The Chocolate Manifesto
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #140
Ranked #4,096
4.16 | pDev: 11.54%
Nov 18, 2022
Oct 31, 2013
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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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I'm looking at Barrie on the map - I had a good friend from North Bay, but I've never been up that way. Anyway, this is the second Flying Monkeys I've had. I had the Smashbomb Atomic IPA last year, and I was impressed.

This stout pours nicely black and fizzy. The sweetness is already evident in the aroma. As you start into drinking this it hits you with a pile of chocolate and alcohol. Malts dominate and you actually get a milky taste and feel to it. It's a biggy but easy drinking. You could knock back a few of these before you pass out and wake up in a Tim Horton's..

Highly recommended. I hope I get to Barrie and North Bay some day (I haven't ever been North of Toronto in Ontario). This brewer would be OK as a destination (a lot of faith for two tastes, but I'm easy to please).
Nov 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Sandys_Shack from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Maybe the plan was to reach 10% ... If it is the case... Job is done and not on a shy way...
I must admit. The beer showed well... smell awesomely good... but the overreach of the alchool level hit. Don't get me wrong... it is "fine" since it is written on the can !
But Do I prefer the Samuel Smith Chocolate Stout ? Yes by few miles ! For 2 beers in the same price range I must give my "go to" to Samuel Smith.... but for being funny and fast with an awesome taste.... Flying monkeys do (again) some magic with this strong beer !
Don't hesitate... grab one. It is good ! It is just not heaven.
-Alex Co-Owner at Sandy's Shack
Oct 11, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Definitely found this enjoyable, the first sip did taste very similar to chocolate milk but then it was on to more beer like tastes. Very chocolate forward. I dig this one
May 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Curt2969 from Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
The best milk stout I've ever had, by far. Loads of chocolate, and I LOVE chocolate. ABV is fairly hidden, in my opinion. Thinish mouthfeel - but better than most for the style. I usually don't subscribe to too many milk stouts, but I will indulge again, and often. Near perfect milk stout.
Apr 28, 2022
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Finally cracked this one open and poured a very deep, dark brown coloured beer that is almost black in the glass, the deepest of ruby, if not just brown. A very thing, half centimetre tan head appears and disappears, leaving a solid black lake surrounded by a thin tan ring around the glass.

The chocolate aromas here are not typical like other sweet or chocolate stouts. It’s incredibly rich, cacao like. Dark chocolate aromas, milk chocolate covered coffee beans, a sort of sweet, caramel smell as well. There is this very dessert-y aroma that reminds me of rich, dark chocolate rum cake. Roasted malt abounds as well. I even get a whiff of what smells like brandy beans, if anyone has ever had those. They tasted quite awful to me, but they always smell nice, and it’s a gorgeous smell here.

I’ve been waiting to taste a chocolate milk stout that tastes like this. Both the bitter hops and the bitterness from burnt and roasted malts results in a delicious dark chocolate flavour. The high ABV% recalls flavours of cognac and rum. Cacao beans and chocolate powder, dark fruits like alcohol soaked dark cherries, or chocolate covered dried blackberries. The chocolate flavours cover every other one on the palate, infusing them in its unique lusciousness. It comes together wonderfully. For a triple chocolate milk stout, as they put on the can, that’s exactly what you want.

Someone said this was light bodied, usually beers can feel in between categories but I honestly can’t get with that at all. Not light bodied whatsoever. Now, it’s lighter in body than you might expect, but it’s still firmly medium bodied. Slick, creamy, and a bit oily, a long a smooth bittersweet finish recalling notes of dark chocolate, sweet dark cherries, and spirits like dark rum and cognac. Higher carbonation than some other milk stouts, but not excessive. An average amount, which allows the flavours to really rest on your tongue. ABV% is noticeable but that adds to the flavours, I’d argue the beer would be lesser if it was more hidden. It’s there but without a burning or nasty heat, it’s well integrated into the flavour profile.

