier's Choklat. Rich Hershey syrup level of chocolate in this. The nibs, powder, and chocolate malt really make something special. It's silly to attempt to find other aromas in here, the chocolate is that strong and smells wonderful.

4.75 T: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. On the sweeter side, but not cloying. The lactose increases the complexity on the chocolate triad. Hints of vanilla with roastiness and molasses. Again, really intense and tasty.

4.5 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. A little lighter than Choklat, but still pretty thick. Good moderate carbonation and velvety creaminess.

5.0 D: I very much love this beer. It's nice to have a second big ass chocolate beer to scratch the big ass chocolate beer itch.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased 4/1/2015 from a new shipment and enjoyed 2/10/2016 in a stemless wine glass.

Look - Murky dark brown. Lacing is not as tall as expected when chug a lugging out of the wine bottle. Medium to fine bubbled tan head.

Smell - Maybe this is a little funky. Strawberry. Lightly sour. Milk. Chocolate. Nestle.

Taste - Coconut. Chocolate. Pineapple. Strawberry. Coffee.

Feel - Full feel. Puffy in the mouth but not overly carbonated. Not dry.

Overall - Strawberry and coconut. Not expected. It is nearly a year old. Puffy feel and the closest to chocolate milk feel I've had.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours the expected dark cacao color, a moderate head with light retention. Aroma was off for me. It is mostly like smelling a cannister of Nestle quick powder, very artifical and flat. There is some malt and coco, but there is just this manufactured tinge to it that I can't quite describe but isn't very inviting. That said, it recovers somewhat with the taste. It is certainly a chocolate bomb, but it is mostly of a chocolate syrup variety. Cloying & sweet, and better in small doses. After awhile it becomes a bit of a challenge to get through, but lots of sweet / desert beers are like that. It still has that coco powder / malt ball vibe on the tongue too, but it less bothereome than on the nose. There is so much chocolate sweetness I couldn't discern much else. Feel is thick and it finishes smooth. No off-notes, persay, but I was just somewhat dissapointed by how artifical it all was. Having a glass with desert would be great, but a bottle's worth gets a tad wearisome.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle-in-a-carton from the LCBO. Last sampled on NYE 2014 - and enjoyed considerably, I might add.

Pours an opaque mahogany brown colour with some burgundy highlights. A generously-proportioned two fingers of spongy, resilient tan-coloured foam is situated atop, displaying a remarkable capacity for retaining cohesion. It lasted well past the 10 minute mark, and well into the body of this review. Gorgeous lacing. Fudge, malted milk balls and cocoa are each distinguishable within the aroma, with notes of mocha and roasted coffee beans serving as mere footnotes. Milk sugar sweetness underlies it all - the nose is positively heavenly, but chocolate un-enthusiasts need not apply.

As far as descriptors, delicious is the first thing that comes to mind - but I'll throw in "sinfully rich" and "decadent" for much-needed emphasis. Huge notes of chocolate absolutely dominate the roasted malt backbone. Milk chocolate, lactose and cocoa flavours coat the palate with each sip, gradually transmuting into a more bitter, dark chocolate feel as you approach the back end, with hints of mocha coffee and black cherry. Bittersweet aftertaste, with some herbal vibes. This is also where my only complaint comes in - there's some metallicity on the tongue after each sip, which rather reminds me of licking coinage (what can I say - I was a stupid kid with a predilection for numismatics). Full-bodied, with a creamy, silky-smooth and luxurious mouthfeel accented by gentle carbonation. The alcohol is masterfully-hidden, making this a legitimately dangerous beer. Seriously - if there's no one else around to split it with, you might want to consider committing to this one bottle for the night, unless you've been training/abusing your liver to the extent that I have.

Final Grade: 4.46, an A grade. The Chocolate Manifesto is so god damn tasty that you'll feel guilty if you don't share the bottle. Assuming you like chocolate, this is a beer that you will regret not trying, I assure you. In short, I would eagerly lend material support to a proletariat uprising aimed at overthrowing the bourgeois, if necessary, to obtain control over the means of production of this profusely excellent imperial milk stout. In the meantime, one more bottle for the cellar might just keep me pacified for the foreseeable future.

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Photo of Nyg
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't believe this was 10.0% had at the brewfest. It was like drinkn double chocolate quick. Super fudgy tasting. Pours dark with a thick tan head. Very smooth and creamy. Couldn't believe it was 10.0

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a midnight black with a one-finger tan head. The head leaves lots of spotty lacing.

S - Huge aroma of dark chocolate and sweet milk chocolate.

T - The taste is huge chocolate fudge with some light roasted malts.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - This beer is a chocolate lovers dream and would make an awesome dessert beer. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/black opaque pour with a creamy and very THICK lacing ring.

S - Chocolate, fudge cherry cordial in a glass.

T - Double fudge in a glass, milk cocoa, very light cherry.

M - Full bodied and creamy with lip smacking sticky.

O - SEEK this beer out. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: sweet chocolate with some bakers chocolate mixed in.
T: holy chocolate! The most chocolate in a beer I've ever tasted. No alcohol and very sweet.
F: creamy, but not thick although he flavors last. Very similar to hot chocolate in that sense.
O: good beer that won't seek out again, but glad I got I got it.