Back in the day, Flying Monkeys was *the* definition of craft in Canada and many parts of the US. With craft explosion, it’s place isn’t really the same, with a lot of competition their products just aren’t ranked with the absolute top anymore. However, with that said I’d say this stout is still an example of the absolute best for its style, and still keeps the brewery in the same echelon of breweries. This is probably one of the best beers (and you could find an argument for it being the number one) Flying Monkeys has ever put out. Absolutely gorgeous. It’s chocolate milk stout all the way. Hits every category and then some. Beautiful, strong stuff.
Mar 30, 2022
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Reviewed by SSS from Canada (QC)

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A-Cola dark brown with a reddish hue and moka cream head
S-Sweet milk fragrance at the front end. Chocolate heaven with a creamy aroma and liquorice background. Vanilla and prunes, with sugar plum jam.
M-Full body with a silky smooth luscious mouthfeel and low end carbonation
T-Prunes and an alcoholic distilled fruit flavour that blends into a sweet syrupy mix of something out of a fruit cake
Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Batheinfire from Canada (ON)

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
sweet and very chocolatey, usually buy one can a year. It makes for a nice dessert beer, but you would probably feel Ill if you drank multiple unless you really like chocolate.
Dec 11, 2021
Rated: 4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the can into a large snifter glass.

Deep thick out of the can, almost oily looking and filling a very dark walnut brown to nearly black color. Fluffy topped head, light mocha brown with swiss cheese bubbles and retention more like a thick piece of styrofoam. Bit of an oily top too, with some cream like quality. Very good looking stout.

The aroma is even big off the pour. Big giant hits of dark cocoa, and thick fudge like waffer chocolate. Touches a little bit of peanut butter, and almost ripple like in heat. Flirts with a sticky nougat also that brings a gooey caramel note in the mix. Nice, varied in the chocolate realm, kind of candy bar like though than exotic, but very impressive and enjoyable nose.

Palate is very surprising. Light bodied, with a very good control of abv heat. There is a lot of powdery like flavors on this, almost like instant breakfast drink but in a fun good way. Powedered cocoa and lots of milky breakfast drink. Hints of cereal grain, and even more action that goes into peanut butter too. The sweetness on this gets dialed in nicely, not overly sugary but just a touch that makes it very playful. Finishes really dry, with more powder action, almost like grains of coffee.

Interesting take on an amped up stout and very unique profile and flavor that is enjoyable.
Nov 30, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Oct 17, 2021
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Reviewed by The_Beer_Guru from New York

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Way tooooo much chocolate and overhyped beer. This beer is just OK. I understand it’s a triple chocolate milk stout but at the same time it’s too much.
Jul 09, 2021
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Really glad they finally put this in a can at around 7 bucks here. Much better than the 20+ big bottle price. Beer looks good the head fizzes out pretty quickly but with this much artificial sweetness its to be expected. Slightly thicker than I expected good dark blackness stout. Smell is exquisite milk chocolate dark chocolate hell its triple chocolate so one extra chocolate! Taste is amazingly balanced decedent smooth bittersweet chocolate. milk and bakers chocolates and ABV well concealed in the finish. As with any desert beer its all about moderation but I could easily see enjoying another can in a session.

Overall a stellar milk stout well balanced and decent price. Go get you some!
Jul 03, 2021
Rated: 4 by RahFoodie from Canada (ON)

Jun 17, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jun 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Shared 750 ml bottle at local tasting. Triple Chocolate Milk Stout. ABV 10%. Black colour, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, and nothing but chocolate. Flavour of chocolate and vanilla. Incredibly rich.
May 14, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by Antyk from Belgium

May 01, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by njbusa from New Jersey

Apr 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured like coca cola and looks like shit. 2.75 is generous.

Smell is fair. Average chocolate stout smell.

Taste is quite stellar. Literal milk choclate beer.

Feel is acceptable but not notable.

Overall if probably buy it again st $4.75 for a 16oz can. Their stupid ass $30 bottles though? No way.

Solid and thats it.
Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look: Pours black with a tightly bubbled two finger tawny head. The head quickly gives way to a ring of lacing around the edge of the glass after a few minutes.

Smell: Rich and cremey chocolate bomb. Like a chocolate milkshake, on steroids. Slight hints of tobacco, rum and vanilla. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

Taste: Rich and decadent. Bursting with dark chocolate bitterness and milk chocolate sweetness. I pick up hints of light tobacco and graham cracker crust. As this beer warms it becomes a little sharper, which is the only knock on the taste.

Feel: Rich and oily. Rounded with a large body and smooth front end. Boozey and sharp on the end. Plays strongest on the bottom of the mouth and the sides of the tongue.

An outstanding chocolate lovers dream. An A+ if drank cold from the fridge. It is best drank slightly colder than with most stouts because I noted that as it warms as the syrupy nature comes out. The 10 % ABV is well hidden in the sweetness. You have to be careful with this beer it tastes so good you might end up putting a few back quickly. A perfect winter beer to enjoy at the ice shack or in front of a fire.
Mar 05, 2021
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Reviewed by agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L - pour is thick and meaty coming out of the glass. Dark paint brown with a burnt, crimson head. Not much in the way of lacing for a 10%-er.

S - huge nuts up front in my face. The biggest nuts. Milk chocolate and rust. Hershey chocolate syrup, cinnamon, and chocolate milk. Shameless chocolate. Smells like a bowl of halloween candy.

T - much roastier than expected. Was anticipating a milky lactose bomb, but I am pleasantly surprised by the balancing dark chocolate bite. Cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and vanilla sweetness. Fudgey chocolate malts and a touch of coffee a la bottom of the pot. Finishes a tad dry, begging another sip.

F - a bit thin for 10%, but mostly neutral. Doesn't help or hinder this beer. Low-medium carbonation; just enough to be lively.

O - insane chocolate flavor. One of the most chocolate-forward beers I've had. It's far from perfect, but it's fun and sure to satisfy that sweet tooth. But here's the thing, it's got a bit of balancing roastiness to nip that cloy in the bud. Saves that for the aroma!
Feb 19, 2021
Rated: 4.39 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Feb 18, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by JohnG190 from New York

Jan 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
One of, if not the most and best aromas I've ever experienced in any kind of a stout that classifies itself as chocolate. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is baker's and milk chocolate, cocoa powder. Just chocolate decadence. Taste is layer upon layer of rich chocolate. Initially sweet, but the medium carbonation and semi dry finish keeps you coming back for more. Overall, fantastic. In my opinion this is world class.
Jan 13, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by ajdemma from New York

Jan 09, 2021
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Reviewed by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A- Love the packaging and corresponding manifesto to read before even getting to the bottle inside....which too, I love the extra long neck....Very cool! Now for the brew itself....pours a motor oil thick, super dark brown color...almost black to be honest. The head is a caramel color, shows itself to be dense and with wee tight never becomes super thick or anything and eventually dissipates into a thick patch over top the liquid. As for the lacing, well it appears to be sticky and clings rather well to the inside of my tulip glass. Overall not an exceptional looking stout, but good enough for me to want to consume!

S- this is a heavenly smelling beer! Initial aromas that are completely like chocolate milk to, succulent and fresh right out of the carton! Add in velvety vanilla bean, dark chocolate truffle, chocolate malt infused mocha coffee, whipped cream, hints of yeast and plenty of lactose sweetness! The finish lingers and is smelled from afar even and gives off whiffs of fudge and burnt caramel....lovely!!!