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Photo of Timothy_Scott_Goeft
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've got to say that this beer mixes into the details for.a milk stout perfectly from.bjcp standards until the ABV, The aroma that hits me.first is very close to chocolate milk. Sweet chocolate straight through. Visual: opague black body with a chocolate brown head, some carbonation bundles come up the side.of the glass. Head doesnt stay.flavour; again chocolates but im tasting a roasted malts flavour as well, not all choc., i get some of the lactic flavours in there as well. Mouthfeel; i have to say i enjoy this, creamy ,but not a false cream like nitro based,low medium.carbonation to allow the flavours to move a bit.kinda thick like a milk as well. Overall. It hides the 10 ABV very well and is a unique beer billed as a triple milk stout, which isn't a style so i will call it a special brew and not deduct points for the well hidden 10ABV since it is in style for the rest, tastes great and does what any good beer should, unite friends. I say this as its not only big ABV but huge malts and a challenge for any one drinker so.id suggest to get your mate. I like this alot and thats how i gave an overall 5.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured dark black with a finger of medium brown colored head.

Massive sweet cocoa aroma has a Nestle Quick aroma to it.

Sweet cocoa up front, that has a somewhat artificial taste to it. Slight roast. Very sweet overall and in need of some balance.

Medium to full body. Creamy. Lucky carbonation

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Photo of mlockman
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Imbiber beware, this is a beer to be shared. Both aroma and flavor are the closest one can come to chocolate syrup without drinking Hershey's itself. As a man with a sweet tooth, I found this beer to be quite enjoyable and an incredibly interesting experience overall. That being said, I am compelled to reflect the sentiments of other reviewers in that finishing a full 750mL of Chocolate Manifesto in one evening was a bit of a task (I won't say it was a chore, as I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it was certainly an undertaking). My 2-cents would be to break this bottle open and enjoy in moderation with some folks who have a bit of a sweet tooth but aren't generally drinkers of dark beers, as while this is a dessert beer to behold, it is a seriously significant deviation from the style.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml capped bottle into snifter. extremely illegible code on the bottle's neck

a: really dark brown, not black, with light brown head

s: massive creamy chocolate milk and maltesers aroma. some caramel, roasted marshmallow, and raisin notes. so milky and sweet

t: follows the nose but has bitter cocoa in it too. zero alcohol taste at 10% abv which is impressive

m: medium mouthfeel with low carbonation

o: absurdly sweet so it's not something some people will want to have in large quantities... i'm not one of those people because i had the entire thing to myself :D god it is delicious

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Photo of Jjski
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not that great as beer, But those seeking a liqueur to go with dessert may very well enjoy.
Extremely (cloyingly?) chocolate but that is its defining virtue. If looking for alcoholic hot cocoa flavored malt beverage- dive right in. IMHO this beverage is chocolate first, beer second.
Southern Tier Chocalat is way better balanced from a beer perspective

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of pure chocolate notes with some sweet notes is pretty intense but enjoyable. Taste is pure chocolate and coca notes with some residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. Enjoyable in small quantities as I find that drinking too much gets a bit gross with light flavouring notes coming out too much.

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Photo of Rutager
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great in a small amount, but doming this bottle is going to be a chore. Crazy sweet vanilla, almond and milk chocolate nose. Mouthfeel; pretty thin for something like this. Would definitely drink again in a small amount (if I don't get sick trying not to waste this. Sometimes a 750 seems like a REALY big beer. Thanks to Buschbeer (I think... If not, thx bro :P)

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Bottled date unreadable, code 54-4-265) 750 mL bottle at 41 degrees into tulip. Allowed to warm up to 48 degrees.
Aroma overpoweringly of chocolate. This drops off somewhat with time.
Head average (Three cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to two mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing excellent – complete curtains of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black
Flavor – thankfully not as much chocolate as the nose or it would be undrinkable for me. No roasted malts make it through the chocolate nor do any hops. The alcohol is not noticeable in the flavor but is felt immediately after swallowing. It ends with basically no flavor, not even chocolate, although some hangs out sublingually. No diacetyl.
Palate full, creamy/silky, lively carbonation.

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle.

Pours jet black, two inches of fine pillowy coffee-and-cream head dissipate slowly to a film.

Smells of rich, decadent cocoa truffles, fresh roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate mousse.

Flavor is decadent, coffee and rich milk chocolate, malted milk balls, biscotti, roasted espresso beans, pecan and caramel. The epitome of dessert in liquid form.

Medium to full bodied with a stinging carbonation on the tongue. Warms a bit going down.

Unreal. This beer is a chocolate bomb of flavor. Very much a dessert offering and very rich, it would be hard for most to finish a bottle on their own even ignoring the high alcohol content. As such, this is very much a sipper to enjoy on its own. At best, it could pair well with savory foods, but it owns the palate. If you're not fond of chocolate stouts, you won't be fond of this, and you might not be fond of it even if you are. But if you are looking for something in the dessert stout category, you'd be hard pressed to find something that even comes close to the quality of this beer. Probably the best chocolate beer I've ever had and one of the best stouts from a dessert angle. The only real shortcoming for my money is the body, which could stand to be a bit fuller. Otherwise, outstanding. A chocoholics' beer dream come true.

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