T- Oh this is nice too! Everything that I mentioned in the aromas can and will be found here on the palate! Plenty of milk and high cocoa content dark chocolates, fudge richness, vanilla cream, black coffee, burnt black and chocolate malts and on the fringe burnt molasses, charred cocoa powder, dry oats, balancing hop bitterness, and of course lactose sugar. The finish is where the cocoa/hop bitterness really brings everything together, and I am really enjoying the rich dessert like sweetness that melds with the classic deep dark bitter character of a traditional Stout beer! Excellent in this department!

M/O- Solid medium to full boded beer and I do believe the carbonation to be the right amount....low but zesty, which allows the full character of the flavor to explode on the palate yet creates a rich smooth creaminess that coats the palate all the same. The drinkability, while it is high, is more than enough for one person, when enjoying a bottle to themselves...a definite sipping brew. The alcohol will catch up I'm sure, however, it is so well hidden for a beverage of 10% isn't sharp at all, however as the beer warms, the booze factor does increase. Overall, this is simply an excellent beer and is everything that it says it is. I will most definitely purchase this one again should I find it and highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys the finer side of milk stouts!!
Jan 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Beershaker from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: Dark, very dark. Brown head that broke down very quickly, too quickly.

Smell: Refer to the smell of chocolate milk. They are the same thing. Except this beer has malts smell in addition to chocolate-milk smell.

Taste: Tastes like chocolate milk too (I mean it really taste like real chocolate milk). Unlike other strong beers, you won’t believe it’s a 10% ABV beer. It doesn’t taste much like alcohol. No obvious bitterness and sourness. Malts aroma shows up in the end.

Feel: under-carbonated. This beer can really use some more carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, doesn’t leave much of a unpleasant feeling in the mouth after swallowing. Doesn’t feel too alcohol-like, despite the fact it’s a 10% ABV beer.

Overall: Very special beer. It’s like a glass of chocolate milk.
Dec 30, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by pidus from Massachusetts

Dec 25, 2020
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
473 mL can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with a couple inches of mocha head that leaves spotty lacing.

I got nostrils full of milk chocolate as I decanted the can into my glass. As it warms I smell milk, as well as dark, chocolate.

It almost tastes like chocolate syrup. It is very chocolaty. Milk chocolate is the main flavor. There is also some dark chocolate. The 10% abv is very well hidden.

Full bodied with a rich, creamy mouthfeel

I have passed this beer over numerous times. Now that I have finally tried it I regret passing it over. This is a great chocolate milk stout. It goes down way to easy for the abv.
Dec 16, 2020
Rated: 4.01 by beerluvr from Canada (ON)

Dec 10, 2020
Rated: 4.54 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Nov 21, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.29/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Another beer from March Madness 2017, unsure who brought it, seemed janky so maybe elrogish.

Black pour, head tries to form, but it ultimately settles out with zero head, unable to make any retention. The aroma is chocolatey, the roasted malt portion lags behind the chocolate, they boast 3 types but it smells like any other milk stout that pushes chocolate.

Taste brought more bitterness and alcohol heat than I want in a milk stout. The chocolate was there but the lactose just didn't help cover the heft, even though its not a thick, malty kind of double digit abv stout. Definitely not a big beer I would want to drink by myself, the smaller the quantity the better here in a day of drinking to mix up the styles. Even when I thought there was a slight dark fruit note to the bitterness, it was mostly me searching for an additional quality beyond lactose, chocolate and booziness. I mean, there are times a beer like that works. I rarely bitch about thinness in a stout, but this is one of those times.
Oct 13, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by Blcookies from Nevada

Sep 08, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Jun 16, 2020
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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).
May 16, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by TheHammer from Canada (ON)

May 09, 2020
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Reviewed by CaptainHate from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.
Apr 19, 2020
Rated: 4.81 by Lukass from Ohio

Jan 25, 2020
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Reviewed by cjgator3 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.
Jan 22, 2020
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

2.74/5  rDev -34.1%
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
Jan 16, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by Rainintheface from Florida

Jan 05, 2020
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